, attached to 2013-11-01

Review by n00b100

n00b100 Set 1: A very fine first set, one of the better of the tour. The Runaway Shaft is quite amusing, Sand gives us another tight Type I jam, and Bowie has been as good as it's been this year.

Set 2: Goodness me. Every time I think I have a handle on "favorite (x)" of the Fall, the band pulls out another glorious jam and makes me have to revise. Twist starts off at a nice simmering boil, enters the land of teasefests, then enters a beautiful, almost *composed* jam, reminiscent of the almost composed jam in the 6/28/00 Bathtub Gin. The Under Pressure jam, while understandably sloppy, is lots of fun - much like Piper -> TCB, it's something out of the early days, and it's hard not to get a little pumped when they play the song's bridge instead of just the familiar riff. And rather than end things there, the band goes into one more hose segment, just as powerful as any hose segment from this tour. That's another A+ jam to add to the ledger.

Jibboo pops up next, and it feels meatier than Jibboo usually does (thankfully), then the band goes into a super goofy Makisupa (you could easily extrapolate that they were blowing off steam after the Halloween show), from which semi-improvised ending Light emerges - I don't get Twist -> Jibboo, but I could very easily see Makisupa -> Light, as Trey sort of throws out some chords and then picks the Light opening out of the mix. Light takes its time to find a new theme after an (impressive as usual) "regular" Light jam, but picks up and downshifts to a minor-chord beat, then gets funky and sharp as Fish fires off military-style fills before dying away into loop-laden, spooky space. Trey starts up a really nice riff as the band continues to get nice and weird behind him, Page fooling around with effects and Mike dropping bombs, and the jam picks back up into something rock-ish...

...and then Trey rolls into CDT, which is a *technical* -> because it's not too far removed from CDT and the band never stopped between songs, but felt a bit too jarring for my tastes. At least the resulting CDT is powerful, and a fun Meatstick > Boogie On > Wedge sequence leads into yet another very nice Slave. The Sally at the end, with another Shaft quote and a neat funk breakdown, is the super icing on the cake (it would have fit in much better as part of Set 2 than a stand-alone encore).

Final thoughts: Top to bottom, yet another contender for show of the tour. Another monstrous jam, a darn good one in Light, great flow all throughout, Jibboo and Meatstick if that's your thing. Fall 2013 continues to delivers the goods.


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