The Next Ten

Atlantic City (Jake Silco)

Atlantic City (Jake Silco)

11. “Tweezer” 11.2 II, Atlantic City, NJ

This jam is incredibly unique as all band members anchor themselves in rhythmic playing. Nobody offers melodic leads, and the result is some super crunchy, locked in dance music. One of the more underrated jams of the fall.



12. “Carini” 10.25 II, Worcester, MA

The only thing holding this “Carini” out of the top ten is its brevity. Talk about Phish crack, this jam has it in droves.



13. “Theme from the Bottom” 11.2 I, Atlantic City, NJ

You youngsters wanna’ get a feel for the ’97 and ’98 era when any jam could plunge into gooey, danceable funk textures at any given moment? Well, it was kinda like this! This “Theme” evoked the quintessential sound of the era. Think Island “Cavern.”



14. “Down with Disease” 11.2 II, Atlantic City, NJ

During this tour, Phish featured several jams with monstrous peaks and many sick jams without big-time peaks. This is one of the latter. Locked in from the jump, this version passes through several stages of music with total fluidity, arriving at a gorgeous final segment.



15.  “Tweezer” 10.20 II, Hampton, VA

The most exploratory jam of fall tour came via Hampton’s third-night “Tweezer.” This loose, grungy and ever-darkening take on the classic vehicle gets quite abstract before the band finds salvation in the jam’s final sequence—some of the most special moments of tour. The reason I haven’t ranked it higher is because I don’t find it to be very cohesive in concept or execution, but a great piece of Phish nonetheless.



16. “Waves” 11.25 II, Worcester, MA

A soft-spoken psychedelic vignette. I’m not sure why this one hasn’t gotten more speak in the online community, but I absolutely love it.



17. “Drowned” 11.26 II, Worcester, MA

The only “Drowned” of fall popped off in a big way, focusing mostly on hard rock and uptempo groove. But the big payoff came when the band dripped into a surreal final segment centered around Jimmy Cliff’s “Sitting in Limbo.” The reason I didn’t rank this higher is because I don’t find most of the jam to be very original, despite the quality of play.



18. “Golden Age” 10.20 II, Hampton, VA

This locked in dance jam switched up the vibe from the previous “Tweezer,” and is—arguably—the more hooked up jam. Phish set the stage for Hartford’s tour-highlight version of “Golden Age” at Hampton, as the jam traveled an almost identical course. This one, however, take a more extensive glimpse into the storage shed.



19. “Ghost” 11.19 II, Hampton, VA

The triumphant scorcher from Hampton at number 19? What a tour!



20. “Light” 11.1 II, Atlantic City, NJ

This is an underrated jam that has lived in the shadows of the larger pieces of Atlantic City. The band gets into quite a unique—and very tight—conversation in this piece, a sort of avant-garde, jazz-laced groove. This “Light” ends with an abstract foray into an almost Dead-esque, free-form space—quite cool and experimental.

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  1. chris Says:

    first comment …yes!

  2. Spasm Waiter Says:

    What a tour! 20 prime nuggets.

  3. George W. Kush Says:

    Methinks when Miner has to start writing excuses on why he ordered tunes the way he did, this is a good sign. Plethora of great music this tour. Thanks for putting these up Miner.

  4. Kenny Powers Says:

    attention all AUD recording lovers:

    Chris King just upload 24/96 versions of what looks like ALL of his fall tour pulls. He goes by “kingkita”, and for the past few years he has been, IMHO, the most consistently high quality and dependable taper.

    With indoor audience pulls being what they are (not as clear and boomy-free as outdoor pulls, especially places with no roof), his recordings aren’t going to change your mind if you just can’t get into AUDs, but for those who dig them, you NEED to archive these in your collection. He doesn’t always provide the 24-bit versions, and these are 24/96 no less.

    I haven’t even sampled any of these. That’s how confident I am in him, and how pumped I am to get these on my hard drizzle.

  5. dorn76 Says:

    At the relentless pimping of Drowned earned it a caveat from Miner.

    Thanks man! Our cup runneth over with Phish guts.

  6. dorn76 Says:

    I’ll get some coffee and try to make some sense later. Cheers Fluffinaires!

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    that is cute, President Kush.


    Still have 3 NYE ticket together to trade for 3 together on the 29th or 28th?

    200 or lower

    elgranjustino at the gmailio dealio

  8. DavidSilver Says:

    No Possum?


  9. Spasm Waiter Says:

    They could have just kept that AC Tweezer pocket going for hours and I don’t think anyone would have stopped smiling or dancing. #crackgrooves

  10. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers…

    @miner: thanks for the list…you got some type-O’s in the dates…FYI.

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    Next Ten! and i thought I had to wait till next friday. Thanks for the playlist Miner.

  12. little umbrellas Says:

    “In this rhythm-ish era, the tag teaming of trey and page in sections like 11:30 in the Hampton GA are downright nasty. Page playing w such swagger.”
    !!! this section is so good. a big sound in fall tour.

  13. little umbrellas Says:

    $$$ ever-darkening $$$

  14. sumodie Says:

    Can’t believe I missed a jammed Theme -been waiting a long time for that to occur

    Thanks for picks, Miner

    So much goodness to choose from this tour I can’t even begin to assemble a numerical list. But I’ll take Miner’s word ;0>

  15. vapebraham Says:

    spinning a random show and i don’t know what it is. The screen on an ole playah is kaput, blank. So far I’ve heard a deliciously great DwD->Free. what comes next will help me pinpoint the date. It’s 3.0, but $$+ 3.0. I’m thinking 8.5.10 Greek. we shall see.

  16. vapebraham Says:

    no. it’s 5.28.11 Bethel woods (#line was the last piece to the puzzle). great DwD. dialed in 3.0.

  17. Stoney Case Says:

    Mr.Miner Says:
    November 17th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Hampton—loose, exploratory, successful at points, at other points overly-whaley and meandering.

    ^my work here is complete. will def stick around for the camaraderie and jovial exchanges.

    confusing day for the fLuffinaire’s, as Mr. Miner begins to sour a bit on the one pedal i won’t mention.

  18. Stoney Case Says:

    there was a link in the last couple days for a cool music compilation wasn’t there? anyone have something cool for me to DL?

    when do we start discussing the many ins and outs, pros and cons, fLuffs and hates for MSG?

  19. vapebraham Says:

    holy christmas, do they blow up this #line! climbing the ladder of wrong notes jam. $$$. sheer mayhem by trey and page, and assault mode drum and bass. how fast can we go down the #line. delic.

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    I hate that I won’t be there.


  21. vapebraham Says:

    touring the different houses jam in bethel makisupa. page’s house gets incredibly fat. $$$. spin that shit.

  22. Stoney Case Says:

    okay BB, here’s something I’ve been digging. David Holmes is a DJ from the UK. Puts down some nice mixes. I’ve only scratched the surface, so if it’s not your thing, pardon me.

  23. vapebraham Says:

    harry hood resides within fish’s house.

  24. dorn76 Says:

    Can I get some love for a guy with almost 700 yards rushing in the past 2 weeks?

  25. vapebraham Says:

    sorry if i’m late to the party, but this 5.28.11 bethel show is $$$. been listening form Ginteca on. Knee deep in a $$+ Hood now. wow.

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