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. kayatosh Says:

    on the drums, dude.

  2. willowed Says:

    Hey boys,

    Hope you’ve all been well. Threw on the Jones Number Line on this a.m. while coming into work:

    Number Line>Caspian>RnR

    As good as advertised.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    willowed: i might revisit that right now. thanks for the notion.

  4. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Speaking of rhythmic tugging, I finally watched/listened to Coral Sky last night. That Crosseyed & Painless is one for the ages. Ans so is the show as a whole. Wow.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    8.17.2010 #line — ON

  6. kayatosh Says:

    so i need to grab that dvd, huh?

  7. willowed Says:

    enjoy it Kaya.

  8. Chuck D Says:

    awing = to act as albert walker would

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    JB Numberline- top 5 moment from Phish in 2010 IMO. Shit is awesome

  10. Luther T. Justice Says:

    I wondered if it was worth getting and I’m so glad I did. The band is so animated and pumped, it’s a joy to watch. Trey almost is never still the whole show. Even some movemnt from Gordo. That’s saying something.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, W. digging it so far (inspired version with pace and a natural 4 headed beast synced sound. trey p0ut front and mike steps up to join him) and the jam has yet to ensue.

  12. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Willow- Roger on that. Golden moments from Wantagh.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, luth. it’s on my list. and you are on my good citizens list, which i just started today.

  14. willowed Says:

    Mid set RnR’s = fun

  15. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Thank you @ kaya. I’m honered to be on the list.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    jam just kicked into gear. what was the reactipon of those of yuou in attendance. was it a “here we go” or a “what the fuck just happened?” type of reaction. i would think the latter, considering #line had only once? before been taken out for jam time.

  17. Luther T. Justice Says:


  18. kayatosh Says:

    “JB Numberline- top 5 moment from Phish in 2010 IMO. Shit is awesome”

    ^^^^ agreed. jam starts intense and then eases back into a flowing groove with page washes and spaces sounds w/o losing any of its urgency or purpose. shit is awesome, indeed. 4 headed. $$$

  19. willowed Says:

    I will be honest….when they started Nmber Lne, I was like…WTF? It came right after a very cool jammy Simple. I just thought the flow was odd upon the start of it.

    Man was I wrong. Raise hand and call me silly.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    glad you corrected that, luth. that was dangerously close to bonered to be on the list.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    no you’re willowed. silly’s taking exams.

  22. Chuck D Says:

    put your hand down.

  23. willowed Says:

    The RnR flows with energy. They never really leave the structure but the energy is at level 11.

    I found myslef getting all fired up in the car.

    The Caspian was slinky sexy cool (I like these new Caspians). The transition into it was borked a little…but that shit doesn’t bother me at all!

    Caspian will never win an MVP award but it gets a nod for Most Improved Player. I think anyway.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    on caspian now, willwoed. all good points. slsexycool and most improved piece.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    RnR has a KDFesque jam to it. $$.

    i’m out for now. kid duty. peace.

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