A Winter Playlist


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.


Seven Below > What’s The Use?” 12.27.10 II

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.



8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

Walls of the Cave > Carini” 2.14.03 II

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.



7.10.03 (A.Markarian)

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:

Twist > 2001” 8.6.97 I

An early version of “Twist” that turned into “2001” at sunset at Riverport ’97.




12.17.1999 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia

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Hampton '99 (Pollock)

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



359 Responses to “A Winter Playlist”

  1. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Fall of ’97 was definitely a watershed moment. I remember the weekend run, cleveland, detroit, dayton in particular. We were staying at some flea-bag motel across the interstate from the palace. This U-haul rolls up and like 20 kids fall out of it. This is in the hotel parking lot. They didn’t have a room and said they needed to warm up. We’re like, cool, we drank some beers and next thing I know, some kid is rolling up his arm to shoot up. So we were like, well, its been a long night, see you in Dayton, y’all gotta get out of here. Lesson learned, when 20 kids are rolling in the back of a u-haul in the dead of winter, some sketchy stuff is going on there.

  2. snowbank Says:

    I’m pretty sure that the “Stay Strong” video is having the opposite of the intended effect on me.

  3. Mike in Austin Says:

    Good calls on the Miami Piper and Suzy and Frankie Sez.

    The Reba Jam is really quite good, but the composed part was a wreck and they wheeled Trey’s amp off and replaced it with another right before the jam.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    i jumped to that slave tt light freakin bringing it heavy at the end. killer work by fishman

  5. Chuck sweD Says:

    i’m gonna go start a very particular type of fire and inhale the smokey particulates that waft thereafter~

    enjoy the arctic chill.

  6. sumodie Says:

    Y’all have already listed too many 2.0 top shelf jams -the limit is 10 according to whomever kicked off this jammy name game (love it!)

    @kp/willowed: Trey tix arrived today, will mail them early next week

    Ugh, this winter is turning ugly very fast. Off to funeral in DC tomorrow -my partner’s dad just died. Because of his passing, looks like I will be around for the northeast TAB run…guess I’ll hold onto those Albany tix for now. Not exactly what I was hoping for

    At least my arms haven’t fallen off from today’s shoveling/roof raking. Can’t even see our shit tent in the backyard -completely covered over from the snow I pulled off the roof using the roof rake. I probably didn’t need to set the tent up in order to practice for Watkins. Roof rakes rule!

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    damn sumo, sorry to hear about g’s dad. all the best.

  8. miamifree Says:

    Alpine 04 Boogie>Jam>Ghost has to be up there in 2.0 as well

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    noob ‘noid question. what does the term “accu rip” mean?

  10. voopa Says:


  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thanks Voopa. This website ( noid) is scaring me with all the goodness. I don’t know where to start. I know I have about 610gb left on my external HD. Got some work to do to fill it. Are those Hunter matrix’s good? I assume yes. There are like 70 of them.

  12. fat bastard Says:

    two vodkas two 312s. feeling good. anyone outside of chitown do you get 312’s in your area? only beer goose island makes thats any good if you ask me.

  13. fat bastard Says:

    matilda sure but thats too $$$

  14. kenny powers Says:

    @ sumo – sorry about that news. and yes, this winter has been brutal…i just roof-raked the fuck out of our house, snow-blowed….we’re getting water in our basement faster and faster…but honestly i’m more concerned with a collapsing roof than some water in the basement.

    my back is killing me. was not expecting that. was hoping to detox for a few days but just had to pour a Makers and ginger the second i got home and removed my frigid, waterlogged boots and socks.


    @ palmer

    i love Hunter Seamons matrixes. actually i love just about any Dead matrix because i find that lot of the SBDs have some instruments turned up too high, others not enough, and someone (Bobby usually) almost always has their vocals too high. A matrix tames some of those faults.

  15. fat bastard Says:

    so what this YEM jam has Twist at the end. sweet never knew that

  16. butterflyeffect Says:


    Very sorry to hear about your partner’s loss.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks KP. I’ll start grabbing them. Starting with the complete Fillmore West collection from ’69. 4 complete shows, in lossless of course. ( good lord what is happening to me?) $$$

  18. willowed Says:

    Here we go…I’m going to catch some heat for this.
    Spun the Utica Set 2 today while I was on the tread mill
    Split>Have Mercy>Piper>Split
    My thoughts
    It was all over the place and a bit messy. Not sure what all the hype is about. The heat happened in Set 1. It seems like we get all happy and excited when the boys take chances. I get it, chances are what they’re all about. This did not sound very good. They sounded lost. Fishman jumped back into Split after Have Mercy while Trza was starting Piper. The jam in split was interesting but lacked any drive and direction. Just sound scapes and confusion. I think Trza new it, that’s why he vocalized Have Mercy over the mess.

    Just my opinion.

    Was there a beautiful section of Have Mercy? Absolutely.

    What is my problem lately? Sory to be a downer. Keep in mind, This is coming from a person who loves funk beats and thunderous groove. I prefer groove over physchadelia (sp?)

  19. willowed Says:

    Thanks for the note Sumo and sorry to hear aboout the loss. Thoughts transmitting.

    Does this mean (I feel terrible asking) that we will see you in Boston?

    I hope so

  20. voopa Says:

    willowed teh jam hatr

  21. joe Says:

    I think physchadelia is the workout involving shoveling while listening to phish.

  22. willowed Says:

    I know Voopa. I hated on the Coral Sky Crosseyed and now this.

    What is my problem?

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    willowed- cleanse the phish palate. Listen to some GD or Van Morrison or Hasselhoff….

  24. voopa Says:

    Naw, I think it’s cool that you and everyone here can express their dislike for “legendary” jams. Some things don’t click for me, and I can point it out in here and it usually develops into an interesting conversation.

    Having said that, I love the split Split.

  25. voopa Says:

    But it’s quitting time. Will check back in this evening.

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