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”

  1. viola Says:

    7.31.03 pipermikes groove, IT mikesgroove , IT waves, IT 46days

    love the oc warmth of trey guitar. limestone 10 yrs ago ::wow::
    trey squeezing that guitar neck and his rig was so warm by that 3rd set opener, the crispy limestone air mixed perfectly for top rack oc jams. love me that it46days

    camden piper takes off just before the 10 min mark and get expansive and ambient quick. 13 minutemark to the end is so bomb. ill save the mikes for my readers pics. good day ya’ll

  2. kayatosh Says:

    reba lovers see 6.24.94 (murat). $$$.

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yep, that’s the one BNCB…16 months now. She loves playing out in the yarden…she’ll give it hell with her little shovel, then spread rocks around, then move sedums around, rinse and repeat. We usually just hose her off outside then straight to the bathtub. Makes my heart feel good to think she might have a good relationship with the dirt. Stop in next southern cross run. I’ll see ya in Denver, right?

  4. BNCB Says:

    ::needs to check IT mikes groove::

  5. BNCB Says:

    ::needs to check IT mikes groove::

  6. kayatosh Says:

    10.2.99 OnYourWayDown — $$$. slow-motion, bluesy spacedank

  7. kayatosh Says:

    well done, leo. connect the kids to mother earth. that’s true spirituality.

  8. BNCB Says:

    nice man. couldn’t believe she’s grown up so much! pretty soon she’ll be throwing kung fu kick’s to some fat Halley’s Jam!

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    She had a serious head bob/shoulder shake going on to Hershey Tube on the ride to farmer’s market this morning. Still not crazy about the shreddy or dark twisting stuff but def digs the bliss and funk. Operation Kung Fu Kick will be next summer’s program.

    Mrs. Weaver just picked up another 700 lbs of stone for a new potting area adjacent to the garden…got my work cut out for me today. Hot and humid out there after all the rain. My tiny lawn squishes. You can hear the water seeping along through the grass…sounds like rice crispies on milk.

    Time to sour d up for another round.

  10. garretcorncob Says:

    Wait, we don’t get to vote on our de facto elder statesman?

    Speaking of tyranny…

  11. BNCB Says:

    Leo, get her going on that ’98 Deer Creek ‘Halley’s and Gumbo’.

    garret, #tyrannified

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    I vote Bill Bonney. Hes an outlaw and I hear hes got a bubbler.

  13. MiA Says:

    let a man be. One day you might actually believe in something.

    Seriously? Douchiest/Pretentious statement I’ve read on here in a long time.

  14. sumodie Says:

    New Chater One pics taken June 8

    Scroll down down down

    Gen adm floor area looks big if what I see in one of the pics is right

  15. sumodie Says:

    ^ same URL link as before, ie, no new delays

  16. MiA Says:

    I believe this is a great group of picks here.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Don’t Stop Believin’

  18. MiA Says:

    Needed a double bogey on 9 (par 5) to break 40 on the front.

    Tripled by four putting,

    I believe I needed a black space where my mind was.

    I believe I love this Vultures.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    This Fee has got to be up there on the list of best, unknown or under-pimped jams in bands career.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    First time I heard this Vultures was from a recommendation from our old friend XYZ….true story

  21. sumodie Says:

    Soundgarden’s 2012 album, King Animal, is being oranged

    25 minutes or so…

    Just arrived today, haven’t spun it yet myself

    That + Starlake98 awaits outside

  22. BNCB Says:

    speaking of music recs, here’s a link to stream tonight’s Greenskybluegrass show from Bell’s Brewery in K-Zoo:

    9 pm start I think. EST

  23. BNCB Says:

    Opener is the Ryan Montbleu Band. They’re really worth checking out, too.

  24. bobby weird Says:

    I am definitely and elder.statesman? not so much.

  25. MiA Says:

    Listened to 9/22/99 Las Cruces Gin.

    I believe I need a towel to clean this up.

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