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. axillalot Says:

    so just random lyrics, on the fly, you think?

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    The HD files from LivePhish.com have to be played on HD and Blu-Ray players only folks.

  3. Mitch Says:

    jeebus. I still dont get twitter. I just had a half hour sucked from my life poking around cause I’ve had one since hampton and it just doesnt make sense to me. @ and # make it show up on searches and stuff.

    still seems pointless to me.

  4. Andrew Says:

    As well-thought out the festival has been, surely there’s some big-time trickery on the horizon…maybe foreshadowing, maybe not. What’s the jam/tease beginning around the 7:45 mark of Piper? Sounds familiar but I can’t immediately place it.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah I did not recognize that Save My Soul bit but I liked it a lot

  6. Mitch Says:

    live phish links are floating around on websites… just sayin

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    Maybe it was a Light tease? I still like to think of it as them acknowledging Joy…

  8. Andrew Says:

    Sounds like it started “she said” and “save our soul” and then morphed into “save us all”

  9. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah I just grabbed it off of PT.

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NZZ5M4NJ

    fully tracked SBDs

  10. Mitch Says:

    p.s. happy halloween everyone

  11. Selector J Says:

    Rather than get grumpy about the FLAC ‘HD’ stuff here’s a link that nicely, and diplomatically, summarizes bit rate, sample rate, sound quality etc. A great read if all of that stuff is greek to you.

    http://www.tweakheadz.com/16_vs_24_bit_audio.htm

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    piper>joy is goooooorgeous

  13. Selector J Says:

    happy halloween is right, Mitch!

    I may not be at F8 but there *is* a F8.
    And I get to take my two year old trick or treating for the first time. He chose to be a ‘football man.’ I may have a little Drew Brees on my hands.

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’m going to go listen to 10/30 II and go outside. Hopefully the jams are as good as I remember

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    If you have a decent – great system, have the extra coin and a high def audio/video player get the up-grade HD download. You’ll see, it’s night and day!

  16. ColonelJoy Says:

    If you go to my FaceBook profile mannishjoy@gmail.com , I put my would-be costume up as my profile pic….Mr. C is an advocate…

  17. JP Says:

    i think the wolf > hood will hold up

  18. snigglebeach Says:

    finally got onto the bunny online. the silly stuff on there really takes me back to some fun traffic jams.

    by the way,, how was entry traffic???? 3-5 hours?? 8-12??? no time to search through 1600+ comments

  19. JP Says:

    not a lot of traffic remarks in this thread per memory

  20. JP Says:

    set I opener today?? Yamar?

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    ‘cuz not a lot of people showed up for this one. It’s not a 75,000 plus like the other festies in the past. This sounds like the hassle free festi!

  22. JP Says:

    for what it’s worth:

    IndioReport: Camping Complaints
    We issued a call yesterday for anyone on site to file reports for stories about Indio – and fans on-site responded with a flood of complaints about the campgrounds. No doubt, things are improved in many ways over some previous festivals, especially the mess that was Coventry. However…. Folks in the Larks Tongues in Aspic camping section, for example, are livid. Although they were the first to be searched and directed to park, they still had no showers, sinks, or food/beverage vending after nearly 20 hours. Said one reporter, “The situation is getting testy with some of us who felt trapped in here today.” That’s particularly a problem because, as several have reported, that campsite is “a disproportionately far distance form the rest of the fest” – so the folks who moved in first have to walk the farthest and don’t have any of the promised amenities. Hopefully someone official will get wind of this here – if they havent already heard enough of it on-site.

    Posted 1 day ago by Bizarro_Jerry | 5 comments | Link: http://phi.sh/cgx2k
    Reports from Indio So Far…
    Day parking will not be permitted until 4pm on Friday. … Searches at the gate are heavy! Dogs, opening suitcases, searching under car hoods. Warnings against drug possesion are underscored, of course, but so are reminders about traffic: Unless the searches become less surgical, the backup tomorrow could be loooong. … The sky is gorgeous. … Are you on site? Want to report something more substantive, more specific, or in greater detail? We invite anyone in attendance to file a report, on damned near anything. We’ll be compiling up-to-date stories on various aspects of the festival – art installations, campground layout and activities, festival grounds, traffic, etc. – and crediting those who’ve filed reports. (If you’d rather be anonymous, just say so.) For now, reports can be filed to ellis@phish.net.

    Posted 2 days ago by Lemuria | 0 comments | Link: http://phi.sh/cfh0l

  23. Selector J Says:

    Sniggle
    didn’t hear any complaints about traffic at all so I imagine slim to none. It sounded like ‘thorough’ came up yesterday on security’s Word-A-Day calendar, though.

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    Looking forward to the TeamHood Prod. DVD’s!!!!!!!

  25. JP Says:

    from phish.net fwiw:

    We issued a call yesterday for anyone on site to file reports for stories about Indio – and fans on-site responded with a flood of complaints about the campgrounds. No doubt, things are improved in many ways over some previous festivals, especially the mess that was Coventry. However…. Folks in the Larks Tongues in Aspic camping section, for example, are livid. Although they were the first to be searched and directed to park, they still had no showers, sinks, or food/beverage vending after nearly 20 hours. Said one reporter, “The situation is getting testy with some of us who felt trapped in here today.” That’s particularly a problem because, as several have reported, that campsite is “a disproportionately far distance form the rest of the fest” – so the folks who moved in first have to walk the farthest and don’t have any of the promised amenities. Hopefully someone official will get wind of this here – if they havent already heard enough of it on-site.

    Day parking will not be permitted until 4pm on Friday. … Searches at the gate are heavy! Dogs, opening suitcases, searching under car hoods. Warnings against drug possesion are underscored, of course, but so are reminders about traffic: Unless the searches become less surgical, the backup tomorrow could be loooong

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