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. garretc Says:

    @Mr. C

    Thanks for that. I guess it’s good to know I can handle it, but I’d give a lot to never have had to find that out…

    Oh, btw, I’m coming to your town (to party down) on Thursday to start school! Just thought I’d mention it…

  2. voopa Says:

    Valuable experience garret. Whether you wanted it or not!

    Fuck Your Face is funny.

  3. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    @ Nagarjuna – man I went so deep with the MMK and Dharmakirti in college. “There is not the slightest difference between cyclic existence and nirvana (XXV)”

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    curb appeal came out fantastic, yeah

    I hear you, @gdad

    just offering a little public respect for your role there

    I’m real interested in the different roles people play these days…

    being the “in the building” guy is a real foundational aspect for sure

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    Av2 piece coming in an hour or two

  6. Frycanthropist Says:

    did you catch the page number Mr. C

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh, Thursday, @garretc?

    you have my email right?

  8. Frycanthropist Says:

    whoops meant to include pg 53 in that post

  9. Oldskool Says:

    Miner, I know the DWD > Use piece was really tough, but did you guys have a nice time at the wedding?

  10. zzyzx Says:

    I’m about to give you some tough love Miner and order you to get over it 😉

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    I just read it. Love it @fry. Will re-read it next time I listen to it.

    My favorite memory of it was deep in the latter section the music merged into a single unit, I could not tell who was playing what part, and decided not to try to pick them apart but just to go with it

    very unique experience

  12. sumodie Says:

    @dr pronia:

    I think Spasm Waiter is looking for a JB nite 1

  13. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:



  14. gavinsdad Says:

    ^ditto what sumo said.

    @C: thx man. also, wanted to let you know that i’ve spent time with the young jedi GarretC on both coasts and he’s a good egg. can put back the tacos taboot.

    good luck at your new school garret!

  15. sumodie Says:

    @dr pronoia: (re: JB1)

    Spasm Waiter is at:


  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    Hey all ,
    Epic weekend at Alpine, great time. Huge fun crew, staying at the lodge, poolside rage side, and massive shows.

    BB meet up epic fail. Sorry everyone, hope you get to meet each other. Dr. P and I did try, but will have to be next time. Dr. P, I have a gift for you that I was gonna hand off to you, will hit you up on e-mail.

    Hope everyone is well. Have not read back, what was the take on night 2 vs night 1? in my impression night 1 killed it tenfold, though night 2 was very hot too, but night 1 was something else.

  17. butter Says:

    Miner, sorry you missed Alpine

    I felt the same way on leg 1 when I jumped off right before Camden, Mpp

    Although I miss shows, so I guess I am more used to the feeling

    I know you had a pretty long streak going, I guess it’s almost inevitable

    They would be barn burners when you did end your streak.

    That’s trippy, the feeling you describe when boarding that plane leaving Indy

    I’m confident you’ll get right back on that horse tomorrow

  18. Mr. Murph Says:

    why it was the worst flight of all time

  19. voopa Says:

    Even Alaska and BOTT have a little extra pep in their step…hot show!

  20. voopa Says:


    7/4 Jibboo

  21. posternutbag Says:

    Finally made it home after an epic run! Great meeting several of you guys over the run, hope everyone got what they were looking for over
    the last few nights!

  22. kayatosh Says:

    yo. back earlier than anticipated. what’s the good word on 8/14 and 8/15? will have to reread. all i saw was miner calling 8/14 best show of modern era, whatever modern era is. cool.

  23. Nagarjuna Says:

    @Dr. P – nice!

    paradox on the BB yo.

    form is emptiness, emptiness is form. word to live by imho.

  24. Oldskool Says:

    24 hours later and the 24 bit downloads still are not available from last night, WTF

  25. halcyon Says:


    Glad everything had a positive resolution. Hope your buddy is doing ok. Having been on both sides of the voyage, it can be scary and is most eye opening.

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