Phish will host a stream live from “The Ninth Cube” on New Year’s Eve for the 38th installment of the band’s Dinner and a Movie webcast/cooking series, presented in partnership with Phish Radio and SiriusXM. The announcement comes just days after Phish postponed its four-night New Year’s run at New York City’s Madison Square Garden (12/29–1/1). Tune in and read along with our full Ninth Cube Stream Companion here.
For the first time ever, Dinner and a Movie will see Phish perform live, as opposed to the previous 37 episodes which have aired archival footage from the band’s lengthy career. The LIVE from The Ninth Cube Phish New Year’s Eve webcast will provide fans watching at home with three full live sets beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on December 31st.
Related: Decoding The Ninth Cube: A Phish New Year’s Eve Stream Companion [Watch]
The webcasts will air for free on Phish’s YouTube channel and LivePhish.com, with a simulcast on SiriusXM’s Phish Radio. Proceeds from the event will benefit the band’s own WaterWheel Foundation. The DAAM series has distributed nearly $900,000 in donations via the WaterWheel Foundation since the start of the pandemic. Fans are encouraged to donate at any time, here.
The band will have three limited-edition posters available from the original MSG run for sale beginning this Thursday, December 30th, via Phish Dry Goods, as well as additional event merch.
It wouldn’t be a Dinner and a Movie without dinner, and for this special episode of DAAM, Phish is taking Omicron’s lemons and turning them into an entirely lemon-based meal including whole roasted lemon and herb chicken, lemon pasta, lemon bars, and of course, a giant bowl of lemonade to wash it all down. Check out the recipe, curated by Phish’s own Trey Anastasio, below.
Phish first made mention of “nine cubes” in “We All Come To Outlive Our Brains”, which the band debuted during its Halloween 2018 Kasvot Växt performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The lore continued with this year’s Sci-Fi Soldier Halloween show at the same venue, which called back to Kasvot Växt and established the “nine cubes” as a crossroads between multiple timelines in the Phish universe. As noted in the Sci-Fi Soldier comic Phish distributed at the 2021 Halloween show, “Each cube is a window to a possible reality. At any given moment, time can be frozen and nine possible realities can be viewed.” Head here to read Live For Live Music‘s full coverage Phish’s Sci-Fi Soldier Halloween.
Click below to check out the recipes for this very special Dinner and a Movie below.
Giant Bowl of Lemonade
1. Get handed lemons
2. Make lemonade
2b. For “electric lemonade”, add desired ingredients
Whole Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken
1 bulb of garlic
2 yellow onions
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 whole chicken (3.5-4 lbs)
½ tsp minced fresh rosemary (plus an extra sprig or two)*
½ tsp minced fresh thyme (plus an extra sprig or two)*
⅓ cup chicken stock
2-3 whole carrots
2-3 potatoes (preferably Yukon Gold)
Fresh ground black pepper
*You can use dry herbs in replace of fresh, or omit
if you prefer things simple.
Take chicken out of the refrigerator. Remove giblets if there are any in the cavity (we won’t be using them, but you can cook for your dog!). Rinse the chicken in water, and pat thoroughly dry. Leave out while you prepare the lemon-herby goodness to bring the chicken close to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the lower third of the oven. Set out a roasting pan or large cast iron skillet that can hold your whole chicken.
Mince 3 garlic cloves, and mix with the herbs and 3 TBSP of olive oil and 2 hearty pinches of salt. Make sure the chicken skin is well dried. Push one finger under the skin on the breast of the chicken to separate, and spoon half of the herb mixture in between the meat and the skin. Rub the remainder on the outside of the chicken. Season the outside generously with additional salt and pepper. (Using chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken? Do the same thing, but they will take less time to cook).
Cut the rest of the bulb of garlic in half horizontally (so each clove is cut in half), and rub with olive oil. Slice the whole lemons in half. Peel the onions and cut into quarters. Put half a lemon inside the chicken, then put the other lemon halves, onion, garlic and remaining herb sprigs in the bottom of the roasting pan, and put the whole chicken on top (either on a rack, or sitting on top of the lemon, onion and garlic). Cut carrots and potatoes into large bite sized chunks. Toss with a little olive oil and scatter around the chicken. Pour chicken stock into the bottom of the pan.
Roast for approximately 45 minutes. The skin should be golden brown and the juices should run clear when you poke a knife into the leg joint. If the juices are rosy pink, roast for another 5-10 minutes and check again. Or, if you have a meat thermometer, when the inner thigh registered 175 degrees.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Tip the chicken to drain any juices from the cavity into the pan. Carve chicken on a cutting board and transfer to a platter. Then pour all the juices, roasted vegetables and tasty bits over the chicken or serve the jus alongside for those who want it. Squeeze the roasted garlic from the bulbs over the vegetables, or just serve the halved bulbs on the side of the platter.
12 ounces wide egg noodles
Juice and zest of 2 small/medium lemons (wash lemons before squeezing)
1 cup heavy cream
Kosher salt, to taste
Lots of freshly ground black pepper.
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles, and stir to separate. Cook according to package or until tender. Drain, then return to the cooking pot.
2. Just before noodles are done, in a small saucepan combine the lemon zest, cream, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, or until cream comes to a boil.
3. Pour cream mixture over drained noodles, and add the lemon juice. Stir to coat. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until all the liquid is absorbed, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional pepper, if desired.
Note: the pasta is delicious on its own, but feel free to add green vegetables to the pasta at the end if you like: a handful of baby arugula, broccoli or broccolini – chopped and doused with olive oil and roasted at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, steamed or sautéed asparagus, chopped parsley, chives, etc.
Optional variation: if you’d like, add freshly grated parmesan.
Makes 16-20 squares in an 8×8 or 9×13 baking dish for squares, rectangles or triangles (or 9” pie pan or tart pan for wedges).
1 cup cold unsalted butter
2 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup powdered sugar (plus more for sprinkling on top at the end)
½ cup sweetened, shredded coconut (or unsweetened coconut, plus add ¼ cup more sugar)
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from 2-3 washed lemons)
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (hint: zest lemons first, then squeeze them)
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8×8 (for thicker squares) or 9×13 (for thinner squares) baking pan. To make them easier to remove, lay a piece of parchment paper inside the pan, and then butter the parchment paper too.
In a food processor (or stand mixer) combine all of the crust ingredients. Pulse and mix until well combined and the mixture begins to clump together. Put the dough into the buttered pan and gently press it to cover the bottom. (If using a tart or pie pan, push dough to cover the sides too.)
Bake the crust until just golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven but leave it on.
While the crust is baking, prepare the lemon filling. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat on low or whisk until smooth. Pour the filling into the hot crust and bake again until the filling is just set, about 20-35 minutes. Check them at 15 minutes.
When you shake the pan slightly, the filling should be mostly set, but still quiver in the center a bit. If not set, bake a few minutes more. (If using a 8×8 pan with a thicker layer of filling it may take longer). Do not over bake.
Let cool completely in the pan. You may refrigerate to help them set and cook quicker. Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, then cut into squares or triangles. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. If powdered sugar has been absorbed into the lemon filling, dust again with more powdered sugar just before serving.
Phish Dinner and a Movie: LIVE from The Ninth Cube – 12/31/21 – Livestream