Summer Jams

8.5.13 (E.Battuello)

8.5.13 (Eric Battuello)

Tweezer” 7.31.13 Stateline, NV

The Tahoe “Tweezer” simply does not get old. So many hall of fame sections are woven together with a stunning fluidity and patient sense of adventure. My opinion still stands—considering the level of improvisation and the transcendent crowd-band interplay, this jam is the finest accomplishment of the band’s career.



Harry Hood” 8.5.13 II, Los Angeles, CA

One of the most creative versions of “Harry Hood” ever played came as the signature of an unforgettable tour. Thrilling until the last drop in Summer 2013, the band opened up the jam half way through and never looked back, sculpting in an instant classic.



Rock and Roll” 8.3.13 II, San Francisco, CA

The peak of this jam is enough to make anyone’s soul giggle with delight.



Crosseyed and Painless > Hood” 7.10.13 Holmdel, NJ

The best jam of tour before the band hit the west coast, this one has staying a power and drops into a glorious version of “Harry Hood.”



Light” 7.5.13 II, Saratoga Springs, NY

The SPAC “Light”—the very first version of the year—remains the most impressive.



Disease -> Undermind” 7.27.13 II, George, WA

The unforgettable opening combo from the set of the year.



Crosseyed and Painless” 7.26.13 I, George, WA

A wide-open odyssey from the greatest venue in the land.



Energy > Runaway Jim” 8.4.13 II San Francisco, CA

This was the first true preview of what “Energy” has in store for us come Dick’s and Fall—a wide open palette for dance groove improvisation. And the “Jim,” though not exactly a fully realized jams of 2013, contains some of the most unique music of tour.



Disease 2001” 7.22.13 II, Toronto, ON

Thought other “Disease’s” may contain more creative playing over the first part of the jam, once this one turns the corner, it reaches a height attained by few passages this year.



Chalk Dust Torture” 7.16.13 II, Alpharetta, GA

This is one jam I keep going back to–a thesis in musical density and improvisational efficiency.



Carini > Architect” 7.6.13 II, Saratoga Springs, NY

One of the first signs of summer that things would be different this time around.


1,729 Responses to “Summer Jams”

  1. shred Says:

    Love the Tahoe Tweez but I agree with Scrutinizer. Mud Tweez laughs at that shit. When you run thru DEG then MLB it’s just another level. The notes Trey hits during the woo thing are sick but greatest jam ever once again takes credibility away. Much like the comment, Phish didn’t wasn’t great until 1997. Like Scrutinizer said the only way you think 1993-1995 was the tits is if you weren’t there to see them crush 1993 – 1995.

    Solid 2013 summer tour though.

  2. ren Says:

    Gonna be tough wasting today away at work…still phasting and not into ranking…Dicks come quick!!!!

  3. Willowed Says:

    mmmmm tarts

  4. Central Scrutinizer Says:

    And lest I be misunderstood, I love 2010 and 2013. Loved summer tour. I don’t think Tahoe tweezer nor Hollywood hood are near the top ten of the past 15 years. Taking away 93-95 and 1998 which was also a top shelf year. Taking away all that I still don’t think Tahoe tweezer or Hollywood hood are near my top ten from ’99 to the present. Not top 20 even. Nothing to do with evolution theories.

  5. little umbrellas Says:

    This is the CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER…it is my responsibility to enforce all the laws
    that haven’t been passed yet. It is also my responsibility to alert each and every one of you to the potential consequences of various ordinary everyday activities you might be performing which could eventually lead to The Death Penalty (or affect your parents’ credit rating). Our criminal institutions are full of little creeps like you who do wrong things… and many of them were driven to these crimes by a horrible force called MUSIC! Our studies have shown that this horrible force is so dangerous to society at large that laws are being drawn up at this very moment to stop it forever! Cruel and inhuman punishments are being carefully described in tiny paragraphs so they won’t conflict with the Constitution (which, itself, is being modified in order to accommodate THE FUTURE).
    I bring you now a special presentation to show what can happen to you if you choose a career in MUSIC.

  6. Arty Rankin Says:

    so if 1993 is the best year… hang on, make that 1993 and most of 1994. wait. which part of 1994 doesn’t count towards “the best” here?

    anywho, please do continue and don’t simply go away after one flame-throwing post. I do love to hear others tell definitively what the best was.

    all I really want to know is where you would rank this year compared to the best year or years or parts of years or whatever you have set as your criteria, really.

  7. SubtleSounds Says:

    MPP Stash should not be overlooked

  8. voopa Says:

    CS- your top 10 isn’t Miner’s. Simple as that. And the term bootleg is unnecessarily pejorative.

    My lists would be different too.

  9. sumodie Says:

    only Wookie Jesus knows which phish jam is the greatest of all time…

  10. phishm Says:

    I want Miner to like everything that I like from my Phish experience and to not like everything that I dislike about it. I only want to read what I agree with. The rest is useless babble. Esp if one wasn’t there for Phish’s peak years which were obviously in the early 90’s. It’s almost as if he is stating his opinion which differs from mine which just doesn’t compute.

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    Miles in the Sky> Filles de Kilimanjaro> In a Silent Way> Bitches Brew
    (order, not ranking)
    ‘In The Sky’ was the introduction of the Rhodes, but yes, Mr. C was very right and Filles is most certainly a bridge album.

    Recently ‘Get Up With It’ (The last of the electric 68-75 albums) has been my big go to. Interesting parallel, the Dead and Miles both took ‘a break’ in 75. of course Miles’ lasted until 81….

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    Billie 7 and Chitown Piper, important mentions

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    only Wookie Jesus knows which phish jam is the greatest of all time…

    and we shall shower Wookie Jesus with honor and praise until he deems us worthy of that knowledge. good tidings to all who bow to the glory of Wookie Jesus. Praise Wookie Jesus.

  14. little umbrellas Says:

    i thank Wookie Jesus for saving us with his precious blood. and I accept him into my life as my personal lord and savior. amen

  15. kayatosh Says:

    Ocean meets sky haze
    soothing slow motion sea sounds
    White foam grey green dreams

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    Red Rocks 8/20/93 … Yum

  17. roberto luongo Says:

    I wish I gave a fuck about where this tweezer ranks in legendary tweezers

    fuck tweezer is my favorite jam. maybe even the only phish song I truly like and def the one I chase and couldn’t name my fav 5 I’ve caught live. probably haven’t even respun any of the 95 monsters I was at.

    and I also wish I gave a fuck on whether or not Miner thinks it’s the greatest phish jam of all time.

    but I do know I’m very excited they are still performing high level improv that when it reaches it’s peak levels can roll with the best of the years the band played with much more practicing, tour dates, and the energy and drive that comes with the younger years.

    DIck’s. Dick’s. Dick’s.

    phish opinions. everyone’s got em. I tend to ignore em lately. I got bigger issues.

    have fun comrades

  18. sumodie Says:

    I don’t care if peeps respectfully disagree with Miner’s take on the Tahoe Tweezer

    But to make the convo more interesting at least throw out ~10 other jams that are supposedly better

    Can’t say I have a personal all time jam list myself; my brain doesn’t process phish that way. Fav live jam experience is the Tower Jam, but I’m not interested in trying to defend that statement, which makes me a boring jamanalytic

  19. Willowed Says:

    Best jam Phish ever played.

    Dr. Gabel

    That is all

  20. roberto luongo Says:

    actually. change one part of that.

    I do give a fuck that Miner thinks it’s the greatest jam of all time.

    cuz I love the thought of one of my bros getting down to their favorite phish song and it being the best jam ever for em. sounds epic.

    I was on my couch bitchin but the preggo wife cancelling Gorge > Tahoe last minute.

  21. MiA Says:

    Joe had a girl friend named Mary.
    She used to go the church club every week.
    They’d meet each other there
    Hold hands
    And think Pure Thoughts

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That awkward, yet awesome moment, when you look out the window and see your “person that gets you things”, on her motorcycle, pull up to a house a few down from your own. Then watch her meet the prissy soccer mom out front.. Lol… yes, my “guy” is a 28 year old blonde with big tits that rides a motorcycle..

  23. MiA Says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn the music behind The Central Scruitinizer as a jam.

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    always loved the female hustlers…could be another major thread digression for me so i’ll hold my stories for now while we appreciate the jams above (that i am fasting on)

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    gonna need a pic, palmer 😉

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