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. littleumbrellas Says:

    “Good for the Soul.”

  2. littleumbrellas Says:

    You are number 2. Who is Luke Falk? By hook or by crook, we will get the information.

  3. Albert walker Says:

    I sample drums and sequence 808 drums. Worthless on a drum kit. Then loop a bassline. Mostly analog with some of it looped and some played through. Can play a bit of guitar bass and studied piano as a kid.

    Kinda similar to flylo’s recent shit but shitty and I ain’t no thundercat on bass

  4. Sumodie Says:

    Ha, ok, apparently I cannot post the website to WildHorse campground. Two posts eaten now

    Gdad, ask Butter and/or Snowbanks about that place. A quieter place less than 2 miles away with free shuttle. It will eventually sell out

    Hope your buds already have an RV reservation. BNCB mentioned scoring the last one in Seattle.

    And Ellensburg is the last town to stop for supplies from Seattle > Gorge. 45 minutes out

  5. hoedown Says:

    @ Palmer, try episode 3 and 4. Although some of it annoyed me I found thosr the most enjoyable.

  6. snow Says:

    What up BB?
    I was lurking and cannot resist computer talk.

    Littleumb- pretty much any macbook apple currently sells should get the job done… for a beginner.
    my main advice: go to a store to see which size you like best. There is no perfect size – the bigger the computer, the bigger the screen. THe smaller the computer, the more portable.
    SSD is awesome but you don’t need it.
    max out the RAM. It’s the best performance boost per $.

    You can get a USB soundcard if you need to add an external audio port.

    At the point you need something more powerful, you will know more…

  7. Sumodie Says:

    VW, I like the new Psychic Ills too but prefer Mirror Eye. Both album styles combined would make for a great live show, I think, tho I missed their recent tour with Föllakzoid

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sumo- What’s your plan for tomorrow? Do you know what time band hits stage? I’m rolling in solo.

  9. littleumbrellas Says:

    Snow, true. Want to make the best investment i can at this point is all.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Just spun Desert Sky Antelope… best ever…well, one of the best.

    Now Winston Salem Gin…


  11. kayatosh Says:

    carcked my last nugget nectar. me likey. smooth.

  12. littleumbrellas Says:

    Thanks though yall, seems i was headed in the right direction. BB comfirmith.

  13. littleumbrellas Says:

    Seems like there are enough people making music on here,! peeps should Orange it.

  14. littleumbrellas Says:

    Bebop Tango (Of the Old Jazzmen’s Church)

    Jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny.

  15. sumodie Says:

    Palmer, 3rd act from brooklyn, la big vic, opens. Tix say show starts at 7:30. Maybe first Chilean band at 9pm…?

    G is catching an opera 2-3 blocks from merc lounge at a venue called the box. I may be solo as early as 7pm

    Will def be in touch offline tmrw, and if i find exact set times will also let u know

  16. sumodie Says:

    LittleU, for some hot swingin new jazz check my orange for Rudresh Mahanthappa

  17. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    this 7/2/97 stash is wonderful. right up my alley. i have not heard this since i spun it the first time years ago.

    with regards to the reader’s picks- do we just send miner a list of ten picks with some writing and he supplies the tracks or do we need to send him the tunes as well? while i am not a luddite, i am new to the interwebz and sharing music.

    snow in the forecast- possible hooky tomorrow- not too many pow days left…

    one last thought/opinion- is fucking awesome…

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Heady- Miner has the music. You make picks and write.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    BTW- that Stash in on Mr. Palmer’s Mt. PhishMore

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    NYers. Mercury Lounge tomorrow night Follokzoid and Holydrug Couple.

    $10 tickets. Come on down.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    did miner really nominate a mt. phishmore. what tunes make it up besides the 7.2.97 stash?

  22. kayatosh Says:

    woops. read palmer as miner. alright, palmer, what’s your mt. phish ore?

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That’s hard, kaya. 4 jams…

    I’ll try..

    1. Stash 7/2/97

    2. Roses 4/3/98

    3. Halley’s 12.7.99

    4. Tweezer 2/28/03

    .. ask me again and a week and I’m sure some will be switched out. Top 2 are constant though. Numbers 3 and 4 are ” at the moment” selections

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    I gots mad lyrics for you talented hacks.

  25. littleumbrellas Says:

    Rudresh, unfamiliar. Will do.

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