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. Robear Says:

    where’s JerBear?

  2. BigDeezy Says:

    JerBear and I thought of a tee shirt idea today on the ride back to Meeechigan.

    Never Skip Alpine (on the front)

    And on the back left shoulder – a Phish logo or the word Phish written out and underneath it the letters – ITYSMF

    LOL – any guesses? BTW – if you make this shirt – we can split the royalties.

    PS. We kept watching clips from The Hangover all weekend. Hint.

  3. InAMinute Says:

    woo-hoo – more freaks and geeks – thank you IFC.

    “everything fun that happens in this world, happens in bars”…love it. Kayla Ewell, the chick that plays Maureen is smoking. Sorry full on tangent. trying to induce a calm before the storm.

  4. Robear Says:

    Selector, time for some Morgan’s!

  5. voopa Says:

    SOAMule briefly steps out of the box too…I heartily endorse AV1.

  6. Robear Says:

    “I think you stole my face” @ deezy?

    just don’t put Phish or the logo on the shirt. The merchandise police will catch on.

  7. halcyon Says:

    Robear…

    Vegas is still alive…closest shows to you

  8. Selector J Says:

    Strictly Lone Star tonight. Can’t be getting all Rosco P. Coltrane tonight…

  9. butter Says:

    Sel J – pumped I can listen tonite, fast enough Internet up here in wisconsin at my Dad’s farm, Ipad cranking it out great

  10. Selector J Says:

    Nice, butter! Glad you got some 21st century internet for a change. 😉

  11. Robear Says:

    hey, i’m streaming on the backwoods Starband too!

    will vape in your honor, J!

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    @nagar – paradox is just what nondual reality looks like from the outside

  13. BigDeezy Says:

    OK @Robear – good call on the no Phish on the shirt. Still waiting for the post on the Sunday show. But look at the comment count on this post – Mr. Miner has a great thing going and nice to see all the fun conversation on Phish. So cool.

  14. Robear Says:

    have a good night Deezy. come round when work allows. wait, you’re the boss…

    come around more!

  15. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Evening board. Just getting settled back in after this past weekend. Deer Creek was good, Alpine Valley slayed. What I saw and heard was not a band “looking for their sea legs”, but a unit that was completely locked in and creating at an extremely high level. I’ve seen limited action since the return, (Gorge last summer, Indio, Cinci, Greek 2&3, DC, AV) and what is for certain is that the Greek was a major break through that continued on into the midwest. I was absolutely floored by the play of the whole band, but the MVP? Big Red. In Alpine, he finally elevated his game to equal the rest of the band and it was remarkable to see. Absolutely on fire all weekend. Seems like since Hampton last year we’ve been patiently waiting for this moment. They will own JB.

    PEACE

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    @garretc

    re: clothing

    I am proud to offer a full line of Pacific Northwest climate-appropriate “w00k down” gear for all your needs as a freshly minted oregonian:

    http://www.cafepress.com/w00k_down

    – light tees for the remainder of our little summer
    – long sleevers and hoodies for the fall and winter
    – ladies gear for your soon to be sweetie
    – trucker hats and messenger bags so you can fit in with the inevitable hipster contingent
    – mugs for both coffee and beer, the twin nectars of Portland
    – dog shirts, so my dream can one day come true
    – baby stuff for, uh, well really there’s no excuse for wook down baby stuff.

    Is there anything w00k down gear can’t do for you, really?

    No.

    No, there isn’t.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    hey hey @wolmans

    thanks for the words from the road

    agree on the breakthrough being carried forward! a very welcome development.

  18. Mr. Murph Says:

    haha, Mr. C, i love that picture of the wook at 8. Eyes glossed staring into the abyss.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    If I was a single man, that shirt would have gotten me crazy laid at the Greek.

    Seriously.

    It’s the 3 Wolf Moon of lot shirts.

  20. voopa Says:

    Mr C- Who was the other guy at the Berkeley house w/the w00k down T on Fri? I met him as I was leaving, and never really got to chat…Joe, I think?

  21. Selector J Says:

    Saw Willie Nelson repping for the vape on Larry King last night… Get yourself Willie’d, Robear.

  22. Robear Says:

    Willie = the man

    that was Sumodie @ Voopa.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    @voopa I didn’t see someone else wearing one, but I left early on Friday to get in line…

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh right @sumo had his on at one point, he mentioned that but I didn’t see it

  25. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    @ AJ – yeah I was disappointed we couldn’t figure out a way to meet in person. the security stopped me from getting down to your area even after I’d Jedi’d two friends down to row 20 or so, fish-side.

    The two shows fully captured the range the band has at their disposal at this point. No matter how/what they’re playing it is crisp, dynamic, and at least semi-democratic. But then they can decide to stretch into Type II seemingly at will, they can seque groove fests for whole sets, or, like last night, just melt your face with one peaky, tension-release epic song after another. The energy under that pavillion during a few moments of that show (Bowie, 2001) was along the lines of the MSG 1st Tube.

    I’m going to take a few days to try to listen back and digest all that happened for me over the weekend. It was a pivotal week for me in a lot of personal reasons, so kick-ass, soul-elevating phish shows with great friends was exactly what I needed.

    BTW, Silly and Cal are great, great guys. Wish I could’ve spent more time with them.

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