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. tela'smuff Says:

    ahhhhhh… Enjoy By, how i missed you.

  2. halcyon Says:

    I think Phish needs to bust this out this summer. Cactus can sing this…

    Christine’s Tune by The Flying Burrito Brothers

    Some great guitar licks in this song.

  3. halcyon Says:

    ^ Just a thought really, itching to hear some new tunes, covers, etc etc.

    @ Joe – shovelled another 8″ yesterday. Shovelled more snow this year than all the years lived in the mtns combined.

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    i stand by my statement that Enjoy By is a better beer than Pliny the Elder. I’m going to go one step further and say it’s better than Pliny the Younger. I just don’t think you’ll find a better fresh hop Imperial IPA on the market, at least in bottles.

    Enjoy By
    Heady Topper

    that’s my 5 right now.

  5. littleumbrellas Says:

    Tela’s, agreed.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    I had that Hop Zombie from NZ this weekend and for my limited experience was one of the best beers I have ever had. My wife liked it too, said it tasted like drinking forest.

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    it’s exciting when the wife gets into IPA’s my wife is a borderline hop head in the making.

  8. littleumbrellas Says:

    My Enjoy By sources have been tapped. Gotta find another spot.
    … Redrocks 94 SOAM, Green Flash West Coast locked and loaded.

  9. MiA Says:

    Now I want to open an Enjoy By…

  10. kayatosh Says:

    pass the enjoy by.

    nice mt. phishmore, palmer

  11. P.S.H.S Says:

    Sent miner a readers picks list, even if he doesn’t use it, it was still fun to do. I chose songs from shows I attended. It’s always good to go back and look at set lists that I’ve been to, and stir up some memories

  12. MiA Says:

    SSD is awesome but you don’t need it.

    I took an older 2008 17″ MacBook Pro (dual core 2.4 Ghz 4 Gb RAM) tgat was showing its age, and put in a 240 Gb SSD from OWC Mercury Electra and my boot times are 16 seconds. I can open almost every app on my computer in 10 seconds.

    It blazes. I’d say a SSD is the best money I’ve ever spent in a computer.

    Bought a e-Sata express card and it’s super fast too.

    You can buy e-Sata USB 3 if you want. But since most audio stuff is still USB 2 I don’t think you really need it.

    Very happy with what I have.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’m saving my last eb4.1.13 for when I get back from my work trip to MI next week. I’ll be fresh off some quality beers from the mitten but it’ll be nice to crack that bad boy open after a long week away.

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  15. MiA Says:

    It’s by my work. Would go check out for interested parties.

  16. littleumbrellas Says:

    Falk SOAM, weird mix on this. The bass is exceptionally clear, but i cant here the piano.

  17. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yep, just paused as I reached over my last EB…this weekend, my beauty.

    Agree it’s better than Pliny Elder.

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    i didn’t warm to this new Tame Impala lp as much as some, but the more i listen, them ore i appreciate it. great songs, good vibe, nice flow.

  19. voopa Says:

    That’s just the way some of those early SBDs are, lu. Sometimes not everything went through the PA depending on hall sound, available inputs, etc.

    And if the original SBD had hard panned L/R instruments (most from this era did), a keyboard or two could easily get summed out of the mix by mistake. Don’t remember the exact deal w/4-16, guess I need to listen again…

  20. stapes Says:

    Tela’s – I agree. Opened an Elder right after the Enjoy By. No contest really. Granted, the Enjoy By was bottled less than a week ago and the Elder was from late Jan, which I had held onto probably too long. But still….may have to go get more tomorrow.

  21. littleumbrellas Says:

    Lonerism, Apocalypse Dreams, love the crazy jump cut style transitions.

  22. stapes Says:

    How much is putting in a SSD going to run you? Ballpark.

  23. MiA Says:

    From ~$60 to ~$230 for OWC. 30 GB to 240 GB.

  24. stapes Says:

    Good to know. Have a Macbook from 2008 (???) that is slowing down. Wouldn’t mind putting that amount into it and hoping it last a bit longer before having to by a whole new machine.

  25. BNCB Says:

    RL almost went MiA. I may have save a second round of arguments.

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