, attached to 2014-07-26

Review by douvy

douvy I'll happily, respectfully disagree with others; I thought this was an excellent show.

Quick Recap:

Overall, I was amazed by the incredibly fluid playing of the band throughout set two. They were ripe with ideas, and they flowed brilliantly. Don't knock this set before you listen to it. Some of the most on point playing I've ever seen from the band; the set never lost energy or focus - immaculate conception.

***

Set one:

After a straight-forward Sample, The Moma Dance and Wombat selections were good calls - it got the band grooving. Roggae is worth hearing, as well as Wolfman's and Stash. You could tell the energy level was high during Suzy, particularly when Page ripped a searing-hot solo. They definitely turned up the volume here, which boded well for what came next.

Set two:

Things got hot right from the start, with a dirty Carini. A truly must-hear version, which saw patient, creative type-two jamming. Ghost picked right up where Carini left off, and was remarkable. More refined, beautiful jamming here. The segue into Steam was a great call. Fishman starts playing this beat in 32nd notes, and from here on his playing was truly undefinable. He held it down for the rest of the set, and his sticks were an extension of his soul.

Steam -> The Mango Song was a buttery, slick out-of-nowhere segue, led by Trey. This version was executed with intensity and perfection. Sing Monica was not special but didn't slouch, and Light picked right back up and more wavy, immaculate flows of energy ensued. 2001 was short and sweet, but great placement here. Harry Hood closed the show properly - great version here.


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