It seems like just about everyone in the country is getting slammed by snow and winter weather this week except the west coast. Even though the sun in shining outside my window, I put together a winter and snow themed playlist for your snow days, slow work days, or fireplace listening sessions. Each selection has a blurb connecting it to snow or winter.
After fans braved blizzard conditions to get to Worcester this past December, Phish dropped this winter-laced highlight among new crystals of New England snow.
Though this gargantuan excursion took place in Los Angeles with no snow in sight, it happened in the dead of winter, kicking off the band’s 2003 return to the road.
“You Enjoy Myself” 12.9.95 II
With snow pounding the area, Phish pounded their instruments, dropping the virtually-agreed-upon greatest “YEM” ever.
“Slave to the Traffic Light” 12.5.97 II
A driving Midwestern snow storm separated many fans from this show, but when they got to Cleveland, this unorthodox “Slave” was but one of the treats found inside.
“Bathtub Gin” 2.22.03 II
This “Gin” provided the centerpiece in the final set of a snow-filled weekend in Cincinnati along the road of February ’03.
“Tweezer” 2.28.03 II
An all-time winter classic from Nassau ’03.
Jam of the Day:
An early version of “Twist” that turned into “2001” at sunset at Riverport ’97.
DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:
12.17.1999 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia
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This relatively lackluster effort would be outshined by its surrounding shows, though deep into the night, Phish threw down a dark horse “Split” that salvaged the second set. In addition, the second set features a massive psychedelic soundscape that was used as the music behind the band’s comeback announcement. This Hampton show goes out to Hampton resident, Justin, via reader request.
I: Piper, Meat, Sparkle, Jibboo, Punch You In the Eye, When the Circus Comes, Water in the Sky, Twist
II: Birds of a Feather, The Moma Dance* > jam > Bug, Jennifer Dances, Split Open and Melt, Character Zero
E:The Old Home Place, The Squirming Coil, Loving Cup
* w/ Birds teases