Weekend Nuggets: Festival 8


11.1.09 Festival 8, Indio, CA < Torrent

11.1.09 Festival 8, Indio, CA < Megaupload

After the Halloween festivities, Phish ripped one of their strongest two-set shows of the year. Much more to come about this one, but both sets contained highlights galore. The night, and weekend, peaked with a second frame filled with thick, festival-sized dance grooves. A write-up will follow next week. The acoustic set – a story all its own – is included in this download.


11.1.09 (Photo: Graham Lucas)

Acoustic Set: Water In The Sky, Back On The Train, Brian and Robert, Invisible, Strange Design, Mountains in the Mist, The Curtain With, Army of One, Sleep Again, My Sweet One, Let Me Lie, Bouncing Around The Room, Train Song, Wilson, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters E: Driver, Talk, Secret Smile

II: AC/DC Bag, Rift, Gotta Jiboo, Heavy Things, Reba, The Wedge, Guelah Papyrus, Undermind, Sparkle, Split Open & Melt

III: Tweezer > Maze, Free, Sugar Shack, Limb By Limb, Theme From The Bottom, Mike’s Song > 2001 > Light > Slave To The Traffic Light

E: Grind, Esther, Tweezer Reprise

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Jams of the Weekend: 11.1 Set I





Split Open & Melt




“Torn and Frayed” 10.31.09 II


“Suzy Greenberg” 10.31.09 E


99 Albums In 4:20

Here is the mesmerizing video montage of all 99 albums that was played on Halloween before The Exile Set. Eclectic Method, a trio of video remix artists, created the entertaining mash-up. Attached to this segment was a final Rolling Stones clip that is missing. Check it out!

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  1. Exree Hipp Says:

    Thanks for these. The Light jam is my non-Exile highlight of the weekend.

    I have gone back and given Exile a second and third listen. During the third listen I finally got it. I got the album, got the Stones, got why Phish chose this album. Shivers during Shine a Light. Just phenomenal…

    I’m not much of a Stones fan, so I admit I was pretty indifferent while listening to it the first time over the Sirius stream, but I’ll never hear it the same way again. Loving it, and going to go back to the Stones’ disc several times too.

  2. randomreader Says:

    If anyone cares for a weekend listening suggestion, and in case you missed it late last night, I compiled a personal take on the best moments from Early Summer tour, of which there are many. Don’t snooze on these just because Red Rocks and the Gorge blew your mind and made you forget what came before – there’s some sickness here.

    1. Reba (6/2 Jones Beach)
    2. Harry Hood (6/2 Jones Beach)
    3. Ghost (6/4 Jones Beach)
    4. SOaM (6/5 Jones Beach)
    5. Seven Below (6/6 Great Woods)
    6. Fluffhead (6/6 Great Woods)
    7. Fee (6/7 Camden)
    8. Tube (6/7 Camden)
    9. Sand (6/7 Camden)
    10. Character Zero > Tweezer (6/7 Camden)
    11. Ghost > Fast Enough for You (6/9 Asheville)
    12. Kill Devil Falls (6/12 Bonnaroo)
    13. YEM -> Wilson > YEM (6/12 Bonnaroo)
    14. Rock & Roll -> Light -> 46 Days (6/14 Bonnaroo)
    15. McGrupp (6/16 The Fox)
    16. DWD (6/18 Burgettstown)
    17. Harry Hood -> Squirming Coil (6/18 Burgettstown)
    18. A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing -> Drowned -> Twist (6/19 Deer Creek)
    19. Tweezer (6/19 Deer Creek)
    20. Crosseyed > DWD > Bug > Piper (6/21 Alpine)
    21. Slave (6/21 Alpine)

  3. Mr. Icculus Says:

    Does anyone have any links to free show downloads that are tracked? Please post. I hate these big files with no tracks.

  4. albert walker Says:

    after a full SBD listen I am still amazed at that Exile set
    even better than I remembered

    Loving Cup is one of the best things I’ve ever heard them play
    and that song has completely bored lately

    sick Mike grooves all over the pocket
    huge Fishman fills
    riffing JB’s horns
    Trey with the Mick Taylor bends filling space behind Fish and Mike as the horns come in and out

    Wow one of the coolest Phish jams ever
    did not know they had it in them

  5. albert walker Says:

    I agree that Deerk Creek although jamming somewhat contained (as is most of 1st leg) stands up for 2009

    one of my fav 1st sets so far and real good flow in 2nd
    minimal flubs and tight playing
    loved the song selection
    storm made it a night to remember

  6. halcyon Says:

    I agree AW .. I listened to Exile last night and was equally as blown away as I was on Halloween. I haven’t heard the SBD’s yet, but am looking forward to it. So soulful, bluesy, and full of gospel. Truly an amazing night. IF they are incorporating more soul/blues in their evolution, then I am happy.

    After that performance, Lovin Cup and Suzy G should be retired for a while.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    What, if any, songs from the Exile set make it into the regular rotation? my vote is for Torn and Frayed. Can really see them opening this one up in a phishy way.

  8. albert walker Says:

    2nd set I just wanna see his face would be epic

    love the tight voodoo gospel groove
    very psychedellic
    would be cool out of a 2nd set opener psych jam

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^no doubt

  10. Neemor Says:

    Now I feel better.

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    yeah, that big dark indoor Stealing Time (we’ve alll been waiting for)>I Just wanna see his Face in the second set…after a split to close the first…talk about face melting goodness

  12. Carini's Dad Says:

    Torn and Frayed is my favorite track on Exile, and I’ve been waiting for years to hear the band play it, so I’m obviously pleased as punch to hear how they shredded it. I wouldn’t mind hearing that one a few times in December.

  13. albert walker Says:

    set I 10/31
    so far great
    I remember this being one of the more on sets

    Sample- I know song is lame but this is what I am looking for in 2009 Phish. amazing vocals. Not a missed change. Fishman just curshing the fills, perfect time. no real jam but tight as a drum

    Divided- so far in 2009 one of the stronger compositions. This one is no exception. I’ve heard a better version but very well played with some interesting Trey using his new toy the Wammy pedal.

    KDF- continues to be lock step. Very tight rockin jam. The Joy songs sounding great this weekend. Very nice total band jamming with Page filling nicely around burts of Trey Machine gun. Great version

    nothing crazy jam wise, but they just sound on this set. very well played

  14. Robear Says:

    Hey ya’ll. Once you guys realize that it wasn’t Phish onstage, but their ethereal twins at the Gorge, your expectations will return to the normal unbelievably high place. I don’t know what else to say. The boys nearly ruined us with those jams (Sally, Light). I’ve given them a bunch of spins, and it’s all I can come up with. I too, went to Feight, hoping without saying anything, to hear some of those wide open jams. IMHO, they went in that direction several times over the course of F8, but cut the potential jams short. A prime example was the ‘BDTNL’. That jam had several more places to go and time to spend, but instead, it became another ‘Fluffhead’. A great ‘Fluffhead’, but us old heads are there for the improv at this point, I reckon. I thought the same thing about the ‘Ghost’. When it really warmed up, they moved to the next song. I think that’s the single biggest difference from the Gorge. At the Gorge, they ‘cleared the bases’, explored every nook, before bringing the jams to a close.

    That said, Feight had tons of highlights, no real low points, and changed the bar for Phish going forward.

    I agree with AW, Miner, Leo et al, that just love the ‘Exile’ on re-listen. That album was played as tight and inspired as anything.

    Set III third night was an un-matched dance / funk fest for ’09.

  15. jay Says:

    @randomreader – missing the love for Asheville and Knoxville

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    ooohhhhh good call leo, that would be epic

    I Just Want to See His Face is certainly the highlight of the Exile set for me

  17. jay Says:

    thank miner for the video of the best Suzie ever.

  18. jay Says:

    Torn and Frayed for me.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    Robear, you are obviously missing the point here

    I am blackmailing the band not to jam like that unless I am in attendance. I just can’t allow them to do it.

    I can’t travel much so obviously the answer is a 5 show run in PDX

    get with the program

  20. albert walker Says:

    Through Gin, my memory of the shows have been pretty accurate
    It is more straight up old school rockin Phish but played so precisely it is beautiful. When I’m dancing I find bliss in the tightness of Phish.
    They used to sound like a clock they were so tight.
    I know not to expect that every minute now, but when they fall into that perfect space, like they are all one musician I love grooving to that shit just knowing exactly where each note is about to fall.
    This set has that energy through the Gin

  21. Phish...Yup Says:

    I remember getting my mind blown by that video medley whilst some shrooms were just kicking in. Glad I could rewatch that again. Man I wish it was a week ago and we were all still awaiting the Halloween madness.

  22. albert walker Says:

    What’s up Robear

    I feel similiarly about the RR second sets
    even that Boogie Trey was just flowing

  23. Robear Says:

    Mr C, I figured that was half the problem, thus my all out effort to bring you to feight! Now, I’ll re concentrate my efforts on Portland > MSG.

    Now, about that email address for your wife.

  24. Robear Says:

    aw, yeah, each second set at RR saw the ethereal twins on stage. I want to re-listen to the ‘Tweezer’ from F8. I listen to the RR version on regular basis. While at F8, I thought the ‘Tweezer’ was equal, but different.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    to be more serious, I am going to take a page from Albert’s book and refuse to lower my expectations, but in the case of improvisation rather than the tight execution he’s mostly talking about.

    I mean it with love and respect. I would not have been disappointed if I were at F8, quite the opposite, and I wasn’t disappointed listening at home either. That last set cleared the final requirements for a really successful festival, musically speaking, I think.

    But the cat’s out of the bag now. We know what 3.0 is capable of. If they don’t get back there at some point this fall, it will be…well, hard to understand, at least.


    BTW I realized last night the way Albert approaches Phish – with no tolerance for and a willingness to criticize slack, slop or clumsiness, but with love and hope for improvement – is exactly the way I am about basketball in general and the Blazers in particular.

    They’re doing OK, but they need to tighten that shit up…

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