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. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, c. choosing to believe it’s tendinitis. ice. immobility is tough. can i type? play chess?

  2. Snigglebeach Says:

    The kool kids hang by Kuroda

  3. MiA Says:

    This DWD is really fantastic. Love it. Rockin’.

  4. MiA Says:

    The really kool kids are under the microphones.

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    just the less you do with it the better until the inflammation goes down regardless of the cause is what I understand (my wife has tendinitis in her shoulder)

    MiA, I have a tall friend who just drove himself nuts trying to stay out of everyone’s way and always ended up in the back for everything, made himself neurotic and miserable at shows for years….he finally got over it though, still tries to be thoughtful but doesn’t blame himself for something he can’t control anymore

  6. dusty Says:

    Still spinning in the hallways of life here. Enjoy AV all.

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    @MiA…spoken like someone that hasn’t hung out with tapers much


  8. MiA Says:

    DC Sand – 5:32 to 5:40 – Nice Weekapaug teases – that whole section is the kind of strummy groove I love. Would have played into Star Lake.

    This set really did have the trajectory to go bigger than Star Lake with that Sand IMO. Trey stepping on that wah pedal at 9 min too. Wow.

  9. MiA Says:

    Trey had a flashback with the wah. Went to deep for even for himself.

    Then started horsing around with Twist.

    What a great 2 night run. But kinda want to delete Twist from the playlist and Gin.

    Everything else great.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Top 3 sets so far IMO

    AC 1 set II

    DCU 1 set II

    Starlake set II

    then cincy and blossom.

    Cincy Twist- best single jam.

  11. dognamedwilson Says:

    I also hope you do not have a torn rotator cuff. Tendinitis might be a lucky break here. And yes, it can easily lead to back and torso tweaks as you favor the injury.


    I pretty much agree with all points Re: being considerate and getting better at life. Didn’t know any better at the time, haven’t done it since, learned something from it. Experience point earned.

    Fuck tall people.

  12. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    ok i just heard the golden ghost for the first time. holy shit!

    the golden age jam is very reminiscent of one of my favorite jams, the Hampton Comes Alive Simple.

    and ghost is just gnarly bones jones

  13. MiA Says:


  14. MrCompletely Says:


    you can’t be old and wise unless you were once young, dumb and crazy

    i firmly believe thats true

    most of us were berserko at one point. I always try to remember that when people are out of control. at the same time, that doesn’t mean you have to let them get away with it if they’re up in your shit

  15. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    2010 was a step in the right direction. 2011 was great. 2012 is forming a Miner’s Picks that will rival some of the better of those from the 90’s tours imho.

    and altho ive seen that in jams before, i’ve never felt that way about an entire tour, and we’re not even halfway through. and if history repeats itself, this leg will be nothing compared to leg 2.


  16. MiA Says:

    As my Dad would say “Experience is a great teacher, but the tuition is high. You don’t have to chose high tuition”

    I don’t believe that wisdom comes from being dumb. Or irresponsible.

  17. MiA Says:

    Maybe I’m just defending my self-perceived wisdom, without thinking I was young, dumb and stupid. Whatever.

    AV is gonna kill.

    Golden Ghost is great. Love this Golden Age.

  18. sumodie Says:

    Love last night’s DWD, my fav so far this tour. trey really shines on this version

    Like the Twist for what it is, would love to know what prompted trey’s vocal play on mike’s name. curious if mike borked sth that trey was unhappy about, leading to his apparent loss of focus.

    For what it is, cant say the switch to Rift was jarring (disappointing, maybe) as you can hear trey’s signal from a mile away

    loved the Porto set2 Rift, but having Rift show up yet again makes it sound like the new insert-while-I-make-up-my-mind-tune (ala set2 halleys)

  19. MiA Says:

    Rift – the signal song that band members aren’t getting along about something. There is a rift right now on stage.

    A crack, split, or break in something.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sumo- pronouncing names in several ways……

  21. sumodie Says:

    Wisdom doesn’t come from being dumb, it comes from recognizing dumb actions & making changes

    Even better when one can think/act differently based on someone else’s stupidity!

    Still learning i am iam

  22. sumodie Says:

    Yeah ok, trey just goofing in the heat. on replay there seemed to be an odd pause before trey started twisting names

  23. MiA Says:

    “You don’t have to choose high tuition”

    I’m also self aware of my mistakes.

  24. sumodie Says:

    I think I’d freak out if a bunch of peeps watched me for 3 hours, replayed my actions over and over again, & then analyzed my every move on the webz

    tho if i earned a few mil as a result i suppose it’d cover some swank therapy, lol

  25. Albert walker Says:

    Fuckin alpine cunts

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