sorry…

December 17, 2009

i know i haven’t posted much lately. i’ve been busy with other things writing…

SO, to make it up to you I present a four-camera audience-shot video of phish at Festival 8 doing the Stones’ ‘Torn and Frayed’ (highlight of the set, for me at least)

sweet job by team hood.

listening again…

November 3, 2009

well folks, it’s been a great weekend. I’m listening to exile again and am really impressed with how well the band pulled this off. page’s vocals and piano especially shine through the halloween set.

It was great getting to hang with good friends and make new friends all weekend. We got a lot of praise for our costumes (which had to be the best at the fest), the festival grounds were amazing and the visual candy (flame throwers, burbles, etc) were epic.

Thanks to JT and Taboot Art for being our base of operations, thanks to JT for being an awesome person, thanks to the Joker for his UPS package hilarity, thanks to everyone who told us ‘great costumes’, thanks to the weirdo lady during the acoustic set who was wearing nothing but a slip and kept pulling it up above your waist (it was hysterical), thanks to the folks operating the Burble — that thing is amazing. thanks in and out burger. thanks to tito and his walking stick, and to the guy with the plastic ‘roor’ in the line to get in Sunday. thanks to the mounted patrol for letting us take a picture with you (picture to come)

no thanks to: the guy who knew all the words to every song on Exile on Main Street and let everyone know it at the top of his lungs the entire set, the creeper old woman who snaked in on at least three of our sessions without even asking, and whoever ate all the donuts before we could get there, no thanks to the toolbags with laser pointers (you all suck).

i’ll likely get around to some sort of full review of the tunes and each day’s sets, but for now you can all simply enjoy these pics. I’ll get more up when I get a chance to hook erin’s camera up to the computer:

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slap bag guy:
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here’s ass lady. she just kept pulling up her slip like it wasn’t a big deal — flashing her ass right in the face of these two girls behind her. She also pulled up the front, showing her vag to anyone who happened to turn around:
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ass lady

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the light from the flame-throwing oil towers behind us during the last set:
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second Burble:
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flaming oil derek towers:
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just got home…

November 3, 2009

and i’m beat like a rug. more on the last night of the fest, plus pics and hysterical stories in the morning.

for now, i need to eat some indian food and pass the heck out.

-b

opening video/99 album mix

November 1, 2009

here’s a the video they showed right before the band took the stage for the Exile on Main Street set… great way to hype up the crowd before the second set. thanks to my friends at Coventry blogspot (http://phishcoventry.blogspot.com/) for the link:

Eclectic Method Goes Phish from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.

good morning.

November 1, 2009

phish’s approach to the Stone’s ‘Exile on Main Street’ was spot on. As Nickel said before the show, ‘I’m expecting them to show me this album in new ways’.

The background singers and horns were exactly what the band needed, and the sound from the stage was bigger than anything i’ve heard phish put on. The way they pulled off Tumbling Dice through Loving Cup was amazing, actually. They jammed out tumbling dice a bit, and Loving Cup was easily the best version they have ever ever pulled off — complete with horns and background singers. Stop Breaking Down was pretty raging too.

The third set:
Backwards Down the Number Line >
Fluffhead
Ghost
When the Circus Comes
You Enjoy Myself

was awesome. BDTNL was very well done, they really explored that song out this time around and while the transition into fluffhead wasn’t as clear as they probably intended, by the time the song took off it was perfect. Trey was adding little guitar noodlings all throughout the composed part. There was also the biggest glowstick war I ahve ever seen during this and then into Ghost.

We left the grounds around 1 a.m., got home and grubbed by the hot tub for a while. headed back to the fest around 11 for the daytime set, then back home for some NFL football before heading back up for the rest of the festival.

not much else to report. my brain hurts, so i’m sorry if this is just rambling.

SET ONE
Sample In A Jar
The Divided Sky
Lawn Boy
Kill Devil Falls
Bathtub Gin
The Squirming Coil
Runaway Jim >
Possum
Run Like An Antelope

SET TWO
Rocks Off
Rip This Joint
Shake Your Hips
Casino Boogie
Tumbling Dice
Sweet Virginia
Torn and Frayed
Sweet Black Angel
Loving Cup
Happy
Turd On The Run
Ventilator Blues >
I Just Want To See His Face
Let It Loose
All Down The Line
Stop Breaking Down
Shine A Light
Soul Survivor

SET THREE
Backwards Down the Number Line >
Fluffhead
Ghost
When the Circus Comes
You Enjoy Myself

media coverage

October 31, 2009

Great article in the Palm Springs newspaper, The Desert Sun:
goood vid and pic links on the site as well.

http://www.mydesert.com/

“Festival 8 at the Empire Polo Club was a hit with Phish fans before the first note was sounded by the nation’s premier rock jam band Friday night.

The creatively lit palm trees and installation art throughout the vast expanse of green grass had fans from all over North America in awe of the eye-popping setting in Indio. The pleasant weather and relatively easy access to the polo club had concert-goers who had attended many or all of the previous seven Phish festivals east of the Mississippi gushing about “Phish Fest West.”

“This is the most beautiful place that they could have hosted this event,” said Jay Young of Las Vegas, whose hometown was Indio’s main rival for this eighth festival in 13 years. “Having been to all of them but (the 2003 It festival at the Loring Air Force Base in Maine), this place feels like this is what they were going for the past seven times.”

“This is perfect,” said Greg Boyle of Philadelphia, who attended what was then being called the last Phish festival in Coventry, Vt., in 2004. “They spent money on this.” (They said) ‘I’m going to clean the potties.’ You drove right in. Coventry was a day to get in.”

There was no official crowd estimate Friday, but Phish’s promoter, the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice, took out a festival permit from the city of Indio for 60,000 people.

The quartet took the stage about 7:45 p.m. with smiles on their faces and glowing palm trees shining behind them like a painting. They opened with “Party Time” and teased the 200-yard-deep crowd with instrumental improvisations that threatened but never quite launched into one of their signature jams.

“Chalk Dust Torture” was the first song to feature extended instrumentals from guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboard player Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman. It is the same song that opened the first Phish festival — the Clifford Ball in Plattsburgh, N.Y. — in 1996.

Phish prides itself on never playing the same song twice in a festival and never using a concert tour to promote a new CD. But “Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan” from their latest album, “Joy,” was as warmly received as their classics.

Even people who hadn’t been to a Phish festival enjoyed this one.

“It’s amazing, a great setting,” said Piper Bowman of Los Angeles.

But the Phish fans who traveled great distances and had seen the band many times sang the most significant praises.

“Forget the air force bases,” said Laura Severance of Seattle, a veteran of more than 60 Phish shows. “This is perfect.”

As of 6:30 p.m., there were 12 drug-related arrests at the event, according to Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron, who declined to offer a crowd estimate but said things were going smoothly.

Festival 8 continues today with the concert field opening at noon and Phish’s first set at 3 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the group will perform its “musical costume” — a Halloween tradition of covering another artist’s classic album. Phish’s final set of the day is slated for 10 p.m.

Photo dump

October 31, 2009

Phish festival 8 photo dump

good morning!

October 31, 2009

wow. what a great time last night.

the concert grounds are perfect. the grass is dry and soft, the art instalations are sick and the amount of vending and food is awesome. There was a guy lighting off paper hot-air balloons (you know, the kind where yoy light a candlein a paper bag and it flies away), and after the thing got airborne a few of us started screaming about poor Falcon up in the balooon.

the setlist was okay last night, but we have all said that those are the typ[e of songs you want to hear the first night of a festival — it’s not like i want them to come out and blow their load the first set.

that said, the second set was pretty much nasty.

phish
oct. 30, 2009
Indio, CA

set one
PARTY TIME!
chalkdust torute
moma dance (mike sounds good)
NICU
Stealing time
Stash
I didn’t know
poor heart
cavern
beauty of a broken heart
ocelot
time turns elastic

Set II
pyite
dwd >
caspian
wolfman’s brother > NASTY JAM >
piper >
joy >
Bowie
Hood
Golgi

e:Character Zero

highlights were moma dance, stash jam, cavern (got the lyrics right), PYITE, wolfman’s jam, bowie and hood. theres this crazy flying balloon thing that changes lights to the musc that was flying around during hood that was pretty mind blowing. I’ll do a picture dump here in a second.

we’re chilling at the house now for a bit, listening to last night’s show and watching college football. a bit of pool time is in order, but we’re heading over to the festival ground around 1:30 in full costume. I promise more updates from the fest today, including the lot quote of the day.

i’m still calling for exile on main st, though it seems the rumor of an undisclosed album being the alum that is ‘killing’ the other albums (www.phish.com) and is the album they will play (possibly michael jackson’s ‘off the wall’)

TALLY HO!!!

In the airport…

October 29, 2009

Waiting to board our flight out if this winter tundra. Looks like Erin and I are going to be cruising first class. Sweet willy left his check-bag at home and had to haul ass back to get it. They are gonna make the flight tho. Derek, Liz, nik and Brian are flying frontier and are delayed an hour.

I’m watching the massive snow melt machine on the runway and hoping everyone else in Team Awesome makes their flights.

Two feet of snow, flghts cancelled allday, friends are sacking up and driving out to Indio….

But I’m holding tight in the cut and still set to board a first-class flight to John Wayne airport At 645 with Sweet Willy, his wife and now Dukemesh Jason has gotten a seat on our flight after his was cancelled thismorning.

Behold the power of phish.

More on-the-road updates from here on out. Keep checking back….

oh, and the costumes look FUCKING RAD!

COSTUMES