Quite the Site

10/30 1:29 am

Indio Sunset (A.Lansing)

Indio Sunset (A.Lansing)

As people continue to trickle into Festival 8, this site is shaping up to be quite the host for a weekend of Phish. Speckled with palm trees and carpeted with soft grass, the lush desert surroundings of California provide a completely different vibe than past Northeast weekends. The Empire Polo Grounds boasts a walk-ability that creates an atmosphere of over-sized intimacy very different from the endless airforce bases of lore. With campgrounds – all named, as expected, for eight remaining albums – within a 10-15 minute walk of the concert grounds, the entire festival feels a bit more within reach.

From The Archives Video Show (A.Lansing)

From The Archives Video Show (A.Lansing)

A relatively thorough search greeted everyone at the gate; but no harm no foul. Getting in and setting up, I was busy watching the Yankees tie the World Series while The Bunny broadcast Phish’s soundcheck. Through word of mouth, the band broke out a few new songs off Party Time, highlighted by a ten-minute jam of “Liquid Time.” Look forward for that one coming up this weekend! The evening was highlighted by video “From the Archives” show at The Overlook, the central part of Festival 8 with multiple bars, food stands, and tented areas. Featuring amazing Halloween footage from all of Phish’s past musical costumes, fans congregated, danced, smoked, and drank while watching the massive video screen. When the video mix broke into an unknown “Tube” followed by a “Tube Reprise” we soon realized we were seeing exclusive footage of 11.2.98. When the “Tube” jam ended, the video spliced into the beginning of Dark Side of the Moon, and proceeded to play highlights from the memorable performance. After the Utah portion ended, it had grown freakin’ cold and I headed back to the RV to listen to Shapiro’s archives show on The Bunny, which so far had unleashed two of my favorite jams ever in re-upped SBD quality – the Cypress “Split” and the Winston-Salem “Bathtub Gin!” That’s all for now, the festival calls.

10/30 11:13 am

Just wakin’ up to a gorgeous Indio day. The sun in shining bright and coffee tastes good as we prepare for day one of the weekend. California’ Dreamin…

2:37 pm

Got the turntables set up, and have been enjoying a daytime Phish set spun by myself and various others. Highlights included the the “Rebas” from The Gorge in ’98 and Laguna Seca ’94, the Barcelona ’98 “Tweezer,” Lemonwheel’s “Ghost” and assorted other summer funk. The vibe here is beyond chill once you are through the gates, and the weather seems to be coming through perfectly. Got a chance to hear “Liquid Time;” definitely carries the sound of a new Trey song, and certainly has a wide open door to psychedelic improvisation. The band really took it out during soundcheck, and we are looking forward to what they will do come gametime. I would expect we’ll be hearing this song in a few hours from the stage. Still no real clue as to the Halloween album. Have given up thinking about it since we arrived and set up camp. Desert mountains, palm trees and Phish. Life is good.

6:01 am 10.31

A phenomenal start to the weekend. A deep-dive into a first-set “Stash” provided the improvisational moment of the set after an explosive beginning of “Party Time,” “Chalk Dust.” The second set offered a high powered festival-sized Phish sequence, highlighted by “Disease > Caspian > Wolfman’s.” The “Wolfman’s” had a distinct point when it moved from groove to Halloween music, summoning the spirits of the night before All-Hallowed’s Eve.

1:11 pm

Exile! They are handing out Phishbills on site. With singer Sharon Jones – let’s see about this one.

2,037 Responses to “Quite the Site”

  1. CJ Says:

    Quick thoughts:

    Set I: Party Time opener almost had me laughing hysterically. What an absolutely perfect choice, and played so so well. Chalkdust may have been the strongest version of the year, Stash was solid as well. Other than that, a standard ’09 set.

    Set II: Loved pretty much every jam here, though that doesn’t mean they were all exceptional. Disease should have gone on longer, it was just starting to get really interesting when Caspian started up. Wolfman–>Hood was the golden section of the night for sure, and Piper was probably the highlight.

    Overall, I had an amazing time rocking out on Sirius. I’m so happy to be able to experience this as it happens. Can’t wait for tonight. Does anyone know when Set I is scheduled to start? Still 8:00 Pacific?

  2. halcyon Says:

    Great show, great venue, mellow scene. Great beer selection, and some cool art exhibits floating around.

    For me, and probably many others …. West Coast Phish > East Coast Phish.

    The venue is magical.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    No set 1 is 3pm PST – Cover set is 7:30 aka around 8ish

  4. halcyon Says:

    The Oasis is happening. Got to meet Marshall, KWL, and 2/3 of Robear’s clan, but not Robear. Hopefully today I will be able to meet up with him.

    The sound there was great. I wish I brought my good camera to take some night shots. Can not begin to describe how colorful it was/is.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    FLACs are upping now. I have a request. Would someone please take each of these filesets and re upload it to another sharing site, or set up a new mediafire account or something? I’m going to be a moving target I think. Only going to leave these up for a few hours. Who’s got my back?

    FYI the recording has 3 subsecond dropouts that I know of: Cavern Beauty Bowie, and a few other tiny hiccups. 2nd set is asymmetrical levels wise, right channel slightly louder so maybe balance a little if you notice it. Overall pretty good. Let me know if you find other probs.

  6. BK Says:

    Listening live at home was game changing. Why can’t we pay to listen to every show streamed? It’s going to be hard to *miss* a show again knowing now that that’s possible…

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    It will happen soon enough BK.

    Morning folks

  8. Andrew Says:

    After this weekend, VOD could be on the horizon using DirectTV to broadcast…wow. Pay-per-view event, NYE anyone?

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    Mr. C

    Are you saying there are defects in the live phish download? I’m downloading the flacs now, haven’t listened yet obviously.

  10. Jon Says:

    BK, or simulcast for that matter. IMO they’re behind the curve on some significant potential revenue with regard to this stuff. For this festival specifically they probably have some kind of exclusive agreement with Sirius. But imagine watching each night of Fall Tour online as your show approaches. I’d pony up a few bucks for that, as we all would I’m sure.

  11. beepaphone Says:

    i’ve been calling party time opener for over a month and i know someone else here has

  12. beepaphone Says:

    great time though…
    Wish I didn’t have obligations to go out and do Halloween Stuff tonight. Oh well. Having that experience last night streaming over at msb’s, kickin’ it sharing in the groove and transmitting vibes, has me feeling better about not being there.

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    It’s not about the shows you don’t see but the one’s you do!!!

  14. Andrew Says:

    This guy could totally be the album killer!

    http://www2c.airnet.ne.jp/stevie/MICHAEL%20JACKSON/OFF%20THE%20WALL.jpg

  15. halcyon Says:

    live phish is streaming the bunny too.

  16. m00nshake Says:

    I called PartyTime opener shortly after fest8 was announced @Beep

  17. JP Says:

    morning folks, and thanks mr C for your work last night. GREAT write up tela’s. fun fun night, thank you phish, sirius, & phishthoughts.

    btw – i think it was Miner who immediately called the Party Time opener at 8 when it was busted out leg II MPP. wish they had taken it out for a longer ridde though.

    agree 100% with posters loving the wolf > hood progression, with piper > joy and chainsaw jam being the highlights. page is palying really really well.

  18. JP Says:

    set I – 3pm pacific, 6 east coast i think

  19. Looking For Owls? Says:

    just want to comment on the 69th page of this thread. It’s come a long way here on PhishThoughts. Cheers to all and Happy Halloween! Stash Jam is SICK btw

  20. JP Says:

    morning folks, thanks for your work mr C. fantastic write up tela’s muff.

    agree with posters that the wolf > hood was the highlight.

    i think it was actually Miner who called the Party Time opener at 8 in his review of it’s 1st time played at MPP leg II show.

  21. JP Says:

    thank mr miner!

  22. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning guys…fell asleep during setbreak, missed second set 🙁

    What time do the festivities commence tonday/tonight? Gonna have to take an afternoon nap to keep up.

    Mr. C (I think it was you anyway)…thank you for recommending the book ‘Flow’ (M. Csikszentmihalyi). I read most of it on vaca, am finishing it up now…have thoroughly enjoyed it and will recommend it to many others, wifey first. It’s really hit home and given some credibility and support to lots of things I’ve always wondered about. Thanks…

  23. gus Says:

    ahhhh this piper is so good

  24. JP Says:

    forgot to insert “you” – thanks to miner. enjoy your days, back at 3 PT

    mr C – r set II flacs available? i’m sorry i cant help you with the tech stuff.

  25. JP Says:

    Leo – you must stay up tonight. do whatever it takes 🙂

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