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


343 Responses to “Exploring On The Eighth”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    only issue I have with a Watkins Glen 4th of July rumor is that I’ll be on the shore. I’m banking on them being in Camden when I’m down there again!

  2. sumodie Says:

    This poster was taken out of production/sales because it was controversial

    I’ll accept the GD-Phish connection in that print, but how do you remove it from production? Wasn’t it sold at the show as a limited run?

  3. butter Says:

    Emek doesn’t endorse/facilitate the sale of that poster

  4. sumodie Says:

    ^ check out that concert photo from the 1973 Watkins Glen festival

    the stage is soooooooooooo far away

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that shot reminds me of where my crew settled at the Clifford Ball after the spun edict went out to “run for the hills” on the first night. far enough away that there was a visible delay between the video screen and the music we eventually heard

  6. gavinsdad Says:

    Red Rocks, Gorge and Fest 8 in 09
    Greeks and Telly in 10

    anyone care to ante up the “special places” in ’11?

    I sure as hell would like to get a fest back under my belt.

  7. Leo Weaver Says:

    Hey guys…quick drive-by before heading to the homestead

    Anybody need a 1/1 ticket? I’m trying to unload a single. Email me at cannondawg at gmail

  8. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @JC- Similar to my experience with the band. I went to a lot of shows btw 90-95 and then very, very few until 3.0. I am chasing tunes that are so standard to most modern fans.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    someone was looking earlier today. check the first few pages

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    at fest we always parked it at the pageside speakers furthest out from the stage. we had it going good there as Oswego for certain. most together and raging times ive had with the most amount of heads to date.

  11. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    @joechip – that sounds like a cool way to experience it. plus, not a bad choice if youre only gonna see one show between 92 and 09. i mean there are obviously a lot of great shows but thats a solid score.

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    skeletons, with $ sign pitchforks stabbing a large fish, on the day GD announced its retirement, all while we were right in the peak time of Dead heads jumping over to Phish tour

    ^ but the poster had to be made before the show…and before Dec 8th, right?

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    @butter – appreciate the insight into that poster. never woulda caught those details in the art, or in the history going on that day.

  14. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Not sure why this only has 500 view on youtube.


    Phil and Phriends 4.15.99….. NFA

  15. butter Says:

    the poster never went on sale at the venue, because it wasn’t authorized. They used Phish’s name as you can see.

    some were sold in the parking lot

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    I really like the 27th from Woosta – love it – sure the Wipeout shenanigans don’t age super well but the solo in the Chalkdust reprise is redonk, midset Buffalo Bill is dope, then that magnificent Mike’s Groove with the humongous open jam – that’s my favorite part right there – forever to be known from here on out as the “not you, you” jam 😮

  17. Leo Weaver Says:

    Thanks T3…I’ll dig back a little. Wanted to offer it here to the regs first before putting it up on the exchange board.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    but the poster had to be made before the show…and before Dec 8th, right?

    this was my first thought as well

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    some kids I know that have chilled with Emek here in PDX say he is a pretty cool guy, I haven’t met him yet

    not a fan of his work for the Dead recently, the box sets, I think it’s cheesy – but most of his work is excellent


    @butter, glad you liked that Here Comes Sunshine – it’s a unique version, just the dynamics of it, the interplay. 12/6/73 is prob. my favorite but that one’s just great.

  20. DukeOfLizards Says:

    “I want funk juice”

  21. butter Says:

    yes Miner, the day ended up being another synchronicity

  22. Kaveh Says:

    forever to be known from here on out as the “not you, you” jam

    ^ I’m totally on board with this.

  23. joechip Says:

    JOTD Halley’s just finished…very nice. Covers a hell of a lot of ground there.

    @Leo Weaver- I’m in need of a 1/1…just sent you an email.

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    really flavor Piper from today’s post too and i can count the amount of times i’ve said that on one hand.

  25. jdub Says:

    Rumor season already. Didn’t the Watkins Glen rumor pop up a few weeks ago. Not to get too far ahead of myself here but that would be utterly fantastic.

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