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. dognamedwilson Says:

    ^just NOT true

  2. dognamedwilson Says:

    dognamedwilson Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 6:31 pm
    kayatosh Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    my shoulder needs a brew.

    ^this is just not 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?

  3. dognamedwilson Says:

    Man I suck at the internet

  4. kayatosh Says:

    my shoulder did not get a brew. i got no alc. momentum going and i’m riding it.

  5. HarryHood Says:

    Quiet nite on the BB. Is everyone at the show?

  6. phlorida phan Says:

    chopless for awhile now

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    yas has been kickin for me

  8. HarryHood Says:

    Damn PP. Spoke too soon my friend

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    me too shit

  10. phoammhead Says:

    that’s funny @sloth that you’ve got a guy coming tuesday as well . . . i got a time capsule, too, but i believe i’ve ruled that out as a problem. pretty sure it’s the modem now . . . unless, it’s the squirrels @kaya

  11. phlorida phan Says:

    ya, couchin it up, streams sucking though, about to give up

  12. PigSong Says:

    doing couch tour right tonight.

  13. Andrew Says:

    Loving the Waves, haven’t spun last night yet. Tons of first-timers for tour the past few nights, here’s hoping for a deep ASIHTOS > Ghost > Steam tonight!

    Fee, Esther…

  14. phlorida phan Says:

    hitting anymore shows this summer HH, just lakewood so far for me, unless someone has acouple oakmtn

  15. BrandonKayda Says:


  16. HarryHood Says:

    @ phan

    Was planning on just doing Sunday SPAC, but that’s out at this point. Got 2 vacations planned with my little one this summer and $’s a little tight. Priorities…….

  17. phlorida phan Says:

    very true, being a good dad comes first.

  18. Andrew Says:

    Last night’s sign rant nod from Page + oppressive heat causing exhaustion and lunacy = Harpua > Signs (Tesla) with Fish on vocals tonight

  19. Andrew Says:

    ^ Complete with tuck

  20. T. Leo Says:

    Is anyone able to get. Feed?

  21. MiA Says:

    Took a 3+ hour nap. Goodness.

    Had weird dreams.

    Phoamm, I have a complete Airport Extreme bases station Airport Express network in my house. Updated the firmware when asked one day. Terrible mistake. Killed my Internet. 7.0.1 vs 7.0 or something. Don’t remember, but redone loaded the original firmware on all the devices and everything ran great again.

    What do I know?!

    Anyway, hope kids are raging this show. I just can’t glory hole this show. Rather listen to Star Lake Mike’s Groove again or watch Vimeo highlights.

    Otherwise you find out Trey is talking through Gin when you think he’s really jamming hard. 😉


  22. MiA Says:

    Nice setlist. AJ got his timber ho!

  23. MiA Says:

    Set 1: My Soul, Daniel Saw the Stone, AC/DC Bag > The Moma Dance, Runaway Jim, Let It Loose, Reba, Kill Devil Falls, The Sloth, Ocelot, Poor Heart, When the Circus Comes, Timber (Jerry) > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    15 songs! damn!

    No stream tonight. It’s awful. Not worth time or energy. Spinning highlights is the way to go.

  25. dognamedwilson Says:

    1st spin thru last nights show. Looking forward to hearing this sign banter. I like crowd control but it made me really sad when the album came out. Poe-like foreshadowing (not subtle at all).

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