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. joe Says:

    don’t say I didn’t warn you about Jam On…if you can get Howard 100 (and listen to it, tons of swearing, adult content, etc.), they are replaying the Stephen Stills interview from earlier in the week. He puts up with Howard’s bs for awhile and then plays a few good accoustic tunes.

  2. beepaphone Says:

    Thanks though, for putting in the extra work to post these broadcasts.
    Muchas Gracias, Senor C.

  3. PBS Says:

    warning heeded…

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    so when, exactly, was it that Fishman turned from a raging psychedelic demented party troll into this incredibly heartfelt and thoughtful person he apparently is in these interviews?

  5. JP Says:

    thought fishman was incredibly spot on too

  6. Ocelot42 Says:

    Even in the interviews on the IT DVD, Fishman seemed like the most… “coherent” is kinda insulting to the other guys, but it just fits best.

  7. JP Says:

    he seems really grounded, which i guess, is not a bad thing in a drummer

  8. JP Says:

    bunny link?

  9. BTB Says:

    I resisted posting for 4 hours. Then I relapsed.

    Put on non-slip slippers, draw on my circle of paper with crayon,anything to keep sharp objects away. No belt. Need Oreos.

    19 days till Cobo…Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  10. BTB Says:

    Also, Sean Posted pics on the Facebook Group with him and Fishman!!!

    Didn’t know if any of you have caught that. How cool is that!!

  11. JP Says:

    what are your thoughts on flac vs flac-hd?

  12. PBS Says:

    Re: Fishman…

    I think his quirkiness and humor can be separated from the rest of “who he is”. He always seemed like a really down to earth guy, underneath all the crazy.

    Not that long ago, I would have labeled myself a raging party troll of some kind. However, the people we seem to be doesn’t always equate to the people we really are.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    my stereo gear, and maybe my ears, aren’t good enough to hear the distinction between flac and flac hd so I am passing the whole thing by as irrelevant to me

    if you have audiophile setup and ears, then it’s probably awesome

  14. JP Says:

    thanks, don’t think i have those ears

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    certainly true @PBS. just an unusually extreme example.

  16. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    man, i was having no problems earlier, until i saw those FB photos….

    now to quote someone who quoted liz lemmon “to there i want to go”

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    people who are just getting into the band recently if they ever see one of those old “Fishman Stole My Girlfriend” shirts on tour

  18. JP Says:

    don’t look at the pictures…:-)

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    I forgot the clause “are going to be confused” above

    like me right now I guess


  20. beepaphone Says:

    @ BTB! 19 days, eh? Still seems so much further than that!!! Wow…less than 3 weeks…I think that made my day. Such a beautiful, Phishy room. Methinks fall tour will be a rager.

  21. PBS Says:

    You make a good point C… He certainly seems to have gone from one extreme to another…but gettin’ old does strange shit to us all. That was my only point.

  22. BTB Says:

    Fetal position, cold/wet bathroom floor, brushing teeth with no toothpaste, mumbling ‘trampled by lambs and pecked by the dove’ over and over….

    yeah, fall tour can’t get here soon enuf

  23. bhizzle Says:

    does one have to be a member of facebook to view the pics?

    re: soundcheck…page’s synth is LOUD starting with that Yes tease…gordo is doing all sorts of crazy effects.

  24. bhizzle Says:

    what ever you do BTB do not shave off your eyebrows.

  25. JP Says:

    how does phish just continally sound so freaking awesome? even with the sounud quality on the soundcheck, fest 8 is primed to blow minds.

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