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. kayatosh Says:

    I had cable issues. turned out squirrels chewed through my line. got a new modem before i learned of the chewing.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thanks negev! I think Wisco is an a later start than EST also. Any stream info will be passed along.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    My Soul opener… It’s on

  4. negev79 Says:

    lights…My Soul….no stream

  5. kayatosh Says:

    have had 6.29 set II in the headphones. the 4 ch. mix aud up on bt.etree is sounding great, esp. mike. DWD>sand is the $$$ highlight. really dig the sand. rift is nailed. twist is short and weird; ditto gin. gin sounds disjointed and not getting there for trey apparently. fluff transition sounds better on playback than it did on stream (usually the case), but it seemed like a conscious choice to abandon an aimless gin. fluff was nailed. propulsive antelope w/ feathery, quick guitar work and ice nine bombs from mike. the name game set.

  6. negev79 Says:

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  9. phlorida phan Says:

    no, its this one

  10. negev79 Says:


  11. willowed Says:

    Daniel saw the stone….bitches

  12. kayatosh Says:

    bustin out some phreshies each show

  13. phlorida phan Says: choppy right now though

  14. T. Leo Says:

    I’m a little late, but I am just reading the review now. I must disagree with Miner, I thought last night was one of the best nights of tour. While we have been spoiled with many great shows, I felt like they just didn’t want to stop playing last night. They were having fun and led some great musical journeys. At this point though, the music has been so good, it is hard to complain about anything.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    gin could have been cool, it was starting to breathe a little, but it didn’t click. and fluff was the call.

  16. T. Leo Says:

    Anyoneablevto get agood stream? Yalu seemstobeoffline

  17. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Interesting Jim here, no?

  18. T. Leo Says:

    I should look before I post, oops

  19. kayatosh Says:

    6.23 simple — the bonus balm. $$$.

  20. DukeOfLizards Says:


  21. HarryHood Says:

    Anyone know the password for taper420?

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Let It Loose

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    My Soul opener = look out, folks. Enjoy everyone!

  24. phlorida phan Says:

    yasu stream sounds the best, more bass y

  25. dognamedwilson Says:

    kayatosh Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    my shoulder needs a brew.

    ^this is just my true. Besides that, mindfulness is living free from desire.

    “I’m not a little kid anymore. I have needs, and when you need something, that’s a responsibility”-meatwad

    Also, the shoulder doesn’t get to decide what I ingest. If it did, I’d be knee deep in percs and, well, that’s no way to be.

    Ok, stopping now. I love wasting time with you guys. How’s ye stream tonight?

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