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Watch: Worlds collide as Phish covers Neutral Milk Hotel

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Phish are known for their classic rock covers – they covered the entire Exile on Main St. last Halloween – but since their reunion the jam band has been honing their indie chops. For example, this past Friday, the band performed a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” Doesn’t get more indie than that.

The band has been debuting a new cover every night on their summer tour, but they’ve all been pretty straight classic rock tunes until now (Tom Waits, The Band, etc). This is not the band’s first-ever foray into indie though. Last November the band stunned Albany with a cover of T.V. on the Radio’s “Golden Age.”

Though they certainly do Neutral Milk Hotel justice here, the fact that the show was at Merriweather Post Pavilion seems like a missed opportunity to mix in a little Animal Collective. If you’re trying for indie cred, why not go all out? “Summertime Clothes” would be the seasonal choice, but Trey could probably get a good groove going behind “My Girls” as well.

You can full recording of the evening’s set — which also include Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin covers — at LivePhish.com.

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