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. Lycanthropist Says:

    no offense though mOOn, just not my thing.

  2. Mitch Says:

    about to have the best avatar on the site. gotta wait for the update.

  3. miles Says:

    on jambase trey was quoted as saying before they played david bowie “we’re gonna give you a hint on the halloween album now”. And for those of you discussing MGMT. Look up “hitler learns the halloween phish album” on youtube. Genius. Pure Genius. Selector J knows what i’m talkin about.

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    the words warm up and Fest 8 wolfman’s shouldnt be used in the same sentence

  5. bathtubjoe Says:

    I will start by saying i am an computer idiot. I have a real old computer and I am using winzip to unzip the files from megaupload and they keep disappearing before i can listen to them. I am using a free version (trial) of winzip and just using windows media to play them. Is there something that I am missing…??

  6. Prince Nabby Says:

    I *loved* the first night from start to finish. Starting with Party Time and Chalk Dust made, to me, a clear statement, which was that the night’s show was meant to be about fun. The presence of Ocelot, Cavern, Golgi, and Poor Heart simply underscored that. Of course, there were dark, intense, and beautiful moments of exploration ~ and I loved those too ~ to say nothing of the giant, pulsing psycho-raspberry (I can think of no better description) that took to the air during Hood. In fact, I thought that the Hood was a masterly exercise in patience, yearning tension-and-release. Everyone’s mileage varies, but this show worked for me perfectly. What struck me especially, though, compared to Summer 1 and 2 is that the band seemed far more polished, Trey in particular. I noticed him throwing in a lot of intricate and interesting grace notes, where he has been more meat-and-potatoes recently, plus he is back to doing those lightning-fast arpeggios we heard so often in Chalkdusts, Llama’s in 94 and that I love so much. They worked especially well in Bowie. I don’t think of last night’s show as a quantum leap beyond summer two, but as big and confident technical step forward, that’s nothing to sneeze at, people!

  7. snigglebeach Says:

    @mitch, my avatar is truly out of this world.

    (it’s a beach on Mars)

  8. Mitch Says:


    lots of cool photos

  9. bathtubjoe Says:

    I can get one song into media player and then the files disappear in my winzip…i have listened to party time about 600 times already

  10. Mr. Completely Says:


    get ur hetty Wook Down shirtz

    plz forward to anyone you think might enjoy

  11. Mitch Says:

    8 with a bat from the sbd icon! niiiice!

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    FWIW on page 69 there are DL links

  13. Mitch Says:

    hahahaha w00k down sigg waterbotle


  14. Absher Says:

    Anyone know where to download the show yet?

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    I am particularly proud of the Wook Down beer stein and especially the dog shirt. I want to see a wook pulling a puppy on a rope wearing one of these by the end of fall tour.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    if someone would post that link to Phantasy and any other boards you visit I’d appreciate it

  17. Mitch Says:

    maybe i can get my beard ratty by msg and put one on my puppy for you and take a pic mr c

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    i love it when we all pull together as a team

  19. Pencilneck Says:

    Thanx for the postin mr.c! Have fun tonite. MJ would be such a fricken party!

  20. m00nshake Says:

    no offense taken lycan… 🙂
    so what album are you guys betting they’ll play?
    i’m sticking with mgmt, even though it appears to be the dark horse…

  21. Mitch Says:

    bowie then mgmt on the bunny

  22. Absher Says:

    It better not me MG fucking MT. Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmfAP6qypC4

  23. beepaphone Says:

    wook t-shirts/mugs/dog apparel/waterbottles ready to go before phish.com/fromtheroad even has pics from the show up.


  24. Selector J Says:

    absher try googling it. I bet several files show up. Or you can go to etree.org

    bt joe I don’t know what the deal is with winzip there. The free trial version shouldn’t matter since I don’t think anyone has ever paid for it since its inception. My only thought: When you unzip it, where does it say it’s saving the files to? It’s still weird that only the first track is working.

    :Rocking out to ‘Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires’:: Best. Dub album. Ever. (and perfect for Halloween.)

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    or look on page 69

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