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. Mike Says:

    Gotta disagree with this review. Second set last night was FIRE.

    Great show. Incredible energy.

  2. bearito Says:

    Morning all & happy bday BK!

    The 2nd set sure did look purty on paper minus the Rift in there. I love Rift but not in that slot.

    Glad to hear there were at least a few solid jams.

  3. Robear Says:

    best Tweezer clearly hasn’t happened this tour.

  4. VTBowie89 Says:

    1. Joy-dumping=hilarious!
    2. Thx as always, Miner– hope youre looking at the inside of your eyelids right about now.
    3. Happy Bday BK, stay cool.
    4. After the insane storms here in VA last night, I had a dream they covered the J. Geils Band’s “Rage in the Cage” at AV. Very strange indeed.

  5. phoammhead Says:


    phoamm at gmail

  6. jdub Says:

    Reading PooGs preparations for AV makes me want one of these.

    Herbs, oils, and keif all rolled into 1×300.jpg

  7. phoammhead Says:

    ^that’s resIcculus

  8. Robear Says:

    phish app works great for me at home, on the 3G network.

    last night’s set I a string of Type I goodies.

    so funny to hear that Page has had it with the signs. The ones Trey encouraged all last year. Hilarious.

  9. RoosterPizza Says:

    Just got drunk and watched and Japanese guy take a header into a fairly deep puddle. All and all, and good night…

  10. RoosterPizza Says:

    I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes.

  11. Robear Says:

    through LxL, solid, if uneventful set so far. Other than Sweet Jane of course.

    two mars songs, and a halley’s comet……..celestial offerings

  12. bob dylan Says:

    That’s a funny ps up top.

    I was in the same row as miner and from where we were that tweezer seemed money. Everyone else said it was a rawker. Sometimes being there and jamming as hard as you can with the Phish from vt in a pavilion that was 115 degrees makes it that much sicker.

    Long day of travel back to the city. Wish I were home already!

  13. Snigglebeach Says:

    So did it stay over 100 degrees at night during the show? Can’t imagine how hot it would be on stage under the lights. Hopefully they were just spent after a hot couple days work. Def how I felt last week…

  14. bob dylan Says:

    Robear, Chris and I were talking about the mars theme.

    Monsters, disease, sand, stars that suck, antelopes.

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    Ah, the perfect storm…

    This week I had a total shitstorm of contract negotiations that did not finish, my wife found out her clinic is closing the day we signed a contract to remodel kitchen, we all are sick, my nieces are coming to spend the night tonight and I will not be here to help and just now the AC went out and I found out I have to replace the whole unit for $3500… 2 days before we go to Michigan for a week vacation.

    Phish, I’m talking to you. I need this weekend.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    where’s the page sign banter?

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    roo tweez best so far.

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    Oh, and my wife is pregnant. Ha!

  19. Robear Says:

    Df, not sure about the canadien alacs. south of the border, listen to the end of Sweet Jane

  20. Mr palmer Says:

    Agree on ‘Roo Tweezer.

    AJ – same thing happened during holiday run ’10. New heat/AC unit and new hot water heater. 5k later….

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    Just insane to be putting all of this money into this house when I know we are going to sell in 2 years and probably lose about 75k in the process. Good times!

  22. Mr palmer Says:

    Avatar, where art thou?

  23. sumodie Says:

    Tweezer rescinded = Stairway denied! 😯

    Have yet to hear a Tweezer worthy of this tour

  24. sumodie Says:

    ^ Bill & Ted’s reference…?

  25. Robear Says:

    i’m with sumo. i’m waiting for the first ‘storage x 4.0’ tweezer to emerge

    aj, hang in there. just put about $45K into a house that is now drowning underwater.

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