Deer Creek II: Cliff Notes

6.16.12 – Atlantic City (S.Lehrman)

I just got to Lake Geneva after an all-night drive, so tonight but I’ll go with the Cliff Notes version on a herky-jerky show that didn’t totally elevate. With a first set filled with fresh songs and bust outs, the band set the stage for a huge second with opening “Disease -> Sand.” As the band segued out of “Sand into “Twist,” it seemed like they were setting up an improvisationally-based five or six song stanza of dreams. Flowing like a river through the first thirty minutes of the main event, the band seemed primed to weave one of their sets of the summer, but all of a sudden, Trey got jumpy. Red bailed out of “Twist” with an insistent transition into another oddly placed, mid-second set “Rift” before the jam even got going. But when the guys cranked into an ever elusive second-set “Bathtub Gin,” things seemed primed to get nasty. But as they forged into an original and engaging jam, Trey got the idea that cutting the excursion for a second set “Fluffhead” was somehow a good idea. Though “Fluff” certainly popped off, the set that looked super-promising from the early jump off had dissolved to a disjointed ride. A late-set bust-out of “Ride Captain Ride” kept the energy high and was great to hear, and when Trey wove the piece into the “Antelope” intro and the jam, they formed a quality late-set couplet.

All in all, last night didn’t contain the coherency that has underlined most of the show’s of this summer. “Disease – > Sand,” however, is definitely another stellar segment of Phish that must be heard. The “Disease, in fact, flowed incredibly well, ballooning over the fifteen minute mark and was jammed to completion for the first time this summer. Flowing nicely into “Sand,” the band kicked down another rhythmic throwdown, in what is quickly developing into the leading “MVP” candidate for Leg One. Check out that segment for sure. Notable bust-outs in fun a first set included the third “Sweet Jane” ever, “Mound,” “Life On Mars?” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” A fun night of Phish, but the second set really coulda been a contender…

I: Crowd Control, Dinner and a Movie, Sweet Jane, Limb By Limb > Possum, Mound, Life on Mars?, The Mango Song > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Strange Design, Birds of a Feather, Halley’s Comet, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

II: Down with Disease > Sand -> Twist -> Rift, Bathtub Gin –> Fluffhead, Ride Captain Ride, Run Like an Antelope

E: Cavern > Sanity, First Tube

PS…I rescind my comment from the last review saying that the Deer Creek “Tweezer” is the “Tweezer” of the summer. It’s not.

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381 Responses to “Deer Creek II: Cliff Notes”

  1. Dr Pronoia Says:

    First alpine shows I’ve missed since 98

    Lots of friends there this weekend. Bummin hard

  2. bob dylan Says:

    Rotator cuff injuries. No fun.

    I’m still the only guy I know who hurt himself playing golf. *least it was my best shot of the day…

  3. Corey Says:

    @Dr. P, I’m with you. Alpine PHiSH and Bong St Rec Area were an annual pilgrimage for me since 97’s fun. Seeing Cin>Burg>Cuy has softened the blow that is skipping Alpine.

    Always loved the intensity under that shed. Like none other, in terms of outdoor ampith.
    Four song encore? Yes please. Glide? Yes please. Izabella? Uhh, wait til JB I, please. 🙂

    Hope ya’ll get a Disease>Use like show tonight!

  4. robear Says:

    Tonight’s the night. Got my Gamehendge Ranger shirt on. Delivers IT!


  5. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Word Corey. Alpine is my church of live music. I get the complaints – the steepness of the hill, the Chicago bros, etc

    But those are dwarfed by the natural beauty, the majesty almost of the scene. The band definitely responds. Saw shows for years from the hill and tho the comfort an sound are infinitely better under the wood, I still love being on top of the hill

    Ahhhhhh JB can’t come soon enough

  6. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Best friend has seen probably 35 shows and never seen simple somehow. Really hope he gets one tonight

  7. bigAB Says:

    Anybody know what time tonight’s show will start?

    Thanks – AB

  8. robear Says:

    Incredible Woody Guthrie show on

    Enjoying my drive. Stopped for gas. Get down kids!

  9. bearito Says:

    Finally work is done for the day

    Time for some blue dream & a spin of DC 2

    @ kaya – like C said, lots of ice & NO HEAT for the first couple of days. Try not to use it and don’t test your range of motion too much to check on it’s status. You’ll know if something feels wrong. Go see an orthopedic asap if it does not improve. Good luck!

    Had two reconstructive surgeries on my left shoulder before the age of 30. Unlike most people who tear the rotator cuff, I suffered a tear in the labrum. Bitch would just slip in & out. Terrible pain.

  10. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, bearito.

  11. Mr palmer Says:

    Any BBers need a place to lay their head, post July 4th throw down at Jobes Beach, let me know.

    Cheap spot. 10 minutes from venue. You don’t want to drive the LIE on July 4 w/ cops, etc…

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    bonnaroo tweeze is the tweeze of summer thus far…

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    definite on broadway tease in gin last night.

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    they also teased a gin jam last night

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    Top 3 sets so far IMO
    AC 1 set II
    DCU 1 set II
    Starlake set II

    ^ in no particular order, I agree. Cincy, however, gets my vote for best two set show.

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    At lodge with AJ. Sitting at bar reflecting on midwest run so far. I have been jah blessed with an amazing crew of people this whole run, on top of one of the best run of shows I’ve ever seen. I won’t lie, I’m a bit tired, but the flow is too strong. Excited to end the run of runs at Alpine. So much fun

    And, I loved last night.

  17. bearito Says:

    Hearing some Gorge R&R in this DC DWD

  18. BrandonKayda Says:

    Drove a good 60 miles today. Pretty good birthday overall.

    Psyched for Alpine tonight.

  19. lumpyhead Says:

    TEAR IT UP @telas

  20. kayatosh Says:

    happy bd, BK.

  21. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Had a good time last night. DWD>Sand was $$$$. The Rift and the Mango were both nailed. So, that was definitely a plus. That said, I enjoyed Night 1 better and I thought Cincy beat them both.

  22. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Glad you’re having a great birthday, BK

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    An old show going friend (95-00) is a dean of students at a private school in Wisco. He’s in the pav for this 2 pack. Very much thinking of him. He has a few life challenges (kids health etc). When u look at the psychic benefit of a show, it’s easy to see how simply being there is a balm for the soul. Add on top the fact that the boys are using their Ginsu blades lately and you’ve got bonus balm.

    Have a fucking blast tonite peeps. I’m having solo pork bistec semitas and an apple soda followed by a neighborhood party followed by the Juan mcclean. Giddy up.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    bonus balm

  25. phlorida phan Says:

    ^ it’s got what plants crave

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