Nassau Wins the Title

Nassau Coliseum

#1 Nassau Coliseum 52 #1 Auburn Hills 36

In the championship game of Tweezer Madness, Nassau Coliseum’s ’03 version took down the Palace ’97 and captured the trophy. Although the game was competitive, the result was never truly in doubt, as Nassau grabbed an early lead and was able to maintain separation throughout the game. The only 2.0 Tweezer in the tournament out-dueled the Fall ’97 favorite in a battle between two defining versions. We caught up with Nassau in their champagne-soaked locker room, and the champ had this to say, ” We want to congratulate the Palace on an amazing season. That’s a nasty Tweezer over there, and it deserved to win as much as we did. In reality, Auburn Hills is a deeper, more psychedelic jam, but we had the advantage of length, and you know what they say—size matters. I want to thank all the voters that came down on our side, and we are happy to represent the much-maligned era of 2.0 in taking home the title.”

The Palace version offered it’s own take. “I can’t say we’re not disappointed, but its no embarrassment to lose to that monumental Nassau version. That middle section of music is as good as anything the band has ever played. I thought the score would have been closer, but sometimes things just don’t fall your way. They started the game quickly and we could never quite catch up. On another day, I think we could have defeated the Nassau squad. It was an honor to play in the national final, and it’s an experience we’ll never forget.”

It was a game for the ages, and the fitting end to an amazing month of music and basketball. It was truly a fun event and a joy to watch unfold. Hopefully people got exposed to some new versions and were able to revisit some old favorites along the way. And that brings Tweezer Madness to a close. The selection committee and Uncle Ebeneezer would like to thank all of the voters who helped make this tournament happen. We hope you’ve enjoyed the experience, and we look forward stepping into the freezer together in a little over a month as we prepare for new versions to unfold. Until then…please her with a Tweezer.

Championship Stub—2.28.03

679 Responses to “Nassau Wins the Title”

  1. uncle-jimmy Says:

    I like that whole day 2 set 2 blossom. Birds>crazy sometimes obv. And that dust gets big time wings and the slave is clean, old-school, money.

  2. Light Glaze Says:

    Gavinsdad??? Are those tickets still available?

  3. RoosterPizza Says:

    My top 10 jams are looking something like this right now (in order by date):

    6.19.19 Birds of a Feather
    6.21 Runaway Jim
    6.25 Down With Disease
    6.26 Fuego
    6.28 Mercury
    6.30 Mr. Completely
    6.30 Twenty Years Later
    7.2 Down With Disease
    7.2 Scents and Subtle Sounds
    7.5 Mercury

    I left off a ton of good stuff that I listen to a lot, such as St. Louis Twist, SPAC Twist, St. Louis Stash, Toronto Stash, Toronto Golden Age, Charlotte Tweezer, Camden Tweezer, etc., but these are the ten I come up with when I re-spin what’s out there.

    Despite all the good jams, I still feel that there have been very few good sets. It inevitably turns into a run of three songs in a row at some point, or selections that just flat out slam the breaks on a set (see Fenway 1: Sand, Axilla, Mercury, Wading, Fuego).

  4. joe Says:

    #1 in-house moment from the 3 I’ve caught that doesn’t translate as much on listen back is S.A.N.T.O.S from Fenway. Super locked in moment between crowd and band. I have zero complaints about the band so far but it’s more to do with enjoying the overall experience so much. I’ve had Mrs. Joe with me. She’s a fan but has been sober for the last 5 and a half years and this is the first time she’s come to shows with me since then. She’s totally enjoying it so that makes me enjoy it as well. Leaving her home tomorrow and wednesday though and going a little deeper at Mohegan. Hoping the band goes a bit deeper too.

  5. RoosterPizza Says:

    I had a really special trip with my seven year old to SPAC 2. We decided to go at the last minute, so we packed a blanket and left for the SPAC lawn in the afternoon. We ended up Page-side lawn surrounded by 5-6 people from Maine and another 5-6 from Philly, and they were all just great. There were people giving her stickers, glow sticks, postcards, etc. Those two groups of fans ended up bonding around us, and I think everyone was feeling it as one big group…hugs, hugs, and hugs when we left.

    In moments like that, setlist construction and extended jams are merely a bonus and not always necessary for a special time. Even on an off night, there isn’t another band that can provide that experience.

  6. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Flowtastic 2nd sets= Lou 2, Blossom 2, Charlotte, MPP2, Camden 3

    Aww snap Joe. re: Mohegan. Put the women and children to bed and go lookin’ for some fucking dinner.

  7. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Beautiful Roo. These events truly are special. You can always find me posted in the back of the lawn. Its a dank sanctuary. I love to see the landscape of happiness in front of me and it always feels super calming back there.

  8. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Sup gang? Looking forward to seeing a few of you at Moheegan. Looks like I have 2 extras behind the stage for night 1. I paid $200 through Ticketbastard for the pair.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    Bonnaroo ’19 Reba – keeper. spin worthy. trey takes you to the summit of Mt. Olympus and then bam! it’s over

  10. Light Glaze Says:

    Spasm any chance you would part with just one?

  11. Santos Case Says:

    Where’s the Shred takes from Camden?

  12. Hans Says:

    Bangor Fuego Cities is underrated subtle phish gold.

    The fuego jam meanders across the board, interesting throughout, really solid, finding Cities. Cities reprises the Fuego theme before left turning into the murk. Filthy jam that fish lifts into a full band uplifting yet still filthy jazzy jam. Sick! Outro into a fresh dancy groove that seques into the final hurrah Wow.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    6.16.19 Roo set. Twist>Paug>NMINML>Paug>Twist – keeper segment. $$$ palindrome

  14. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Glaze- that may work. Hit me at derrbot at the g

  15. uncle-jimmy Says:

    The Camden camel walk is so crunchy, strut inducing.

  16. Chris Says:

    They sound REALLY reallt good this summer which is why the relative lack of longform jams feels like a missed opportunity. That being said they are able to cover a lot of ground in an 8-11 minute range. Still, there have been very few 12+ min. jams in set 1’s this tour compared to summer 15/17/18. Even Reba and Hood are lucky to reach 12 min. It’s not so bad though because, like I said a Tube jam doesnt need yo be 15 min to go places. In set 2 we’ve been getting 2 nice fat jams but then a buch of songy songs.

  17. kayatosh Says:

    I’ll triple the love for Bangor Fuego>Cities. vibed out. Fuego danceable, spiritual. 7.5 Mercury also top of the summer 2019 keepers list

    I dig roo’s list, but skip 7.2 DwD

  18. kayatosh Says:

    Spac 7.3.19 Wedge is immaculate, keeper. trey laying down the slickest turns like he was back in ’99 Phil & Phriends

    haven’t heard a note of 7.6. did they come correct after the previous night’s $$$ combos of merc>sea and fuego>santos? setlist not getting me too stoked

  19. kayatosh Says:

    in thinking about Trey, my sentiments mirror Eddie’s (Vegas wedding chapel bro) feelings for Stu (glasses) in the movie the Hangover:

  20. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^ “clean, tight”

  21. Hans Says:

    Spac DWD doesn’t do it for me.

    MPP C&P is the jam that stands out from that sweet set. At 14 min it packs full punch, is fully decisive and realized. Trey’s solo is immaculate full clean crisp hose. Doesn’t get better than this.

    Top 10 Jams – No Order

    St.Louis Twist
    St.Louis Completely
    St.Louis Light
    Charlotte Jim
    MPP C&P
    Bangor Fuego-Cities
    Camden Completely
    Camden 20 Years Later
    Camden Tweezer
    Fenway Mercury


    Louis Stash
    Big Birds
    MPP Ghost

  22. kayatosh Says:

    Hans: MPP Ghost is not the Ghost you are looking for. Chaifetz (6.11). even Bonnaroo (6.16) is better than MPP. Otherwise your list of 13 matches up with my keepers

  23. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    Rooster…..Phans have been extraordinarily kind and generous to my son at the Dick’s shows we’ve attended together the last 3 years. He’s 8 now.

    Chris, I totally agree on your observations. You’ve essentially summed up my impressions on the tour. I really like the bands tone and execution. Now let’s see them go a little deeper into those hams!

  24. RoosterPizza Says:

    I have some listening to do. I somehow managed to completely skip MPP2. I usually re-spin shows the next morning and keep what’s notable in a different playlist, so I think I was caught up in the Charlotte too long and then only got to MPP1.

  25. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Oh man Roo. You are in for a treat, brah. MPP2 is super awesome. That set 2 is top shelf Phish. Flows like molten lava. One of my faves this tour for sure.

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