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. EL Duderino Says:

    Derek’s rig:

  2. Mike in Austin Says:

    Nice Dude. I have a custom Martin HD-28 I bought with a 1 3/4 neck for fingerstyle playing. Love it. I use a Takamine for a backpack guitar.

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    you could always go the cheaper route and by a Fender “Hot Rod” tube amp series I guess

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    the D-45 is my dream acoustic… although the HD-28 has the same wood and construction the D-45 is gorgeous

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    I do like tubes, but I’m currently using a Jazz Chorus 120, and love it.

  6. Mike in Austin Says:

    I really felt guilty with the $$$ for the HD-28. Love it’s sound, and fits my hands perfectly. The D-45’s are usually a lot prettier, but…

    Just can’t afford to be pretty. You could buy another guitar with the difference.

  7. Esteban Says:

    @BB and @Palmer thanks for representing in my absence 🙂

    Yes, PB, I’m in search of a single 12/29 and 12/30. And yes, I just got the crazy eye from my wife. She knew I bought the plane ticket. She did not know that I am sans tickets at the moment.


  8. EL Duderino Says:


    Takamine jerry style:

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    Papa Joe Craven is a bad ass!

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    rehearsal footage taboot

  11. Esteban Says:

    I drove through Nazareth, PA last weekend, staying in the Poconos. The plan was to take the kids to the Martin factory for a tour, but we ended up staying in Jersey an extra night with friends from school, so that didn’t materialize like I’d hoped.

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    bummer man.
    i bet that would have been a great experience

  13. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Good evening, BB. Just got my H/W-S set on my doorstep, throwing it on whilst fixing dinner. Cactus sounds just like Mr. Hankey from South Park on Emotional Rescue. Can’t get the visual out of my head.

    On another note, that Miles release is fucking incredible. Blows my Live at the Plugged Nickel box away.

  14. Esteban Says:

    I’d still like to get my hands on a smaller body OOO, but I’m concerned the bottom end may be too shallow…

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    lol Tzara’s

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    I grew up on a OO Fender acoustic my father bought me for my 8th b-day

  17. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Definitely on your side on the song part, @eldude. The jam is a good way to start a show though.

  18. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hello Comrades.

  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Steelers getting stepped on if opening drive.

  20. Spasm Waiter Says:

    @MIA- my guitar room became baby room. Sort of cool actually… my axes hanging in the new kids room. I wish I had a telecaster in my first room.

  21. P.S.H.S. Says:

    trucks don’t need no stinkin’ picks

  22. plord Says:

    Dear god, never buy a “Hot Rod” fender. Use the same money on an old Showman or Bandmaster. Hell get a Princeton and swap tbhe speaker baffle so you can put a 12″ in it. The Hot Rods are total monkey crotch in comparison.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    no he don’t!

    you’re probably right plord!

    but Soldano’s and Marshall’s are pricey. The old saying goes “you get what you pay for”

  24. mike in austin Says:

    Nice Spasm, I like it. My guitar room is where I would have a baby room. If they were that easy when you turn 40.

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    Duder’s dream Fender.

    ’62 Sunburst strat with rosewood fretboard

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