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 ofย  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. Selector J Says:

    I think that this weather is God’s way of saying you’ve had a disproportionate amount of Phish shows.

    (btw, I’m glad that I’m not the only one who’s never heard of a roof rake.)

  2. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    kwl…hmm. imo id go with IT ghost and 2 28 tweez before that.

  3. st8 of mind Says:

    Me and my buddies who attended 2/22/03 called that show tube>tub afterwards. That was a fun weekend. The show the night before was awesome as well. Lots of energy in that place.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    The Lowell Reba = crispy sbd beaut with that purty stop/start jam

    IT Waves. That is all.

  5. KWL Says:

    everybody loves nassau tweezer

    not even the best jam of the show!

  6. AintNoTele Says:

    T3 and Verno: I just caught Col Bruce sat night here in charleston. He comes around a ton and we never miss him, always a good time. We call it “The Chicken Leg” when he’s sittin on his stool and shakin the ol leg, beautiful man the col. is.

    He demands respect

  7. verno329 Says:

    @T3 Holy shit on that video! I loved the second comment though

    This car is balanced on its nose. Your argument is irrelevant.๏ปฟ

  8. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    t3, ill take something fluid and directional like it ghost or nassau tweez over just psychedeelic pulsing of IT waves. i love the it waves but its not super creative imo

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thats a great Gin @ kwl. That show has many top versions of songs. The Bott was a favorite of mine for a long time as well as the Bowie. And obviously the Tweez.

  10. kayatosh Says:

    I cannot get enough of 1.1.2011 makisupa.

  11. KWL Says:

    might have to dust that one off for a spin. love the first set

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    everybody loves nassau tweezer
    not even the best jam of the show!

    ^ this my friend, is a laughable comment.

    That Gin is good, but this is, arguably, the top 2.0 jam, and than Gin ain’t in the top 10 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. verno329 Says:

    @Ain’tNo The Col rarely lets you down. Always a great show.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    i love the it waves but its not super creative imo

    ^ ummmm. I disagree, to put it very mildly ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. halcyon Says:

    I bought a roof rake this year as we had ice dams on our roof the past two years causing leaks into our ceiling.

    Of course my part of CO has no snow on the ground and I used it once to test out on 2″ of snow. โ“

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I think the Nassau Destiny (original bustout) is the best version of the song still. Gonna spin some highlights from that monster as well. there was like 6 of us that went to that show together. We were speechless for a solid hour post-show.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    kwl- clearly you should get back to your liberal academic bullshit before you anger anyone else. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. KWL Says:

    sorry miner, the tweezer is great, but i’m not backing down on this one

    the gin is tighter and more fluid. tweezer gets a bit loose.

  19. KWL Says:

    guess so mr p

    at least i’m in agreement on the radio city ghost, otherwise i might get w a x e d ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  20. verno329 Says:

    @Miner Now that would be a nice list to see, top 10 of 2.0

    Some candidates off the top of my head
    7-25-03 Hood
    Anything from second set of SPAC (either night)
    Nassau Tweezer (of course)
    7-29-03 Crosseyed

    Any other suggestions from the masses?

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    guess it all depends on what you seek…

    as for the relative creativity of the IT Waves, well, we’re gonna have to agree to disagree there. The fact that it planes out from the “normal” jam of the song and becomes something else entirely is what to me is so creative about it. yes, there are other examples of the “wall of sound” psychedelia out there, but the willingness to take that huge risk and just explore the openness of that soundscape blew me backwards, sideways, and upside down that night (and many times again on re-istens). One of the reasons I think it does succeed is that there was no push to go in a certain direction. They opened the gates and allowed that to come forth without any threat of it getting horse’d. that’s one of the nice things about a festival. eventaully the band gets comfortable enough to open things up and share those moments of vulnerability with us.

    I get what you are saying, but for me that jam was top shelf.

    Just like the Vegas Wolfman’s I believe it is a polarizing version that says a lot about what you as a fan look for in phish. Not a judgment thing at all. Just a diff’rent strokes kind of deal imho. ymmv & mama…

  22. voopa Says:

    [X] Nassau Tweezer

  23. kayatosh Says:

    snow rake > shit tent

    2.22.2003 gin > 2.28.2003 tweezer

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    7.30.03 Scents

    2.26.03 Ghost

    2.28.03 Bowie

  25. BrandonKayda Says:

    I remember one night I had 4 separate IT Waves tabs open and was listening to them all simultaneously. That was…interesting

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