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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251 Responses to “The Next Ten”

  1. Ulysses S. Wingsuit Says:

    Stoney- Thanks for that David Holmes link. He did the soundtracks for the Ocean’s series, among others.

  2. Stoney Case Says:

    nice Dorn! Palmer got some of his rep back by pointing out that Tweezer. spun like 3 times in NYC that week, but went forgotten by me until recent. Such a sick jam. The little section that sounds like the 12/28/95 tweezer…..let me check your vid post and i’ll report the timing.

    where’s Zach?

  3. dorn76 Says:

    I wore out that Drowned 2 Summers ago, @vape.

    Full pack of athletic socks version.

  4. Stoney Case Says:

    sure thing US! had a lass from Spain working this year. Brought an iPod chock full o’ goodies I hadn’t heard. On Random, this David Holmes mix album kept popping up. Everytime, I’d walk over to see which track was playing.

  5. Jerome Garcia Says:

    First ever spin through 4/4/98. Top to bottom treatmenting that sonnuva. Thank you LP App.

  6. DavidSilver Says:

    Unky Silver. I like that.

    You ain’t the only one underwhelmed by that Gaper Tweezer Stone Loc. Shit is wizzeak.

  7. vegas wolfmans Says:

    4/4/98- Best 2001 ever? Likely.

  8. vegas wolfmans Says:

    It just never gets old to me.

  9. Stoney Case Says:

    Dorn and all, listen to the movement they start at 5:11 in the Tweezer video posted.

    5:11-trey’s licks around 6:00-7:00ish where the ’95 flavor creeps in-8:38 new movement.

    Phishstacy. Some of Trey’s sweetest playing of the return throughout this jam to my ears. Listen to him call the ancestors at 9:18 then some really tasteful digi

    everyone ought to spin the soundboard though. this boomy aud does not do justice to Trey’s playing IMO. love watching him dance with the pedals though.

  10. Stoney Case Says:

    crazy to hear Trey playing so many lead lines, after spending so much time in 2013 Fall’s rhythm scapes…..

  11. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Phish Stacy sounds sessy. Is she single? Bc if she is…

  12. dorn76 Says:

    Yeah, normally LazyL links the sbds to his vids…

    I’ll post a dropbox link to that Tweez in sbd in a few. There’s a few false peaks in that jam that make the final ascent and release that much sweeter.

  13. DavidSilver Says:

    Deemster’d the shit out my new niece. She gon be a hetty mama. Gapers Block.

  14. little umbrellas Says:

    Nice little chord progression at the end of Fuego.
    of course Fishman’s drumming on ‘the bridge’ (dnb part) is just fantastic. but thought the end of the tune deserves a nod in it direction.

    let’s hope that doubletime segment sees a 17min+ version at somepoint.

  15. little umbrellas Says:

    dusted space hubba’s and the ancient call of the whale.

    space time journey for the niecey.

  16. little umbrellas Says:

    The Line, way too Tory/Tony. wow HOAH’d Phish. hmmm

  17. little umbrellas Says:

    Monica> The Line

  18. dorn76 Says:

    12/28/12 Tweezer sbd (mp3)

  19. Stoney Case Says:

    Dornny on the spot! gonna post the timing for the start of the catfish jam…stay tuned…..

    the catfish lick often started by page on piano, then transferred to guitar by trey…

    16:44 of video. #catfish’d

  20. little umbrellas Says:

    either I’m crazy or the first four measures of Waiting All Night are reminiscent of the intro to YEM.

    first song to have a Moog Tauras Bass Pedals cat’s meow purr bass bomb in the written part of the tune.

    dig this song. Phishy.

  21. phishm Says:

    I learn something new everyday. I always thought a gaper was the kind of woman that you have fun with but never call back. Thanks for the update.

  22. little umbrellas Says:


  23. DavidSilver Says:

    Phishm leaves gaping holes in his wake.

  24. little umbrellas Says:

    Wombat. points to the new album for actually having something funky on it.

  25. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Me too, phishm. I’ll just go on an Olivia’s Pool. #pickled

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