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. Mr. Completely Says:

    @beep: I love living in the future, yo


  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Phishbills being handed out Exile with Sharon Jones

  3. Selector J Says:

    Oh, and Mr. C, Your link over at kvrx worked after all. Niceness!

    The guy on the indie high horse ended up offering an olive branch, too. He even added a Bowie on youtube from 2/93. (Olive branch accepted.)

  4. Mitch Says:

    ya know what we need on this site? we need a buffer of like 5 posts in grey so that we see what was on the last page. That way i dont have to keep going back and forth.

  5. Stupendous Says:

    Im begining to think that the genesis album would do for a great Halloween set!

  6. Absher Says:

    Thanks Mr.Completely. Hearts will billow when the dream comes.

  7. Selector J Says:

    My friend just texted me from Indio’ “Exile it is! Sharon Jones!”

    FWIWx2 I nicknamed him PNN, as in the Phish News Network b/c he seems to always be the first to hear something…

    Exile would be rad.

  8. Wax Banks Says:

    Dunno if they’ve already made the rounds here, but Sirius’s ‘Festivalography’ broadcasts are generally excellent! The stories are smile-inducing, but you can’t complain about rock-nasty SBD material from the Went, Lemonwheel, Cypress…

    The Cypress ‘Sand’ is playing now and I’m hesitant to cut it off, but last night’s Set II awaits. Not a bad problem to have.

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    It is Exile.. Phishbills handed out at Fest.

  10. Weekapaug Says:

    Just heard that Playbills are already being distributed on site. Exile on Main Street

  11. Selector J Says:

    after a request for deets he just texted me “Phishbill in hand!”


  12. Stupendous Says:

    I might be in the minority on this one but thats my least fav of all the posibilities…well maybe purple rain was then this…

  13. Looking For Owls? Says:

    Here’s a link of a Phishbill pic:


  14. Eggs Says:

    Exile on Main Street with Sharon Jones!

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    i think its fucking awesome

  16. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    If that’s the one, then it’s pretty much a lock that the Giant Country Horns will be joining in the festivities tonight.

  17. BK Says:

    ^^ Second that

  18. beepaphone Says:

    whatever gets your rocks off

  19. stack Says:

    Check out the Electric Ladyland cover on the phish site….is that Fishman in there?

  20. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    Then again, there hasn’t been a Halloween show without them…

  21. Twiggy Says:

    Exile just got killed on phish.com.

  22. Twiggy Says:

    Phishbill looks like it has pictures of the boys on the Exile cover. Not buying it yet, though this was my call. I must now refrain from this board b/c I want to be surprised.

  23. joe Says:

    they are still messing with everyone for sure.

  24. joe Says:

    saturday at work will be much better with an afternoon phish set

  25. Twiggy Says:

    Down goes Purple Rain!

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