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. MiA Says:

    Oh, go Furyk!

    (McDowell will probably win)

  2. MiA Says:

    Dales if you have to do a can. (IMO)

  3. robear Says:

    Punch You In the Ocelot

  4. PigSong Says:

    glennw, not sure if you saw – but I think that’s really awesome you and your son share the Ph. I wish my pops got it.

    RE: Sierras, I feel like they may be the most consistent mainstream brewery in the country and the Pale is always my go to beer. Severely disappointed. Agree on Dales, they do the can right for sure. Yesterday when it was Sierra v Dales and Sierra was six bucks cheaper for a a twelve pack I was easily sold on the Green.

  5. Jtran Says:

    Morning comrades

    Was finally able to no spoilers this show. Had slf start up the LP app and spun set 1 on there, downloaded no spoilers mp3 of set 2 to spin after (to make sure I didn’t spoil, and not ruin segues).

    All I saw going into set 2 was the title of Miner’s article. Knew a Manteca was coming, but would’ve never guessed Light.

    What a $$$ jam.

    Another thing: complaint that UIC3 was gimmicky with Crosseyed teases being a bit forced and jamless. Maybe they read that complaint too and did it right this show (imo).

    Have fun tonight kidz. Wishing I was there all weekend (but it helps being on the other ocean chillin out)

  6. Jtran Says:

    I guess it’s the afternoon everywhere….just figured it was still morning since I hadn’t posted yet today. NOPE

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    playing with the nike customizer app while buzzed is turning into a problem. impossible to stop tweaking

  8. Dr Pronoia Says:

    dont have time to write everything i want to about Friday, but I have a lot of people to shout out for making it an amazing birthday show experience

    Kaya for putting me up at the nicest spot in AC and being an all-around cool ass guy

    Leo, Alf, GD, and Sumo for making sure I had fun that night and more in the future

    And AW&K, Mr. P, Mitch, Guyute, Willowed, Phoam and BEK, Duke, DF….so so much fun raging with you guys before and during the show, and I’ll never forget the hour and a half spent trying to secure a cab with Kaya and AW&K after the show before commandeering a short-bus for our purposes…

    anyway, hope you all are having an amazing day and that tonight tops them all. Seems like the sky’s the limit these days. I left after AC1 fully sated and happy

  9. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Happy Day to to the BB Dads!

    Mr C- Dave’s Vol II has been in heavy rotation over here. Love the Eyes in the 2nd and nastiness that spills out of Truckin’ in the 3rd. Sick. Also, the To Lay Me Down is freaking devastating. Bonus disc from Lanover kicks ass too. Dave FTW?

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:


  11. poop goblin Says:

    Half you fools left
    Eat what’s left night
    More room for me
    Tonight will slay

    Tweezer reba waves and ghost. Laterz.

  12. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Rock out with your cock out, poopy g! I believe they will drop the tweez that’s hanging out there. And it will blow up.

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    tear it up pooper!

    gonna be a loaded show for sure.

    too bad there havent been any decent streams… would make a good fathers day present.

  14. Willowed Says:

    Enjoy it friends. I’ll miss it.

    I can’t tell you what a great crew we have here. Rolled up to these shows solo. It was like I had family waiting for me. So cool

    And Leo’s wings are as good as advertised.

  15. Lycanthropist Says:

    beautiful outro jam of Crosseyed..

    Call me silly, but I think I need a few more listens to that Bird’s jam to really dig into it. At this point I would call Piper the better jam of the set.

    All and all the AC1 II is fantastic from top to bottom

  16. Jtran Says:

    Wolf, Punch, Ocelot all rippin in set 1

  17. RoosterPizza Says:

    I think I’m dying.

  18. joe Says:

    Some Phishy antics (harpua, etc.) up their sleeves tonight too, I’d wager. Parlayed with Lebron getting a triple double tonight and Ernie Els winning us open.

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    You alright over there Rooster?

    Too many glasses of tea?

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    oooo weeee this Light is money.

  21. PigSong Says:

    Darn Rooster, hope you start feeling better. You’ve been going through this middle of the night style I think, with a new born no less.

    Not sure what to do with myself. I posted up for couch ter way too early, with skunky beer taboot.

  22. Dr Pronoia Says:

    I can’t tell you what a great crew we have here. Rolled up to these shows solo. It was like I had family waiting for me. So cool

    ^^ THIS

  23. PigSong Says:

    Actually I guess I have a few sixers of Founders Porter and Two Hearted to get me through the night…

    On a sad note I think I made the executive decision to wait for leg two for shows. With the missus cooking a little one she really can’t be counted on to last a whole show, and I can’t bring myself to ditch her at home to road trip to any of the shows. Also random HVAC costs have proven enemy to my Ph funds.

  24. MiA Says:

    Phish used to love making people regret not sticking around for a show.

    Hoping that’s true tonight.

  25. sumodie Says:

    Bout halfway b/t sbd & stage. Ready for IT!

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