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. Dorn76 Says:

    Perhaps unwittingly, GDad has presaged the next Maki “key word” will relate somehow to smoked meats.

  2. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    2009: 7 songs (5 from RR/Gorge, probably missing 1 or 2 from NYE?)
    2010: 6 songs (no pattern or cluster)
    2011: 6 songs (no pattern or cluster)
    2012: 9 songs (5 of them at Dicks)
    2013: ** 18 songs ** (no pattern)
    Fall tour 2013 only: ** 12 people. TWELVE. **

    Silly Phishies, not normalizing for volume of shows. Here is the expected number of extended jams (by @plord’s criteria on p.3) per show for 3.0:

    2009: .135
    2010: .125
    2011: .146
    2012: .243
    2013: .474
    Fall 2013: 1.000

    I.E., in 2010, the band on average played one extended jam every eight shows. In fall 2013, the band on average played one every show. Things are getting mathematically realer.


  3. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Whatevs Admiral…your math is Mon Calamari & therefore fishy by nature. But you’re right things are getting realer in 2013. Let’s hope that holds up in 2014 & beyond.

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    You’ve blown your cover Ackbar.

  5. sumodie Says:

    Bingos, was thinking the same thing. One TL;DR too many ;0>

  6. sumodie Says:

    Shpongle have announced a massive, nationwide “Museum of Conciousness” spring tour:

  7. bob dylan Says:


  8. Stoney Case Says:

    sphongle in arcata. predict it will be smokey

  9. plord Says:

    No VT Shpongle dates this time :/

  10. MiA Says:

    I think I’m kinda sad to know who Ackbar is now, but wanna shake his hand never-the-less.

    Great run Ackbar. Great run.

  11. Stoney Case Says:

    do those stats make 2013 #TooJammy?

  12. joe Says:

    you’re cover still isn’t blown with me, Akbar, same goes for about 80% of alias names here.

  13. joe Says:

    ugh your

  14. joe Says:

    lest I offend the grammar po po

  15. Stoney Case Says:

    miner giving some extra love to the AC3 DWD and Tweezer today……

    “Wow, this Percy Harvin guy is really good”

    -said all the peeps in Seattle that just started following the NFL last year when the Seahawks became relevant

  16. MiA Says:

    I am not a Kush.

  17. DavidSilver Says:

    Is Zimmys girlfriend black?

  18. Jerome Garcia Says:

    I’m w/ you joe. I know not who Ackbar is other than his math is inherently fishy.

  19. MiA Says:

    Simple math. Just divided jams by shows for the year. 2009 having more shows, rarity of extended jam even greater.

  20. MiA Says:

    Ackbar is Al.

  21. vegas wolfmans Says:

    ZZYZX is Ackbar? Figures.

    Glowhawks!! Plenty of room on the bandwagon- so says PNW transplant new to the bandwagon (last year when the Seahawks became relevant). C’mon in. The water is wet.

  22. DavidSilver Says:

    Percy Harvin 1 catch 17 yards

  23. joe Says:

    a little espn app on the tablet tonight makes me happy at work. no pats for the last 2 sundays seems like an eternity since they’ve played.

    where does this rank in the heady standings?

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    You never know is the overlooked gem of wing suit set. Devotion to
    a dream will also be huge. A nod to all the catfish jams of the last two years…

  25. little umbrellas Says:

    jesus bobbie D !.hadnt seen that one yet

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