Phish Officially Lands In Austin

When the line-up for Austin City Limits dropped in the wee hours of yesterday morning, Phish sat atop the bill as one of three major headliners, just as expected. Making their second mainstream, multi-band festival stop in as many years, the band will travel to Austin, Texas for the Indie-based festival in October. Phish will headline Friday, October 8, while the other nights will be capped by Britsh mod-rockers, Muse, and The Eagles, (yes, the ’70s band touring in support of their first studio album in 28 years!?) Boasting an eclectic lineup of modern music, distinctly outside the jam scene, the hippies will join the hipsters in Texas this fall.

In the manner of New Orleans Jazz Fest, the party disperses throughout the venues of Austin at night, as the artists play legitimate gigs after the official festival shuts down. Rumors have already started circulating about a Saturday night Phish show in Austin, boasting what is sure to be an intimate environment and a tough ticket, but making the trip all-the-more worth-it for the Phish-focused fan. And word also has it Phish will record a segment for Austin City Limits, now the longest running music series in American television, on Sunday. Though these are still rumors, all in all, it seems like October 8-10 will be a very Phishy weekend in Austin.

12.2.09 (W.Rogell)

Interestingly, the $185 three-day passes to the festival sold out before they even announced the lineup, causing most Phish fans to purchase single-day tickets for $85 dollars a pop. For many that will work fine as Phish will only play the festival grounds on Friday. However, the situation makes it slightly inconvenient for those looking to go to the festival throughout the weekend, as there are no ins and outs with single day tickets. Nonetheless, enjoy the only no-service-charge ticketing you’ll ever experience, as stubs cost $85 out the door..

As the band now has official plans for Columbus Day weekend, the rumored Vegas stand can be narrowed to the following weekend, October 15-17. Perhaps the West may get some love come fall, and it’s good to see that ball set in motion. We now have our first sense of fall Phish, and it isn’t even summer. Phish is heading back to Lone Star State s for the first since 1999. Giddy-up!


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer” 12.2.95 II SBD

Though not the most well-mixed soundboard, this is a wordly upgrade from any other source of this epic “Tweezer.” Pure Phish fire at their finest.




4.5.92 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – Matrix < Megaupload

4.5.92 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – Matrix < Torrent

The Fox - Boulder, CO

This show was not originally scheduled as part of this tour, and was only announced to the public at the previous evening’s show at CU’s Balch Fieldhouse.  (

I: Llama, Guelah Papyrus, The Divided Sky, Wilson, Poor Heart, Stash, Rift, Horn, It’s Ice, Possum, Sweet Adeline

II: Split Open and Melt, All Things Reconsidered, You Enjoy Myself, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Maze, Weigh, The Landlady > David Bowie, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Cold as Ice, Take the ‘A’ Train, Runaway Jim

E: Lawn Boy, Rocky Top

Matrix Notes: “The following shows were recorded to DAT from a separate, recording board at the shows. They are some of the highest quality
Phish tapes in existence: 4/22/90, 10/30/90, 10/31/90, 11/2/90, 11/3/90, 11/4/90, 3/13/91, 3/15/91, 3/16/91, 3/17/91, 3/22/91, 3/23/91, 4/5/92.

Except for the 4/5/92 tape, they have all been fairly widely circulated. They were done on a large recording console (not EQ) and mixed completely separately from the board mix, rumoredly done in a truck outside the venue. The engineer used 2 audience mics to mix in crowd/hall ambience (on most of them).”

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587 Responses to “Phish Officially Lands In Austin”

  1. willowed Says:

    If you think the Beiber board is nuts you guys should check out Hasselhof’s Ride The Dragon Music Blog.
    That shit gets intense. Deep, deep thinkers on that one.

  2. willowed Says:

    Did you guys know that Hasselhof can play the harmonica with his chest hair?
    Now you know.
    Never say I didn’t teach you anything!

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Anyone know of a Good Dead show I can listen to from the archives? Reasonable quality too.

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    “I’m saying as part of a jam. Kind of like how they did the calypso thing in the Gorge light, do a gospel jam out of something.”

    that’s true. but that wasn’t a jam that required the level of focus. but now we’re spliitin hairs. but i see your point.

    @angry – we don’t get up there until Friday. I can’t wait though. each day is stacked with bands I’m excited for. last year we had backstage passes since my buddy is the accountant for the bassist for the Flaming Lips. that was way cool.

  5. El Duderino Says:

    @ guyute711

    What year?

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    whatever, just need a suggestion El Dude

  7. zzyzx Says:

    “that’s true. but that wasn’t a jam that required the level of focus. but now we’re spliitin hairs. but i see your point.”

    I’m talking to someone else there about something else 😉

  8. El Duderino Says:

    @ guyute711


  9. Guyute711 Says:


  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Im going to have to miss Friday, but will make Sat and probably Sunday of Pitchfork. I really cannot wait for this summer to drop, it is gonna be a good one.

  11. El Duderino Says:

    @ guyute711

    It’s all about the second set starting at Samson. The first set is kinda pedestrian

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    Hey I don’t mind starting off with a Bertha.

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Closing your eyes means you miss out on a lot of what separates the experience of being at the show vs just getting the tapes. There’s only one time that you’d be able to choose what to see, to notice what CK was doing or to see a really cool line of clouds rolling in or to notice that Mike gave Jon a funny look after Jon tried to move the jam in a different direction or to see that someone just walked by in a bear costume (as happened in the Gorge this summer) or have all sorts of lifelong memories that enhance the music.”


    it is impossible for any recording to sound exactly like the original thing. FACT. hearing the music at the actual venue will NEVER sound like hearing it on a recording

  14. sumodie Says:

    “But cuz every fan’s perspective and opinion is just as valid as the next”

    This statement simply means everyone here on the BB is free to express their (respectful) opinion without getting stupid beat downs from others as happens elsewhere on the web

    The positivity here on the BB doesn’t mean we believe / agree with everyone’s opinion

    Hell, I think most people here are wrong half the time anyway (I’m wrong usually only 40% of the time, except when talking about the Vegas Wolfman’s or Hartford ’09 , where I’m wrong 60% of the time)

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Caribou are playing the monday before Pitchfork for free at Millenium Park… worth checking out. One of my favorite live acts, for sure.”

    HUH? caribou is just one guy….

  16. GOOCHY Says:

    Caribou tours as a band. I’m seeing them in a couple weeks.

  17. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Has anybody else listened to the new Exile Remaster? I know they are pimping it like crazy and that Jagger looked terrible last night on Larry King (really, Larry, you need to retire, seriously, please!). I found that Wyman was much punchier and distinct in the mix. Sweet Virginia sounded amazing, just like a bunch of drunk guys sitting in your living room jamming. Of the new songs, I like Plundered My Soul the best. I think that all of the over-dubbed vocals seem a bit strained (clearly Jagger can’t sing the same 40 years later, but I can’t blame him), and why did they put strings on Following the River? To make it sound like Exile, they should have used that same warm organ that is on Shine A Light. The alternate take of Loving Cup is interesting too.

  18. El Duderino Says:

    People are all over the internet saying stay the fuck away from this Exile remaster. Shitty sounding

  19. tela'smuff Says:

    does anybody have a big collection of the soundbourd Grateful Dead stuff that was on before it was taken down? I’m working on a project and have a list of 27 Dead songs I need. I’m making my dream Dead show. this is it. and before i get called out on no ’73 Dead, I know. It’s my favorite year, but it’ didn’t work with the approach i took here. The biggest thing I learned form listening to all this stuff on Archive was that the Dead in the 80’s is vastly underrated.

    Set I
    Shakedown Street – 12/5/81 – 12:10
    Althea – 10/27/91 – 9:02
    Cumberland Blues – 7/15/84 – 7:16
    Greatest Story Ever Told – 05/19/74 – 5:38
    Row Jimmy – 5/8/77 – 13:44
    Jack-a-Roe – 5/18/77 – 7:57
    They Love Each Other – 04/19/82 – 8:55
    Music Never Stopped – 5/9/77 – 8:20

    73min 8sec

    Set II
    China Cat Sunflower> – 3/9/81 – 11:39
    I Know You Rider – 3/9/81 – 6:22
    Crazy Fingers – 6/14/76 – 11:29
    Peggy-O – 5/5/77 – 7:56
    Let It Grow – 10/11/77 – 17:37
    High Time – 9/14/82 – 7:45
    The Wheel – 6/18/83 – 6:54

    67mins 42sec

    Set III
    Estimated Prophet> – 9/3/77 – 9:28
    Eyes of the World – 9/3/77 – 13:58
    Black Peter – 4/14/78 – 10:53
    New Speedway Boogie – 6/17/91 – 10:09
    Stella Blue – 8/1/94 – 7:39
    Dancin In The Streets – 5/11/78 – 15:10

    67mins 17sec

    Set IIII
    The Other One> – 1/22/78 – 16:53
    Close Encounters Jam – 1/22/78 – 3:49
    Dark Star – 10/26/89 – 26:40
    Wharf Rat> – 5/28/77 – 10:18
    Playing in the Band (reprise) – 5/28/77 – 6:42

    E: To Lay Me Down – 9/18/90 – 9:28

    73mins 50 sec

  20. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    It definitely is not shitty sounding. I think it is a noticeable improvement over the release from the early 2000’s. I noticed things that I hadn’t heard before, and this is an album I have owned for decades and listened to very closely. There are some great tenor sax parts in there that were buried in earlier mixes, and now are there. Like I said, just the difference in Wyman’s sound exploded in my ears in my car. When I put it on the home stereo, the difference was even more noticeable. I will have to do a direct comparison this evening with the older release.

  21. stitchstash Says:

    Eyes open or closed, it doesn’t matter how you get there. Be in the moment that is presented before you and enjoy yourself.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    what the hell kind of a dream show is that

  23. El Duderino Says:

    @ Tela’s

    I have 95% of that in lossless format!

    @ 420

    Unless it’s in HDCD format I won’t buy it.

  24. albert walker Says:

    I’ll take my Exile muddy, dirty, and buried

    Don’t understand remastering an album that was always loved for its dirty vibe which the original mix I think had a lot to do with

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    Caribou does tour as a band, and I think the Chicago show may be a Caribou Vibration Ensemble show as well.

    To check out some live CVE, go below.

    Awesome stuff.

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