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. albert walker Says:

    I think these SBD’s are pretty nice
    not great but Fishman’s drums sound a lot more crisp
    Page still sounds flat though
    in general levels seem hotter and mix seems clearer

  2. albert walker Says:

    On Rocks Off they really nail the essence of the Stones sound
    to me that song is the most stereotypical stones sounding song
    Trey just nails that sloppy but controlled rhythem thing
    Horns sound great and Mike and Fish are locked
    Trey and Page singing over each other
    really captured that out of control rocking Stones energy

  3. Marshall Says:

    @ AW – I agree. I really enjoyed Rocks Off. I think I like several of the performances from Exile. I think my issue is that Exile, like many bands’ albums contains songs that aren’t necessarily intended for live performance (hence the Stones never playing four of them live). It was the slower songs that led me to take the opportunity to gaze at the wonderment that was Festival 8. I’ve been to arena shows and outdoor amphitheaters, but only at a festival will you see as much as 20% of the crowd walking around doing other things (which is by design I think). Makes for a pretty trippy walk.

  4. albert walker Says:

    Sweet Black Angel, Wow!

    very heavy emotional song and Trey and Page just killed this one
    I keep getting deeper into exile and get more and more impressed

    the east at which you could move around do to the light ticket sales made cruising the concert area more enjoyable
    hey you got 18 minutes during TTE may as well do some sight seeing

  5. voopa Says:

    Exile kept my attention for the most part, but I did go to the bathroom during Sweet Black Angel, and got lost on my way back. As a result I was alone & free during Loving Cup, and danced my ass off like I was 19. The second half was just as entertaining for me, minus having to pee!

  6. phattymcgee Says:

    Yowza! I just got back from Indio, so I obviously haven’t read any of the thousands of comments, but I just hafta say…

    Mike was dropping BOMBS all weekend, especially Friday. Like, high powered thermo-nuclear detonations.

    That is all.

  7. Marshall Says:

    The same applies to Loaded, White Album, Quad, and Remain in Light, for that matter. Some of the songs aren’t intended for live performance. I remember being ready for The Overload to end at Omni (mike was sitting in a lazyboy if I remember correctly).

  8. voopa Says:

    I dig your remix Marshall…wish I had checked out that tent. It’s nice to hear what Page and Mike were doing during that jam. Also didn’t realize that Trey was vocalizing those runs at the end like he was…guess his mike wasn’t up on the livephish SBDs until the end of that.

    It sounds a little boomy for my tastes though…perhaps too much audience? Otherwise, great stuff!

  9. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    i agree about rocks off as well. very stonesy. one of my fav’s to go back to.

    i have to say, i’m an idiot.– somehow, i thought i listened to the stash and was unimpressed with it, so then over the past few days ive been going back and relistening to most of the weekend but havent touched the stash.

    then it came on when i was going through night 1, i didn’t really notice so i let it play, and then it got to the jam section and i realized i absolutely NEVER listened to it before. somehow i just skipped over it and remembered some other Stash in it’s place.

    long story short, that stash is fuckin fantastic. def a high point of night one, probably a high point of the weekend, musically, for me.
    the switch from Major pent jam back into stash is SO TIGHT. trey and page were right with each other on that. i love when stash’s go off into Major. they flirted with it when i was at Hartford but never got there, and went a darker route instead which was still great. but stash’s like this one, the one from Miami ’03, and the paradiso 7.2.97 (absolute fav stash EVER) blossom beautifully when they switch to major.

  10. voopa Says:

    mmm…7-2-97 Stash…*drools*

  11. albert walker Says:

    I love how the Stash goes into the major for a while before going back to the theme

    def my highlight of that set and one of the stronger jams of the weekend

    love they way they’ve been playing it in 2009
    what a slick chord progression
    copped it off a old Monk tune I believe

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    currently listening to 7-03-97 ghost.

    good gracious ghost

  13. albert walker Says:

    probably my least fav version I’ve heard out of 3 in 2009 but Trey is doing some real interesting things towards the end of the Undermind jam

    probably using the whammy pedal but I have not heard him use it in that manor

    real crazy energy to his licks
    weird sloppy version but Trey was def trying some new ideas in the solo

  14. sumodie Says:

    Not that anyone here needs any more proof of Miami, but I finally made two screen shots of the Valley Music Travel webpage from yesterday that listed Miami hotel packages with tickets (soon thereafter the page was removed):

    (hey Marshall, so glad I got over that easy hump of making a mediafire account)


  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    In re: Stash– Most consistent song of 09 for me. Out of the regular rotation that is.

  16. albert walker Says:

    loving Ghost

    # line real tight but surprised after Chi and SPAC they did not get a little crazy especially how natural they seemed to playing the type 1 jam

    Fluff was not my fav of 2009. not bad but a little rough. Not much of an outro jam

    Ghost- love it. Mike and Fish were tight and groovy the whole time. Trey started just playing with the groove as a rhythm not wailing with some sparse fill in bends but then finishes it up with some cool trilly runs and slick licks before dropping it quickly back into the Ghost theme.Whole band effort.

  17. sumodie Says:

    Finally listening to ween set 3 now…

  18. albert walker Says:

    I’m on Circus

  19. albert walker Says:

    really dug that Ghost. cool little rock funk thing

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    what a slick chord progression
    copped it off a old Monk tune I believe


    do tell

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    the thing that got me on Exile…and since i haven’t chimed in on the Stones…i avoided them like the plague into my mid 20s…tho i knew much of their catalog from radio and friends and have settled into the big 4 over the past 15ish years (let it, beggars, sticky, exile) and have love for some girls, it’s only, etc…pretty much up til tattoo you. they took awhile to work on me, for me to really understand what they were up to with the skanky bluesy sexy thing…and to regard them as the masters of it. they are, for all the genre cribbing, the best at their particular flavor of rock, and those 4 albums still get me today.

    i have to say my fave takeaway of the ‘ween costume was that i can HEAR THE LYRICS so much better than the Stones album itself. i’ve definitely gone to the web a few times for Stones lyrics…not to print em out and carry em with my to study, but just to see what a particular line is etc. and i love the fact that i didn’t know many many lines…and it’s wild to see what lyrics i’d made up over the years.

    just a side note on their version…never thought phish would “shine a light” on an album i already thought i knew quite well.

  22. Lycanthropist Says:

    Stash is somewhat ripped from a Charles Mingus tune called Jump Monk.

  23. Lycanthropist Says:

    its a series of non-resloving fifths (maybe fourths), but its a pattern of chords that keeps cycling, but doesnt ever really resolve.

    Stash is one of my all time favorite phish tunes.

  24. albert walker Says:

    I was going to just post that Lycan
    my brain is foggy and took a second to remember the true connection to
    that is correct

    It is Mingus song about Monk
    Has a Monk kind of vibe to it

  25. Lycanthropist Says:

    what a GREAT YEM

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