Creme de la Creme

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

Due to family obligations I was unable to attend what sounds to be, hands down, the best show of 2010, if not the entire modern era. All I needed was one listen with headphones and closed eyes to know that. “Disease > What’s The Use” is a seminal piece of modern psychedelia and, in my opinion, leap-frogged over of anything from The Greek to hold the trophy for the greatest jam of the year. A segue for the ages created a single piece of music that flowed like few musical sequences we’ve heard thus far. Throughout the entire show, Phish nary flubbed a note while crushing an unrelenting setlist of dreams. Not to mention that Trey had one of his finest nights of since Phish’s return, providing scintillating work from the “Tube” opener, through the end of the show. First set highlights included a sublime “Reba” which ended in “Fuck Your Face,” a combination that must have had Alpine going bezerker. But through the headphones, the most impressive first set jam was the redonkulous “Antelope” that punctuated the first set. Wanna’ hear some shredding? Well, cue this one up; arguably the finest outing of the era for the song as well.

A furious “Mike’s Groove” with an even better “Sneakin’ Sally” in the middle? Forget about it. I’m not sure how much I can go on here. The entire show flowed effortlessly as Phish jammed all the way through a legendary second set. I had an undeniable instinct when I boarded a plane in Indy that I was flying away from the shows of the summer in Alpine, and lo and behold, one night later…Phish exploded. Shit, even “Bug” absolutely slayed. I hope everyone had a blast. I’m sure you did.

That’s why you don’t miss shows.

I: Tube, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Funky Bitch, Reba, Fuck Your Face, Alaska, Back on the Train, Taste , When the Circus Comes, Lawn Boy, Sparkle, Gumbo, Run Like an Antelope

II: The Sloth, Down With Disease > What’s the Use? > Scent of a Mule, Mike’s Song > Dirt, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, Weekapaug Groove, Bug

E: Quinn the Eskimo

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1,468 Responses to “Creme de la Creme”

  1. locust the lurker Says:

    @ Gavin’s dad: I saw on here that you’re from Ridgewood. My mom grew up there and I spent lots of time there in my early days. Used to use grandma’s house as a staging ground for GD runs at the Meadowlands.

  2. bodi Says:

    If they happen to stick to an ocean (liquidy) theme at JB2, might look like this…

    Set 1: I am the Sea>Moma Dance, The Wedge, Liquid Time, Squirming Coil, Foam, Split Open and Melt>Wipeout>Melt, Aeroplane Over the Sea, Bathtub Gin>Waves>Wipeout>I am the Walrus

    Set 2: Sand>Sea and Sand>Drowned>Wantagh Jam>Wipeout>20 Years Later>Velvet Sea, ASIHTOS>Wipeout>Free>Prince Caspian, HYHU>Setting Sail>HYHU, Theme From the Bottom, Pebbles and Marbles, Ride Captain Ride

    E: First Tube>Wipeout>First Tube

    might be phun… 😉

  3. yanzlow Says:

    AV 1&2 taken together may be my favorite setlists of 3.0, in terms of my own personal preference for songs. That makes tomorrow and wednesday a little disconcerting, but since the reunion, i’ve kind of gotten into the “i love all my children equally” vibe that the band obviously has for their songs, so let’s get it on!

    Of course if they wanted to drop another 2001 or theme or Funky Bitch or tube or bug or divided or piper or…ok i’m gonna stop. but i wouldn’t mind 🙂

    my prediction for a less talked about tune that hasn’t shown up this leg: Esther (and trey’s gonna nail it)!

  4. locust the lurker Says:

    Did you steal that setlist from Trey, Bodi?

  5. gavinsdad Says:

    @locust: yep…junior high, highschool and beyond. many generations of deadheads come out of that town. the elders there showed me the way. “the byrne” was our home arena, giants our home stadium, and PNC our home shed. MSG was also in the rotation. Couple of the guys I still see Phish with (and who will be with me tomorrow) are Ridgewood boys too.

    i’m down in S. Jersey nowadays.

    @El Dude: seems you had a good time up there in DC….glad you made the trek.

  6. bodi Says:

    @ locust … I stepped into his subconscious mind for a moment and found that list floating in there, but I think it’ll stay on the fantasy shelf. who knows, if they could do a whole set of songs in the key of D, why not?

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    some gappage:

    llama – 12
    fefy – 15
    maki – 19
    billy breathes – 21
    rocky top – 28
    scents – 32
    if i could – 41
    waves – 55
    ashitos – 61

  8. locust the lurker Says:

    @ Gavin’s: you probably knew my grandmother’s house, across from Ridgewood High, the one with the big hill where everyone would go sledding.

    @Bodi: we can always dream, right?

    Happy times in Phishland.

  9. goochy Says:

    Waves and ASIHTOS are far, far overdue for a revisiting. 🙂

  10. voopa Says:


    Good call. Caught my first Esther at F8!

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    you just timewarped me @locust.

  12. mr. murph Says:

    How bout another forbins>mocking, demand and access me

  13. El Duderino Says:

    @ gdad

    The only complaint with the extreme heat, humidity and lack of a breeze.

    Other than that, it was a great time with great people!

  14. Robear Says:

    The segue from Meatstick into Mango contained a tease of Dave’s Energy Guide from Page.

    ^according to

  15. Bandito Says:

    @Bodi – how ’bout this for a set:

    Harpua>Runaway Jim>Dogs Stole Things>Dog Log>Dog Faced Boy>Shaggy Dog>Harpua

  16. Monsterpus Says:

    Damn, it’s a downpour in NYC right now. Just get it all out before the next 2 days please

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    monsterpus- just looked at forcast for Wantagh. low 80’s sunny/partly sunny. We’ll be good to go.

  18. El Duderino Says:

    I have a few pictures from the BBBBQ…

    No group shots.


  19. Monsterpus Says:

    Yeah, I’ve been checking the weather, it looks like it’s going to be a nice couple of days.

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  21. bodi Says:

    @bandito – In Memory of Marley set…

  22. El Duderino Says:


  23. willowed Says:

    It was so rude of me to pop in before and say hello and then bail on you guys. I apologize.
    Palmer. Here is the recap of your 167 JB e-mails

    Lot 5 – Back corner (near the water tower)
    Look for a Tan Tahoe CT Plates.
    If you see some cats Stoppin’ and poppin’ on some linoleum ala Turbo and Ozone (you found us)

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  25. El Duderino Says:

    Robear’s long lost little brother…


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