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. BTB Says:

    Jennifer Dances rocks so hard

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yup. I teach it too. you’ll be fine. the biggest advice I can give you is don’t try to muscle it. use your legs, keep your weight centered over your feet, and remember to breath.

    are you going inside to a gym or outside? gym is a great way to start since you can see all of the holds and the safety is inherent to the whole endeavor.

    have fun!

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    Thanks, TypeIII!

    We’re going to a gym

    I told her that I was pretty scared of heights and she said bouldering might be perfect for me, then.

    I am excited.

    Some of the excitement might be to see her in her element. She climbs almost everyday.

    and she’s introducing me to this weird idea of two people unselfishly trying out eachother’s interests….

    haha. a foreign concept to previous dating encounters. who knew that actually worked!?

  4. stapes Says:

    Climber chicks are usually pretty hawt @Silly!

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, you’ll be psyched to see her in action if she climbs consistently. it’s how I found my wife…

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, she’s already stated that we need to put together an extended Phish run this summer.

    She’s moving to San Diego in September, and she thought maybe we should just do the West Coast run together if it happens in the late summer

    I agreed.

    She also insisted that I do the whole tour this summer.

    I said: “Who are you?”

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if you do it right you can sprinkle in side trips to epic climbing locales along the way. provided phish cooperates, of course.

  8. mike in austin Says:

    Love the Pink Floyd track “Fearless”

    That’s MiA’s contribution to climbing.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    sounds like you found yourself a good one silly. Well played.

  10. SillyWilly Says:

    that’s why I’m going climbing today.

    she said, “if we drive to san diego together, you’re gonna have to learn how to climb, because I’m not passing up all that climb with someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

    fine by me, ma’am.

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    20 year Anney of the Garcia/Grisman Warfield ’91 Run!!!!


  12. stapes Says:

    I watched this doc the other night about the origin and evolution of the Yosemite climbing scene. Vertical something was what it was called. Some of those guys are nuts! Free soloing crazy lines. I could never even fathom

  13. stapes Says:

    Vertical Limit maybe?

  14. mike in austin Says:

    Nice Silly.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    that kid Sketchy Andy

    completely freaks me out.

    walking slack lines over 1000 foot chasms with no anchor.

    dude’s nuts. everyday I expect that kid to be dead.

  16. mike in austin Says:

    Yeah, I get climbing but guys like Dan Osmond I think do it a disservice. But I probably don’t know enough to have a solid opinion on it.

  17. Esteban Says:

    @Selector it seems like the stream is connected, but it’s failing to pull audio… All good, though, I have some King Tubby that I’ll revisit, as the mood’s got me

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ha ha, no. “Vertical Limit” was that horrible movie about Chris O’Donnell saving his sister on K2. Epically laughable in terms of climbing.

    you watched “Vertical Frontier” which is a solid doc

  19. Selector J Says:

    thanks, esteban, Must just be a wave of regular 8:00 listeners.

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mia, you successfully got fearless in my head and I haven’t spun that in ages. gonna have to bust out the meddle here

  21. Esteban Says:

    I’ve placed the show on my calendar, so on Thursday AM’s I tune in and drop out with some serious downbeats and a cup of coffee… Makes the weekend approach faster haha

  22. Esteban Says:

    @T3 @MiA Meddle > Animals?

  23. stapes Says:

    @T3 – yep that’s it.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    I’m always fascinated by the things that different people are afraid of/unafraid of.

    Take climbing, for example.

    I shudder at the thought of being 30 or 40 yards off the ground. Even with all the safety precautions.

    But, I’ve never hesitated putting my head in front of pulling guards or hitting a wedge on kick off.

    Probably more likely to be seriously injured playing football than climbing (maybe this isn’t true at all, but the point is fear)

    So, I’m definitely looking at this as a study in my own fear.

    An exercise in self-improvement as much as anything.

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if you mean “greater than”, my answer is unequivocally, “YES”. Meddle is an all-timer for me. One I wish phish would have tackled for halloween. One I would take with me to a desert island. That is my favorite era of PF though. AHM, Umma Gumma, Meddle, Obscured by Clouds.

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