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. MrCompletely Says:

    nothing says alpine like quinn

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah this set is more evidence the real fire has hit terr

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    been getting some pretty surreal texts

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    I know absolutely nothing about the second set of this show – but I’m loving Mr C’s comment 😉

    Glad I opted out of couch tour tonight. Looking forward to listening to what went down. Setlist, etc.

  5. sumodie Says: lulz:

    Notes: Character Zero featured a Streets of Cairo tease from Trey. ::sigh::

  6. 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
    Set 2: Backwards Down the Number Line > Carini > Wilson > Golden Age -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > Rock and Roll > Steam > Piper > Quinn the Eskimo, Harry Hood > Character Zero[1]
    Encore: Good Times Bad Times

    10 covers.

  7. PigSong Says:

    I haven’t seen much comment on how prominent the whale is this tour. I guess the whole “it’s a crutch” argument is no longer? Honestly, I’m still a pretty hard core anti-whale.

    Just curious if I’m missing something? Forums used to be whale this whale that, now that it seems to be back in full force I haven’t read much at all about it.

    ::hopes what I think is the whale is actually what everyone else calls the whale::

  8. sumodie Says:

    Ha! Phish net removes the ::sigh:: but claims Trey teased ‘Jean Pierre’ during Zero

    Who or what is Jean Pierre? Jean Pierre Rampal the French flautist…?

  9. Henry Says:

    It’s a Miles Davis tune I believe

  10. PigSong Says:

    ^I definitely read that as the French flatulist

  11. sumodie Says:

    still don’t know what they’re referencing….? a Miles Davis song?

  12. acleo Says:

    Sbd for breakfast. Nite bb.

  13. sumodie Says:

    so….maybe tomorrow will be better?

    or were faces melted all over the steep hillside this eve?

    zzzz time indeed

  14. PigSong Says:

    I’m going to bed and have no idea the quality of this stream. But if you’ve polluted your ears listening to ph stream tonight a Furthur stream may not be all bad. I think garettc is there taboot…

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    Jean Pierre is an early 80s Miles tune. A good one, for the era.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    the good thing about a furthur stream is that actually the less you can hear the details the better it sounds

  17. Corey Says:

    Jean Pierre, off of We Want Miles…early 80s. Have to hear the “tease” to be sure though.

    I’ll take that over Cairo anyday. Course, in my preferred line of work, if we labeled every tease, we’d have a list a mile long. Par for the course in the jazz world…

  18. RamblinMind Says:

    Happy birthday BK!

    Trey’s throwing out Miles teases? In the rocking set-closers?

  19. steamer Says:

    any report about the quality, type II essence of the show?

  20. Cable Hogue Says:

    Jean Pierre always sounded like a “tease ” of something else, like the melody of a schoolyard taunt.

  21. MiA Says:

    Some dude at trying to be hip.

    And I don’t believe they teased “he used to cut the grass” either.

  22. MiA Says:

    Sorry. Got all brassy there. Looked like a fun Sat night.

  23. voopa Says:

    He used to get all brassy

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    Golden age through piper was awesome

    Golden age was really nice.

    Hood remains unfinished.

    Great to see AJ and Telas at setbreak.

    Jtran and I are on a mission to find food.

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    I could go bath salts on a pizza right now.

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