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

Source: Schoeps CCM4V’S(din) > Lunatec V2  >Benchmark AD2K >
Sound Devices 722 (24/48) (Taper – Z-Man)


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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348 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Festival 8”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    agreed – as far as i can tell, she maintains her wax free status

    so important these days

  2. freshtracks420 Says:

    @ Marshall…random question…after you mixed your Split at the house of live phish, by any chance did they film a brief interview with you regarding your experience there?

  3. stitchstash Says:

    Yes, wax can be a hot mess!

  4. Robear Says:

    stitch, any shows this fall? There are usually two tables at a show, so it’s entirely possible that we’ve shared some words, or missed each other every time!

  5. stitchstash Says:

    I will be at Syracuse and both nights at Albany. How about you? I’ll try to hit up your table if your there.

  6. stitchstash Says:

    If you’re there I mean. It’s getting late for me!

  7. Robear Says:

    mmm, you’re hitting the sweet spot. I caught Albany in fall ’98. I’m going to hit Portland > MSG. I’m trying to get to Cobo> Cinncy. That’s 50/50. Kids keep me from hitting them all. It should be an incredible array of shows. These guys rehearse every chance they get now, so they’ll be tweaking what they learned from Feight for two weeks. They’ll be taking it out on our skulls, starting in Detroit.

  8. stitchstash Says:

    Kids keep us at bay too. Do you ever bring the kiddos to shows? We did when they were younger. Now they are 7 & 8 and I’m not sure I want them exposed to all that goes on at a show. Plus, it’s fun to have a night or two out without them. Great for a marriage too! It’s not that I don’t trust myself, I just don’t trust everybody else. They went to 1 indoor show as babies (outdoor many) in Denver and they played The Lion Sleeps Tonight! So fitting. We spent most of our time in the hallway though, I couldn’t keep those darn earplugs in their ears. I like the headphone ones I’ve been seeing. They keep asking if they can go again. We will see.

  9. sumodie Says:

    @stitchstash: Hey, someone else knows what I’m talking about! It’s little non-musical moments like those (e.g., being stopped dead in my tracks by that sign) that add sooo much more to the phishing experience.

  10. butterflyeffect Says:

    i think it’s pretty simple: the boys are back and they’re playing incredibly well, well enough for most of us to chase them across the country if at all possible. they’ve dramatically tightened up their sound, and the tightness of that sound was on display at f8.

    however, we also know they’re capable of busting through into a whole new level of sickness, of attaining the holy grail jam, as mr. c likes to call it.

    just listen to the f8 dwd, or bdtnl, or tweezer, or a lot of other jams that begin to explore outside of the song structure and just start touching on that holy grail space, but then either fade out into a transition or just fade out completely. now, these are lovely jams, and they make me very happy, but simply because phish is touching on these spaces, and, to a certain extent, has reached them (gorge/RR) ephemerally, we want the pure face-melting pwnage. and it will come. and we will melt!

    when will it come? msg? damn, wish i could make fall tour!

    they took five years off. this shit is amazing!

  11. sumodie Says:

    How do I break the Exile spell?

    I’ve had the Clifford Ball DVD set sitting on my shelf for months now and all I’d previously watched was part of a daytime set. Then last night I decided to pop in one of the nighttime sets…then another….wowie zowie! LLFA -guess I should recant my previous statements saying I wasn’t so much into Phish video. The nighttime footage of the boys at the Ball is amazing -how young and zany, naive even, they all were (me too I suppose -I attended the Ball as a newlywed after going to the Red Rocks shows for my honeymoon). Can’t get over how much fun (and how many good flashbacks) I had watching the Ball DVDs…so much for a quiet Saturday night. I had forgotten about the people twirling and trampolining on/near the stage -sick! Did I already call phish wacky?

    Even better is the fact that the boys have matured and have now solidly incorporated family into the phish spirit. While not a dad, nor a straight-laced fan by any means, I think it’s admirable and a testament to this band (and our community) that they (and we) continue to evolve and blow our minds -the beauty of F8 was built upon that free-wheeling innocent Ball.

    Something else I reflected on last night is that when I gush about the band, metaphorically speaking, I’m also gushing about all of us -the greater phish community. The band may be the focal point (duh!) but I feel strongly that the overall phish community is what makes this all so special. The band grew up, so did we (gotta love that bumpy road!). And now we’re back, striving to carry the magic forward and to extend our community (hell ya for newbies).

    The magic plays the band, and we dance in its glory and carry that spirit into the rest of our lives. At least that’s one of those intangibles I’ve always valued and tried to do. Be creative, be kind, live and think outside the box.

    It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Mass, time to go outside and enjoy.

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    i still havent peeped that clifford ball dvd yet…

    how is it?

  13. butterflyeffect Says:

    filthy, lycan, filthy. peep it.

  14. Lycanthropist Says:

    ok now to round up a hundred bucks real quick

  15. Marshall Says:

    @ freshtracks, if you are still reading … yes, Jared filmed a brief “testimonial” where he asked me a couple of questions and I told what I did while mixing my version.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    will always remember exactly where i was (that’s the blacktop trey side) when that clifford ball chalkdust revved up. excuse the GD stuff again guys but i used to gauge how nasty a show would be by how Garcia ripped into the Hell in a Bicket. For shows that started Chalkdust, i would just gauge the nastiness from Trey to know if we were gonna get our heads blown off. i need to cough up the dough for that dvd set myself.

  17. Marshall Says:

    @ Lycan … http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001PMICH0/ref=sr_1_olp_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1257696987&sr=8-1&condition=used

    $70 bucks on amazon

    well worth it – a great DVD

    I can’t wait for F8 blu-ray to come out (I know there will also be 3D but regular viewing will be the preferred way long time I think). Those Palm Trees … no setting will ever come close.

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ Marshall –

    thanks for the heads up.

  19. albert wakler Says:

    just finished 10/30 I
    the band is locked and on fire this set
    not my perfect setlist but I love well played Phish no matter what they play

    Stash, Moma, Chalkdust, Cavern, Party Time, Faulty Plan, Beauty of my Dreams
    all probably best versions of 2009

    Mike is all over the pocket and locked with Fish from jump

    beautiful day in Chicago got set II loaded up for morning run
    can’t wait
    Trey sounds confident and adventurous

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    AW- i think you’ll dig the Wolfman’s-Piper- Joy.

  21. Mdawg Says:

    Beautiful day in Chicago indeed! I also recommend the purchase of the Clifford Ball DVD and I hope that the F8 DVD is as comprehensive (all inclusive).

  22. Weekapaug Says:

    I don’t know what i’ve listened to more this week. The 8th Indio set or Mr. C’s funk mix.

  23. Robear Says:

    OMFWord! Just listening to the acoustic set! I more or less ‘missed’ it at F8, working the Waterwheel. It sounds beyond incredible! What a groove, and how strong Trey sounds on the acoustic guitar. sheesh, what a weekend!

    aw, adults should only run when chased by predators 🙂

  24. jdub Says:

    Robear, I have been drawn to the acoustic set all week and have come to this personal take on the set.

    For me, being a listener at home, it is my fav set of the weekend. The music was so tight. Playing acoustic they were able to focus on the subtlties of the each song. Also the singing was very good, I sensed they didn’t feel rushed or felt like they had to sing over the pa system.

    I feel that Mountains in the Mist>The curtain (Width) is my favorites jams of the whole weekend, that’s saying a lot I know. But these songs were so beautifully played they triggered tears in my eyes at moments. Mist was as close to high level GD as you ever get, Gordons base absolutely resonated throughout the whole song.

    I’d love to hear the soft, spacious notes the typified the acoustic set make there way into monster Phish jams come fall tour.

    My 2 cents

  25. Robear Says:

    jdub, it’s readicculusly good. Was Mike playing stand-up bass? They really raised the bar this summer, and threw the rules right out the window. I for one, did not know they had it in them to play acoustic with this kind of power and majesty. I don’t ever want to hear an electric ‘Brian and Robert’ again.

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