Daily Archive

November 1, 2009

Festival 8: Official Phish From The Road Photos [Flickr]

[Photo by C. Taylor Crothers]

Festival 8: Phish Covers Exile On Main Street [Hidden Track]

Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of The Rolling Stones. Certainly don’t hate them, but they’re not at the top of any lists for me. None of that matter when it became clear just a few tunes into set two, Phish’s full performance of Exile On Main Street, that this would be the most tightly performed Phish set in recent history.

Festival 8: Night Two Setlist [Hidden Track]

Phish: 10/30/2009 Moma Dance [VQ: B-, AQ: B]


Festival 8: Three Videos of Sign Language Interpreters @ F8 [Hidden Track]


Phish: 10/30/2009 I Didn’t Know [VQ: B, AQ: B+]


Festival 8: 10/31/2009 Photos [Hidden Track]

Phish: 10/30/2009 NICU [VQ: B+, AQ: B+]


Eclectic Method: Phish 99 Albums Mashup


Festival 8: Phish Festival in 140 Characters of Less [New Times]

Festival 8: Phish Cover Exile On Main Street in Indio [Rolling Stone]

Under pristine conditions at the Empire Polo Field and in front of a devoted Phish crowd of 40,000 fans, the Vermont foursome rollicked in Exile’s swamp blues and roadhouse country, extending several songs with their own jams, highlighted by a spacey interlude between “Ventilator Blues” into the gospel-esque “I Just Want to See His Face.”

Phish: 10/31/2009 Run Like An Antelope [VQ: B+, AQ: B+]

Festival 8: Phish Plays Halloween Set to 40,000 + [Desert Sun]

The band’s publicist Erin Cooney said at least 40,000 people attended the event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio and a large percentage of them showed up in costumes as elaborate as a team mascot or as simple as a box over shoulders.

The Vermont-based quartet celebrated the holiday with “a musical costume,” teasing Phish fans with the opening strains of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” before segueing into a video remix of the 99 albums it had hinted at performing on its Web site. They then launched into the Rolling Stones’ classic 1972 double album, “Exile On Main St.,” supplemented by a horn section.

Many of the young Phish fans hadn’t heard of “Exile” before the 7:30 p.m. set.

Phish: 10/31/2009 The Squirming Coil [VQ: B, AQ: B+]


Festival 8: Foodies Delight in Festival’s Varied Fare [Desert Sun]

“Phish is isn’t like your typical band,” Parker Roe said. “They like to nourish their fans. And the food is amazing — huge, big, delicious. I’m thinking of a traditional gyro.”

Roe was right. While the usual suspects line the three food areas, almost all offer a vegetarian or vegan option.

Jackalope Ranch of Indio has a Phish taco on its menu; mahi-mahi with shredded cabbage, tomatillo and red salsa.

Phish: 10/31/2009 Possum [VQ: B, AQ: B+]


Festival 8: Phans – Anything Goes on Halloween [Desert Sun]

Phish: 10/31/2009 Runaway Jim [VQ: B, AQ: B]


Phish: 10/31/2009 Schoeps CCM4v’s Indio, CA

Phish: 10/31/2009 Lawn Boy [VQ: B+, AQ: B+]


Festival 8: Notebook Day 2 [Desert Sun]

Costume crisis

On Friday night someone stole Sierra Buck’s backpack with her costume in it. Sierra is 4-years-old and was planning to be a “disco baby” to her mothers “disco diva.”

Everyone knows that kids love to dress up, so to steal a backpack with a kid’s costume in it is pretty much unforgivable.

Luckily, the vendors came to the rescue. After being told what happened, one vendor gave the Bucks a discount on a new costume for Sierra and painted her young face for free.