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. gavinsdad Says:

    @skyballs –

  2. gavinsdad Says:

    friends were electric
    on the western side
    while triangles
    were shifting on the floor


  3. LAWN BOY formerly known as the Baker Says:

    greetings HOST& BB’rs,

    monica IS tom&trey…

    long-time no-lurk, no-post for THIS guy…cuz i’ve been ‘pewter/ipad/iphone-less for FAR too long!

    i left the ipad in Rockport, NY after Rochester…it was returned to my address by a nice young man who put me&my crew up for that night!
    i left the iphone in GF the following night…THAT young man has yet to return it; he does NOT receive a “nice”-tag, yet!!
    i AGAIN left the ipad in the nice young man’s car who took me from the HGB bus/train station to Reading…it’s STILL in State College!!!

    FALL TOUR was Amazing for my three shows and ALL the traveling…but i can’t seem to KEEP MY SHIT TOGETHER outside of Summer Tours& Festivals 🙁

    thanx for 20 songs to enjoy on THIS antique laptop at work tonight!


  4. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    gavisndad, there is a lot going on in that image.

  5. vapebraham Says:

    who’s the tranny in the fuego shirt?

  6. DavidSilver Says:


    We inch closer to ICP each day.

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    i see someone bringing a junior varsity chain game

  8. vapebraham Says:

    BGCA ’13 Seven below — $$$.

    9.1.13 It’s ice — $$.

  9. vapebraham Says:

    bgca ’13 RnR — $$$.

  10. aj Says:

    If you like Waiting all Night, you will love Sea & Cake.

  11. MiA Says:

    Foam (to me) was the band showing off. Willing to take a risk not nail a tough composed piece. First time I heard Foam it felt like it was 20 minutes long and one of the greatest first set songs I’d ever heard. Like hearing Dinner and a movie to open.

    Not sure I could ever feel the same about waiting all night

  12. joe Says:

    I like Sea and Cake and waiting all night.

  13. ren Says:

    I love Foam and concur with your thoughts there MiA. Last good Foam I heard may have been 1/1/11

  14. MiA Says:

    That is a great foam Ren.

  15. MiA Says:

    Last was Bill Graham this year. But I think UIC’11 was my fav. Plus they opened with Dinner and a Movie.

  16. MiA Says:

    For my Trifecta post, I think Waiting All Night is top 3 of the new songs for the album. Really good song.

  17. phishm Says:

    So cool, I emailed the band Aqueous and received a reply from their lead guitarist Mike Gantzer. I’m going to get to meet the band in Columbus on Friday. Can’t wait. Taking my brother. Should be fun. It’s been so long since I’ve made it to any show. Glad my brother doesn’t drink. I get to hang with him and have a designated driver.

  18. plord Says:

    Greek 3 Foam
    Blossom ’11 FYF->Foam
    SPAC 3 ’12 Foam

    All set the tone for deep sickness to follow.

  19. ren Says:

    Here’s to a frothy MSG!

  20. Gavinsdad Says:

    1/1/11 was when stoney laid down the Foam rule. Not comparing the tunes. Comparing vibes and not even like vibes so do with that what u will

    Sea and cake was our overnite driving sdtk from PNC to Oswego (the biz). That and ALOne. Love the sea and cake. You guys should all own Sam Prekops first solo album as well.

  21. Gavinsdad Says:

    Sheesh such show drama in ’11. Totally beefed w my wife about hitting that show. Drove up…saw stoney at the table, got the My Soul to open, then the Foam a bit later. We were all behind stage in the ring and seats. Palmer got his Crosseyed we were so stoked for him. He hasn’t avoided it since 😉

    Really did love those rings.

  22. ae Says:

    so sad, the demise of the rings.

    great image up top gavin. fuego!

  23. MiA Says:

    Didn’t know Stoney’s rule but I think I’ve been living with that one since ’94. Although I think almost every show I saw Foam.

    Alpine ’97 being my first second set Foam. Lotta catching up to do that set. The first mini “s” set.

  24. sumodie Says:

    Foam is always welcome. Def one of those tunes stuck on the 3.0 underplayed list. Just like Possum

  25. bobby weird Says:

    Phishm why do you feel the need to meet members of said band? Just curious.

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