A Winter Playlist


It seems like just about everyone in the country is getting slammed by snow and winter weather this week except the west coast. Even though the sun in shining outside my window, I put together a winter and snow themed playlist for your snow days, slow work days, or fireplace listening sessions. Each selection has a blurb connecting it to snow or winter.


Seven Below > What’s The Use?” 12.27.10 II

After fans braved blizzard conditions to get to Worcester this past December, Phish dropped this winter-laced highlight among new crystals of New England snow.



8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

Walls of the Cave > Carini” 2.14.03 II

Though this gargantuan excursion took place in Los Angeles with no snow in sight, it happened in the dead of winter, kicking off the band’s 2003 return to the road.



You Enjoy Myself” 12.9.95 II

With snow pounding the area, Phish pounded their instruments, dropping the virtually-agreed-upon greatest “YEM” ever.



7.10.03 (A.Markarian)

Slave to the Traffic Light” 12.5.97 II

A driving Midwestern snow storm separated many fans from this show, but when they got to Cleveland, this unorthodox “Slave” was but one of the treats found inside.



Bathtub Gin” 2.22.03 II

This “Gin” provided the centerpiece in the final set of a snow-filled weekend in Cincinnati along the road of  February ’03.



Tweezer” 2.28.03 II

An all-time winter classic from Nassau ’03.



Jam of the Day:

Twist > 2001” 8.6.97 I

An early version of “Twist” that turned into “2001” at sunset at Riverport ’97.




12.17.1999 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia

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Hampton '99 (Pollock)

This relatively lackluster effort would be outshined by its surrounding shows, though deep into the night, Phish threw down a dark horse “Split” that salvaged the second set. In addition, the second set features a massive psychedelic soundscape that was used as the music behind the band’s comeback announcement. This Hampton show goes out to Hampton resident, Justin, via reader request.

I: Piper, Meat, Sparkle, Jibboo, Punch You In the Eye, When the Circus Comes, Water in the Sky, Twist

II: Birds of a Feather, The Moma Dance* > jam > Bug, Jennifer Dances, Split Open and Melt, Character Zero

E:The Old Home Place, The Squirming Coil, Loving Cup

* w/ Birds teases



359 Responses to “A Winter Playlist”

  1. bwana Says:

    yeah. late-night spin of 7.21.98

    the desert heat at the start of the show,
    matched the heat coming off the stage that night
    show had the slick flow second set…
    ghost>she caught the katy>funky bitch
    debut katy, i knew it from taj mahal and was stoked

  2. voopa Says:

    Awesome show bwana…I was 6th row in front of Page. Great night. I love the wacky Antelope.

  3. neemor Says:

    12.17.99 Hampton show (DOTD) is, on paper, one of the worst looking shows I can imagine.

    Good night.

  4. Bwana Says:

    nice 6th row. sweet voopa… i was somewhere in the lawn running round in circles. it was my first show since 12.7.97 and i was jonesing… i had been in east africa for 6 months prior. didn’t jump on tour but caught the southwest run starting in Atlanta a couple weeks later. looking back i should have just kept right on going from Phoenix….

  5. voopa Says:

    Yeah I did Portland>Gorge>Shoreline>Ventura>Phoenix. Was sad I couldn’t do more.

  6. neemor Says:

    I would never need to go see another PH show again if they dropped a scorching YEM like 12.9.95. So good to have it unearthed again in the ice and snow.
    Why don’t they experiment with tempos anymore like that?
    Changes the face of the entire composition.

    Smoking YEM.

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  8. justin umscheid Says:

    Hahahaha!! i love u Mr. Miner!!! My name is Justin and im from Hampton and this brought me many smiles!!! Love and peace to all u brothers and sisters!!! Cant wait for this new year to start bringin new music and rejuvinating our souls again!! Hopefully we will see phish stop by the mothership for another epic adventure.

  9. RudyWasOffSides Says:

    Chalkdust or Kill Devil?

    Which is the better opener? 1.0 & 2.0 is all chalkdust because KDF didn’t exist. Both songs amp up the entire crowd whether it it be “Can I Live While I’m Young” or “But i still learned my lesson..I can still remember the last one” Chalkdust gives the old school kick start to a show and gets everyone in the GROOVE for the rest of the night. It may be over played at times but you must kid yourself if you don’t enjoy it every time. As for KDF, fuck. it always starts a set and Trey loves it. The only set back is they do not take it very far at all. NO exploration what-so-ever. It could but will it? Still a Joy.

    Chalkdust 6-25-10 2nd opener is the heat

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