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The Ultimate Phish Nerdgasm Part 2: From 64 to 16

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If this is the first you’re hearing about the Ultimate Phish NerdgasmTM, stop now and go read (and listen to) Part 1 before going any further.

Last week we unveiled the bracket for what we’ve termed the Ultimate Phish Nerdgasm, a March Madness-style tournament where Chris Glushko, Steve Olker and I perform a public service and tell all of you what the best Phish jam of all-time is because, as Chris eloquently put it, “Nobody votes on Type II Cast. We tell you what's better." Of course we say that tongue planted firmly in cheek, but we do hope you appreciate our attempt to rank the unrankable. If you haven’t yet listened to the podcast and would like to do so spoiler-free, I recommend heading over to typeiicast.com and streaming the podcast. If you have already listened, a recap follows after the jump...

The first two rounds of the Ultimate Phish Nerdgasm were a veritable bloodbath as we reduced the field of 64 down to our Sweet 16. Are these the best 16 jams Phish has ever played? In a word, no. Setting aside the fact that our self-imposed rules (and, some would say, our poor judgment) kept some amazing jams out of the final 64, the way the seedings worked out meant some otherworldly jams got caught in the crossfire while others managed to skate through against lesser competition. For more on that, we’ll break it down region by region:

East Regional

Most Exciting Matchup: One of the most exciting matchups in the first round saw the 11/23/97 “Gin” overpower the 6/26/04 “Boogie On” -> “Ghost.” Either of these jams would have been worthy representatives in the Sweet 16, yet only one made it out of the first round. Unfortunately, the celebration was short-lived for the “Gin,” as it ran straight into the jaws of the “Viper” in the second round.

Biggest Upset: On paper there wasn’t one as all eight higher seeds advanced. But the fact that the 8/19/12 “Crosseyed” -> “Light” -> “Sally” -> “Crosseyed” unanimously took down a Fall ‘97 power in the form of the 11/19/97 “Wolfman’s Brother” has to be seen as at least something of an upset.

Midwest Regional

Most Exciting Matchup: When “Tweezer” goes up against “Tweezer,” fans are always in for an exciting matchup. Had this been strictly a battle between “Tweezers,” the 2/28/03 Nassau version might have prevailed. But, the 12/6/97 Auburn Hills masterpiece brought “Izabella” along for the ride and her funk jam was enough to put the “Tweezabella” over the top.

Biggest Upset: The biggest upset of the entire tournament took place in the Midwest Region as the much-maligned 8/15/04 Coventry “Melt” played the part of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles taking down the second seeded 11/23/94 “Tweezer.” Few saw it coming, but a jam from Coventry, of all places, can claim to be one of the top 32 jams in Phishtory. Or the Ultimate Phish Nerdgasm anyway.

South Regional

Most Exciting Matchup: So many to choose from in the South Regional, but for my money it’s the 7/10 2.0 duel between the 7/29/03 Star Lake “Crosseyed” and the 6/20/04 SPAC “Drowned.” Neither of these jams takes its foot off the gas for even a second, but the “Drowned” emerged a 2-1 winner. Was it because of this video? We can’t rule it out.

Biggest Upset: The Big Cypress representative (12/31/99 “Melt” -> “Catapult”) bowing out in the first round has to be considered a major upset, even if it lost to a jam from another power conference, the Island Tour “Twist.”

West Regional

Most Exciting Matchup: In what was termed a battle between good and evil the sunshine and rainbows of the 8/13/97 “Gumbo” prevailed over the unholy jam of the night, the 4/16/04 “Twist.” While everyone likes to root for good, let’s be honest: it won on a blown call.

Biggest Upset: On paper, it’s the sixth seeded 8/10/97 “Cities” unseating the 12/14/95 “Halley’s” -> “NICU” -> “Slave.” Really, though, the Radio City Ghost not making it into the Sweet 16 has to be considered among the biggest upsets of the tournament, but that’s exactly what happened courtesy of the 12/29/95 “Real Gin.”

Looking Ahead

Toughest Road to the Final Four: At this point there are no easy matchups left, but the East Regional looks particularly brutal, with four jams that would all be worthy representatives in the Final Four. For any of the lower seeds to pull it off, though, they’ll need to survive the 40 Minutes of Hell that is the 12/29/94 “Bowie.”

Smoothest Road to the Final Four: Again, there aren’t any easy matchups left but, if forced to pick one, if nothing else, the Albany “YEM” won’t have to take down a number two seed on its way to the Final Four.

Listen to the Round 1 & Round 2 Podcast at Type II Cast

The updated bracket can be found here. Links to stream all 64 jams on the bracket can be found here.

Finally, don’t forget to tune in next week when we complete the Nerdgasm and declare the Greatest Phish Jam of All-Time.

Comments

MiguelSanchez Reply
MiguelSanchez bracket looks good. that's an interesting "gin-off" coming down the pipe. riverport vs real gin...yowser... tough tough call
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i_yam_highdrogin Reply
i_yam_highdrogin "Really, though, the Radio City Ghost not making it into the Sweet 16 has to be considered among the biggest upsets of the tournament, but that’s exactly what happened courtesy of the 12/29/95 “Real Gin.”

Huddled in a cold, lonely bed somewhere in the bowels of western New York, the great and powerful LawnMemo is quietly crying himself to sleep.
Score: 2
LawnMemo Reply
LawnMemo Tim Donaghy'd. You were paid off, I will wait for the facts to come out. Radio City Ghost is too complex for most mortals to understand. Real Gin is cute for the kids, men build empires to Radio City Ghost.
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FunkyCFunkyDo Reply
FunkyCFunkyDo @LawnMemo said:
Tim Donaghy'd. You were paid off, I will wait for the facts to come out. Radio City Ghost is too complex for most mortals to understand. Real Gin is cute for the kids, men build empires to Radio City Ghost.
Some men just want to watch the world burn. 5.22.00 Ghost is a masterpiece.
Score: 1
Zappa84 Reply
What about the Tweezer and Sand from the 12/16/99 show? The Chalkdust Torture from that show was also one of the best versions I've ever heard, if not the best. 12/16/99 is definitely an underrated show.
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MiguelSanchez Reply
MiguelSanchez @LawnMemo said:
Tim Donaghy'd. You were paid off, I will wait for the facts to come out. Radio City Ghost is too complex for most mortals to understand. Real Gin is cute for the kids, men build empires to Radio City Ghost.
yeah, the greatest segue phish ever pulled off is merely cute for the kids...
Score: 2
CrateDigger34 Reply
Tough choices. There were a lot of great potential omits at the beginning (burst bubbles for 12/13/97 Ya Mar and 12/7/99 Halley's to name two notable exclusions), but in the end, I think the championship will (and probably should) be predictable. Riverport Gin vs. Albany YEM, probably the two most "complete" jams of all-time and almost always my first choices for a first-time listener.
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themindpilot Reply
themindpilot Everyone is forgetting about the best phish jam ever

Coventry Soundcheck Jam



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Ravinus Reply
It's a travesty that Melt> Catapult didn't make it to the Final Four. That being said, losing to the Island Tour Twist isn't so bad. But, still. It was 80 degrees in the dead of winter with an impending new millenium when that Melt broke out.
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Ravinus Reply
@LawnMemo said:
Tim Donaghy'd. You were paid off, I will wait for the facts to come out. Radio City Ghost is too complex for most mortals to understand. Real Gin is cute for the kids, men build empires to Radio City Ghost.
Agreed. Puny mortals just like what they are told to like.
Score: -1
andrewrose Reply
andrewrose I didn't even see where you could actually vote. And now that the 12/31/99 Melt is out, don't think I'm going to bother, either..
Score: -2
antelopehood Reply
antelopehood Who can argue with any of these jams? Job well done. However, the Sand> Quadrophonic Topplings from Big Cypress should have been included in this bracket. That is all.
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