2013 Year-End Awards

12.28.13 (Jake Silco)

12.28.13 (Jake Silco)

1st Team Type II Jam Vehicles of the Year: “Carini,” “Tweezer,” “Light,” “Down With Disease,” “Chalk Dust Torture,” “Golden Age”

2nd Team: “Ghost,” “Rock and Roll,” “Twist,” “Crosseyed and Painless,” “Piper”

1st Team Type I Jam Vehicles of the Year: “David Bowie,” “Bathtub Gin,” “Stash,” “Harry Hood,” “Wolfman’s Brother”

Jam Vehicle of Year: “Carini”

MVP: Jon Fishman

Best Music of the Year: “Down with Disease > Carini,” 12/29 MSG

Most Succesful Jam of the Year: “Down With Disease” 12/29, MSG

Most Sureal Jam of the Year: “Tweezer” 7/31, Stateline, NV

First Set Jam of Year: “Split Open and Melt” 7/6, SPAC

Most Sinister Jam of the Year: “Carini” 12/29, MSG

Grooviest Jam of the Year: “Carini” 12/29, MSG

Most Unique Jam of the Year: “Tweezer” 11/2, Atlantic City

Unexpected Jam of the Year: “Twenty Years Later” 10/29, Reading

Underrated Jam of the Year: “Carini” 7/5, SPAC

Best Under 10-Minute Jam of the Year: “Chalk Dust Torture” 7/16, Alpharetta

Comeback Jam of the Year:“Twist”

Best New Jam: “Energy”

Best New Original: “Fuego”

Deepest Pocket of the Year: “Carini” 12/29, MSG

Filthiest Funk of the Year: “Twenty Years Later” 10/29, Reading, PA

Most Adrenalized Moment of the Year: “Piper -> Taking Care of Business” 10/20, Hampton, VA

“Holy Shit!” Moment of the Year: “Woos!”  in Tahoe Tweezer—like it or not

Phishiest Moment of the Year: “Bush” funk jam in AC “Theme”

Best Guitar Solo: End of “Down With Disease” 10/29, Reading, PA

Most Fluid and Cohesive Second Set: 7/12 Jones Beach

Most Explosive Second Set: 10/20 Hampton Coliseum

Smoothest Segue: 7/6 “Carini -> Architect” SPAC

Worst Attempt at a Segue: “Sand > Light,” 7/10 PNC

Shreddiest Peak: “Ghost” 10/19, Hampton, VA

Blissiest Peak: “Down with Disease” 7/22, Toronto, ON

Best Song in Non-Traditional Spot: “Sneakin’ Sally” E, 11/1 AC

Best 3-Night Stand: 10/31-11/2 Atlantic City

Best 2-Night Stand: 7/26-27 The Gorge

Best 2-Set Show: 12/29, MSG, NY

Best 3-Set Show: 10/31, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City

Sleeper Show of the Year: 7/16 Alpharetta, GA

Outdoor Venue of the Year (Gorge not included): Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta

Indoor Venue of the Year: Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

Best / Most wide open GA Floor: Civic Center, Hartford, CT

Venue With Chillest Employees: Hampton Coliseum

Top “What Song Are They Playing” Moment: “Chalk Dust Torture,” 7/16 Alpharetta, GA

Most Underachieving Jam: “Backwards Down the Number Line”

Best Individual Performance at a Concert: Jon Fishman 8/31, Dick’s, Commerce City, CO

Best CK5 Moment: the “rain” effect at the drop of the Hartford “Tweezer” jam

Worst Show of the Year: 10/22 Rochester, NY

Most Absurd Moment of the Year: 7/19, Chicago—Canceled show mid “Caspian” with no rain

Hardest Rainstorm of the Year: 7/12 Jones Beach

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8,179 Responses to “2013 Year-End Awards”

  1. btb Says:

    Anyone every drank KBS out of a gigantic mug? Yeah….leave that shit up to this guy 🙂

  2. MiA Says:

    Still no dates? Fuck it. I’m going on G Love and Special Sauce tour.

  3. phishm Says:

    Love that JBG there Stoney. I took that entire set 2 in the other night after taking in the entire set 1. I’m sure I babbled on here for a while after being spun out by that gem.

  4. ren Says:

    I may have to plan a BB fest around those Randalls dates. Would need to acquire a port-o-let and an outdoor shower. Will set up tents in the garage and my 10’x10′ plot of astro turf in my “back yard” Should have that new pellet smoker by then as well.

  5. George W. Kush Says:

    gosh I hope 3 nights at MPP is incorrect. That place is simply awful in every aspect. Cop city, horrid lawn, sweltering heavy air under the roof, maze-like roads in/out of the venue, and generally bad bro-infused D.C. crowd who show up on a million party busses. 1 night there is too many. Some places, despite their history, do not need to be revisited.

  6. MiA Says:

    Saw it again > Waking Up

    Dublin, Ireland.

  7. George W. Kush Says:

    no AV>DC on this dates list is also suspect. the every-other-year rotation has held up nicely thusfar with those stops and Gorge.

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    I’m gonna need some proof doppelstoner.

    Muggles? That’s the last time you stay here.

  9. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    washington could have learned something from colorado- they are doing this ass backwards. i don’t understand why they are setting things up like this:


  10. Kaveh Says:

    I think AV has been replaced by Chicago, in my opinion. Since 2009; they haven’t come close to selling that place out.

  11. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    i have never had a band time a mpp, but i know what you are saying, gwk. a three night run at mpp would be a bit much.

  12. Stoney Case Says:

    my new pitch for Shapiro:

    ” A DC release ala Ventura would be noice. 4 show box…DC 97/98″

    I’ll suggest he call it “Bush’s Kush Picks”

  13. garretcorncob Says:

    Why stop at ’97/’98? There’s like, 10 years* of DC runs to pack in to one giant box set.

    *I didn’t count

  14. sumodie Says:

    Greenboard now saying Randall’s is off the map

  15. Sparx Says:

    High roller buddy of mine just texted me he has 4 VIP Phish tix to xfinity ctr. (Mansfield MA) for July 1 Did dates drop and I missed something?

    Dude does not bullshit

  16. sumodie Says:

    Sparx, nothing official but july 1 Great Woods has been rumored

  17. phunky58 Says:

    Highly disagree with best music of the year coming from any of the new year run. DWD–>Carini from 12/29 is getting way too overhyped imo. The real magic and best music of the year comes from fall tour pure and simple. and that’s just the facts jack.. Summer tour couldn’t hold a candle to fall tour either imo (not sayin it didn’t have some moments but not like summer tour 2012). And the Tahoe tweezer is still overrated imo. they never got into a nice groove until around the very end. Prior to that it was disjointed and their communication was off.

  18. phishm Says:

    “And the Tahoe tweezer is still overrated imo.”

    I disagree

  19. Stoney Case Says:


    welcome to the reversahyperbole chamber

    for my tastes, the stretch from Reading through AC the musical/momentum peak of the past year. barely edging the stretch from Gorge to Hollywood. Really think both nights gorge, both nights tahoe, 1st and 3rd night BGCA were all really great to fantastic.

  20. Stoney Case Says:

    oh yeah,

    Tahoe Tweezer, Still under-rated

  21. btb Says:

    I would ask anybody who was at the show if that Tahwooe Tweezer was overrated.

    Chances are, nobody is going to say that except that wo0k that took a shit in the parking lot before the show.

  22. joe Says:

    I’m crushed to find out that I was wrong about every hoops game I’ve watched from Dayton, I’ve thought was being played in the area that phish brought the heat. (I did watch a wright St. game earlier this year – I may or may not have some degenerate tendencies that have me financially interested in horizon league games being streamed online)

  23. btb Says:

    ^on the parking lot!

  24. RicksFork Says:

    BTB, I was going to dub you the Stout Sage…

  25. roberto luongo Says:

    very few of my fav jams are from 2014. great fall tour but some of my favs of 3.0 are from random other tours.

    Tahoe Light
    Greek CDT>Light
    GOrge 2011 RnR
    Miami BOTT
    Dicks 12 Light
    Greek Cities
    Blossom Sally
    Bethel Waves
    Dicks 12 Undermind

    I do love that Hampton show from fall with the nasty Tweezer > GA though

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