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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348 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Festival 8”

  1. jdub Says:

    It’s a PERFECT fall day in CT. I’m going out to enjoy it… Enjoy the day everyone and Thank you Mr. Miner!

  2. jdub Says:

    I really hope they include the essence of their acoustic set into future shows, it would really solidify their 3.0 style as one of majestic (i like that description), family grooves.

  3. jdub Says:

    One more thing and then I’m outside…

    How does Phish Unplugged compare to the critically acclaimed MTV Unplugged sets of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Eric Clapton

    They don’t even come close 🙂

  4. Robear Says:

    I’ll be spinning this acoustic set for days and weeks and months and time.

  5. albert wakler Says:

    this did not take long
    I’d like to formally apologize to Miner for doubting the Indio tweezer

    I’d like to start by saying after the live performance my girlfriend and I both shared your opinion that it was one of the bets jams of 2009.
    I caught a quick listen to it on audience tape half paying attention when I first got back and was afraid maybe the surroundings, chemicals, and 8 spliffs got the best of me and it was not as good as I thought. Probably should have not doubted my live memory but I’ve had a few cases of live memories being a little cloudy compared to reality in the past.

    after several SBD FLAC listens (they sound pretty damn good) it was as good as I remember.

    I love this tweezer. Like you said to different to compare to RR but in many ways its equal and superior.
    It’s finally starting to get that hard, crisp tweezer funk.
    Several themes and tight throughout.
    Great representation of the whole band jam sound of 2009

    Tweezer being my favorite jam it is def great to see it holding some of the bets jams of 2009

    Hampton, Camden, RR, Indio all some of my fav moments

  6. Robear Says:

    nice AW, I figured you’d come back around re: ‘Tweezer’. I am in the camp that appreciates your critical ear! I haven’t given it a listen back, I’m still on the Acoustic set. WoW!!! I loved the ‘Tweezer’ as it was going down.

    Loved every second of the RR version, too. It’s the most re-played jam, along with the Gorge heavies from leg II.

  7. albert wakler Says:

    glad I have all this new Phish to listen to this afternoon
    may have been tempted to watch the Bears
    so sad

  8. Robear Says:

    Wait till this afternoon and tune into the Lions

  9. Robear Says:

    It’s incredible to hear songs like ‘McGrupp’, and ‘Curtain’, with these subtle nuances and layers, coming out of the acoustic set.

  10. AintNoTele Says:

    Mr C, will we get a new batch of shirts before new years?
    Wook down south beach style?

  11. albert wakler Says:

    I’m hoping practicing McGrupp will bring out an epic late 2nd set electric version on fall tour

    The’ve been slaying curtain with lately but the acoustic one is just perfect

    those 2 songs made it all worth it for me
    loved the song selection throughout- Mountains, Army of One
    what a beautiful afternoon

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so not sure if anyone cares to read it, but I finally got the Friday setlist up on the post. Life got in the way of things yesterday plus it was a huge day here on Friday. Apologies for the delay. Enjoy if you care to, have a great day if not!

  13. Marshall Says:

    @ TypeIII – thanks for finishing that off. I thought I’d missed it.

    who on here downloaded free MP3s from The House of Live Phish? Anyone, Anyone. I got all of the first day of the Clifford Ball (previously unreleased except on DVD) and day two through Fluffhead. Wondering if anyone might have gotten the rest of day two.

  14. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I mostly loved the acoustic set. However, open up a port-a-let and there you find the mountains in the mist. Absolutely one of my least favorite phish songs. Ruined I don’t know how many shows in 1999. I was with a very sarcastic buddy during the set and I remember him telling a guy “shut up its mountains!” and then he fell over laughing.

  15. Marshall Says:

    GP420 – sounds like my Mexican Cousin.

  16. m00nshake Says:

    I just finished listening to the acoustic set for the first time, and all I can say is wow!!! Its the highlight of Fest8 and one of the most unique things I’ve seen Phish do. I hope Phish plays more acoustic sets in the future, not every show, but once in awhile as a bust-out. simply outstanding!

  17. Wax Banks Says:

    Listening to MrC’s ‘What It Is!’ compilation right now. Awesome! Thanks for sharing these tunes boss.

  18. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @marshall – I would SO rather hear Mexican Cousin than Mountains. Then again, I love tequila.

  19. jdub Says:

    @GP420 –

    I can’t say I ever paid attention to Mountains in the Mist, one of those quirky songs that never held my attention. But the acoustic version is very much alive IMO

  20. Robear Says:

    What up GP! R those Texans ever going to beat the Colts?

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Robear Mike played one of those big acoustic-guitar basses, looks like an oversized acoustic guitar. Dunno if that’s new for him or what.

    IMO Page steals the acoustic set, like a lot of the rest of the weekend. Think they picked the setlist to feature him actually – McGrupp, I mean come on.

    I even enjoyed the performances of the songs I don’t usually like that much…Let Me Lie maybe still doesn’t do much for me, but that’s OK. Never really paid attention to Secret Smile before, it’s a little…not ragged, but not super tight either, but I really like the feel of it. Could really be something in this kind of acoustic context.

    I know I’m in the minority here but I actually think Brian and Robert is one of their best lyrics of all and I find the tune very moving. But then I like sad songs. That one is heartbreaking to me. It always makes me think of all those friends lost over the passage of time, specifically the ones who once almost became the people they could have been…the ones who should be at the show but aren’t, and instead of being with us, are somewhere alone, living a small grey life…

  22. halcyon Says:

    afternoon everybody … watching this program online that aired a few years ago The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. Based upon his book, this episode discusses the history of a few plants we all know. The apple, tulip, cannabis, and the potato. It is really interesting and makes for good viewing.

    you can stream it here http://video.pbs.org/video1283872815. Or you can click my name. You can stream it until tuesday the 10th.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    @tele, gonna keep rolling out shirts for my own amusement, I think. No particular schedule though.

    @wax, glad you like the mix, and everyone else too. Fun. I’d be curious what tracks in particular stand out for people.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    and yeah the success of the acoustic set poses a great problem! they really can’t just drop it after that, but it shouldn’t be an every show thing either. A poser.

  25. gus Says:

    well here’s a solution: the return of the mini-acoustic sets! those were so awesome and still would be if they came back. I’m sure they would be well accepted by all fans.

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