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. ThePigSong Says:

    off topic: Does anyone know what the best source of Trey and the NY Philharmonic are? I have no idea what source I have and it sounds a lot worse than I remember at the time.
    I’m assuming Miners’ is the preferred source? If so, what would that be?

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    @jay, you’re a wiser man than I – I didn’t see it coming at all – my loss obv

    @gus – an overlooked part of one of my favorite shows of all time. love it. epic.

  3. ThePigSong Says:

    oop, same source. I guess I’m just pickier tonight.
    I’ll be looking for a different source, if anyone has a lead let me know.

  4. jay Says:

    definitely not wisdom on my part back then. They were just the only other band outside The Dead that took me THERE. I was totally surprised. Floored actually. Thought it was the fungus or something. Then I saw them again and again they took me THERE. Thats when had a voracious appetite for all things Phish. Crawled the rec.music.phish newsgroup, got on tape trees and vines and eventually on the People For a Louder Mike DAT trading group and was spinning DATs to 5 people for every show played from 97-2000.

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    I just listened to the Mike’s->2001->Light->Slave from 11/1 III….it is still incredible. That Light is marvelous…

    I really enjoyed hearing Trey sing on “Torn and Frayed” in the Exile set, really heavy stuff for him lyrically. Especially the “Joe’s got a cough…” verse.

  6. gus Says:

    ummmm…i think i may have just discovered gumboo…i mean, I know the song, just not from the funk years AHHH this shit is so good!!! They really strived to make as many songs funky as possible, and they fucking succeeded.

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    Gus: Check out the Lemonwheel Gumbo->Sanity….it will blow your mind, mon.

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    @gus…go check out 7.17.98 and 8.15.98, you won’t be disappointed.

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    ^re: gumbo

  10. Marshall Says:

    @ freshtracks – yeah, Leo Weaver has a story like that where he stood behind Someone from this board for a while bit didn’t realize until later. Too bad. I could have pointed out the Oasis to you (Robear’s RV) – it was only about 2 mins away.

  11. Wax Banks Says:

    Gus: Check out the Lemonwheel Gumbo->Sanity….it will blow your mind, mon.

    Lovely SBD of this performance available on the Coventry edition of Shapiro’s ‘From the Archives.’ And it’s as good as its reputation.

  12. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    @ Pencilneck, I posted a link to Mr. C’s funk mix on page 5 of this comment thread…

    and Mr. C, I was talking about Al Green’s L&H…quite possibly the funkiest “soul” song I’ve ever heard….

  13. Marshall Says:

    Anyone else think Light may eventually include a lengthy build up like Piper has on occasion? I think the song could grow some more before the lyrics begin.

  14. Wax Banks Says:

    I can’t believe I’ve held out for so long, last winter when I found this site I was addicted to the downloads. It was like ‘03-’04 when I found out about e.tree. I’ve reigned in my addiction to D/L of the Day in the last few months due almost exclusively to space.

    I fell off the Phish wagon for a while right around the time CD-R’s started to supplant tapes (the birth of etree, 1999 or so?). When the 3/09 reunion was announced I sought out mp3s and found this site. The daily D/L was the important thing.

    I’ve slowed my Phish acquisition to a crawl and entirely stopped grabbing shows here, because (1) there’s that handy spreadsheet floating around for when an urge strikes, (2) why the hell would anyone need to hear every show, and in any case (3) isn’t it nice to come across things on a human timescale rather than an electronic one? Half the fun of tape trading (vs downloading) was the anticipation, the sense of ongoing adventure. Now every show circulates within hours of finishing, and the sense of discernment gets lost. We don’t actually need to hear all the shit, we just think we do. (The idea of ‘needing’ to see every Phish show is laughable to me – I want to use the word ‘adolescent’ – but let’s leave that aside.)

    At some point this music becomes comfort food. Maybe it already happened; if not, no reason to hasten that development with goddamn completism.

  15. Marshall Says:

    I’ve seen 8 shows this year – a record for me (prev high was 6 in ’96). I can’t imagine going on tour and catching 30 – 50 shows in a year. I would get burned out in the music.

    OTOH, I haven’t listened to anything but Phish since about January. Not burned out yet but it will happen eventually (like it did for me in 1999 as well).

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    RE: Light

    I have been saying since Fenway that the song has a sort of “Piper”-esque feel to it, fall tour we may see just what that song is truely made of…20min+ Light anybody?

  17. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I will see 9 shows this year after Cincy. Gotta skip NYE for familial reasons. Thats about right at my average. The most I have seen in a year is like 17 back in 98. Even then, I only did one week of tour, the rest was weekends and NYE. That said, I do download every show and listen to it at least once. A fair number don’t get full re-listens, generally just a song or two. Some go into the rotation as great stuff to hear. I like to mix up my listening a lot, so for me, having the option of a bunch of different stuff to listen to is what is really important. With the price of storage space these days (1 TB < $90) why not download it and throw it onto iTunes?

    The one thing I notice with electronic downloading as opposed to the days of snail mail trades is that I don't always listen to everything I download, at least not at first. Sometimes I just grab something and throw it onto the drive and there it sits. There are probably lots of gems in my collection that I have never heard. I am grabbing all of Project 1974 from the dead right now off of etree. That is something like 40 or 50 shows to listen to. I will get around to it, just not this week. Back before electronic, I would get a new tape and it would be spun for like a week straight. Then after fully absorbing it, it would enter the rotation. Plus, with tapes, it is a hassle and a half to listen to just one song (unless its the side opener), so you tended to listen to the whole thing, even if it was at multiple sittings, now, just click and play, whatever you like. I've even created things like summer 09 first leg playlists with every single song on them and then put it on shuffle and see what happens. Kind of fun.

  18. gus Says:

    yeah actually the gumbo I chose to listen to was the Lemonwheel one. omg. it blew my mind like never before. i wish I had some good quality speakers so I could dance around my house!

  19. Robear Says:

    Hey Bk! I’m spinning the last set from Feight myself right now. ‘LxL’ I moved to a nice spot next to the soundboard for this part of the set on. Can you get to MSG?

  20. Robear Says:

    @gus, best investment I’ve made in a long time was a nice set of bookshelf speakers (Definitive Technology) off of ebay, and a nice Yamaha tuner from Craigslist. People are constantly selling and upgrading their audio toys. Save resources, yours and the earths, buy used!

  21. jay Says:

    I keep thinking I am going to get burned out but then they pull out a Indio extravaganza and am back at square one.

  22. Robear Says:

    🙂 Theme 🙂

    Crushing, even on re-listen. Sneaks in as one of the sleeper highlights of the fest. iMo.

  23. Lycanthropist Says:


    wondering if with your new found enjoyment of Indio tunage, if you are reconsidering hitting the fall tour?

  24. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Robear – with you on definitive technologies. They are great speakers. Right now I’m running paradigm audio and they just kick ass. Good audio equipment will, if not abused, last a really long time, especially speakers.

    Hit me up if you make it out to Cincy. Mike and I will be there. Thanks again for your hospitality. When Phish returns to Noblesville next summer, you can bet I will return the favor.

  25. gus Says:

    @rob – yes that theme is definitely a highlight for me. and I’m happy to say I pretty much buy everything used nowadays. for clothes, there’s this place near me where I can everything I want for a couple dollars, and whenever I get music, I get it from my brother, and whenever I get video games or whatever from amazon, i always get used. I find it a no-brainer, it’s cheaper for me and its better for the environment.

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