TTFF: More Type II From 2011

Watkins Glen (Brian Ferguson)

This week, I figured I’d highlight some of the outstanding jams that didn’t make my personal “Top Ten” last week. This Friday’s playlist comes from the many Honorable Mentions from last Friday’s post. But as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so any “ranking” is purely opinion-based. Enjoy these ten gems—in no particular order—from the last year, while the 2012 rumor mill is already churning.


Down With Disease > No Quarter” 7/3, Watkins Glen, NY

There were so many great “Diseases” last year that Super Ball’s version, which is quite impressive, doesn’t often get mentioned. Powerful whole-band interplay laces this festival outing before the guys gradually moved into “No Quarter.”



Roggae” 8/5, The Gorge, Quincy, WA

This best-ever version of “Roggae” graced The Gorge at sunset before the band came out at night and dropped the defining music of this era.



Sneakin’ Sally” 6/4, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

The band builds from robofunk into some out-of-character psychedelia in one of the year’s most satisfying groove-based excursions.



Seven Below” 9/2, Denver, CO

This part of the “S” show was, perhaps, the most innovative jam from the summer’s final run.



Boogie -> Waves > Caspian” 5/27, Bethel, NY

The sequence that started 2011’s improvisational focus on the very first night of summer.



Simple” 1/1, NYC, NY

This blissful piece of improv moves into an ending so good that it could have been composed.



Drowned > Maze” 5/31, Holmdel, NJ

Phish gets into some dark and abstract music in “Drowned” that foreshadowed the Storage Jam at Super Ball.



Carini -> Tweezer” 12/28, NYC, NY

A dark-to-light “Carini” blended seamlessly into a funked-out “Tweezer—a high point of the New Year’s Run.



Light -> Dirt” 8/15, Chicago, IL

Another bass-led adventure through a musical wormhole.



After Midnight” 5/31, Holmdel, NJ

This surprise opener of PNC’s second set of four, went deeper than any version since Big Cypress.

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  1. garretc Says:

    I guess I know what I’m gonna listen to while working tomorrow, thanks Miner!

    Seems like a sign of the times that Miner needs to drop two (two!) disclaimers in the intro paragraph emphasizing the opinion-based nature of this list…

  2. Mike in Austin Says:

    Insomnia. But I think if I start listening to After Midnight, I’ll never get to sleep!

  3. Bwana Says:

    I think I’m hearing a Guy Forgot tease in the Superball Ghost at the 4:05-4:35 mark on the live Phish sbds… that’s great…

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    The circus is the place for me no doubt.

    Thanks Miner

    Lonnie Smith tonite in NYC peeps. Heads up.

  5. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Man, I hadn’t listened to the Holmdel Drowned>Maze since my drive up to DTE and I ask you, how did I forget this? $$$.

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Morning Kids

    Hope you all are doing well

    My parents are moving to San Francisco, and my dad and I are driving from Kansas City to SF starting today so that he has a car out there

    I’m excited for my parents and for myself because when I visit them ill be kicking it in San Francisco.

    Garretc and Robear I owe you emails.

    Have a good one, kids. Happy Friday.

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    Have fun and be safe on the road Silly.

  8. Jtran Says:

    cool silly, enjoy the trip!

  9. halcyon Says:

    Safe Travels Silly. If you are driving via I 70, and swing through the Vail Valley and Glenwood you will be in my neck o the woods.

    Great list Miner. 2011 was such a great year. Seven Below from Dick’s is one of my 2011 highlights.

  10. Mike in Austin Says:

    That sounds like a great road trip Silly.

    Don’t know how I would do with my dad for that long. I’d need lots and lots of car talk episodes.

  11. Mike in Austin Says:

    The Watkins Hlen photo is awesome. Looks like the Crab Nebulae or something.

  12. Mike in Austin Says:

    Glen. iPhone didn’t autocorrect that?

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    Thanks everyone


    I think we’re actually taking the Amarillo/Albuquerque/Flagstaff route because I’ve never driven it

    Plus we’re worried about the passes up north. We’re driving my dads mustang, haha.

  14. phoammhead Says:


    great playlist! you make my life so easy sometimes. 🙂

  15. bouncin fan Says:

    great list Miner. some of my favs too.

    the SBIX DWD is somewhat of a straight up rawker but this version shows you don’t have to go all type II ambient meltdown for a hot jam. just a bit more creativity and fresh feel. great high energy version that really got that field moving live.

    1/1 Simple – agreed the tail end of the jam is hard to believe didn’t come out of some kind of soundcheck or practice session. the full band just falls into that melodic passage so effortlessly and all at once. def one of the more unique passages of 3.0. Trey’s guitar solo pre- jam is also just $$$$. very nice stuff with Mike droppin tasteful bass along the way.

    Light > Dirt – under loved segment. this Light goes into deep Mike led psychedelia pretty quick. unique tripped out jam compared to other LIght’s. very nice.

    Sneakin Sally – def one of my 3.0 favs. Mike drops it into that 2.0 space and Page hits the synth washes. so $$$$. this jam has been revisited at the crib at high volumes many a nights getting lifted at the crib. pure psychedelic monster.

    have fun SW
    me and my dad in a car together for that long. better have some edibles at minimum

    first day clean and sober for this kid
    not much sleep but feeling better all ready
    one day at a time
    guess this time it wasn’t different
    have a good one. laterz.

  16. phoammhead Says:


    who’s the bum, now? 😉

  17. ReidIcculus Says:

    Morning BB

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    Fuckity fuck fuck.

    My wife came down with the horrible stomach thing last night (god help her, not a pretty ride) so I am home today with a squirmy 2 year old – all on the day that is pretty much one of my biggest days of work of the year, so going to have to do 8 party, 2 country conference calls from home while trying to get my kid to hush down.

    Pray for mojo.

  19. ReidIcculus Says:

    Be safe SillyWilly especially in Ohhhh AaaaLbaQuirky

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    I agree on the photo, that is one of the best I have seen. Gets me excited about phuture phish.

  21. Mike in Austin Says:

    Good luck AJ. Hope Mrs. Joggerz gets better soon.

  22. Little Buddy Says:

    Dr. Lonnie Smith puts on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Don’t miss it if you are in NYC. Seriously, some epic shit goes down at this shows. Downright religious.

  23. Little Buddy Says:

    Good luck, @Bouncin/AW/Poop! Never an easy task…

  24. Kaveh Says:

    @Miner: thanks for the music today and last week.

    Good morning BBers; Friday the 13th…make it a good one.

  25. Mike in Austin Says:

    Bouncin’ Poop made me laugh

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