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. Xpun Says:

    That is a long ass list for sure.

  2. PigSong Says:

    I only heard a few minutes of a pretty rough stream, didn’t realize there are other streams still happening.

    Passed on meeting up with some homies at one of the small brewerys in town. I’ll tell myself it’s because I want to go fishing at sunrise, but I know it’s really because the preggo missus has been having such a rough time and I feel guilty. She’d also probably be a little cranky at me coming home half lit. /familywoesrant

  3. Xpun Says:

    Prolly been said before but trey totally tried to horse the blossom tweezer. at :08 left on sbd. Mike has brought in bass line to walk away. Trey says nope and horses the thing. But somehow he catches on to mikes idea before killing it.

  4. dognamedwilson Says:

    ::blushes, puts down sign::

    Go fishing in the morning @pig. Win-win

  5. MiA Says:

    Xpun, trey tried to do that to SL week and Fishman played through it.

    This BDTNL is for BK today.

  6. voopa Says:

    Stream stable (for now):

  7. PigSong Says:

    guess I had Yasu set up on my computer, because it just started blaring while I was in the other room. Sounds okay on MBA speakers.

  8. PigSong Says:

    guy on this stream got awfully giddy for Carini. Not going to lie, it rubbed off on me a little too.

  9. MiA Says:

    Tried the gloryhole until carini started, and some dude “whooooooo’d” into the mic.

    Oh yeah. That why I don’t like this.

  10. acleo Says:

    Waz up bb. Set 2 gonna get blitzt. Leg 2 will be my most storied phish run…in an attempt not to jinx this…this will be my strongest post about the matter.

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    o right Numberline for BK no doubt, troy checkin the board late last nite to see how he did

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    gloryhole = phone stream is one of the choicest new pieces of bb slang

  13. PigSong Says:

    hah MiA – with the stream turned way down and hearing how happy that guy was/still is was kind of infectious. But I think I was taking the first sip of a Two Hearted at the same time, def could be the beer.

  14. MiA Says:

    Funny I typed that without seeing your post. Funny how two people have different reactions. Both totally appropriate.

    I wish I had two hearted.

  15. MiA Says:

    Fishmans and Mike’s leadership this tour does not go unnoticed.


  16. PigSong Says:

    k, ur right MiA. Instant a jam starts folks start chatting/YELLING at each other.

    AV Jamo numero uno?

  17. PigSong Says:

    It’s crazy how I feel like I can hear tripping in someones voice. I’m not sure if I’m projecting this or not..


    then listen to it, brah.

  18. sumodie Says:


  19. Cable Hogue Says:

    Last night that Arakawa stream sounded pretty good, not listenable tonight.

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    i can often hear the psychedelic vibrato, @pig

  21. PigSong Says:

    Have vivid memories of Piper AV 09. It was my 6th or 7th show and I was kind of floored. Not sure of the replay value now, I don’t think I’ve listened back since that summer. /3.0’d

  22. MiA Says:

    Up until that crosseye’d disease piper I was convinced that AV ’09 was my last shows. Piper was very good in the arena.

    I think my first post on the BB was “who the hell in security let’s a dude bring a cowbell to a show?”

    I think screamer is trippin

    From Twitter:

    @phishvideocol: LSD’d RT@marshbirder

    “My life has hit that point” says screamer dude #phish

  23. sumodie Says:

    RnRoll>Steam>Piper seemed pretty sweet, perhaps not exceptional but we’ll see what the sbd says…

  24. sumodie Says:

    band is swinging for song counts tonight!

  25. MiA Says:

    Set 2: Backwards Down the Number Line > Carini > Wilson > Golden Age -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > Rock and Roll > Steam > Piper > Quinn the Eskimo


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