TTFF: First Set Situations

12.28.13 (Jake Silco)

For this playlist, I tried to go for a bit more under the radar, first set jams from the golden years. Hope you enjoy

Ghost > Yamar” 7.31.97 I, Mountain View, CA

Quite the opening couplet for a summer show.


Split Open and Melt” 8.12.96 I, Noblesville, IN

A filthy, second-song “Split” while the sun still shone in the cornfields.


Reba” 10.15.98 I, San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore “Reba.”


Tweezer” 11.14.98 I, Cinncinatti,OH

A ferocious first-setter that combines grooves and ambient-melodica a la Fall ’98.


Cities” 7.31.98 I, Columbus, OH

A classic first-set jam from the Summer of ’98. Here’s the one well-known jam I let slide, because frankly, I always forget about it.


Free” 8.14.97 I, Darien Center, NY

Here’s an early version of “Free” fully breaking loose.


Tweezer” 12.4.99 I, Cinncinatti, OH

Here’s another first set “Tweezer” from the very next year in the same building. Listen to how profoundly the band’s sound has transformed from the ambient-laced groove palette in ’98 to the ominous, layered and millennial monstrosity on the brink of Big Cypress.


Gumbo” 12.13.99 I, Providence, RI

Here’s another little first set Winter ’99 nugget that delivers. So smooth. So heavy.


Harry Hood” 8.10.97 I, Noblesville, IN

A unique and under-the-radar version that deserves so much glory.

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