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. Mr. Completely Says:

    thx for feedback @palmer. when you first imported the tracks, did they display in itunes with the number in the track name, like “105 Black Throated Wind” and all that?

  2. garretc Says:

    @Mr. C

    Is Wave That Flag in any way different from U.S. Blues?

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    C- yes they did.

    Just got through the WS Suite. Phil and Jerry shred that.

    random comment- Amare Stoudamire is killing it so far this year for the Knicks. Playing at an extremely high level.

  4. jdub Says:

    What’s up BB? Worcester PTBM’s have arrived, a nice industrial graphic look to them. Blue collar, like the boys are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

    Augusta Light just keeps on giving. Had a Light moment listening to it last night. Very intense personal realizations while immersed in the Now. A song about being in the moment by a band that’s sole purpose is to put you deep in the moment, I love it. And I hear more and more nuances each time I go for a ride with Augusta Light. Very Psychedelic to the point of full on time warpage and the dripping into 20YL gets me everytime. Full circle
    moment. Augusta is as interesting as Greek Light right now for me.

  5. Mitch Says:

    mr c, obv no worries. when you get to it, i think you’ll dig.

    mr p, i have 2 apartments right now. the other is just sitting empty in bk. i like to make it rain like that. (bleeding money aaaahhhhh) the whiskey bar sounds like my cup of, well, whiskey. lets go!

  6. Mitch Says:

    jdub, tix arriving you say? time for me to go rob mailboxes.

    hey everyone,
    i’m mailing out presents for the holidays. email me your addy. kthxbai.

  7. jdub Says:

    @Mr. C, just wanna say thanks for putting out that GD ALAC for us slackers. Haven’t DLed it yet (I’m a slacker after all) but plan on it.

  8. Mitch Says:

    i just heard a modem noise on the wire and got nostalgic. remember when you had to wait to check your fav website?

  9. Mitch Says:

    *waiting for it to load on your phone on the train excluded.

  10. Gavinsdad Says:

    @Palmer – I’m surprised it took you this long to drop that nugget about Char #4. Place has a pristine reputation. Coca cola wings taboot. I must come up and meet you there one nite. I’m a bit of a brown liquor lightie…have the knowledge but not the best tolerance but I’m very down to sip and chill. If you’re out that way, check out beer table in park slope as well!

  11. jdub Says:

    Are you doing Worcester @Mitch?

  12. butter Says:

    did they display in itunes with the number in the track name, like “105 Black Throated Wind” and all that?

    ^did for me

  13. ae Says:

    mr p, char 4 is around the corner from my place. good spot. who’s your friend, maybe i’ll say hi next time i’m in there.

    mitch, i’ll meet you there. 🙂

    my wife just bought one of those $1 megabus tix to go from NYC to hartford for worcester 2, i’ll just have to shoot down there to pick her up. not a bad deal, it’s like a free ride.

    perhaps we’ll see some of you up there.

  14. butter Says:

    lovin the Wire @Mitch

    have the dvd box set, i’m on season 3

    seen some of them sporadically as they aired, but goin for the whole thing in order now

  15. Mitch Says:

    watching this show about local places that do old school things like making brass door knobs and rolling cigars here in nyc and its pretty awesome. it would be fun to be a dude who rolls cigars. la rosa ciars. they say you can hire a cigar roller for weddings and company parties. PIMP!

    not hitting woosta but will rage nyc fa sho.

    ae, lets totally meet there. i love megabus. the most i paid was like 16 bucks both ways and that was close to the day.

  16. sumodie Says:

    @butter: thanks for the Emek poster story -I always wondered why that print was so freakin expensive (tho it’s not the most expensive phish print)

    On Expressobeans, if you look up that print, you can see the Jerry image on photo #5 -the right side of the print

    The info at Expressobeans says it’s not an official print, possibly sold by the promoter


  17. Mitch Says:

    butter, i’m terrible at netflix. i watch streaming all the time but never mail back my dvds. i lowered myself to one dvd because of this and i’ve been using it for the wire. wrapping up season one i think. gotta see if they have a disc 5 and 6.

  18. ae Says:

    gdad, come up, let’s do a brooklyn bb run.

    char #4->sunny’s in red hook (real nice bluegrass jam on saturday nights)->brooklyn inn

    mitch, where’s your new spot?

  19. sumodie Says:

    Plus, I believe something like 130,000 people were at the ’73 Watkins Glen fest, right?

    Try 600,000

    and that photo posted by HiddenTrack is MUCH further back than at any phish fest – the delay towers are already absurdly distant

    i’m so jonesin’ for another phish fest -and not with any other bands, including Further & the Allmans

  20. Mitch Says:

    ae, south billytown. i’m going this weekend for a buddies bday. he’s a rapper and is having all his buddies come rap. wanna join?

    butter, had that emek eh? if i see one on pp.com, i’ll let ya know.

  21. Mitch Says:

    i want a phish fest BAD!!! cant wait!!

    600,000 person fest. does. not. compute.

  22. ae Says:

    don’t think i can but which night? i’ll text you if possible. one day we’ll hook it up!

  23. Mitch Says:

    JESUS PALMER! just went to your buddies bar link. ask him if i can move into his basement instead. 😯

  24. Robear Says:

    the change they hit around the 20:00 min. mark forward in today’s ‘Halleys’ = one of my favorite passages of Phish music ever

  25. ae Says:

    the food is good too. a lot of smoking and a lot of meat. the place smells great.

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