A Box Set Debate…

In Stores Today

Instead of posting on Phish Thoughts today, I co-wrote an article with “Guy Forget” of Online Phish Tour for publication on their site. With the official release of the Hampton/Winston-Salem box set today, we had a written debate on which show is the “best” in the box—nothing like making art compete! I made a case for 11.23 at Winston-Salem, while he took the position of Hampton’s second night, 11.22. Check out the article, it should be a fun read!


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer -> Izabella” 12.6.97 II

Today is the 14 year anniversary of my favorite “Tweezer” ever played.


Here’s a link to a piece I wrote about this jam a while back. I’ll post the beginning below.


My “Go-To” Jam

12/6/97 "Tweezer" T-Shirt - LE

Everyone has a go-to jam. It fits any mood you could ever be in, and you’ve listened to it several hundred times in your life. It is the first piece of music you want to hear when you are glowing after a show, ready to conquer the world. It is the first piece of music you want to listen to after a hard day at work. It is the only piece of music you could never possibly get sick of, even if played on a loop in your head forever. It is that analog tape you played to death, that CD you never lost, and now it is forever stored on your computer, iPod, and several other devices. It is part of you; you feel like what you hear, it just all fits. For me, there is only one answer to this scenario—the “Tweezer” from Auburn Hills ’97. Read on!


443 Responses to “A Box Set Debate…”

  1. Guyute711 Says:

    Slayer is vastly overrated but Raining Blood is a damn good song

  2. Selector J Says:

    Doh! Something just came up and gotta do some actual work this afternoon so I’m bailing on TT. My bad. Next time.
    (Thanks for the link, Tela’s. FYI, turns out you can’t just search ‘plinko’ or ‘BB.’ Gotta search the whole phrase.)

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    well, i’m sitting in the room so if you hope in there say something so i hear the ting. i’m redy to drop a dub sess.

  4. stapes Says:

    Just had to make a quick map of Indio area for work. Ahhh memories.

    Spinning 12/6/97 at work today. So good. Great ‘lope. Groovy. 2nd set needs no explanation other than Miner’s above.

    I do miss slow build Piper intros.

  5. oldskool Says:

    drive my Miles comment…

    DO NOT sleep on this box set…


  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Kaveh— nice playing! You win my man.

  7. Kaveh Says:

    You win my man.

    ^ Nope we all win…four Phish shows to close out the year!

    But I will be on the prowl for a Murphy’s Irish Stout, on tap in NYC! So keep me posted @Mr.P.

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    Tela’s… which Miles biography should I be reading? Going to download it for the flight to China.

  9. voopa Says:


  10. voopa Says:

    AJ- The autobiography

  11. sumodie Says:

    OG Black Sabbath, hell yes!

    Never liked Maiden

  12. sumodie Says:

    MSG webcasts…

    I’ll be surprised if they don’t webcast the entire run. Ka-ching!

  13. voopa Says:

    Good H/W-S review

    Not as good

  14. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah AJ. It’s just called Miles. he wrote it, basically. you won’t put it down.

  15. sumodie Says:

    Video: Phish – 12/06/1997 Entire Set Two Playlist

    (Tweezer not complete, video begins ~8 min into the set)


  16. Kaveh Says:


    The Packers-Giants game was watched 29.8 million viewers, the most-watched NFL game this season.

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    the only one i can find for ibooks is called Miles which seems to be a companion guide to the one he wrote.

  18. Kaveh Says:



  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    RE: Sabbath

    Bit of Finger
    Sleeping Village

    Off of the first album….

  20. Mike in Austin Says:

    This W-S BEK is the cats meow.

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    What do you think of the star Wars cover theme Kaveh?
    I guess this show was durring opening week or something like that

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    re: Black Sabbath

    the 1st 4 albums and Sabotage are all you need

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    And a ferocious kitty she is MiA

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    re: Mile autobiography


    Fucking hysterical! you’ll read it in 3 days tops

    So much fun

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    did somebody mention star wars and music?

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