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.

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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.

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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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457 Responses to “Three Tweezers On Thursday”

  1. phoammhead Says:

    i believe that about $ums it up

  2. El Duderino Says:

    I loved Ozzie too! Very entertaining and he called it like he saw it, wasn’t afraid of hurting feelings, just said what he felt. If you were slacking, he told you you were.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    4.8.72 Dark star — 31 mins. trip

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    love that idea AJ. can we book Tortoise, Rob Mazurek and whatever band he’s playing with?

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sumo- I have a bunch of friends down in Playa for the WSP blowout. Reports are a ridiculous time being had by all.

  6. phoammhead Says:

    ridiculous time being had by all

  7. phoammhead Says:

    this seems like a tough decision

  8. El Duderino Says:

    How could you not have a great time?
    Some serious fluff going on WSP tour

  9. Multbeast Says:

    yep, I have a bunch of friends in playa for WSP. Gotten some texts/emails and seeing some photos. Sounds like an absolute blast. Honestly, I have always thought it was cook UM did shows down there. Seems like a nice kick down to their fans.

  10. Multbeast Says:

    I am going to one of the Denver WSP fillmore shows next week for a bud’s birthday. He is a huge fan. Hell, pretty much all of Denver is into that band.

  11. rusty Says:

    WOW going to be cold

  12. Multbeast Says:

    Shoosh. Bring up that you are going to a WSP show on the BB and its crickets.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Haha multi.. no worries. I’ve been to 50 of them…

  14. phoammhead Says:

    i like wsp, but you already knew that .. .

  15. Multibeast Says:

    I am literally surrounded by WSP fans in denver. Lots of southern boys in this town. Been seeing the band since 97, always a good time. It ain’t no phish, but what is?

  16. phoammhead Says:

    so true multi

  17. El Duderino Says:

    1st 2 WSP shows

    08/04/95 The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL

    1: Disco > Heroes > Little Kin, Better Off, It Ain’t No Use > I’m Not Alone, Can’t Get High, Help Me Somebody > Porch Song
    2: Conrad, Space Wrangler > No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, The Last Straw, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Blackout Blues* > I Walk On Guilded Splinters* > Drums* > Pigeons > Makes Sense To Me
    E: Dream Song > Mr. Soul

    08/05/95 The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL

    1: Holden Oversoul > Travelin’ Light, Gradle > Junior > Hatfield > 1 x 1, Airplane > Pusherman, Ain’t Life Grand
    2: Chilly Water > Henry Parsons Died > Chilly Water, Pilgrims > Radio Child, Tall Boy > Arleen > Diner > Rebirtha > Fishwater > Drums > Fishwater
    E: West Virginia, Can’t Find My Way Home

  18. spacephunk Says:

    12/1/96-first Phish show! absolutely mindblowing–the tweezer was/is unlike anything i’d seen..wow

  19. El Duderino Says:

    I had a good time.
    We had a vile and made a ton of cubes. I went around the block and the old little parking lot that used to be across the street way back then (now it’s 5 story condos) and we pretty much dosed the whole venue for 2 nights.

  20. Multibeast Says:

    @duder
    Nice one, fun theater. I am sure the spreadheads appreciated it!

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Panic does some great covers imo. Don’t Be Denied and Genesis being my favorites. Had some great times over the years with them southern boys.

    Still miss Mikey

  22. El Duderino Says:

    the On Your Way Down I saw with the Tower of Power Horns was better than Phish’s rendition IMO…more in the LF vain. It was stellar

  23. willowed Says:

    This Mansfield Tweezer is a screamer. So dirty with that gnarly scream.

    I was at this show with a head full of fungus. Had to escape to the lawn in the second set for some free space.

  24. stapes Says:

    Caught some good CO Panic runs during the 2nd hiatus. Red Rocks and that November Fillmore 4night run were alot of fun. Although I do wish Herring was with them then instead of George. Oh well. Definitely lots of spreadnecks out this way.

  25. Multibeast Says:

    Saw alot of shows with Mikey. Saw few with George, and a quite a few now with herring. After mikey was gone, the shows seemed like a party and WSP were the house band.

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