Reader’s Picks: Joe M.

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 All selections and text by Joe M.

YEM” 12.28.93 II, Washington, DC

The first of many “Oh man, you really should have been there last night!” lot conversations. Some fiery work by Trey once the jam hits stride.

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If I Could” 7.1.95 I, Mansfield, MA

I had this tape from the FM broadcast (RIP WBCN) in my car and played it exclusively for quite some time. Love this rendition which came early in the night.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/1.03-If-I-Could.mp3]

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Simple” 12.31.96 II, Boston, MA

Another WBCN tape that doubled my collection at the time. Not a noteworthy two-night stand in most people’s opinion. A highlight was night one when the sound went out and we couldn’t figure out if they were just fucking with us. This version of “Simple” is pretty compact but brings back fond memories of my beat up Toyota Corrola.

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Timber (Jerry)” 11.28.97 II, Worcester, MA

My one and only time in the front row. Epic staring contests with Trey all night. This is the second set opener. Gets into a pretty dark place in the jam before coming back to the lyrics.

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Maze > Shafty” 4.5.98 II, Providence, RI

My buddy’s first-show-going girlfriend dropped to the floor between us during the middle of this one. The lights and jam were a little too intense for her.

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Piper > Dog Faced Boy” 12.8.99 II, Portland, ME

The night after everyone’s favorite CCCC ’99 jam [‘Halley’s Comet”]. General Admission in the whole building for those two nights. I have vivid memories of being really moved by “Dog Faced Boy” after an intense “Piper.”

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Harry Hood” 7.6.00 II, Toronto, ON

In honor (honour) of the band’s return to Canada this summer.

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Cool it Down” 7.29.03 I, Burgettstown, PA

A swanky take on the Velvet Underground cover.

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Backwards Down the Number Line” 8.16.09 II, SPAC, NY

The second set opener from first summer tour closer of the return. Gets pretty far out. I wish they’d tack on an abstract jam to this tune again.

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Undermind” 11.29.09 I, Portland, ME

Another song from ’09 and another one from Portland, ME? This ten tune thing isn’t as easy as Mr. Miner makes it look after all. Love the sonic freakout portion of this one though.

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1,083 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Joe M.”

  1. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah we had a basically shitty crowd experience like that @IW particularly in set 2 once peeps were really lit

    I will say though that they have significantly improved the sound, it’s not loud in the back, but it is much more clear than it used to be

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    Picking up my 4 bottles on the way home today @t3…can’t wait. After the week I’ve had, I may consume two tonight.

    Worst talkers I’ve experienced in the past couple years were at Tahoe in ’11. And they seemed to be everywhere going non-stop. It was far quieter in the beer line than in the crowd.

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    And good to see ya back around these parts @Mr. C. Sorry to hear about your boy’s scare, but glad it’s turned out alright (assuming that’s the case anyway). Take care out there.

  4. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    thanks for the tab reviews. i, personally, am not into modern day tab, but i like hearing about the shows. i am waiting for that one review that would make me want to seek out some solo trey. i heard that people were looking to trade phish bgca and tahoe tix for tab portland tix. i don’t understand, but to each their own…

    stapes and telas- the late spring snow and cold is a blessing. i am sure it sucks being on the front range in april with snow and cold, but remember last spring when we had hot weather and no snow- the entire state caught on fire during the summer. summer will come- it always does.

    peace.

  5. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    thanks for the tab reviews. i, personally, am not into modern day tab, but i like hearing about the shows. i am waiting for that one review that would make me want to seek out some solo trey. i heard that people were looking to trade phish bgca and tahoe tix for tab portland tix. i don’t understand, but to each their own…

    stapes and telas- the late spring snow and cold is a blessing. i am sure it sucks being on the front range in april with snow and cold, but remember last spring when we had hot weather and no snow- the entire state caught on fire during the summer. summer will come- it always does.

    peace.

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    word Leo he is ok thanks, lost a lot of strength, flexibility and endurance, still dealing with the emotional trauma/fallout bits but I think it is all going according to a natural healing pace

  7. btb Says:

    I really love a good GD ‘sunshine’….those are some great jams.

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    I’m just bummed I hesitated slightly too long on Prince tickets. That’s the show of the year in Portland hands down no question with very little chance of anything happening even in the same general league

    I was on the fence and then a work thing blew up and by the time I thought about it again they were all gone

    MMW is fun, acoustic MMW will be great but Prince in a small venue is the shit

  9. btb Says:

    Talkers be talkin’

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    say what you will, but fifteen years ago today was Panic in the Streets, a truly unique event.

    I’d be surprised if we didn’t have at least one at least somewhat regular who attended

  11. snow Says:

    Sorry to hear about your boy’s scare too MrC. that must have been unbelievably shitty. Glad to hear he is recovering.

  12. btb Says:

    talkers be talkin’

    bummer

  13. stapes Says:

    I’m all for the moisture Heady. Just kinda ready for warmer weather. Need to get back to those rainy springs and summer thunderstorms like we used to have. I’m sure I’ll be crying for rain in a few months.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    totally forgot to comment on it, but yesterday was the 20YL for one of my favorite epic weird phish encore experiences, the Ann Arbor BBFCFM, which capped off yet another fun night that I remember most musically for that YEM.

    today’s 20YL is the second night of that stand, which had the funny “feelings” interlude in IDK and a lonely (though big) Mike’s without its groove. probably the best two days I’ve ever spent in that whore of a town 😉

  15. Leo Weaver Says:

    Ha, ya baited me @t3. I was right there in the middle of that craziness. Crazy crazy weekend in Athens. Had friends roll into town with a milkjug of various pressies and a zip of powpow. We didnt’ sleep from Thursday-Monday.

  16. stapes Says:

    Got one 420 Enjoy By left that I’m waiting to crack tomorrow. I feel ya on this work week @Leo. Rough one.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I wore that VHS tape ( yes…VHS tape) out.. re: Panic in the Streets..

  18. snow Says:

    Looks like the season opening NFL game won’t suck: Ravens at Broncos. I’ll take it!

  19. stapes Says:

    Ha! I owned the VHS too.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Weird that the Ravens, defending champs , don’t get to open at home.

  21. Snigglebeach Says:

    So is that greensky bluegrass show this sat at paradise?? A lot of folks going?

    I want to go, but 4/20 in the city, in the paradise, = no pot smoking. Seems all wrong.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    snig, it is at the middle east in cambridge.
    I’ll be there as will joe.
    not sure of any others kangfirmed

  23. voopa Says:

    The Ravens faced the issue of convincing Major League Baseball to move the Orioles’ scheduled home game on Thursday night, Sept. 5, in order to accommodate the 2013 NFL Kickoff game and were pinched because of religious holidays. Roger Goodell expressed optimism at the 2013 NFL owners meetings that the league could work with MLB, the Orioles and the city of Baltimore to make something work.

    And the Ravens were even invited to opening day. But, ultimately, the Orioles decided they wouldn’t budge on moving their game to help out the local football team.

  24. btb Says:

    I’ll be doing June 7-8th at Bell’s Brewery for Greensky Bluegrass

    Can’t freakin wait

  25. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    “Need to get back to those rainy springs and summer thunderstorms like we used to have.”

    ^ agree whole heartily

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