, attached to 2011-06-12

Review by Penn42

Penn42 On my first day off from my day-of Winter/Spring '93 extravaganza (I'm listening to all of Winter/Spring '93 on the days the shows occurred as well as reviewing each, 2.8 was the first break in the tour) I decided to listen to this show, which isn't a bad show. A quick run-down:

Set one is super fun for a 3.0 first set. A rare > bustout > rare sandwich opens the show in style. Divided Sky, the first land-mark song, is good save a little shakiness after the pause. A true first set segue is a rare treat that Wolfman's -> Boogie offers. Gumbo and Halley's are standard, but Gin receives some harmonic exploration. It still has a straightforward build, but they mess around with many more modes than is normal for the song. Instead of one major mode shift, there are several one after another. JJLC is always a treat; this version is well played. Zero is 0. This is definitely in the upper echelon of first sets from 2011.

Party Time opener for set two! Woot woot Partayy! Xeyed > Steam > Light is a good sequence that, Steam's ending notwithstanding, doesn't venture outside the box. This was back before Light was cemented as a major jam vehicle; keep that perspective check in mind as you listen. I've never understood the hate for Alaska. It seems rather misplaced considering Ocelot has firmly planted itself favorably within fan culture. That comparison might seem tired, but the two songs really are pretty damn similar in feeling and structure. However, I loathe the Alaska intro. It wouldn't be so bad if they could actually plant the landing on that shit, but they rarely do. It's always a mess. This one particularly so. That's my biggest beef (or should I say salmon... holy shit that's dumb, I don't know why I thought of that) with the song.

The rest of set II is uneventful. Hood isn't particularly good. Even if the peak were better it wouldn't have been that satisfying because the beginning of the jam is so impatient. No payoff without anticipation. Numberline? Yawn. Loving Cup? Yawn.

Encore: Sanity? Loose but fun. Makisupa? What!?!?? Laughter. First Tube? Rage that shit yo.

Ranking each set for what they are, I'd say that set one is better for a first set than set two is for a second set. Set one is really quite spectacular as far as first sets go. And set two is pretty fun if don't go into it expecting super-duper h3tty jamz.


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