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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    you know 12.11.99?

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Cunt has gotten me into trouble a couple of times. Last time I used it was prob 15 years ago. I can remember the not good scene quite well.

    @multi – my first college buddy I did some gd with and introduced to Phish via picture of nectar in 91 is a Denver boy now and has been seeing WSP for many a year. Trying to remember the silly name for their crew. It’ll Come to me. Small world thing is his gfriend went to purdue with bigjig and butter and they crossed over at the dicks shows. World gets smaller by the day.

  3. albert walker Says:

    nope. grabbin it now.

  4. Robear Says:

    Dayman, did I mention I love that show?

    A young Poo G would rage the 3.0 lot and clean house.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    oh man…enjoy. One of my favorites.

  6. El Duderino Says:

  7. albert walker Says:

    loaded that shit up into my foobar

    that show looks like a misprint it’s so sick on paper Palmer

    starting right after this Miami > Caspian
    haven’t spun her in 6 months or so. usually gets better when I haven’t heard it in a while. love this fuckin tweezer

  8. albert walker Says:

    grabbed that one too el dude. some old school sbd action.

  9. albert walker Says:

    when Mike drops this tweezer jam. right to bizness bitches.

    this shit really is timeless.
    one of my favs of any era.

  10. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Cunt has gotten me into trouble a couple of times

    I hear that!

  11. albert walker Says:

    the C word always sounds better if you have a heavy British, Scottish, or Irish accent

  12. Gavinsdad Says:

    Nice 90 pick there.

    Ps….the CO WSP crew was called “woober” for some unknown reason.

  13. albert walker Says:

    and like many a epic timeless Phish jam it gets the vocal jamming over the jam treatment

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    you guys see Demi?

  15. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yeah it’s fun to hear from a Brit etc but better left alone by me.

    So am I to assume that most of u have this “custy drive”? I only ask because I don’t have a ton of Phish so when people are dropping like 40 song or show recs a day it seems like everyone has the music. For what I dont have I generally hit miners dealie or phisshows just to get a taste.

    This is what I get for being a torrent hold out. I want the music but I don’t wanna make the effort or deal with the bulk.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    No custy drive here. I do torrent though. Grab stuff from miner’s archive if i’m desperate to hear something immediately. Haven’t hit the spreadsheet in ages.

  17. albert walker Says:

    mine sucks it’s mp3 but yeah GD all my friends either have the mp3 or the lossless drive

    some like to collect. not me.

  18. albert walker Says:

    this tweezer really is fuckin hot

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    one of my favorite purveyors of cunt, begbie

  20. Gavinsdad Says:

    Or the spreadsheet…check. It’s all too overwhelming. This place has thrown more music at me in 3 years than my brain can take.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there’s a neat new tab on the spreadsheet with DLs of sit-ins phish members have done with other bands.

  22. Foul_Domain Says:

    Purveyors of cunt?

    Am I reading that right?

  23. alf Says:

    thanks for the 84 FOB palmer, sounds so great

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’ve been collecting more of the non phish and Gd recs that come through here. I know i can get my hands on the ph/gd whenever i want. These other jazz/funk/reggae drops are the gold that i need to scoop up.

  25. Foul_Domain Says:

    guess I am!

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