, attached to 2012-12-28

Review by EducateFright

EducateFright I REALLY like Trey's playing throughout the first set: laid back, patient, and repetitive. I'm a bit surprised that Trey is so relaxed at the start of the NYE run! I don't particularly sense the “dusting off the cobwebs” feel that others have commented on; I suspect that the band's been practicing hard.

Moma is well-played (always a pleasure in the set 1 song 2 slot), as is Tube (short but sweet). I enjoy hearing Army Of One: this is a great tune to bust out now and then, and its wintery theme fits this show like a warm glove.

The real standout jam of the first set - and the entire show - takes place during Wolfman's. Now this is the good shit! For an extended segment, Mike drowns his bass in everyone's favorite effect. The entertaining Little Drummer Boy jam is a natural fit.

Unfortunately, the second set is not as exciting as the first. Tweezer sports a lengthy, blissful jam, but it doesn't do much for me (I'd rather hear the boys try to push the envelope a bit). Both Theme and Fluffhead are rather on the sloppy side, and Bowie is... well, another 3.0 Bowie.

Once in a while I come across a show whose first set I enjoy more than its second. This was one of those shows: set 1 had a good overall flow, Trey's relaxed style pulled me in, and Wolfman's really stood out. Not a bad start to the NYE run.
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