Reader’s Picks: Joe Bakaitis

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

All selections and text by: Joe Bakaitis (a couple audio clips were edited to save bandwidth)

2001 > Bowie” 10.27.95 II, Kalamazoo MI

This was my first show and still to this day the best “Bowie” I have heard. When the jam starts up Trey is chanting some pretty strange stuff under his guitar work. This is a must hear for any “Bowie” fan.



Mike’s > Lifeboy > Weekapaug” 8.13.96 II, Noblesville, IN

What a night this was. Everything about this show was great. The last four songs of set one are also worth checking out, but this is by far the best “Mike’s” from the whole 96 summer tour. For the most part summer 96 seemed pretty tame, but they really let it out in this “Mike’s.”



“Theme, Punch, Ghost > Taste” 8.9.97 I, East Troy, WI

97 has so many gems, and it seemed like the bands style would change every show. The first four songs of set one was some of my favorite Phish music I have ever heard. This was my first time seeing them play “Ghost” and what a “Ghost” it was. These first four songs still seem fresh in my memory 16 years later.



Julius > Slave” 12.5.97 II, Cleveland,OH

For a 97 show this one seems to be overlooked alot, and on paper this might seem like a let down as being the heart of the second set, but this “Julius” swings harder than any Phish song I have heard them play, and then the “Slave” is out of this world.



Tweezer > Izabella” 12.6.97 II, Auburn Hills, MI

This is the best “Tweezer” ever. I’m sure just about everyone has heard this one. You really just need to listen to the whole second set.



2001 > Mike’s > Weekapug > Zero “7.17.98 II, George, WA

My friends and me did this whole summer tour and even though the tour opener in Portland was a great show, summer tour really felt like it started this night. What a magical night in the desert.



Mike’s > Simple > Bittersweet Motel” 7.21.98 II, Phoenix, AZ

This “Mike’s Song” is dark, rocking, and just out right awesome  but the best part of this show is the “Simple.” This “Simple” is just great. Trey and Pages playing is so sweet and light. This whole second set is worth listening to, but I always find myself enjoying the “Mikes > Simple” the most. I believe this was the first time they played “Bittersweet” too.



Bathtub Gin” 7.29.98 I, Maryland Heights, MO

This is the “Bathtub Gin” of all “Bathtub Gins!”



Mike’s Song” 12.30.99 III, Big Cypress, FL 

From my top ten list it would seem that I really like “Mike’s Song,” and who doesn’t, but I wanted to pick only songs from shows that I was at and I also wanted to pick out songs that are forever my first thoughts when I am asked about Phish, so behold another “Mike’s Song.” I remember CK5 filling up the swamp with the most smoke I have ever seen at a Phish show and this is one dark, electric, rocking “Mike’s Song.” I am sad to say that I feel that this is one of the last true “Mike”s Songs” with a real jam.



“Moma, Light > Taste, Fluffhead, Joy, Gin> Hood. E. Slave” 8.7.09, George, WA

For my tenth pick I’m going to have to pick this whole second set. I have thought Phish has played some great shows in their new era, but maybe its’ the openness of the Gorge but to me this show has a feel that you don’t hear very much nowadays. Every song has a pop and a lightness to them. The jams do not seem forced and the “Light” and “Gin” have epic jams for 3.0 Phish. I have not been to a lot of show in the 3.0 era, but have downloaded most of the shows, and I keep finding myself listening to this show the most out of all of the 3.0 Phish. Great Phish music all around.


This was a fun project and than you Mr. Miner for the opportunity to share my memory’s with everyone.


780 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Joe Bakaitis”

  1. little umbrellas Says:

    Gonna mention Herbie Hancock Flood. Synth Solo on Chameleon.
    Space Rocket.
    — this is where MiA upped me by dropping that live Herbie video footage. Which I am eternally grateful for! —

  2. plord Says:

    The teenager reports that Get Lucky is already played out and none of her peeps can stand the record. “You hear it once and like, that’s IT. Two verses, chorus 7 times, UGH so boring.”

    That’s the word on the street, now back to Larry with Sports…

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    see, i knew i was in tune with the kids!

    this first track on Hanging Gardens is legit.

  4. MiA Says:

    That Herbie live footage is the shit. Deserves a re-pampage.

  5. Kaveh Says:


  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    *Strokes fan*

    Careful. Make sure the fan isn’t in operation when you stroke it.

  7. stapes Says:

    You’ll always be Larry to me tela’s. Wanna make a Spread it round sign for Dicks this weekend? I have glitter and feathers leftover from Winter Carnival!!

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    I like that song Doin It Right.

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    Good ol Long Balls tela.

  10. voopa Says:

    Ha. I am an admin here, coincidentally:

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    Is it time for that next dabby spliff already… hmm. Maybe i should go for a swim at the beach while it’s still nice… or i could stay here include this West Coast Green Flash tall, rage Island Twist on the PA and be all mashed up for soundcheck.

    Sometimes my immediate desrires don’t coincide with my other healthy desires. At the moment the Beach sounds like work and more music sounds fun … is something wrong here?… maybe one day I’ll switch to the Juicer/Vapor/Running/P90 including ways. Should probably start soon. My lady gets back from her month trip tomorrow.

  12. stapes Says:

    @kaveh- assuming you’ve watched that footage on YouTube? Would be nice to see it on the big screen though for sure.

  13. tela'smuff Says:

    dog nuts in da house.

    no @stapes, but i’m gonna bike up to buy a helmet in an hour or so. lets ride this weekend. i’m hitting Durango/Telluride/Crested Butte the week of June 24th. need to get prepared.

  14. stapes Says:

    I’m planning on a sufferfest for one day this weekend, maybe both. Gonna be hot down here! Let me know….

  15. sumodie Says:

    Great lil story about a band opening for Phish in 1990

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    Those were some funny pages back there. Chillin w a Brooklyn brown at a dear old bar near the Alphabets. Meeting old CO college friend before seeing Phil and his sons play some music tonite.

    Music is Love

    @eatme – you the best. Don’t blow your load all at once tho. If u been lurkin you know that we’ve all been talkin the same shit for years. No need to get yer dander up.

    Looking forward to some live Phish. Studio stuff doesn’t really hit my radar anymore but if they find make some good launch pad tunes than good for us all.

  17. stapes Says:

    Don’t forget the taint pad tela’s!

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ^ yes, that just happened.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Voopa is The Man?

    I respectfully withdraw my ; joke.

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    where can i buy a taint pad? that sounds vital.

  21. lumpyhead Says:

    like RL said, that classixx album jams. could listen to that on the beach all day.

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    Love is so short
    Forgetting is so long.

    ^just saw on back of a sweatshirt

    Is Nina Simone magic? A Swami? A temptress? Voodoo? Whatever it is I hope this bar keeps playing her. She is casting a spell.

  23. snow Says:

    this board is like phish. It’s just people talking bullshit but once we find a cord to vamp on… magic.

    eateme to RL:”If you could tone it down every once in a while it would be greatly appreciated.”
    ” i bought the book and recommended many people to come here. So when I see PT type negativity day in and day out by the same nay sayers it’s a bit disheartening and makes me not want to recommend this site to anyone.”

    shit just kills me. I wish I could have watched RL’s face while he read that.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Sometimes I love the perks of my job. Just got a delivery of Jack’s Stack ribs, beans, and sauce delivered from KC (on ice, natch).

  25. voopa Says:

    The man? Hardly. I was just made an admin of stupid joke page on FB by default. ; joke all you want, I love it.

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