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…

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/I-01-Harry-Hood.mp3]

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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?

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/II-04-Vultures-.mp3]

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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…

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/1-02-Fee.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/ph97-07-29d2t03.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/1.05-Tube.mp3]

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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.”

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/II-01-Funky-Bitch-.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/II-02-Lawn-Train-.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/JBTweeze95.mp3]

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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?

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ph1998-12-28d2t02.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2000-06-28-Bathtub-Gin-PNC-Bank-Arts-Center-6-28-00-Holmdel-NJ.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/II-04-Down-WIth-Disease-.MP3.mp3]

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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!

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

  1. sumodie Says:

    No bagging grass here; just mow and mulch and mulch and mow, no matter the length

  2. MiA Says:

    Get Robear to Chickago

  3. BNCB Says:

    normally just mulch, but this time it’s gone too far. gonna dry out these clippings and use as mulch in other places. I have a nice hillbilly scene outback with a big blue tarp spread on a dirt patch.

  4. BNCB Says:

    I’d be skipping Sunday night for R.Kelly anyway

  5. MiA Says:

    He’d just pee in your ears too…

  6. voopa Says:

    Mowing’s definitely in order today. Damn lawn. The back 40’s way overdue again, and the front needs to be tightened up too. At least it’s only going to be about 85 today. 108 yesterday was brutal.

  7. sumodie Says:

    Best to skip Friday too and hit Pearl Jam at Wrigley

    And since Saturday is Phish’s juke box show, that’s also missable

    But ya might as well stay till Monday to catch Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

  8. BNCB Says:

    dammit Sumo! #KMS #FML

  9. joe Says:

    The participation level this morning is abysmal.

    I’m still reeling from listening to this wolfman’s and unable to type. here in spirit though.

  10. phishm Says:

    I wish I could cut my grass. Lawnmower is broke and the neighbor that I borrow from is nowhere to be found. Oh well. Guess it can wait til tomorrow. My little girl turns 12 tomorrow too. Should be a good week. Get the kids later on tonight. Can’t wait. You all take care.

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    Spanish fucking Moon bitches.

    Uber’d

  12. xpun Says:

    Lol MiA

    Mowed as well. Started to rain, so stopped after the front yard. Now it’s way hot and humid and I’m lazy.

  13. MiA Says:

    I’m terrible at calling anything but Chicago seems like its gonna be lined up for an Epic Simple.

  14. MiA Says:

    Mowed yesterday. My whole goal is lawn free by 2014. Rip it all out.

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Buncha page mcdonalds up in herr.

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Mr. Minor post up.

    http://lawnmemo.com/33-in-33-9/

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    It would’ve been wise to leave that one for last. Crushed.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, bingos. love how miner breaks it down. gonna go find that twist.

  19. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, bingos. love how miner breaks it down. gonna go find that twist.

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    Theres a button up top that streams it kaya.

  21. phishm Says:

    Good write up by Miner. The only show that I was able to attend. That twist reminds me of an outer body experience. Still like the twist from SPAC better for some reason.

  22. joe Says:

    I recommend it on vimeo

    http://vimeo.com/44583444

  23. gavinsdad Says:

    Just mowed. Such is life. Got fam out to wander flea market in city then brunch by the water. Nice enough day.

    AJ and anyone else who likes house: got to see Dj Cajmere spin last nite from 1-2 am. Absolutely locked in sickness. It felt like the complete weekender crowd was being transformed.

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    Mia and telas – weren’t you guys big proponents of the Cincy Twist? I also remember MIA being very high on Star Lake.

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    And not that I care but thought this:

    Now – studio time and practice
    Then – summer ter w new material intros
    After that – mastering or more recording studio which keeps them warm for dicks
    After that – studio/mastering
    Then – Fall ter w new material leaking in
    And then – new studio album for Xmas presents?

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