, attached to 1993-08-07

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: The band continued their hot streak of shows with this one. Not to be missed is the arabic-groove laden Stash in the first set that features a nearly perfect ending (if only Mike had just resolved things!) The 'roller coaster of the mind' Forbin is also a stand-out, with a wild, screeching narration describing an ascent in an amusement park ride. But really, the whole second set is freakishly good. Mike's has some wild 93-era hey-jamming, but then the band mellows into a distinct slow Irish jig of-sorts, which quiets and dissolves into Kung. Kung slams back into the ending of Mike's wonderfully. But the transition of the night goes to Avenu > Sloth, which is just too good to be true. My Friend is explosive, McGrupp is beautiful (with Fish on the washboard), and the quirky Antelope ends things on a high-note.

THE BAD: Like most of the mid-to-late summer of 1993, finding bad spots in a show is like trying to find black lining on a silver cloud. Even Sparkle sounds good in this one. The Irish-groove out of Mike's is definitely weird, though, so take that one with a grain of salt.

ETC: Listen to Trey introduce Mike as "Mik-hae-el" in both Poor Heart and Avenu Malkenu, a possible reference to his Jewish background. This is the first Stash, as far as I can tell, where the audience participation is clearly audible in an audience recording. Makisupa has the policeman telling Trey, "Please don't do that". If you want to hear some great banter, check out this Forbin. MFMF is unfinished and features a bunch of odd noodling before McGrupp.


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