Reader’s Picks: Luke Falk

8.24.2012 (Ryan MacNeil)

8.24.2012, Pelham, AL (Ryan MacNeil)

All selections and text by Luke Falk

Split Open and Melt” 4.16.92 I, Santa Barbara, CA

This tight rager showcases Big Red’s chops back in 92. Listening back, I’m struck, not only, by how absolutely all over the fret board he is, but by how he barely used to use any effects at all (to great effect). A great version that is completely overlooked.



YEM” 6.11.94 I, Morrison, CO

This first set of this Red Rocks show was broadcast on the radio, which is how I got a good quality copy that year. My vote for best ever “YEM” (possibly my favorite Phish jam ever), which somehow doesn’t get mentioned anymore with almost everyone’s attention falling on 12.9.95 and other versions.



David Bowie” 10.30.90 II, Crested Butte, CO

Not exploratory, but tight and intense, this early “Bowie” reminds me of the band’s recent gesture toward shorter, more economical playing. They really get right down to business here.



My Friend, My Friend” 2.26.97 I, Stuttgart, DE

The best version ever played.



Down By the River” 10.3.98 Farm Aid, Chicago, IL

This Neil Young sit-in gets my vote for second-best guest performance ever; a nasty extended jam for the benefit of small farms. (For the record, everything with Karl Perrazo is the best guest performance.)



Free” 6.17.04 I, Brooklyn, NY

This is the last good version of “Free.” And it is very good. The Trey and Mike jam ultimately inspired a horrible moment at Coventry, which, I speculate, is why they’ve never tried to jam it since.



Stash” 7.2.97 II, Amsterdam, NL

A 30-minute abstract monster to kick off one of my favorite sets ever.



Bathtub Gin” 2.28.03 I, Uniondale, NY

This multi-section, type II joyride foreshadowed what would come later in the show during “Tweezer.”



Suzy Greenberg” 12.28.03 II, Miami, FL

This version features a super funk throwdown and then explodes into an growling catharsis featuring Trey’s uncompressed tone.



AC/DC Bag” 8.9.8 Set II, Virginia Beach, VA

Just because it never gets old—of the top three or four versions ever, which kicks off the second set of a magical night in Virginia.

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460 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Luke Falk”

  1. BingosBrother Says:

    What is luke falk?

  2. ren Says:

    Had a full on “hobby” studio in my last shared living arrangement. We chose to go the tower route (mobility wasn’t an issue) and were very pleased with the decision.

    High as kite at 3am…making tracks with your buddies…last thing you want is to be pecking away on some micro-keyboard for hours on end. Big monitor helped a lot with those collaborative sessions as well so we all had a good view….lots of ports and what have you for all the connections necessary and easier to upgrade/reconfigure hardware

  3. littleumbrellas Says:

    Also dont no shit about this shit.
    I rock a reel to reel, modular synths, the bass, have a drooly analog effects set up, and can get down on other insturments enough to own good gear for all that shit…
    —–but i am computer ignorant—

  4. kayatosh Says:

    givin the Falk YEM a spin. he’s right about it.

    Luke Falk is a figmment of our collective imaginations.

  5. justin Says:

    thanks for sharing!!! digging IT

  6. joe Says:

    bb needs a “jam with others” phone app that allows you to have live jam sessions with people around the world (and records it too)

  7. ren Says:

    Most of my older friends on tour back in the day did not have their shit together enough to be getting me tapes. Used to go to a “hippie” shop out on Long Island called Prime Cuts. It was mostly a Dead shop that starting catching on to the Phish. I remember pouring through binders of setlists and picking shows I wanted just from how they looked on paper…which was always fun. Then as I got older and started hitting more shows (still pre SBD download days-obvi.) we would eagerly await the arrival of the tape from our last show. The time usually varied…we would call the owner of the store incessantly until he finally had it. We would gather up as much of the crew as we could, hop in the car and all make the trek to the store together. Buy the tape…head out to the parking lot…sesh…and have the first spin together.

    Don’t get me wrong…I like the fast SBD’s…but they don’t hold a candle to that experience.

  8. roberto luongo Says:

    we need to start working on tracks and passing em back and forth each adding some shit would be fun

    I like small things. I used the old Tascam maxell style 4 track for ever. loved that fuckin thing.

    but ya doubt I will be laying down Dark Side of the Moon on my macbook air

    but I’m a lo-fi guy. I like making things work with what I get not having all the tools in front of me.

  9. Selector J Says:

    @gdad – Missed seeing you this time around, too. I like the “finish dissertation -> Dick’s” idea. I think that I could even talk Mrs. Selector into it… Get the grandparents to babysit and hustle on up to Dick’s… Could even work bottled water or something at the campgrounds to offset costs… Definitely liking this idea.

  10. roberto luongo Says:

    I think I may be divorced by 1 year anniversary

    dated for 11 years no problem. less than 1 year of marriage and I’m already goin crazy.

    could be a fun summer tour. may have to come out of retirement and go wingman with some of the BB youngins searchin for those young west coast sisters

  11. joe Says:

    I use a crappy free app on the tablet to record and can’t figure out the delay when recording multiple tracks. ends up just becoming incoherent noise about 4 tracks in. but I’m usually pretty high when I mess around with it that I just keep adding tracks and making it sound even worse. at the time and in my headspace I like it. The next day I listen back and it sounds awful. (never mind that I’m not very good at playing anyways but the recording quality makes it much worse)

  12. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Falk YEM is fantastic. In the conversation with the fall ’95 big dogs.

  13. ren Says:

    I’m just surprised somebody married your grumpy ass AW (I keeed!!!!)

    Seriously though….you usually call her your “girl” or something other than wife. 11 years ain’t nuthin to sneeze at…must be doing something right

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Prime Cuts FTW. I remember that place.

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    I’ve been doing home recording since the early 90s, but my shit has move all digital and I have no actual analog gear anymore. The good soundcard is essential if you are going to be playing back live onto a real soundsystem. For recording in it may help but may not be very essential. It sounds like you have a bunch of analog gear that you want to record and track into Logic and are not as likely to be using VST’s and such to generate sound. The thing is, if you are actually going to properly “release” music then you would want it to be properly mastered as well, which would involve sending the individual tracks as files to a mastering company and they will master the individual sounds. You can also get good at mastering at home with a good mastering suite, but this tends to get very tricky as our ears can be untrue to our own music and you would need really good reference monitors, aka really flat ones, which are not really fun to use when making music itself.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    Palmer, I think if you dont like the first half of analyze phish 1 then abort mission, it is all sort of like that. I just find the concept funny (one comedian who is into phish tries to turn another comedian who hates them on to them via various means and then gets bashed by the persnickety phish community along the way for “doing it wrong”). I think it appeals to me in the sense that if I ever find myself speaking about phish with non phish people I become very aware of how foolish and dungeons and dragonish it all sounds.

  17. littleumbrellas Says:

    When i get this computer i’ll be able to send shit. Doesn’t have to be a Dark Side of the Moon to be fun.
    masterpiece or not, making music ia a good time.
    Receive a track+Hops+THC+ laydown a track+ send= the BB has a jam.

  18. Sumodie Says:

    “Gorge Pointers Help:

    I did Consider It Dan in ’09. Have a pair of friends who wanna make the trek for the first time. Can someone straighten me out on VIP camping vs reg camping vs offsite camping like WildHorse? What’s the good and where can you park an RV if they decide to go that route from SEA?”

    Official Gorge camping is a giant crop circle, with the VIP sections in the lower left quadrant, making it a closer walk to the venue. Check sat pics on google maps for a great overview. VIP is ostensibly quieter (need a wristband to enter patrolled gates), plus they offer a free shuttle to venue. Those are the only advantages, IMO

    Camping tix are sold per vehicle thru LiveNation, ~$60 std, ~$140 VIP premier, ~$200 for the terraces. Don’t think RVs pay more but dunno, also dunno if RVs park in a separate section within the campgrounds. VIP premier has sold out in the past, but not on the first on sale day

    In 3.0 we’ve only done std camping and have had great (respectful) neighbors. Only reason we may go VIP this year is to reduce the walking, depending on how many vehicles we have.

  19. angryjoggerz Says:

    Truth be told, all my music making these days is done on my ipad with apps that cost like $10 that do things that 20 years ago would have cost about $5000 combined. It is pretty unreal. I love the immediacy and tactile nature of these aps, and mostly just program lots and lots of beats that I bring to sessions with my friends where we all take turns on beats, then deconstruct them and scratch djs get up on them, as well as random mcs. We have some keyboards in the mix too as well as several sound effect boxes. It gets hella chaos at times, but it is essentially a 2 hour instrumental hip hop and dub jam session. Good for the soul. We have em all recorded too, pretty fun.

  20. littleumbrellas Says:

    Read back. “Know” . Correction.

    AC Birds on came up on shuffle.

  21. voopa Says:

    I thought for sure it was Silly Willy. Whoops.

  22. littleumbrellas Says:

    Joggerz, that’s what’s up. Yeah, id pay to get that shit mastered properly if i was gonna release it.

  23. vegas wolfmans Says:

    sumo and others- New Psychic Ills album (One Track Mind) now in my orange. Good listen. Think I prefer this one to the earlier stuff, although it is far less experimental.

  24. littleumbrellas Says:

    How much should i expect to pay for a good sound card on top of the computer?

  25. voopa Says:

    Heh, just a couple weeks ago some friends and I were pondering what it would take to have a TT-like server set up for beats, jamming and mixing as opposed to just playing tracks for each other. Seems possible, maybe once everyone has FIOS-like speed.

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