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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457 Responses to “Three Tweezers On Thursday”

  1. tela'smuff Says:

    i fart in WP’s general direction

  2. El Duderino Says:

    I’m not a fan but there were some good points @ NYE

  3. phoammhead Says:

    care to elaborate, dude.

  4. El Duderino Says:

    Imatation Leather Shoes > Jam
    Slippin Inyo Darkness
    Hnery Parsons Died
    1/4 tank of gasoline
    Barstools and Dreamers
    On Your Way Down

  5. El Duderino Says:

    and La with Randel Bramlett

  6. El Duderino Says:

    Bulls -vs- Knicks TNT 8:00pm EST.

  7. Jtran Says:


    Can you let Greensky know I want them to play a “warm up” date near SD before they play Stagecoach fest in Indio late April? They don’t have anything scheduled for a month before that date, so maybe they could use the practice 😉

  8. lumpyhead Says:

    please FTLOG let me see Phish this summer

  9. phoammhead Says:

    am i sober!

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Bulls / Knicks soundtrack

    Set 1

    Feel Like A Stranger
    They Love Each Other
    C C Rider
    Brown Eyed Women
    My Brother Esau
    Tennessee Jed
    Let It Grow

    Set 2

    Touch Of Grey
    Playing In The Band ->
    Terrapin Station ->
    Space ->
    Don’t Need Love ->
    Drums ->
    Space ->
    Morning Dew ->
    Throwing Stones ->
    One More Saturday Night

    It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

  11. El Duderino Says:

    Here’s the sbd:

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    This FOB sounds amazing. I mean, really good.

  13. alf Says:

  14. thedayman Says:

    7/9/03 piper is the goods.

  15. lumpyhead Says:

    I’ve never brought this up.

    No one kills it like Phish does when it comes to set-break/post-show music.

    Always so damn perfect for the occasion or just really good songs.

  16. albert walker Says:

    this was placed under my door sometime today

    The Wild Hare, a bar and late night live and very loud music dance hall wants to locate at 2610 N Halsted in the Victory Liquors space. The new promoter is asking a license to host live acts to a capacity of 299. The Venue would be styled after the Wild Hard that was at 3530 N Clark Street. This could be disturbing if you live behind, across, up or down the block! The Wrightwood Neighbors Association is currently evaluating their proposal and must hear from you!

    The Wild Hard identified as Reggae but also featured Rap and Hip Hop Mondays, Rap and Hip Hop Tuesdays, Dancehall Reggae hip hop Sexy Wednesdays, Gangsta Rap, etc.

    This new Wild Hare would be a destination venue for out of neighborhood youth. For those unfamiliar with rap, the lyrics are replete with use of the n-word, b-word, v-verb, references to the sexual abuse of women, fighting and shooting.


    this shit goes on and on but basically some racist fuckwad in my hood doesn’t dig good music.

    Bob Gilbert

    I emailed his bitch ass to tell him most of the best reggae shows I ever saw were at the OG north side location’

    BIg Youth
    all 3 izzy vibes members
    bunch of culture
    burning spear

    fuck this guy. pretty funny shit.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That letter was fine until this part:

    ” For those unfamiliar with rap, the lyrics are replete with use of the n-word, b-word, v-verb, references to the sexual abuse of women, fighting and shooting.”

  18. garretc Says:

    I like to think of myself as being very much in touch with the language of the streets, but in this case I’m at a loss… What the hell is the v-verb?

  19. albert walker Says:

    it’s a busy street though Palmer that’s lined up with college bars from Depaul a Home Depot, Guitar Center and two of the bigger blues bars in the city

    peeps just don’t like that BAM in the white hood.

    not supporting the opening of a touristy reggae bar by the touristy blues bar that’s opend till 4 AM is just insanity

  20. albert walker Says:

    my fault the f-verb

    but I tend to be more a f-adjective, f-noun, f-verb kind a guy

    it’s the utility word. love that shit.

    although many of my passwords at work for my log in question ask me what my fav word is and I tend to go with cunt. great word.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ha ha

    I was totally lost there trying to figure out a “bad” v-verb.

  22. thedayman Says:

    cunt is a great word. wish it was more socially acceptable, although i guess that’s part of the allure of it for me.

  23. garretc Says:

    Thank goodness, for a second there I was worried that profanity, like music, had passed me by!


  24. albert walker Says:

    someone throw a phish show rec I’ve never heard

    time to break the fast. I can pull it off my custie drive.

  25. El Duderino Says:

    go back to 1990

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