, attached to 2011-07-03

Review by andrewrose

andrewrose This was a good show, and there's plenty to like about it beyond the obvious setlist bust-outs. While it's a longggg way away from being the "best first set ever" in my books (sorry man, have a hard time letting that kind of hyperbole slide here), the band did perform versions of Destiny, Wilson and Mound that all went beyond their typical respective constraints. Trey seemed hungry during the Mound. Was nice to see A Song I Heard the Ocean sing resurface, but the band didn't do as much with it as some folks might lead you to believe. Took it for a decent spacey ride. The highlight of the first set to me is the Reba->Bowie. While the segue was really just Bowie emerging out of space "storage" noodling they opted for as a kind of stop-gap for a botched (but returned!) whistling ending, the jams in Reba and Bowie proper were stellar. Both songs continue to impress with 94-95 like potential and execution.

Set two had a lot of promise, but neither the Disease->No Quarter (prefer the Tweezer->No Quarter from earlier this summer) nor the Ghost really packed huge punches. Nice stuff in Light, Waves.

All in all a nice show, and a lot of people obviously had fun, given it's current "rating," which seems a bit absurd and overblown to me. (It doesn't hold a candle, for example, to the last time the band played Soul Shakedown Party and Destiny during the same show...or to about 50 other shows of similar caliber.) But hey, that just me. Don't mean to burst anyone's, er, balls..


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