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. phoammhead Says:

    i don’t know, mia . . i hear you, but i kinda like also those stealies that have those contrasting corners . . el dude has a really cool one.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    what is your stealie stealing, phoam? cannot make it out

  3. Mike in Austin Says:

    True too. It was done on purpose, so looks great.

  4. Mike in Austin Says:

    Love Gary Farrell but $$$ wines.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:


  6. phoammhead Says:

    hold on . . give me just a second . . while i puff this .. . . .

  7. phoammhead Says:

    does a stealie have to be stealin’ somethin’ . . . just sayin’ . . .

  8. phoammhead Says:

    2 out of 3 wouldn’t be bad . . . lets. do. this.

  9. garretc Says:

    c-c-c-c-c-c-c-combo breaker!

  10. butter Says:

    And I can’t mention Brogan Cellars without mentioning Williams Selyem – they make an excellent Pinot

    Margi is the daughter of Williams, and is the winemaker and owner of Brogan Cellars

  11. butter Says:

    Bulls knocking off the celts was fun

  12. phoammhead Says:

    whaaa . . . . damnit! gC! who’s the bum . . . now? ha!

  13. butter Says:

    Yea Mia, Russian River Pinot has skyrocketed, 50 is the new 30 and 100 is the new 50

  14. vegas wolfmans Says:

    The Holmdel Drowned from 5/31 really is the goods. I much prefer the dark and abstract to the life-affirming, uplifting shit- most of the time. Funny, although I was off the bus or too fucked up to remember much of 2.0, I find myself going there pretty frequently when I listen to phish these days. Maybe just because it feels new to me and I love the searching- regardless of the outcome. I was so done after Vegas and Tweeter ’04 and Coventry that I think I mistakenly dismissed the whole era based on those horrible experiences coupled with the downward trajectory of my personal life during that time. Now, I freaking love it- warts and all. I’ll happily tolerate slop during the composed section of Reba if you’re gonna reward me later that show with a 50 minute ASIHTOS>Piper. Twice on Sunday.

  15. butter Says:

    And honestly @MIA – the value lies in the up and comers such as Jigar and Kokomo…. Awesome wine at an awesome price

  16. joemeg Says:

    alright butter i’d appreciate it if you would stop talking up the pinots while i’m drinking my $8 bottle of wine

  17. joemeg Says:

    Both me and Meg really like the Rodney Strong so you really ruining this bottle for us 🙂

  18. butter Says:

    Much love to Rodney Strong, @joemeg 😉

    my wife used to work in the tasting room, and my bro’s wife worked there too until just recently

  19. Mike in Austin Says:

    I’ll check that out butter. Have you ever had Baileyana?

  20. tzara's Says:

    Hey butter, I’m heading to Napa/Sonoma later this month. I think we are visiting a new winery, Ram’s Gate. Maybe a dinner in Healdsburg. Should be fun. Any Pliny the Younger sightings in S Rosa?

  21. joemeg Says:

    Rodney Strong brings back great memories for us. I need to switch back to drinking good wine. Meg just corrected me this a $6 bottle of wine. Not that bad though.

  22. tzara's Says:

    I thought the best Pinot was from Oregon? JK Carriere or Domaine Drouhin are great. Had Kosta Browne recently. Not impressed.

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    Is it wrong to wish/dream/hope for a 2012 Phish run that has a nice chunk of time between Eugene and a return to the Greek – enough time for some good bb time in wine country? Come on, know your audience.

  24. angryjoggerz Says:

    Loving this Chicago Odense Ensemble LP that Tela’s dropped earlier. This is my kinda music.

  25. joemeg Says:

    Is it wrong to wish/dream/hope for a 2012 Phish run that has a nice chunk of time between Eugene and a return to the Greek – enough time for some good bb time in wine country? Come on, know your audience.

    That sounds awesome. I think I’d have to take the whole family. The gorge -> Autzen then head South. The dream West coast tour

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