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. Cable Hogue Says:

    Take the set time allotted to Rift, Fluff and Ride Captain Ride, distribute among the other songs in the set to taste…recipe for set of the year.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    srsly, henry. not even a token time loves a hero? what gives?

  3. Robear Says:

    kaya is smart. and compassionate. his job brings him stress. i need a yoga instructor out here for the summer.

  4. PigSong Says:

    You’re smart Cable.

  5. MiA Says:

    They’re just saving them up. It’s been chronological? 3x Rolling Stones Exile songs in 2 days.

  6. MiA Says:

    Lot of smart dudes on here.

  7. bob dylan Says:

    Maybe I’m the opposite of jaded. I catch enough shows and usually get some FIRE! shows. So for me to go have fun and not have my socks blown off is still ok. Had I not had Woosta 1 and AC run, maybe deer creek 2 woulda been a little less my style. That said, they coulda played character 0 on repeat as happy as I was with the drop in temp from the storm yesterday.

    Soon I’ll be a left coast Phan and get to harsh on the livephish alacs

  8. Henry Says:


    Gin-> Fluff sounds like the rough transitions of yore. Ouch. Band clearly continuing the groove under Trey as he plays the intro to Fluffhead.

    Oh well. Trey’s been jumpy for 3 years, can’t expect it all to disappear right away. He’s definitely been on the right path this year so a few slip ups or off sets is perfectly acceptable in my book

  9. bob dylan Says:

    It wasnt til we walked out and my friend was saying “Pega, Egap, peag” that I understood what trey was saying in twist.

    I leaned over at the start of twist to my buddy with the obligatory “I smoked an 8th for many days” then trey days “I spoke your day for many names” good stuff from where I was standing. 3 mins later I was curious why we took a turn for rift tho.

  10. phoammhead Says:

    20 mins into the wait for the cable guy . . . at least it’s a 2 hr window and not 4 or 5.

    @sumo i saw your post last nite about how modems (and routers) can go bad

  11. kayatosh Says:

    don’t mind the ride cptn in there, but rift mid set II has been done this tour already (6.24) to better effect.

    thanks, robear. peace, my brother. this world needs more compassion, especially for children. young kids benefit immensely from contact w/ compassionate, patient adults who are interested in educating and modeling good behavior.

    as for yoga, learn enough so that you can comfortably practice on your own.

  12. Xpun Says:

    I like how everyone cheers when they sing “get in your car and cruise the land of the brave and free”

    It scares me that people cheer when they sing “resist all the urges that make you want to go out and kill”

  13. Robear Says:

    come get me started, kaya. you can lose money on the markets from here, too.

    ‘Love the Children, Blame the Parents’

    ^my new bumper sticker

  14. btb Says:

    I thought last night was a pumping show. I also caught the trey/mike synch issues7n which threw off my vibe as well, but all in all it rocked. Trey really took over in the second set for better or worse. Lots of risk taking, storage, etc.

    I thought last night was a little more eventful then miner described, but to each his own. BOAF was in the zone, so dense and tasty. Wmggw is not one of my favs, but trey really took that solo with a lot of heart.

    Everybody rocked that set II hard. Haven’t relistened, but my 2 cents.

  15. IrieWalton Says:

    Prerolls are ready; cooler loaded; and car packed with camping gear.
    Unfortunately not off to AV but a hoedown at our friends farm in central Oregon with multiple bluegrass bands. Good times. Yeehaw!

  16. Robear Says:

    irie, these kids have no idea. that sounds purrrfect

  17. stapes Says:

    does sound perfect @ irie. get after it.

    mountain bike ride taken care of early before the sweltering hit really hits. Cold shower, puff down, spinning DC1. May head over to Oskar Blues brewery from some pints later on.

    Stay cool BBer’s!

  18. stapes Says:

    @robear – you doing denver for sure?

  19. kayatosh Says:

    kind offer, robear. will consider it.

    about to spin last night,

  20. kayatosh Says:

    cannabis = analgesic

  21. stapes Says:


    waves->bug is nice

  22. kayatosh Says:

    crowd control, dinner and a movie, sweet jane — there’s a random opening trio of bustouts for ya. ave. song gap for those 3 – 154 shows.

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Hot as Balzac out herre.

    Finally bustin my UM cherry tomorrow nite in Asbury Park. Seeing a friend who I was beefing with…it’s been 9 years…he was my best man but had some life to live after our wedding. Stoked to reconnect.

  24. Robear Says:

    stapes, it’s getting closer. seems with kid and travel schedule, nothing else fits. was eyeing up the southern cross, then realized it’s not gonna work.

    for everyone considering travel, this is what spac looks like from here:

    15 hours total driving without traffic
    over $750 in airfare per person
    accomadations and food

    i could do hawaii for less

  25. kayatosh Says:

    have fun tonight, everyone. keep your shoulders loose.

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