Retro Post: Exploring on the Eighth

8.15.11 - UIC Pavilion (Michael Stein)

Today, I’ll let my blog do my work for me. Here’s a link to last year’s December 8th installment of December jam memoirs, a series of posts in which I tracked the calendar using Phish jams. The intro is below.


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…Read On!


Jam of the Day:

Piper > Dog-Faced Boy” 12.8.99 II

Part of a stellar second set at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Read about it in the article linked above.



VIDEO OF THE DAY: “Jennifer Dances” 12.7.99 II

One of the three December ’99 performances of the much-maligned tune. I’ve always wondered, “What’s not to like?”

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513 Responses to “Retro Post: Exploring on the Eighth”

  1. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah it’s fucking awesome @voopa

    after space, in the final set of a long run…SURPRISE!!!!

  2. Jtran Says:

    Sounds crazy down in Blacksburg.

    Heard from my cousin who’s at VCOM, he’s safe and says cops are/were just zooming around everywhere

  3. Kaveh Says:

    @Mr. C:

    DO NOT forget the All Over Now. And a great Ramble On Rose from that set too. But DO NOT forget the All Over Now.

  4. Kaveh Says:

    yeah it’s fucking awesome @voopa

    ^ Yes you guys

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ” i’d shine my light through the cool Colorado rain…” and the crowd erupts!


  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Jennifer Dances owns.

    Auld Lang Syne> Golden Age, bitches.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @jtran, how goes the ticket hunt??

  8. dorn76 Says:

    It’s not a stretch to think the country could get behind an Amendment to end “corporate personhood”.

    It’s a perfect and natural fit for the idea of the “99%”.

    Everyone from the nuttiest Teabagger to the dirtiest hippie should be able to agree that corps are indeed NOT people.

  9. dorn76 Says:

    WW2? Big win for Capitalism.

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    All over Now one of my more favorite GD covers… ’78 had some great ones

  11. Mike in Austin Says:

    @Dorn, Unless you were the European Capitalists.

  12. dorn76 Says:

    For a time…But, France, W. Germany and Italy did quite well after the War.

  13. marcoesq Says:

    hey everyone. man, missed out on that rerelease on Tuesday. 4min notice!

  14. dorn76 Says:

    That aside, I was (not very clearly) getting the distinction between how bad war is for people, and how good it can be for making money.

  15. Mike in Austin Says:

    Because the US enacted the Marshall Plan.

  16. dorn76 Says:

    “getting at”…

    Sorry, afternoon coffee not yet prepared, typos increasing by the minute.

  17. dorn76 Says:

    Indeed, MIA.

  18. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Since the new joint has been getting a lot of love around these parts – War on Drugs’s previous full-length effort (Wagonwheel Blues) is just as good as Slave Ambient, IMO.

  19. garretc Says:


    Plus most of that growth was really just catch up growth to pre-war levels. Not all of course, but Broken Window Fallacy growth made up a big part of that. Which was nice for us, because we were getting a bunch of the money for rebuilding with much less of the losses from the destruction that necessitated said rebuilding!

  20. Jtran Says:


    Waiting on an email back from jmelby (where you at?), but pretty sure I got my tickets to all 4 nights

  21. verno329 Says:

    What a frustrating day. Getting pulled in 10 different directions at work, still can’t shake this frickin’ cold and now the car won’t start. Replaced the battery in May and now its doing the same thing it did before then. Still seeing the effects of the tornado everyday keeps things in perspective of course, but damn I need to go home and spin some tunes.

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    @garretc, exactly. The companies that could kept manufacturing without being destroyed did O.K. Same with Banks. The biggest “win” for the US, is that we became the worlds reserve currency. That “title” is huge by every extent that you can probably imagine.

  23. voopa Says:

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    could keep … ugh Poorly done MiA. Selfbanishment continues.

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    Nice one voopa

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