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

Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

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. Mitch Says:

    whats up everyone? thought i’d pop in and say hey to all you fools before i see you in a couple weeks.

    butter, i didn’t read back but yeah, the jer image in the poster is awesome.

  2. Mitch Says:

    (didn’t read back to get context)

  3. gavinsdad Says:

    ^with a massive dose of gravediggaz, necro, RA the Rugged Man, and ICP but not really any of that.

  4. Mitch Says:

    bringing you all up to speed in the life of mitch, i am moving in jan after the shows. my buddy from back home farmed all last year so he’s been staying with me (some of why im not around much) and helping with the dog and what not. its been awesome. he’s also the on who inspired me to grow my beard out and its coming along nicely. something else he got me hip to was smoking an old man pipe. i don’t smoke ciggs or cigars but i enjoy the old man pipe. went and got myself one. plus, if there was ever such a thing as stealth mode, its smoking an old man pipe with a long beard. people don’t say shit.

  5. butter Says:

    you sound like santa claus with a big beard and an old man pipe, great time of year for it

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah @gd about once a year I go through a “oh shit I haven’t heard whats new in rap” phase and try to see where it’s at

    like I said I slept on that link when it was first sent to me b/c I just wasn’t in the mood, it was like during summer tour or something, my attention was elsewhere. so I’m just getting caught up on the mixtapes and whatnot.

    to be honest I’m mostly interested in where these kids will be at in a year or 3 after they get the really crazy shit out of their system…

    but it’s a cool moment, as this very DIY little scene, with a really unique style, starts to blow up (at least among fans of the underground)

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Mr.C.. thanks for the ’73 show. Did the mediafire and it worked just fine. Only took 20 minutes or so to download the whole thing. Sorted by name to place in correct order.. bingo.

    However when i played it from the top it skipped from Me and My Uncle to BRR Blues. No big deal. Just had to number the tracks 1-26. Perfect. Sounds terrific as well.

    Look forward to the next installment..

  8. Mitch Says:

    mr c, you ever get a chance to catch that furthur link i sent ya?

  9. Mitch Says:

    and butter, the longer beard is coming in nicely. its bringing in a whole new learning curve of shaping it so it looks right as its growing in.

  10. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Good evening
    Spent all day getting pumped up on JOTD and jones beach 1 (great set) only to stop for a beer on the way home and have them play Hank Williams Sr and Patsy Cline the whole time.

    No I’m wan.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    i read about em in Thrasher @Mr. C and I don’t get what’s happening really but I like the new energy…it’s where Slim Shady Mathers may have been in 98 when i had him only on a mixtape when he was a Scribble Jam kid, right before Doc Dre snatched him up. i love where kids are at (i don’t mean the borderline lyrical sociopathic kinda-ness) but the energy and the technology access and creative drive and protectiveness of their scene and geographic pride. lots of unrefined hormone in the mix too. so yes, let’s see which of those cats channels their artistry in a few years.

  12. poop goblin Says:


    I need drugs

    I remember that track

  13. butter Says:

    get to see that beard in a few weeks!!

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    @mitch – my fishing trawler docks at city island at 9pm. meet me there for a crock of chowder.

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Mitch- you can hide your stash in that beard. This way you won’t misplace it again in the Garden. 🙂

  16. Mitch Says:

    was robear the one telling me his friends hid nugs in peoples dreds for them to find later? or mr c? either way, i want them to hide nugs in my beard.

    gdad, you’re really pulling in at 9 to city island? i’ve been asking for a good chowda all day from this girl at work i know who cooks. would have loved to have met you. a crockpot style bowl of chowda on a cold night is just what i want. and a bowl of weedies on the side.

  17. Mitch Says:

    mr p, the lost stash at msg was an epic fail. but getting kicked out of leaven was worse. so long as i get to see the whole show, thats what matters. i might take gdad med bottle trick and keep it down with my junk.

  18. Mitch Says:

    *levon – i’m on the ipad and its trying to autocorrect.

  19. Gavinsdad Says:

    Mitch I’m just bustin balls but go to the oyster bar at grand central or marts fish camp or the mermaid inn for your chowda fix.

  20. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Oh man! Oyster bar @ GC is $$$

  21. Jtran Says:

    Finally getting to this Split from 12/7/95.

    Just spun the 12/8/99 Piper, great stuff. Downloading that whole show now for tomorrow’s listening.

  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Sit up at the bar. Beer and some chowdah shouldn’t bust ya.

  23. Mitch Says:

    i should go hit up purp since he lives closer and we could have a nice session before we roll over there. that sounds awesome.

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Mitch , are you in BK now? If so, i think i may be going out there on the 28th w/ my buddy from PDX that’s in town for the shows. My friend from high school owns a whiskey bar in Brooklyn. You should come, you’d love the place.

    check it:


  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    @mitch – the nug hanger is my buddy Rob (not Robear). A larger than life personality to say the least.

    I have to admit I have not spun the Further and don’t know when I will, to be honest. I hear you that it’s quality but I have so much else to listen to that I can’t get into it. I’m 100% stoked you guys had such an excellent time at the shows – I bet that band benefits a lot from the Noo Yawk energy.

    @gdad very very well said. I can basically ignore the teenage psychosis aspects of the content, I knew that kid and partied with that kid, occasionally was that kid. Some of them will grow out of it and the ones that don’t make it…well their stories will inform those that do.

    The other aspects of the scene and art you mention are what I find so striking.

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