, attached to 1999-12-12

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover The first set of this show is filled with songs that have heavy lyrical themes, perhaps selected by Trey in light of the recent death of his grandfather. He mentions after Chalkdust that he has a lot of relatives in the audience.

High energy Bag, with a strange little extended "plinking" ending.
The quiet section of Divided Sky has a little bit of looping. Nice Stash, though nothing mind-blowing. Bug has some really powerful soloing in the outro jam- a really good version considering it was still a relatively new song at the time.

A monster-length Drowned opens the second set and lasts for over 30 minutes and explores a variety of themes, but never really finds any memorable peaks. Digital delay loop jamming starts kicking in around the 20 minute mark, but there's really nothing here that's all that engaging. Proof that just because a jam is long doesn't mean its interesting or holds up over time.

Makisupa keyword is "herbal jazz cigarette" and includes some strange descending keyboard sounds from Page. Antelope has a nice build and features some furious playing, but is hardly memorable. Jim encore is a bit of a throwaway.

Overall, a show that while not badly played, is eminently forgettable, even with a 30-minute Drowned. There's plenty of other Dec. 99 shows worth seeking out over this one..


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