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. joe Says:

    why even make a new album when they can keep selling us the old stuff? the ventura tracks do sound nice enough to purchase though. damn them.

  2. voopa Says:

    With no new material the audiences are going to get smaller. I just hope whatever they come up with is worthy of opening up and leaving in the rotation. I am confident that whatever it is, it’ll be better than Muse or Paramour.

  3. joe Says:

    where’s the countdown clock, by the way? site really has gone to shit.

  4. tela's_muff Says:

    Lawnmemo is amazing once Miner posts!

    But for real, exemt piece on Twist.

    Yeah @gdad, we pimped it hard along with 10,000 others there that night.

  5. tela's_muff Says:

    Excellent.

    IPA’d

  6. joe Says:

    been on a Ya Mar 12/13/97 kick of late. one of the fta drops.

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    That was no joke: God send.

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    Heretic Evil Cousin Ipa, Ballast Point Sculpin Ipa, Highwater Retribution Ipa and Ale Smith Bewing Company Ipa. Startin with the Ale Smith and the Evil Cousin.

  9. little umbrellas Says:

    Bncb, agreed. Ninkasi. Decent but so what. Much better options out there. It is blowin up though, huge now. Had asked Kaya about it, but upon my second try: meh.
    Ps. I think this Mexican Cousin Ipa must have been made with Buds and Hops. this shit is really good!

    Kezar Stadium 75 Club 4 Life!!

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    Most of you know by now that I am in the camp of “way smaller audiences” but I don’t think that strategy, per @voops comment above, is really in line with Phishs current biz model.

    In also in the camp of “I don’t care about new material” but really underneath it all I know that new material is good for a number of reason, a couple being the band and the fans.

    But I’m really In the camp of “more improv” like the rest of you.

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    Little diddys off to camp.

  12. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Nice on Cajmere…. It’s basically always time for the percolator

  13. plord Says:

    Just hit up that 9/22/99 show errbody been pampin.

    2001 opener, nice. Gin, NICE. Ghost->Taste is some JUICE. Screaming fucking Ghost, standout Taste with heavy Page work in the first build, then a sweet breakdown and lilting exploration from Trey that goes thermonuclear at the peak. Then a clean run through the end chords! Go treat yourself. Haven’t even gotten to the Mike’s yet.

  14. little umbrellas Says:

    Evil Phish—the type of music that (brings harmony) to your reality

    Lil’um edit on a great by piece by our own main man. Gonna play this Twist now.

  15. little umbrellas Says:

    Disrupts=harmony. Dissonance is my consonance. Bring me the heat!

  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    Wife out. Kids up to bed. Mountain jam vid stream on iPad w phones. Hoops on tv on mute

  17. Gavinsdad Says:

    That’s Phil w Sco. Just started s2

  18. kayatosh Says:

    not that it needs further props, but 9.22.99 has some clear highlights. 2001, Gin, Mozambique, Taste, mike’s>Simple>train song>weekapaug e: lagrange.

  19. little umbrellas Says:

    I thought Minor loved the bliss parts most. Extra points for droping the word “macabre.”

  20. little umbrellas Says:

    Have an amazing friend who hadn’t ‘gotten’ Phish. He loves NIN, Tool and Primus. Had the Cinci Twist on last summer on full blast while last he was over, during the heat of the jam he exclaimed, “dude i get it! This sounds like Tool!”

  21. little umbrellas Says:

    Great piece Miner. All about the context.
    Love this twist.

  22. stapes Says:

    DC ’03 Gumbo to wrap up this fine Sunday. This jam is the goods.

  23. sumodie Says:

    http://instagram.com/p/aWxrqDvbLy/

    Tux’d Trey at tonight’s Tony awards show

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    Tool is the goods.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7CZIJVxFY

  25. sumodie Says:

    Beware that broadway tease in the Cinci Twist!

    One of my fav jams from last year

    Assuming they’ve already started the new album in earnest, I bet it drops by fall tour. Ah wait, maybe they’ll time the release with their 30th anniversary, which, ok, would be the Xmas season. Guess I don’t care as long as some new tunes drop this summer

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