, attached to 2013-07-14

Review by n00b100

n00b100 First set: really great (and in pristine sound, thanks to some particularly intrepid streamers). Nice mix of songs, a neat little jam in It's Ice, and a crazy Mule with Fish busting out a new toy. Stash is the obvious highlight here - the way they can shift into major-key jams and back out with nary a pause is so great to hear. Lots to like.

Second set: hmm. In the show thread I got a little pouty about the first part of the show, mainly because I've been thinking a bit about how Phish jams and puts together sets now, and a definite pattern of the best recent shows involves Phish putting together big jam sequences at the start of Set 2, riding them out, then going into multiple closers. Think Star Lake, BGCA 3, SPAC3 last year, 9/2/12. When they don't do that, it's a bit jarring (I used "dispiriting" at first, but "nonplussed" seems more like it), and I let that get in the way of enjoying what was a very fine Golden Age and cool, loping Twist (that I wish had gone a bit longer, but hey). I took some (correct) shit for it in the thread; it took someone turning their nose up at an "11-minute dance party" to really snap me out of it.

And that dance party - the Light -> Boogie On - definitely delivered the goods; another jam of the year candidate, to these ears. Taking the weirdness of the Star Lake version to its natural conclusion, the jam goes atonal and ugly as Trey starts with the car-crash chording, then comes a round of stop-start segments, as the band proves they can show as much kismet and chemistry in offbeat weirdness as in hose jamming. It's an astonishing bit of free form craziness, monster movie soundtracking the likes of which have not appeared since MSG. And then, in the midst of the jam, Trey starts throwing out a familiar lick, and the band pulls out a *tremendous* segue into Boogie On. Just awesome stuff. The YEM, grimy and patient and more detailed than most 3.0 YEMs, is also worth a listen or two.

Final thoughts: awesome first set, pretty good second set, yet another Light that begs hearing. Definitely another worthy show from a worthy tour.


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