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Episode 66: Nerdgasm, Part 2


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The Ultimate Phish ‘Nerdgasm’ Part 2: Rounds 1 & 2

Hello and welcome back for Part 2 of the Ultimate Nerdgasm, our take on a “March Madness” style tournament. What separates this from similar brackets are the six rules developed by panelist Chris Glushko and guest .netter Steve Paolini. These rules guided the selection of the 64 jams that we discussed on this episode. Before listening, you absolutely need to listen to the last episode and print out this bracket in order to follow along at home. Over the course of this episode, we voted from the original 64 jams down to the Sweet Sixteen and played clips (each exactly three minutes) for some of the closest matches. Each selection should be credited to the collective consciousness of Chris and Steve. Their Phish nerdiness is truly remarkable. Of course, that left me as the deciding vote on a few occasions, a task that was quite challenging at times. Fortunately, it’s hard to go wrong at the end of the day since all of these selections will fill your ears with hosey goodness.

How would you have voted on these 64 Jams? “Who” do you want to see make it the Final Four? Let us know below, and stay tuned for the final installment of The Ultimate Phish “Nerdgasm” next week.

- Steve

Phish March Madness Sweet16

Phish March Madness Sweet16.xls

Episode 66

Title: Nerdgasm, Part 2.

Record Date: 03/08/2013

Host: Stephen Olker

Producer: Chris Glushko

Guest: Steve Paolini

Run Time: 1:44:25

File Size: 154.5 mb


01) 11/23/97 Gin 14:00 – 17:00 – East 1

02) 06/26/04 Boogie On 09:00 – 12:00 East 1

03) 12/31/99 Melt 16:00 – 19:00 South  1

04) 04/2/98 Twist 13:30 – 16:30 South 1

05) 07/04/00 Jibboo 22:00 – 25:00 – Midwest 1

06) 12/30/97 Bag 13:30 – 16:30  – Midwest 1

07) 05/22/2000 Ghost 17:15 – 20:15 West 2

08) 12/29/95 Gin > The Real Me 09:50 > 01:45 West 2

09) 12/2/97 Yamar > (Weekapaug) 11:00 – 14:00 South 2

10) 07/22/97 DWD>Mikes 17:30 > 00:30 South 2

11) 12/6/97 (Tweezer) > Izabella 6:00-9:00 Midwest 2

12) 02/28/03 Tweezer 13:30 – 16:30 Midwest 2

PS: Please note that this and the last episode were recorded live and back to back, a first in Type II history. This may account for some differences in audio quality, both good and bad at times. And by the time this episode wrapped up, it was well after midnight and a few empty beer containers may have been found in the vicinity.

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12 thoughts on “Episode 66: Nerdgasm, Part 2

  1. I have to disagree about the 95 Weekapaug being the best. I was there. I was also at 12/28/94 (listen!) which I consider the the best. It gives me chills everytime I hear it. I think I even liked the 12/31/94 version better than 95. And where is the 12/31/94 Maze????? If tension and release isn’t a huge factor in picking jams, then I don’t understand what is…. opinion? Yes. But I’m still right. hahaha

    • I suppose a deciding factor seems to be if there are sbds available to help judge too…. shouldn’t be though. Jams aren’t better just because there is a sbd recording of it in circulation. Hell, I got opinions all day. Can I join you next time? ;)

  2. I dont understand how not 1 version of 2001 made the tourney.
    8/17/97 great went
    9/29/99 pyramid
    12/31/99 big cyp
    12/29/98 msg
    All great versions

  3. my vote would go for the 9/29/99 pyramid 2001 making the cut

  4. Useful?

    Here’s a copy of the qualification spreadsheet with links to the phishtracks.com song. It’s a work in progress as the song names need some massaging to convert into links (I’m up thru 1997). It should be public/editable.


    I now need to get back to real work. Thanks a ton for these shows, it’s fascinating how many of the jams I don’t know..

  5. During the program you guys mention one show as being Fishman’s best performance ever. Can you remind us what that show was?

  6. I’m really enjoying this March Madness thing. The banter between you three is actually pretty funny. Every time somebody says “Eric Wyman’s favorite jam” I bust out laughing. Surprised that 7-10-99 Camden Chalk Dust didn’t make the cut. Spontaneity is a big factor for me in rating Phish jams. I’m on the fence as to whether or not the Gin->Real Me->Gin was planned or not. I’d lean towards no for that one. On the other hand the AC/DC Bag -> Psycho Killer from 12-07-97 was obviously planned so I wouldn’t rate that as high. For me, the melodic jam hat came from that Camden Chalkdust gets extra points for being completely spontaneous and in the moment.

    Just my thoughts. Keep up the good work guys.

  7. here is the spreadsheet with links by bracket.


  8. Picking the Covenry SOAM over the Fox tweezer is a travisty. The Fox tweezer is so majestic and focused. That SOAM is a 30 min opium sizeure. That choice almost makes the whole discussion invalid. Almost, if it weren’t for the fact that the Fox Tweezer may well have lost in the next round anyway.

    Enjoying the discussion, keep up the good work.

  9. This is in response to the person who said the 12/7/97 Bag into Psycho Killer was planned. It actually wasn’t. Page confirmed this in an interview in which he was talking about how inspired the Fall 97 tour was. I don’t have a link, but I’ve read it several times.

    • If you could find a link Brendan I’d sure appreciate seeing it. I’m not being disagreeable for the sake of being disagreeable. To my ears, that segue is a little too smooth. Fall 97 was a tour when they began walking on stage without pre-composed set lists. I’ve read that they also discontinued the process of analyzing every note of the previous set during the set breaks. But, getting back to AC/DC Bag -> Psycho Killer, that one does seem a little too smooth. As a show opener, they don’t even attempt to go into the Trey led jam at the end an instead beginning a grove that Gordon seamlessly transitions into the Psycho Killer line? Trey locks into his riff a little too quickly too. They’re good, but I don’t think they’re THAT good. By comparison the Wolfman’s -> Boogie On from that same show is a whole lot rougher and thus retains a very spontaneous feel to it. Neither song had been played in like, ten years right?

      If Page specifically calls out this jam and says, “not planned” I’ll have a much greater appreciation for one of my favorite segments in one of my personal top ten shows.

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