Retro Post: Exploring on the Eighth

8.15.11 - UIC Pavilion (Michael Stein)

Today, I’ll let my blog do my work for me. Here’s a link to last year’s December 8th installment of December jam memoirs, a series of posts in which I tracked the calendar using Phish jams. The intro is below.


Exploring on the Eighth

Today, our December focus shift onto two sprawling excursions that took place on the eighth day of the month in 1995 and 1999. Both selections — Cleveland’s “Tweezer > Kung > Tweezer” and Cumberland County Civic Center’s “Piper” — feature musical explorations that veer far off the beaten path, providing snapshots of the band’s experimental side as seen through the lenses of 1995 and 1999…Read On!


Jam of the Day:

Piper > Dog-Faced Boy” 12.8.99 II

Part of a stellar second set at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Read about it in the article linked above.



VIDEO OF THE DAY: “Jennifer Dances” 12.7.99 II

One of the three December ’99 performances of the much-maligned tune. I’ve always wondered, “What’s not to like?”

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513 Responses to “Retro Post: Exploring on the Eighth”

  1. voopa Says:

    Well said C. I think the general consensus among the masses is that the govt just had no idea that we would get involved, which of course is ridiculous, but that’s how most of the stories have gone since. As I recall I was taught that it was a “totally unprovoked sneak attack.”

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    also: LOL @ “Dave’s Picks” (the new GD release series)

    nice to see him get his props but no one calls him Dave, ever

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I need an under the radar Dead show from ’90-’91. Suggestions?

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    @voopa, yes – but while I don’t know about primary education, all the recent historical texts I read (came out in the last 10 years or so) are very clear on that point with no obfuscation I could see….I got a few different views on this ambiguous and complex topic…

    there’s been a bit of a pivot or opening in that regard in the last generation or so I think

    I’m sure there’s plenty of nonsense still out there, I was just pleased to see a more balanced view as I have been revisiting the period

    same thing for the importance of Russia and even China…way more props now for their roles

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

  6. Esteban Says:

    @Palmer I liked 12/12/90 Denver (I think)

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    Denver ’90, the Dark Star show

    or, have you spun the MSG run where Bruce debuted as a band member recently?

    I have a mix of it, both from official releases and otherwise

    most of the good shows from 90-91 are fully on the radar, though

    most of Spring ’90 is just great

  8. voopa Says:

    And I realize with that last post that I, like he author of that article, am obfuscating our foreknowledge of PH w/WWII in general. I’ll be more careful going forward.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thanks Esteban.

    I’m pretty familiar with that Sept. MSG run.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you realize what this means, right?

    every show on a drive that fits in your pocket.



  11. Beantownboy Says:


    Just finished the new Black Keys and am diving into the new Roots’ “Undun”.

    Some solid music was released this week that will be getting lots o’ spins.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    6.24.2000 tweezer — $$$.

    ^^^ great recording

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Mr C- what do think about the Knicks potential move? Signing Chandler and then sending Amare to NO for Paul. Seems to be the rumor of the moment.

  14. Kaveh Says:

    the MSG run where Bruce debuted as a band member

    IMO, one of the best GD runs EVER! The music is so fresh and patient! the 19th and the 20th are blockbuster!

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    I just don’t understand the Black Keys love. Sounds like a band I may have seen in a bar with no cover while I was in college.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:


    C. Miller soundboard. On Candyman now.

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah I recently boiled MSG 90 down to:

    West L.A. Fadeaway
    Bird Song
    To Lay Me Down
    Truckin’ >
    China Cat Sunflower >
    I Know You Rider
    Eyes of the World >
    Foolish jam
    The Weight
    Playing In The Band >
    Crazy Fingers >
    Playin’ jam >
    Uncle John’s Band >
    Let it Grow >
    Standing On The Moon >
    Dark Star >
    Playing In The Band >
    Dark Star
    Morning Dew

    very fun listen!

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah, Black Keys are a total meh for me

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    I dunno Palmer

    I’m still hoping Chandler will re-sign with the Mavs which I guess is unlikely

    it’s obv that CP3 wants to be a Knick…but I thought he wanted to be a Knick with Amare

    I think they should wait a year, let CP3 go somewhere else for this season, and get him for nothing for next year

    let him be a Celtic or whatever for a year

    there’s too much chaos at the moment for me to really try to think any of these specific deals through tho

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Black Keys are here in Charlotte some time soon, maybe even this week. Tix are like $67, you have to be kidding me.

  21. Mike in Austin Says:

    Hampton ’97 Hood on in my car right now.

    Thanks for the box set again Miner. Making good use of it.

  22. voopa Says:

    Man, that 9/20/90 DS>PITB>DS sequence is nutso. Rivals the Miami DS.

  23. dorn76 Says:

    Beautiful day in New England. Drove up to Newport from CT this morning early and crossed the bridges with the sun bouncing off the water brilliantly in all directions and the wind whipping up white caps.

    Gonna read back and perhaps chime in later with something more pertinent.

    Keep Calm. Carry On.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    If you need any more proof that even the big news sources are drivel, in the featured stories from CNN one of the headlines is, “Faking it won’t stop him from cheating.”

  25. Esteban Says:

    @Palmer sweet. I am totally going to spin that this evening when the dust settles

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