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. phishm Says:

    That show from 9/22/99 that was mentioned earlier today is insane. Great show from start to finish. Peace.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Awesome miner!!

  3. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Lol at rooting against Boston strong!

  4. RoosterPizza Says:

    After two weeks in Japan, who knew the dolphin show and two hundred screaming kids would be the thing that triggered me to go home and tie one on.

  5. RoosterPizza Says:

    Also piggybacking some comments about this page…I have talked to people who’ve been to way more shows than me and don’t seem to know shit about the Phish from VT. Things like Kaya compiling the reader’s picks by year go a long way. A big thanks to Mr Miner and everyone involved. Never thought across country trip to see Phish would have been in the works for me a couple of years ago. Good people here.

  6. MiA Says:

    Yes it is phishm, yes it is. Our own KP’s remaster is quite good.

    Looking forward to Mr. Shapiro’s Live Bait this year.

  7. RoosterPizza Says:

    Readers’ picks

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    MBV just announced US dates in August – none in Chicago, fuck. Also very close to Denver timing (and playing Denver a week before). May have to try to make one of these happen. Sucks they played a block from my house last time and I blew it off… sort of like I did Mt. Kimbie last night.

    Lessons not learned, I guess.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    I’d like shaps to drop the AV 99 fluff.

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    And don’t care that its not a tour stop. Just throw it on at the end d00d

  11. sumodie Says:

    MBV dates being added to their website as I type: Austin, Dallas, Denver, LA

    (Didn’t find a website with all US dates already posted)

  12. sumodie Says:

    Seattle & SF just added

  13. BNCB Says:

    Wow! For those that tuned in, that Greenskybluegrass stream, it came out phucking MINT! Just a flawless stream for me. Great sound quality. Set-up to stream to Windows or Mac with a couple of easy clicks.

    Hoping and lobbying to see the same set up from the Big Leagues this summer. Would make my day. An audio only stream for $5/show would be the dream.

  14. BNCB Says:

    There’s a cat from Humboldt living in Turkey that writes an article for a local blog once in awhile. Here’s the latest:

    Proof Miner is alive:

    Sunday viewing pleasure, Phish performs Exile on Main St.:

    Yes, I aims to please.

  15. sumodie Says:

    Nytimes review just turned me on to this jazz influenced heavy shreddy power trio from Norway

    Hedvig Mollestad Trio

    Lead guitarist is a woman (that’s Hedvig)

    Very cool music thus far (I like it loud & rough on Sunday mornings)

  16. sumodie Says:

    Review of Hedvig’s new album, All of Them Witches

  17. BNCB Says:

    exile vid includes the video montage of the albums

  18. BNCB Says:

    jambase hosting the video. Looks like TeamHood to me. Doesn’t look like official feed. pretty awesome.

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    I am getting pumped about Chicago.

    Been something I have been wanting to do for a long time.

    Hope to see some of yall there

  20. BNCB Says:

    The participation level this morning is abysmal. Everyone’s gone Mr Miner on me.

    Stoked for you as well LyCan. Ought to be quite a BB contingent on hand.

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Eatme rob.

    Party Time opener in the chi. Lycan woot!

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    The participation level this morning is abysmal.

    Look, the storm is gone, yo.

    We are all just out enjoying the not rainingness of today

  23. BNCB Says:

    T3! Ha. Me too. Fighting through my clover/weeds/grass which has stretched to about a foot long. One pass, empty bag, repeat.

    Bingos,I’m Robummin about Chicago. #KMS

    Epic day on the northcoast.

  24. sumodie Says:

    Spun the grass while mowing thru Star Lake 98

    Enjoyed the 30 min Jim much more this go round. Not quite the aimless jam as I’d previously thought

    Overall show great fun, been a while since I’ve listened to most of a show straight thru

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Def KYS

    Phishfork and pearl jam. Epic.

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