Reader’s Picks: Greg Schneider

8.5.11 - The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

8.5.11 – The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

All selections and text by Greg Schneider aka Mr. Palmer

I tried to avoid some of the obvious choice selections while sitting down to do this.  I’m sure there are a few that everyone on here knows well and I hope there are a few others that are new to some folks…


Harry Hood” 12.11.99 I, Philadelphia, PA

One of my all-time favorite shows in an all-time favorite venue.  This “Hood,” with a near five minute intro, opened this special night in Philly. And the rest, as they say…is history.



Vultures” 9.21.99 II, Tucson AZ

This is a song I have always loved because, unlike most Phish songs, for me, this song is more about the vocal stylings than the music. However, this version is the outlier, and to my knowledge the only one. A Type II Vultures? Indeed. If you are going to blow up the Dirty Bird, it might as well be in a dusty, desert venue, don’t ya think?



Fee” 7.8.99 I, Virginia Beach, VA

A 23-minute version of “Fee.”  Just sit back, chill out, and let this beautiful version take you on a trip out to sea with the weasel and his friends…



Antelope” 7.29.97 II, Phoenix, AZ

This “Antelope” was played in the second slot of the second set this night in Arizona. This was one of only two shows I saw in ’97( I know, I know.) A tremendous overall show after the band returned from their historic and game changing tour in Europe. Not your every day, standard “Antelope.”  This one goes deep…real deep.



Tube” 7.21.98 I, Phoenix, AZ

My third selection from the state of Arizona…yes, this caught me by surprise also. It is my opinion that 1998 was Phish at their peak. Each band member was truly a master at their craft and combined, they brought a fierce, tight sound with incredible ambient textures. This is maybe my favorite Tube with it’s start-stop action. Each band member sounds at the top of their game here. If this version doesn’t get you up and dancing then I don’t know what to tell you.



Funky Bitch -> Jam” 11.22.94 II, Columbus, MO

This selection likely needs no introduction. Just an absolute killer jam out of this “Bitch.” Turn this one to “11.”



Tweezer ->DEG -> Tweezer” 6.28.95 II, Wantagh, NY

A true heater from the Summer of ’95.  Tough to describe this one with a few words.  It’s Phish, it’s “Tweezer,” it’s 1995…Enjoy.



Wolfman’s Brother” 12.28.98 II, MSG. NY

This was the highlight of the first night of the first four-night stand at Madison Square Garden. Expectations were through the roof for this run and Phish did not disappoint. This “Wolfman’s,” at times, has an eerily similar feel to the version played roughly two months prior in Las Vegas. This NYE run in 1998 is still my favorite run that they have played to date. The consistency and jams from night to night were magical. Let’s do it again this year, huh?



Bathtub Gin” 6.28.00 I, Holmdel, NJ

I was lucky enough to have third row seats for this night—right in front of Trey. He was totally “on” this evening. Some nights in ’00 this wasn’t the case. We truly got the hose this night. This “Gin” is all about Trey and his guitar annihilation. Fast paced and precise, a top three version for me and many others as well. Enjoy.



Down With Disease” 9.14.99II, Boise, ID

It is probably weird to see this date and a song other than “AC/DC Bag” or “Gumbo” attached to it. This isn’t one of those huge “Diseases” with massive improv. This version always grabbed me for Trey’s ferocity.  Check the You Tube video of it if you get the chance.  Trey is jumping (prancing?) around and really feeling it.



LAWN MEMO’S “33 in 33”

Tsofg2Perhaps you followed @LawnMemo‘s massive project, “The Daily Ghost” in which he reviewed each and every “Ghost” ever played. The same @LawnMemo is back with another big project, but this time around he is the behind-the-scenes orchestrator of “33 in 33,” in which he invited 33 different writers to chronicle a single jam from a single show from the 33 shows of 2012—all in the 33 days leading up to Summer Tour! The project has been underway for just over a week, and you can check out all the entries so far. My contribution will be posted on Sunday, and chronicles a selection from June 22nd’s show in Cincinnati. It was the first piece I’ve written in quite a while and I had a great time doing it. I’ll link it here when it’s posted, but bookmark “33 in 33” and peep it every day as we countdown to Bangor!

Check my essay on the Cincy Twist here!


571 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Greg Schneider”

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  1. Littleumbrellas Says:

    Good Mornin Yall! just finished packing the truck. finished playing a really fun show and definitely still charged from playing. up and grateful to have another set of awesome Phish songs to jam out to. 1:49AM and I’m gonna get into another dabby spliff, Eel River Ipa’s and these jams! Thank you Miner! I hope you can see the communities gratitude and not just jokes involving the word Troy.
    Phish 2013 is going to be absolutely incredible. (same as it ever was)

  2. Littleumbrellas Says:

    Zappa on Crossfire. WORDS.

  3. Littleumbrellas Says:

    forgot the link

    love you guys, enjoy!

  4. Willowed Says:

    Nice work Mr. P

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Palmer bringing the big guns.
    Great picks

  6. MiA Says:

    Funny writeups too. Some desert island versions up there. Happy Friday!!!

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    Anyone watch Primus last night, fell asleep about 11:40 but it was pretty pretty good up to that point. Southbound Pachyderm rules. I’ll probably watch Widespread tonight, what else am I gonna do?

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Phish kidz live off Grapenuts and coffee until tour starts.

  9. Willowed Says:

    I love Grapenuts. Especially towards the end of the bowl when the milk mushes it up a bit.

    so good.

  10. roberto luongo Says:

    I love you Trey!!!

    You are perfect and amazing!

    great picks Palmer. I’m a 99-00 custy so haven’t heard any of these. gonna make for nice work spins.

    KYS comrades.

  11. Willowed Says:

    I’ve listened to this Fee so so many times.

    It never gets old.

  12. dusty Says:

    After a 13 state xc drive recently listening to a good amount of local FM at all hours in between ipod sessions….the two most heard songs for me:

    Hungry like a wolf and the Hootie version Wagon Wheel.

    Hearing the Duran Duran keep making my think of the dancing scene in Hot Dog. The later’s frequency on country radio by Kentucky became scarey.

    Still hearing illy for ween and hampton for turkey day. Some public radio reqs KLCC eugene and WNKU Cinci.

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, willowed, I usually make a bowl then let my computer turn on and change out of the pjs just to let more of the milk seep in

  14. Leo Weaver Says:

    Nice picks Palmer. Happy Friday doods.

  15. jdub Says:

    One of the great attributes to this place is no one feels the need to type KYS, what the hell is going on here?

    Nice picks Palmer. Love a great Tube. Anyone else think of the Theme song to Fraggle Rock when they hear Tube? Down at Fraggle Rock.. If I felt that I could help. Trey is such a great song writer… ripping off a kids show theme song and shit.

  16. xpun Says:

    Palmers Picks!

    Nice selections. I’m a huge vultures fan as well.

    RLs optimism is infectious.

    @jdub – eatme 😉

  17. kayatosh Says:

    READERS’ PICKS (w/ palmer’s added)

    5.24 curtain with

    2.25 rift
    10.30 bowie

    4.11 landlady>destiny
    7.14 antelope

    4.16 SOAM
    11.19 D.Sky, lope

    3.13 wilson
    5.5 YEM
    7.17 mike’s>leprachaun>paug
    8.7 McGrupp
    8.13 gin
    8.24 Jam>leprachaun (sc)
    8.28 lope, YEM
    12.28 YEM
    12.30 mike’s

    4.8 It’s Ice
    5.16 lope
    5.28 Foam
    6.10 lizards
    6.11 yem
    6.18 tweezer
    6.24 lope
    7.8 Reba > Yersuashalayim Shel Zahav
    7.16 CDT
    11.16 Simple
    11.22 Funky Bitch (x2)>Jam (x2)>Yerushalayim
    11.23 tweezer
    11.26 bowie, slave
    12.30 tweezer, slave
    12.31 maze, slave

    6.19 bowie
    6.23 harpua>llama
    6.24 2001>Halley’s>Bowie (x2)
    6.28 tweezer
    6.29 bowie
    7.1 If I Could
    10.27 2001>Bowie
    10.31 JJLC
    11.19 makisupa>maze
    11.21 mike’s, simple
    11.22 Free
    11.25 mike’s>rotation jam>keyboard calv>mike’s
    11.30 Tweezer>Makisupa
    12.5 Hood
    12.12 DwD (x2)
    12.17 Hood

    8.13 Mike’s lifeboy groove
    8.16 CDT
    11.2 yaMar
    11.8 Simple > Loving Cup > Mike’s Song
    11.18 simple
    11.23 makisupa
    11.29 Simple > Sparks
    12.28 maze
    12.29 caravan
    12.31 simple

    2.17 Carini
    2.26 MFMF
    6.13 Stand!>izabella
    6.19 stash>ghost
    7.1 Gin>Cities>jam
    7.2 stash
    7.21 gin, wolfman’s>magilla
    7.26 timber (x2)
    7.29 antelope (x2)
    7.31 ghost
    8.9 ghost>taste
    8.13 gumbo
    11.17 reba
    11.28 timber
    11.30 them changes
    12.2 Buried Alive > DwD > Makisupa > CDT
    12.3 Drowned
    12.5 julius>slave
    12.6 tweezer>Izabella
    12.9 simple
    12.11 drowned
    12.12 Swept Away > Steep > Caspian
    12.28 DwD, ghost>drowned

    4.2 sneakin sally>frankie
    4.5 maze>shafty, YEM
    7.16 Reba > FEFY
    7.17 2001>mike’s groove (paug x2)
    7.21 tube, Ghost>She Caught the Katy, mike’s>simple>bittersweet
    7.26 YEM
    7.29 Gin
    7.31 cities, Free (x2)
    8.1 tweezer
    8.3 Rhinocerous>halley’s
    8.9 ac/dc bag, moma, terrapin station
    8.15 Gumbo>Sanity
    10.3 Down By the River
    11.2 Tube > Drowned, time
    11.7 ac/dc bag, mike’s
    11.11 halley’s
    11.18 Slave, Fluff, Ch. Zero
    11.24 Ghost > Halley’s > Tweezer
    11.28. gumbo
    11.29 gin, layla
    12.28 wolfman’s

    7.7 DwD, 2001
    7.8 fee
    7.12 Foreplay/Longtime
    7.13 curtain>halley’s (x2) >roses (x2) > NO2
    7.17 Tube>Boogie On
    7.18 Jim
    7.21 My Left Toe>Prince Caspian
    7.23 Ghost>Free>Birds
    7.25 MFMF>My Left Toe> Whipping Post
    7.26 gin
    9.11 Hood
    9.12 gin, ghost
    9.14 DwD
    9.21 vultures
    10.9 ghost
    12.4 SOAM
    12.7 Walk Away > Rocky Top, halley’s
    12.8 lizards, piper>dog faced
    12.11 Hood
    12.13 sand
    12.30 luolma, mike’s
    12.31 twist, after midnight reprise

    6.9 tweezer
    6.15 Ghost
    6.28 gin (x2)
    7.4 jibboo
    7.6 HH
    7.11 drowned>CDT reprise
    9.11 Piper>What’s The Use?
    9.17 Theme>dog log>mango>jam

    2.14 Gin
    2.16 bowie pult
    2.21 DwD
    2.22 gin
    2.24 twist
    2.28 gin, Tweezer, tweeprise
    7.12 ghost
    7.15 Mr.C (x2)
    7.18 twist
    7.25 LxL
    8.2 Dog Log
    8.3 CDT
    12.28 Frankie, suzy
    12.29 piper
    12.31 Stash (x2)

    6.17 free
    6.19 ASIHTOS
    6.20 twist
    6.24 tube
    8.11 lope>2001

    3.8 DwD
    8.2 Boogie on
    8.7 set II (gin x2)
    8.15 46 Days>Oh Sweet Nuthin
    8.16 #line
    10.30 wolfman’s
    10.31 let it loose, Suzie
    11.21 SOAM
    11.28 7 Below>Ghost
    11.29 undermind

    6.24 the rover
    10.16 Xeyed
    10.19 light
    10.24 D.Sky
    10.26 light
    10.31 mercenary territory, spanish moon
    12.28 pigtail
    12.31 YEM>Manteca>YEM

    6.3 dwD
    6.7 RnR, rhymes
    6.11 sand
    6.12 #line
    8.5 RnR, Roggae
    12.30 Coil

    7.7 boogie>GA>2001
    7.8 Piper
    8.24 RnR>Lizards
    8.31 CDT>emotional rescue
    12.31 garden party

  18. roberto luongo Says:

    nice didn’t know Palmer also included 2 of my all time favs I caught

    the Desert Sky ANtelope. most exploratory version I ever caught and it works perfectly in a strange well played set. IMO the best show of the run from PHX up to the Gorge summer 97. Shoreline may have something to say bout this but WTF.

    and the Columbia Funky BItch. pretty much my favorite jam. just didn’t think they played shit like that out of a song like that. as a young kid a piece of my brain is still on the floor of that little lecture hall.

    good stuff.

  19. BingosBrother Says:


    Xpun ftw.

  20. jdub Says:

    coincidentally I picked 3atm3 as a bad tribute to MC A for my bbfantasybaseball team name. I have kind of been absent from participating in the league, I may have to go remedy that. Perhaps a name change too.

  21. btb Says:

    Just popped in to see what condition my condition was in….

  22. roberto luongo Says:

    so def anyone that hasn’t spun that summer 97 in it’s entirety from Phoenix. Go for it. Great show with super creative setlist and inventive playing all over the place.

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    DWD above…I listened to it a few days ago not knowing where it was from and was blown away by that ferocity. Smokin’ smokin’ version.

  24. MiA Says:

    11.26 bowie, slave
    12.30 tweezer, slave
    12.31 maze, slave

    I see a pattern forming.

  25. MiA Says:

    I think DWD would be my kid’s show theme song if I had a kid’s show. And it had a theme song.

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