And the Answer Is…

exile_on_main_stPhishbills are being handed out on site confirming what many people believed. Sharon Jones will join them on vocals. Let’s see Phish reinvent the Stones…I’m down.

11.2 12:47 am

Tonight was a good as anything since the return. So great…What a weekend! So much to say….

3,599 Responses to “And the Answer Is…”

  1. c0wfunk Says:

    damn I can’t wait to hear the end of the set from last night .. I fell asleep at the beginning of light .. download almost here but I think it may have to wait til tomorrow now

  2. beepaphone Says:

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    alright c0w but if you have to go now you have to come back and tell us more about this please, its very interesting

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    c0w, knowing your musical taste a bit I bet you will think the Light jam is the highlight of the weekend

  5. halcyon Says:

    @ Cowfunk .. .great descriptions of how music mind and soul interact…

  6. c0wfunk Says:

    futureman was working on some “theories” or “half baked ideas” with some mathematician in hawaii regarding recursive rhythms based on naturally occurring numerical patterns – pi, phi, and those sorts of concepts. He had this theory that the jazz swing pattern is based on a phi rhythm and was writing all kinds of crazy symphonies based on irrational number sequences being assigned to tones

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    I’ll try to come up with some links, this was years ago now, probably 2003 or so but yeah really have to go

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    won’t you come out to play?

    I totally hear/feel it, sure (remembering JGB versions with Jackie and Gloria singing the AHHHH with the crowd)

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    phi I could understand more than pi


  10. Wax Banks Says:

    I had a wonderful time listening to the Festival this weekend on Sirius and blathering about it on this board. On the one hand, it was neat to share the experience of sitting in a living room listening to music; it felt less isolated than e.g. listening to my iPod. On the other hand I could turn off the lights and really focus on the music with no distractions whatsoever. The loss of the live encounter with sound (that full-spectrum energy that reaches through open air to strike you in a unique way) was partly compensated for by the absolute clarity of the music…and the thrill of realizing This Is Happening Right Fucking Now!!

    Much of the thrill of listening to improvised music is the danger, the encounter with the unexpected. But usually when I’m in that situation there are other things jostling for my attention: people, booze, air, hunger, distance from home, needing to piss, fatigue from dancing, the pressure to dance and be part of a group…so I can’t directly compare the experience of last night’s ‘Light’ to the thrill of hearing it at Fenway except to say I’m glad I’ve had both opportunities in so short and intense a span of time.

    I’d probably subscribe to Sirius if they did this regularly. Probably I’d have to quit drinking or give up random book-buying (for a while) to pay for it, but it’d be worth it.

    There were times this weekend when it seemed like I could move freely between hope and surprise and fear and ecstatic release – the ‘live experience’ we all share – and the more contemplative experience of sitting, controlling breath and movement, managing the volume, taking note of discrete musical events. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be just an accident of perception, and it was a much more quantized or stop-and-start experience and I’ve just narrativized it in retrospect. I’ve been in love a few times; it’s happened before.

    I wonder how I’ll feel about last night’s show when I listen to it again – and whether the inevitable difference between initial reaction and reconsidered thoughts is smaller than when the first encounter happens in a vast green field among dancing thousands, or in a cloud of marijuana smoke under a grey steel dome in an unfamiliar city. I imagine it will; each experience is its own particulars and nothing more. I make up the story that makes them All One. Well, that’s going to be a wonderful thing too, I bet.

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    mr c another tidbit — eeeee is from the crown of your head, ooooo (like eew) is your lowest chakra, everything else is in that range

  12. gus Says:

    ahh this McGrupp is perfection. acoustic phish at their best.

  13. fishman's frock Says:

    @ wax

    i totally know what you are saying. i never knew i could have that much fun sitting at my desk on the computer without having to resort to porn!

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    wow, a phenomenal post capturing the essence of the home listening experience

    It does seem to be a different, hybrid category of show experience, and one that will require some reflection.

  15. albert walker Says:

    Glad to hear siri worked out for ya’ll not able to attend

    would have loved to kick back and listen myself
    hearing Exile unfold live must have been very exciting even from the comfort of your own crib

    what a great weekend
    juts heard the acoustic set tapes for the first time on the plane.
    all I can say is wow
    what a treat the effort that went into that unique performance

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    @Boris : Check the top of 132
    @Cowfunk : Mom was right. Open up and say Aaaah.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    I know the low muladhara chakra tone, learned that at my ganapati initiation…I should learn these…that one totally works for sure

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    I thought of you a lot @Albert, while they were triumphantly demolishing Exile and then during that amazing acoustic set…just like I knew Miner would be digging that 8th set, with the worthy versions of Free and Mike’s he’s been waiting for and a big open spacy jam….

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    anyone else think they should start doing the occasional all acoustic first set?

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    f0ol, I have been thinking about that….people would bitch and complain too much, maybe, even though that one was great, if you’re only going to one show most peeps want 2 sets of electric phish…I think they should keep doing them but only on certain special occasions

  21. albert walker Says:

    I’ll wait for him to write it up, but I was chilling with a huge crew mingled in with Miner’s and he seemed to enjoy the exile set very much

    and we all danced the night away on Sunday with ear to ear grins on our melted faces

  22. albert walker Says:

    most were even bitching there
    Phish fans just don’t like things out of their own comfort zones
    acoustic set was not a huge hit among most attendees

    I did love it, and many did, but probably not the majority

  23. albert walker Says:

    Mr C

    did they not just demolish all preconceptions about this band’s ability to swing some soul and true feeling

    between the acoustic set and the way they just destroyed Exile I think they have opened some pretty big doors here for the future

    Shine a Light was heavenly

  24. butter Says:

    ^^yes AW , Shine a Light was heavenly, my bro who has seen over 100 Stones shows, has only seen them do Shine a Light once.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    people bitch about first sets enough right now (including me) that i think an acoustic set would make them happy, plus phish phans love something new. at least one new years run set should be acoustic

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