Three Tweezers On Thursday

8.5.10—The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

The title says it all. With no further ado, here we go.

12.1.96 II, Los Angelas, CA

A piece that quintessentially represents its place in time—the tail end of Fall 1996— this “Tweezer” from UCLA’s Pauly Pavilion often flies under the radar; but it shouldn’t. Phish had begun to shed its arena rock skin for a far smoother style that would begin to takeover their music, and this metamorphosis is fully on display in this “Tweezer.” A version that came on the last run of tour illustrates how far the band had come since their transformative performance of “Remain in Light” on Halloween. And though the initial jam sequence is swanky and groove-based to the core, this extended jaunt eventually builds into a dark and cacaphonous symphony before floating back to earth via futurisic and percussive interplay and a final, old-school “wind down” ending. A true monster in every sense.



12.16.99 II, Raleigh, NC

This hallowed gem illustrates the drone and dissonant style of the late-’99 era quite well. Creeping out of a post-“Velvet Sea” ambient jam late in the second set, this beast emerged. Mike bushwacked the band’s intitial path with bass grenades as Trey set up layered a pillow of psychedleic sounds. Coming with laid-back leads amidst this murky excusrion, Trey began to command the jam with minimalist authority. Settling into a second segment, the band crawls amidst gorgeous ambient-melodica before ascending slowly into a “Slave-esque” that is as cathartic as music gets. This one touches my heart every time I hear it.



8.11.04 II, Mansfield, MA

Forgotten amidst turbulent times of August ’04 was the last “Tweezer” of the post-hiatus era. Though not super long, this jam certainly packs a hell of punch before segueing smoothly into the real version of “Hold Your Head Up.” An oversized, dark and mechanical groove dominates this excursion which certainly possesses an apocalyptic feel that paralleled the band’s “final run” to Coventry.

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  1. litteringand Says:

    First ha

  2. Mike in Austin Says:

    Woo hoo. Love today’s post. Can’t wait to dig in!

    Well… After my other Thursday Sacrament.

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Morning reggae fans.

  4. Chonz Says:

    Sweet, came in to work a little blazed expecting to finish up some of those 04 jams (can’t get selecta at work) but I’ll start the day of with a few tweezers, thanks!

  5. plord Says:

    Really want to listen to all three of these right now; won’t get a chance until like 8pm. Blah.

  6. bhizzle Says:

    The Middle East…pfft…can even play a soccer game.

    That Raleigh Tweezer jogs to memory the 2.28.03 Tweezer…with the slow buid up and the feeling that you get that everything is gonna be alright. I think Page’s input around the 11 minute mark is the launchpad for the Trey’s rising guitar.

    Also, guess what mofo turns 37 today?

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Happy Birthday bhizzle!

    Tweezer thursdays? I like the sound of that.

    4 Days till Lombardi #4….

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Not if Gronk has anything to say about it.

    You are old bhizzle, try to make the best of it anyway 😉
    Happy b-day.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Gronk- we’ll see. Dude is hurt. He better do his damage in the 1st half. He only gets one shot… that’s a long halftime to sit around.

    Gisele gets it…lol

    Gisele Bundchen, the doting supermodel wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, wants her Bradiacs to pray for a New England win in Super Bowl XLVI.

    “Tommy really needs our prayer, our support and love at this time,” Gisele said in an email to friends and family, according to the New York Post.

    She added: “I kindly ask all of you to join me on this positive chain and pray for him, so he can feel confident, healthy and strong. Envision him happy and fulfilled experiencing with his team a victory this (Sunday).”

    How cute…..

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    sounding mighty confident over there, palmer…

    thanks as always for the jamz, miner

    and thanks for thursday morning selecta time.

  11. bhizzle Says:

    Watching NFL Live the on Media Day and Trey and his bros were mentioning how when Freeny was hurt while playing in the Super Bowl years back he came out blazing the first half but during half time the “resting” did more damage than good. Makes sense to me and I see Gronk doing the same.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    A little t3. G-men are the underdogs don’t forget. I just hope we can make a game out of it. 😉

    Anyone can talk smack during the regular season ( see Guyute and El dude). It takes a special jerk to do it SB week..

  13. bhizzle Says:

    not much of an underdog tho…last I knew the Pats were giving them 3…

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

  15. James Rapp Says:

    The 8.11.04 show was on a Wednesday. 8-12-04 in Camden was Thu before Friday the 13th off before Coventry.

  16. Esteban Says:

    Selector for the win

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    Fab Melo is back Mr P, Let the Cuse smack talk resume bitches!!!!!

  18. bhizzle Says:

    Boheim was in the ROC last night to watch the Aquinas vs Bishop Kearny game at the BCBS arena…same with the Villanova coach……

  19. bhizzle Says:

    RE: Palmer’s blog link….To each their own…people like what they like and don’t what they don’t…I don’t try to make people understand why I like Phish and I don’t try to make people like Phish. I also don’t classify all listeners of a certain band based on a few “annoying” fans either. douche.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    G$$- of course he comes back for StJ. We are so small. Your bigs will destroy us on the boards. STJ is super young and short handed. only 7 scholarship players, 5 true freshmen. They are super talented though. Next two years this team will be a national power as long as lavin stays healthy and he keeps recruiting like he does.

    Sat might get ugly though. STJ did have a decent road win last night though. Played Duke pretty tough last week in Duke also.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    happy bday @hizz!

  22. poop goblin Says:

    Tweezer finally gets it’s own day

    best Phish song ever written. will always be THE jam. haven’t spun that 96 since I was there. no memory. should be fun.

    Bill Gross – February investment letter. always a great read.


  23. halcyon Says:

    Morning friends.

    Listening to some of the Alan Lomax archives. Great stuff for a quiet lazy thursday morning.

    Can’t listen to selector at work 🙁

    I think Sumo posted this a few days ago. Real interesting and relevant for music fans. Article about the Alan Lomax archives to be digitized and available soon.

  24. halcyon Says:

    Thanks for these Tweezers Miner. I love Tweezers. Can’t wait to spin these a bit later on today.

  25. Luther T. Justice Says:

    3 Tweezers? Don’t mind if I do!

    Happy B-Day bhizzle!

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