Exploring On The Eighth

Today our December focus shift onto two sprawling excursions that took place on the eighth day of the month in 1995 and 1999. Both selections — Cleveland’s “Tweezer > Kung > Tweezer” and Cumberland County Civic Center’s “Piper” — feature musical explorations that veer far off the beaten path, providing snapshots of the band’s experimental side as seen through the lenses of 1995 and 1999.


Tweezer > Kung > Tweezer” 12.8.95 – Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland '95

This multi-tiered adventure moves through several distinct stages in forming a musical labyrinth. Page led the troops through the first segment of the jam with heavy piano, while Trey selectively picked and chose his spots before slowing integrating a melodic theme. Quickly — but not abruptly — Phish descended into a quieter canvas painted, still painted by Trey and Page’s brushstrokes. Moving into an abstract, beat-less realm, this version evoked memories of the depths that plunged “Tweezer” seemingly every night in the experimentally-focused Summer of ’95. Even while Phish cranked out, perhaps, the tightest music of their lives during December ’95, they still carved out plenty of room for abstract exploration. Dipping back into “Tweezer” and building directly into the cosmos again, Phish passed through segments of groove, amorphous jamming, and ambient beauty before morphing into “Kung.” Oozing back into “Tweezer,” the band took a couple minutes to wildly peak the jam, and then several more to slowly bring it to a close in a hefty dose of Fall ’95.



Piper > Dog Faced Boy” 12.8.99 – CCCC Portland, Maine

CCCC - Portland, ME

On the second night of Phish’s visit to Cumberland County Civic Center during their smoking tour of December ’99, they dropped an unconventional “Piper” amidst a six-song set that has flown under the radar ever since. Setting sail into thrashing “millennial” waters, Trey fired off countless notes as Mike crushed frenetic bass-lines in lock-step with his guitarist. But instead of following this more traditional “wall of sound” path, the band peeled away layers, landing in stripped down and particularly un-noisy textures. Page added quintessential ’99 space-sounds and Fishman altered his beat as the band significantly down-shifted into a hauting-turned-beautiful exploratory passage. Trey played subtle melodies over a growing ambient canvas as the music turned into uncharted territory. This segment fused Phish’s more melodic ambient style of Fall ’98 with their abstract and layered psyechedelia of ’99, resulting in an awing musical concoction. Drifting though crystalline, space-aged bliss, the band sculpted a soulful ambient excursion. Concluding the adventure with a grandiose spacescape, Phish gradually melted into “Dog-Faced Boy.”



Jam of the Day:

Halley’s Comet” 12.7.99 I

A phenomenal version from the first night of Cumberland County ’99.




2.12.93 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

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This one goes out to Highway Bill, who describes this special night as…

“…my first real show, a snowy weekday night in Poughkeepsie. The venue was almost empty. I remember quite clearly walking right up in front of Trey (like 3 feet) in amazement of what I was seeing. I would then walk back to where the people I came with were standing and asking them if they were seeing what I was, they weren’t. I could not understand (and still can’t) why they were not being affected. I remember doing this several times…This show hooked me for life.”

I: Golgi Apparatus, Maze, Guelah Papyrus, Sparkle, Split Open and Melt, Esther,The Wedge, Chalk Dust Torture, I Didn’t Know, Take the ‘A’ Train, Run Like an Antelope

II: My Friend, My Friend, All Things Reconsidered, Reba, Poor Heart, Big Ball Jam, Fast Enough for You, You Enjoy Myself, Ya Mar, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood, Harpua

E: Amazing Grace, Good Times Bad Times

Source: Unknown


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  1. Phamily Berzerker Says:


  2. lumpyhead Says:


  3. phoammhead Says:

    phird – dammit!

  4. Jtran Says:

    I’ve never heard this Piper. Spinning it at work in the near future.

  5. KfL Says:

    was thinking about this tweezer last night, very nice

    can’t beat december 95

    there’s like 10 feet of snow outside my window, & it shows no sign of slowing down (possibly 3 more feet by tomorrow). have a good one y’all.

  6. jdub Says:

    Damn KfL, I love snow days. Can’t wait for our first big one here.

    I like this trend Miner. A little December heat each day to tide us over.

  7. frottage Says:

    i know you dig “awing” for some reason

    but the word is awesome

    or awe-inspiring

  8. Luther T. Justice Says:

    That Cleveland show was the last show for me in 95. Haven’t listened to it since probably 96. Gonna step into the freezer now and take a listen.

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    Miss you John.

    “The most important gift we received from him was not words, but deeds. He believed in Truth, and had dared to speak up. We all knew that he upset certain powerful people with it. But that was John. He couldn’t have been any other way. If he were here now, I think he would still be shouting the truth. Without the truth, there would be no way to achieve world peace……………………..They say teenagers laugh at the drop of a hat. Nowadays I see many teenagers sad and angry with each other. John and I were hardly teenagers. But my memory of us is that we were a couple who laughed. “Yoko Ono



  10. Jtran Says:

    Lennon is the artist that inspired me to really delve into music in general. A real legend both musically and personally.

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    Cuse is definitely in the house baby!! Big early season win.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    or, you know, awing

    any of the three words is acceptable in common american english.

  13. P.S.H.S. Says:

    CCCC 99 was fn sweet! I can clearly remember walking out of Bio class mid way to catch a bus to Portland. My teacher that day was a substitute, whom i thought was a new girl that day, and proceeded to hit on her. that stopped when she started roll call, oops.

    Unfortunately, i was just a glimmer in my father’s eye when Lennon was shot. But, on a happier note: My mother was one of those OMG, i’m gonna faint because the Beatles are on tv type. She was also lucky enough to see the fab four twice, and snuck into this somehow….
    she said that she lied, i think she’s a crafty little groupie

  14. P.S.H.S. Says:

    ^lied to security

  15. kayatosh Says:

    all i want is some truth!

    hot reba alert: 12.7.95.

  16. P.S.H.S. Says:

    wasn’t able to post last night about 11/27/98, hilarious!
    although it got me thinking about shows that i was shut out of 🙁
    4/4/98 (first show)
    11/27/98 (third show)
    So today, to get in a better mood, i will be listening to my first show 11/24/98 mmmm mmmm 98

  17. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Though he didn’t make an impact on the world of the magnitude of Lennon, don’t forget this is also the 6th anniversary of the death of Dimebag Darrell who also was murdered by a “fan” live onstage in Columbus, OH in ’04. I was not a big fan of his music per se, but as a musician, I can appreciate what he brought to metal guitar. One of the best ever IMO. He played aggressive music but was one of the kindest souls who always went out of his way for his fans.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    way to represent, luth.

  19. Robear Says:

    great jams again, Miner.

    That CCCC ‘Halleys’ and ‘Piper’ are too of my all time live favorites.

  20. phoammhead Says:


    another compulsive redundant obsession numbing your mind

    god help me! 😉

  21. kayatosh Says:

    spinnin 12.7.95 SOAM again. listened on headphones last night, but need a full room experience today. dark and dirty.

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    That Dimebag Darrell story is crazy…
    a lot of disturbed people out there I guess

  23. kayatosh Says:

    this SOAM is one that I would have dismissed in my earlier phish listening days as too abrasive. Now, i am seasoned and appreciate this jam tremendously. brilliant.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    a multi-textural, relentless attack. fishman is having a rhythmic tug of war with himself. $$$

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    “fishman is having a rhythmic tug of war with himself.”-kaya

    TMI 😉

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