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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653 Responses to “TTFF: More Type II From 2011”

  1. Jtran Says:

    For a change of pace today

  2. JMelby Says:

    Do you know a guy named Traul? From that part of Colorado.

  3. stapes Says:

    @SW – stop in ABQ at the Frontier for a monster cinnamon roll. So good. So unhealthy.

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    Healthiest thoughts to your wife, AJ

    Hang in there, Boucin Poop. Hope you continue to feel better, man.

  5. halcyon Says:

    Cool SW! Either way should be good, this has been a relatively dry winter.


    Don’t know a Traul.

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Nice, Stapes!

    I would love any recs for places to stop from Oklahoma City to SF

    my pops might be tempted for the fast food, but if I can suggest interesting alternatives, we might be able to keep him on the straight and food narrow.

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    and…I don’t care so much for the health aspect as I do for the whole anti-corporate thing

    i know. doesn’t make perfect yuppie sense. but i’d rather kill myself with local products than ones shipped in from across the country on the back of mindless underpaid labor.


  8. Fly Says:

    Mornin’ guys

    Haven’t been around the last few days, just wanted to say hi

    What’s up with all the avatars? Missed that

    Mike I owe you an email buddy

  9. Fly Says:

    And yes big mojo to you AJ and SW on the road

  10. bouncin fan Says:

    SW still pissed at MCD’s for giving him the Sandusky on his food post show

  11. Jtran Says:

    Can’t wait to go back to the Liberty Diner


  12. SillyWilly Says:

    Horseplay’d my fucking McChicken.

  13. bouncin fan Says:

    interesting paradox having the hillbilly deny you MCD’s post show

    may have just had your back. was pissed at the rest of us that got our food.

  14. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Safe travels, SW.

  15. SillyWilly Says:


    he was thinking: I got you, bro, but i’ll feed these dudes their poison.

  16. stapes Says:

    Also El Patio for good (New) Mexican food in ABQ.

    I pretty much did that same drive in 03 on the way to tour opener in Phoenix.

    You guys stopping along the way or just high tailing it out there?

  17. kayatosh Says:

    bouncin clean and sober? has the world come to an end? doesn’t include erbs right? please tell em you’re not givin up the erbs.

  18. Mike in Austin Says:

    Gift horse’d

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    Trying to be in SF by Sunday afternoon

    Probably going to stop in Oklahoma City tonight, and try to get all the way into Cali or at least Flagstaff, Saturday night.

  20. halcyon Says:


    You stilll out here: Mike Gordon 3/18 The Borderline, London, UK date added after Amsterdam.

  21. Robear Says:

    So, the two brothers that trashed my rental house are named,

    Brian & Robert

    Man I hate that song now.

  22. litteringand Says:

    If your just kicking in the dry walls,

  23. kayatosh Says:

    trashed robear’s rental house? what kind of world are we livin in? lame things happening to great people. doesn’t make sense.

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    Jesse Pinkman’d?

  25. Mike in Austin Says:

    Protip: Don’t pour Hydroflouric Acid in bathtubs.

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