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. willowed Says:

    Just finshed packing all my gear. NY here comes Mr. and mrs. Willowed!
    Get Your Popcorn ready

  2. halcyon Says:

    Right ON Aintnotele,

    It was cool to meet you too, and to be kickin it with everybody on your rooftop. It was a chill afternoon. Good people everywhere!

  3. Nagarjuna Says:

    Fry –

    Love that Simple and dig your review. Many nice images including this one:

    “Perhaps the Grand Universe Ping Pong Championships played underwater on a distant planet”

    Of the many fine qualities of you BB’ers, the fact that you are all serious Listeners, as this review illustrates, ranks damn high.

    The ferret fetish is close behind. πŸ™‚

  4. Mr. Murph Says:

    @halycon
    That video basically secures in my mind that Phish will play in Charleston.

  5. Frycanthropist Says:

    Thanks @Nag

    I am very pleased to have all these great jams to launch me into my own cluttered attic of mental imagery.

    Phish is playing with such creativity and intent right now that it is hard not to be overly loquacious about these stellar jams.

  6. buddysmyles Says:

    just heard a ZEP tease @ 4.23 mark of Bowie from AV2. stairway maybe? help anyone

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    @gdad said on p54:
    “and one more Pinot post type thing….”

    word to that post.

    I see you, @gdad, you agent of pronoia you. Can’t fool me Mr. Tickethunter Man. If I didn’t know better I’d swear you’re tryin’ to bring bring people together at considerable personal effort.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    pg # for Frycan exegesis ?

  9. zzyzx Says:

    I find it hard to believe that they’d play CO on 10/12 and then SC on 10/15 but stranger things have happened I guess…

    I do appreciate the band making these decisions easier for me…

  10. buddysmyles Says:

    i like a sick BOwie and this one is nice for sure. man did i hate 12/29/94 bowie while i was @ that show, but upon relistening i cant believe what i witnessed that night! bad head space that nite with expectations of the band(never again) and a girlfriend(never again!)

  11. Mr. Murph Says:

    @buddy
    I do not think thats stairway. I do not know wtf it is.

  12. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    @ Nagarjuna – Love the handle. I want to talk MMK with you some time

    @ All – before I try craigslist, I’m 90% sure I’m trying to get rid of 1 standing room only ticket for tomorrow night. Does anyone want it, and can meet in NYC tomorrow?

  13. voopa Says:

    @gdad

    Well said. I “only shook hands” w/AW @ the Berkeley Oasis, but it was still nice to connect, as contentious as things have been between us here over the last year or so. We knew why we were both there, so differences didn’t matter. But I gotta chat with that dude next time…he sure looked like was scanning me as a cu$tyn00b!

  14. voopa Says:

    Just now spinning AV1…yeah, this is one of those special nights for sure.

  15. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    btw – my wife will kill me if I try to read back through 55 pages to hear what everyone’s impressions were of last night. I know I had a great time, but I also had the best seats I’ve ever had at a show, so I’m wondering if my ears were skewed (and blasted…I’m deaf today!).

    So what’s the consensus?

  16. Nagarjuna Says:

    C – p53 for the FryLy jai li

  17. Nagarjuna Says:

    Dr. P – always game to talk/not-talk MMK πŸ™‚

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    I only just got through the Theme from last night but so far the whole thing sounds great to me, Dr. P

  19. buddysmyles Says:

    @murphy it is something though… i m not schooled enough to say definitivly but my first instinct was stairway… anyone else or m i just in need of a nap/

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    @garretc thanks for the followup

    really man, you should be proud of being able to handle that in the moment

    not everyone’s got the steel for it

  21. voopa Says:

    Some flubs in this Reba, but nothing horrible…more energy than the Greek version for sure.

  22. Oldskool Says:

    I have been completely inundated with work and some am behind on my listening, only on Telly 1 right now.

    Prince Caspian very likely is my least favorite Phish song for a multitude of reasons, but even I can appreciate the outro/MLB jam. It is very good!

    The jam in Tweezer is soooo sick, I cannot believe it gets cut off into Boogie. It is like a funk rocketship except someone forgot to light the fuse πŸ™‚ don’t get me wrong, the jam in Boogie On is very cool but it should have been about 10 minutes later. Also, twice in the Boogie On jam Trey ties to go back into Sand but it seems like the rest of the band either does not pick up on it or is not into it.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    extraordinarily profound and insightful post on page 53 by @sumodie

    deep, deep words on psychedelics there

  24. voopa Says:

    I know it was mentioned a bunch during Leg 1, but not much since then: How cool is it that Page is using the Rhodes so much more this year?

    $$$ to me.

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    pronoia as per john perry barlow: “the suspicion the Universe is a conspiracy on your behalf.”

    C – well, i think you have a decent sense of who i am even without a face to face…in the end it all boils down to the fact that i so miss the days when 100% of our time was dedicated to helping our family out. even at our gnarliest and most depraved, we all took care of each other. and what we absolutely made sure of was that we were all “in the building”. i was of the mindset that what was inside the building could take care of what was inside the person. and i think that holds true today (esp after reading your playback of the greek! that was exactly what we’ve been talking about!). hope your curb is starting to appeal πŸ™‚

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