The Crab Has Vanished In the Air

Official 6/16 Print (DKNG)

Summer 2012 is a great time to be a Phish fan, and last night was another reason why. Balancing a strong, song-based performance over two sets, the band unquestionably centered the show on a surreal mash-up of “Light” and “Manteca” that stands up to the any recent sonic foray. Playing support to this centerpiece jam was an engaging set-opening combination of “Crosseyed -> Slave” and a seething, late set “Sand.” But for start to finish fluidity, this second set couldn’t touch the other four of tour. Not to diminish the playing within, but the band’s recent set craftsmanship wasn’t exactly showcased in either frame on Saturday night. Nonetheless, there are plenty of highlights to discuss, so let’s start with the brightest.

A fluid sequence of “Crosseyed -> Slave” kicked off the main event, in which the band exited the snarling rock cover with a sparse textural jam that soon built—in transcendent fashion—towards a gorgeous transition into “Slave.” But following this powerful opening couplet, the band dropped into the monster jam sequence of the night, “Light -> Manteca -> Light,” or—from here on out—”Lighteca.” Trey took a different turn when confronted with “Light’s” guitar solo, quickly deferring to the rhythmic focus of Mike and Fishman. Joining in the groove-based excursion, Trey began to subtely weave teases of “Manteca” into already similar-sounding mixture. And then—bam—the band burst into the full-blown Dizzy Gillespie cover!  As they shifted back into “Light,” they continued to groove hard in an outright musical fusion. Lacing this jam with both melodic and rhythmic teases of “Manteca,” the band sculpted an incredibly slick hybrid of the two songs. Then, as Trey switched gears with some hard rhythm chords, Fish immediately changed into a more driving beat, giving the piece a very “Chalk Dust” vibe. In fact, I was sure the band was moving slowly towards a back door transition into their rock anthem, but when they steered clear of the song—instead, veering into a lyrical “Crosseyed Reprise”— I thought it to be even cooler that they didn’t take the plunge and maintained a more subtle musical nod. Eventually dripping into a spacey outro, it sounded—momentarily—as though the band would pass into “No Quarter,” but instead they chose a fitting landing point in “Theme From the Bottom.”

6.16.12 (M.Stein)

Phish continued their setlist shakeup last night by dropping an uncharacteristic, late set “Sand.” And stylistically, this one couldn’t have been more opposite of Worcester’s version. Sidestepping the whole-band focus The Centrum, last night’s “Sand” provided a retro take on the song, as Trey took center stage, lighting his Languedoc afire. While the band certainly held down a strapping groove, the focus of this jam was on the Big Red Machine. Blending the feel of millennial versions and recent TAB renditions, this “Sand” was a heat-seeker rather than an overtly swanky collaboration. And it’s fresh to see the band with such divergent takes on within a week of each other. The band carried their lyrical “Crosseyed” reprises through the set, ending “Sand” with the second such episode of the evening. The set closed with a laid back and ethereal version of “Number Line” and a relatively stock, but ripping, “Antelope.” Trey was on fire all night and “Antelope,” put a fitting cap.

A first half, filled with old-school song selections, opened with a bang when the guys came out with an adrenalizing “Mike’s Groove.” The hefty opening suite set the table for a big first opening frame, and after a teasing twin-bill of “Gumbo” and “Halley’s”—both without jams—the vibe continued with the always-menacing “My Friend” and a laid-back-turned-spirited, Trey-centric, “Wolfman’s Brother.” But the rest of the set fizzled a bit, despite an uber-chronic intro to an out of place “Punch.”

All in all, night two of AC was a very fun and tasteful night of Phish, featuring many well-known anthems for the noticeably increased Saturday night crowd, and with a centerpiece that gets tacked on to an exponentially expanding Summer 2012 highlight list. And with a centerpiece as acrobatic as “Lighteca,” and a fun “Crosseyed” theme throughout the set, everything fell right into place.

6.16.2012 (Jesse Herzog)

I: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Gumbo, Halley’s Comet > My Friend, My Friend,Wolfman’s Brother, The Horse^, Lawn Boy, PossumPunch You In the Eye,  Ocelot, Suzy Greenberg

II: Crosseyed and Painless -> Slave to the Traffic Light, Light -> Manteca -> Light* > Theme From the Bottom > Golgi Apparatus, Sand* > Backwards Down the Number Line, Run Like an Antelope

E: Good Times Bad Times

^aborted, * w/ “Crosseyed” lyrical reprise

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311 Responses to “The Crab Has Vanished In the Air”

  1. phlorida phan Says:

    The great carini bomb is 7:36 in kp. Still gasping for air from that one

  2. kenny powers Says:

    yeah phan, that’s the one! so freakin great, i had to turn up the bass in my car and replay that like 4 times in a row.

  3. kenny powers Says:

    of course, the most intense one i’ve heard caught on “tape” is from the MPP 2011 Boogie.

  4. kenny powers Says:

    yesterday i was driving right behind the MA plates “TMWSIY”. Mine are FORBIN. quite fitting, no?

  5. Grooves Says:

    Nice man. I got an HTC One X a month ago and Beats by the Doc are indeed the money, especially when you add some Beats ear buds by Monster into the mix. Best. Ear buds. Ever. I’m also looking fwd to seeing what the 8MP camera and dedicated camera processor can do at Blossom in a week…

  6. ElJefe Says:

    I can just imagine Willowed wildly typing away like Kerouac on speed last night. Typetypetypetypetypetype…ding. But instead of the ding him hitting send. Heh heh heh. Sounds like everyone is having fun. Shows look like a blast…

  7. kenny powers Says:


    i think i just realized i was thinking of the One X that has the beats. The Galaxy does not. Actually i really wanted the One X because i’ll be coming from an Incredible and I love the HTC Sense environment.

  8. phlorida phan Says:

    Same here kp, got it on home system, crank my sub to 11 and stood in a corner. I think it even went through my down stairs neighbors chest!

  9. kenny powers Says:

    But it looks like the One X and the Galaxy 3s are the main iPhone challengers for the immediate future, so i’m pretty fracking pumped. i do a lot of web browsing and shit, and don’t want a separate tablet, so this 4.8″ display and uber-fast processor should be the bees knees.

  10. kenny powers Says:

    lolz @ ph ph

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Back home safe and sound in N. Jersey after two fun filled evenings with friends, fans, and Phish. Wife and kids aren’t here yet as they travel from home from family. Of course, I tripped the house alarm as soon as walked i n the house because i couldn’t remember the code! Stupid stoner fuck. Finally it came to me after 10 minutes so no police…haha.

    Great two nights of music for me. Night 1 was killer. I was maybe twenty feet in front of the stage, dead center, and the band delivered. Holy Birds!

    Night 2 hung with the BB crew back the back center speaker for the huge dance party Gdad spoke of. Really felt that communal thing he speaks so eloquently of. In comparison to night 1, the sound in the bad was pretty lousy for me. Felt like the wind had a major effect. I loved the Punch, don’t skip it. Really cool, extended intro groove. I was really feeling that. Ocelot again delivered for me. I really have grown to love that bluesy jam.

    Set II- Crosseyed- After not seeing this song for 15 years 1996-1/1/11 have become a magnet. Whats with these “Still waiting” teases all the time? Jeez.. I can’t escape it. I told Alf that this song has begun to haunt me. Slave was beautiful, Light was the highlight centerpiece of the night, lots of fun.

    As always, the BB was a great crew to spend the weekend with. I won’t name everyone because i’ll leave someone out and don’t want to offend. Good peeps. Love hanging with you guys..seriously.

    Leo’s wings were tremendous…As is Leo. Silly- stay golden kid!

  12. kenny powers Says:

    Willowed’s posts last night reminded me of my posts the nights back in March/April when I was balls deep in a Ritalin addiction. Glad I cut that off at the source! Bad news. But way too fun.

  13. RoosterPizza Says:

    Beginning my first ever case of food poisoning. Any tips for the guy who just puked off the back porch for a solid two minutes?

  14. phlorida phan Says:

    You need one of those horse feeding bag thing that they strap around your face rooster, other than that, pray that it stops

  15. HarryHood Says:

    So, The Horse got Horsed? Bummer.

  16. butter Says:

    Most positive review eva, of dare I say a Sat night special, nice work Miner. It speaks volumes to how ON the boys are

    I can’t wait to hear this Lightteca, watching setlist roll in, I could picture that Rythmic robofunk they’ve been exploring in some lights meshing perfectly with Manteca. Nice title of this article Miner. I see what u did there.

    Nice post Palms – not still waiting any more 🙂

    Happy Fathers Day to all the Bb Dads, and Willowed you were crackin me up this morn

  17. butter Says:

    Horse getting horse’d is the final proof that Red reads bb or has a bbconsultant

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Work on your aim?

    Funny stuff from Willowed last night.

    Interesting setlist to follow from a wedding.

  19. HarryHood Says:


    Sorry to hear that buddy. Happy Father’s Day?

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Would that be Horse’d^2 or 2(Horse’d)? My math is a little rusty on that sort of operation

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Yes, happy father’s day to the massive

  22. ThePigSong Says:

    Phish app has been working great for me all morning. This thing has a mind of his own. Punch intro sounds fun, type II crowd interaction. Funny I thought the Wolfmans was a little more funkified/deep over a terrible stream. Still enjoyed it this morning.

    Happy Fathers day to all the Daddios out there.

  23. HarryHood Says:

    I tried not to spit out my coffee when I saw that The Horse was aborted….

  24. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    willowed Says:
    June 16th, 2012 at 11:19 pm
    Snake Eyes and Megatron should go bowling
    Those cats would get along

    Make this into t at-shirt!

    fuckin willowed!

  25. HarryHood Says:

    You know, we joke around a lot about whether or not someone from the band reads this board and more and more we are seeing things that confirm that they do. Horsing The Horse is pretty damn good confirmation.

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