Weekend Nuggets: Darien Lake


8.13.2009 Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NY < Torrent

8.13.2009 Darien Lake PAC, Darien Center, NY < Megaupload

Official Darien Lake Poster

Official Darien Lake Poster

Overshadowed by Hartford and SPAC, the opening show of the summer’s final four-night run flowed well, had copious highlights, and set the tone for the end of tour.  The first set under the tent featured the darker bustouts of “Dinner and a Movie” and “My Friend” while carrying one of the outstanding “Wolfman’s” of summer and, in my opinion, the most engaging “Bowie” of the second leg.  The second set opened with a exploratory “Drowned,” sparking the unique highlight of “Drowned > Caspian > Rift.”  A smoking mid-set “Antelope” set up a revelatory “Fluffhead” closer.  This show is a real dark-horse, and deserves more attention than it has garnered.

I: Sample In A Jar, Dinner and a Movie, Wolfman’s Brother, My Friend, My Friend, Possum, Farmhouse, Sugar Shack, Brian And Robert, David Bowie, Bathtub Gin, How High The Moon, Golgi Apparatus

II: Drowned > Prince Caspian > Rift, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sparkle, Run Like An Antelope, Suzy Greenberg, Fluffhead

E: Joy, First Tube

Source: Microtech Gefell M20 > JK Labs ECMS-23 > EAA PSP-2 > Sound Devices 722 (Line In, -0.3 dB) (Taper – Tim Burke)

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Weekend:

Drowned > Caspian > Rift” 8.13.II


Phish cohesively strung together this unique run of songs to begin the second set at Darien.  Look out for the standout “Drowned” jam- totally patient and fully realized.



“Run Like An Antelope” Darien Lake 8.13 II (Part 1)

“Anrtelope” (Part 2)

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166 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Darien Lake”

  1. Marshall Says:

    Carved out of the “Northwest Territories.” And Yukon Territories is now just “Yukon.” And Newfoundland is now “Newfoundland and Labrador.”

    Of course, even “native” Americans weren’t really “native.” They were immigrants too (they just migrated a lot longer before).

  2. Marshall Says:

    Which begs the question, how the hell did the Aboriginal Australians get there?

  3. gus Says:

    yeah I got the box set as well, so I don’t think it’s wrong at all to listen 8 days before it comes out. I’m still supporting phish, I’ve never torrented one of their studio albums. But here’s a question: What if I bought, say, Rift, when it came out, and I’ve lost the cd and don’t have it on my computer, is it still ok to torrent rift, since I payed a while ago?

  4. voopa Says:

    It’s legal to keep a backup copy of any recording you’ve purchased.

  5. John Says:

    Hey everybody, just saw that the Joy album is coming out with a deluxe edition that includes a live DVD of footage from the first half of the summer tour. Anyone know anything specific about this, such as what the footage will be? Also has anyone heard anything about fall tour dates? Appreciate feedback, can’t wait for the Mike Gordon show on Sept. 15 in Asheville!

  6. Marshall Says:

    John – haven’t heard what shows the live footage will be from, but I suspect it will be primarily from the earlier shows of the summer based on the advance need to produce the discs. Fall tour prospects have been posted here several times – NY, Philly, etc. around Thanksgiving and then Miami for NY run. Talk of possible Europe tour in April.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    we own a legal copy of every phish studio album and there’s something to like on every single one of them. we almost always pre-order them, even though it costs a little more than you can find them for in stores and you don’t really get it earlier, basically so maybe the band gets a bigger cut of the money.

    overall we’re in the same boat dyda mentioned, i think – we give phish every dollar we can afford to spend, and over the years it’s a fair amount…

    one reason I like the studio stuff is for use in mixes. I don’t really listen to albums anymore at all except for new stuff. when I’m not listening to live shows, I listen to iTunes playlists almost exclusively. Some of them are carefully crafted but for the most part they’re “smart playlists” – such as “all 5 star songs whose Genre contains Rock” or whatever.

    Live cuts don’t really work well in those mix playlists, usually…I probably have 30+ studio phish studio cuts in various levels of rotation…

    cannot WAIT to add PARTY TIME!!! to the mix! it will make a perfect bridge between Meters style funk and rock songs. Those are the hardest to find, those bridging tunes you can use to segue between genres…

    FWIW I buy 10x as much music since I started torrenting and whatnot. Really. Try before you buy. Both CDs and itunes type downloads, I end up buying a lot of what I scoop off the nets.

    anyway, I’m glad for the preview and am definitely giving Phish mmoney for this album

  8. larry bird flu Says:

    i plan on buying JOY at my local independent music store, newbury comics, because when you buy it there it also comes with a JOY pint glass.

  9. JP Says:

    dyda – thanks for your thoughts on free jam and band configuration.

  10. butter Says:


  11. sumodie Says:

    thanks,marshall, for speaking your mind regarding stealing music. i agree with much of what you said. tis a loaded topic i admit, but seems like many phans go too far, to put it mildly. many a phan suffers from a sense of entitlement. would love to hear thoughts from others on this topic.

    for example, how many sbds can one dl for free before its wrong? how many times can one give away copyrighted music before its wrong? i dont have easy answers myself, though i do steer by an internal compass.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    vegas represent!

    day 4! big ups. soft landings, b

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    ethics of music sharing are always murky…for instance this weekend, as I often do, I traveled the biggest little city in the world, Reno Nevada, and while I was there I shot a man just to watch him die…but after he died, I took his iPod.

    So is it OK for me to listen to the music on the iPod, or am I morally obligated to erase it?

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    butter!!! lol…what uuup!

  15. jlkaz Says:

    On whether their albums are worth listening to, I think as time has gone on they’ve gotten really good at crafting albums that hold up as listening experiences themselves, separate from their live renditions. On earlier records like Lawn Boy or A Picture of Nectar, their big “jam songs” like Tweezer or Split Open and Melt are kind of cut off so that they don’t get too long, but by the time they’ve gotten up to, say, Undermind, Scents and Subtle Sounds has a nice build and a nice jam that still isn’t too long but that doesn’t feel like it ends too abruptly either. The more recent albums themselves have a nice shape to them as well, whereas the songs on A Picture of Nectar doesn’t always flow together in the best way. All that’s a long way of saying that I think their studio albums are worth owning more than ever now.

    Also, was that a Venture Bros. reference a few pages back (from dyda)?

  16. dyda Says:

    yeah, monarch: who talks like that? from the ep hate floats i believe

    south pacific migration is interesting. there are many small islands to hop along and the people developed seafairing ways and gradually made it down to australia/new zealand/tasmania. took much longer and as a result the populations couldn’t grow very large, but it did lead to many variations in language and culture as peoples settled on different islands.

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