, attached to 2013-10-26

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove The first set of this show is fine, but the second set and encore are why you should check this one out. Some stellar jams in the first half and the Possum encore with Kenwood Dennard on drums gives a unique spin on one of my fave live tunes to get down to. Also, the night before is a great show but this second night is my favorite of the two nights. Highlights:

1) Bathtub Gin: As one might expect, there is a good peak in this gin that gets the blood pumping

2) David Bowie: This isn't a monster jam by any means, and perhaps to some ears its not even too noteworthy. However, there is a subtlety to the jam that I really enjoy. Trey & Page's interweaving melodies swim above the really great rhythmic synchronization between Mike & Fish. It's all type I, with a slow build and an even-keeled peak.

3) Drowned: This jam is indeed multi-part and a great listen! Section 1 begins with some spacey abyss-like atmospherics before picking up into the second section, which is an extremely grovvy little rocker with a lot of smooth funky licks from Trey. It's the perfect kind of jam for the beginning of a good night long dance party. And like any good dance party, the intensity builds as the band rocks harder until Trey comes screaming out with some eagle-screeching notes which give way to the third section. Here, a major-mode loping, gentle jam emerges. It feels like a nice spring day and the pure happy bliss is where Mike's killer soap bubble-like bass melodies shine The jam slowly fizzels into...

4) Light: The jam starts out like any other, major-mode noodling from Trey with Page's sprite, happy chords over an insistent Mike bassline. The jam proceeds this way for a while before somebody (I blame Mike) starts turning up the heat on this bad boy. The band pushes forward with a little more gusto before a fierce build which bottoms out into a truly funky, dissonant little vibe with some more breathing space. The funk is amplified by Page's truly amazing Wurlitizer effects and Trey's psychedelic delay loops. Fantastic jam and I think I prefer it to the equally great "Drowned" jam that preceded it.

5) Sand: The boys can't shake the "Light" funk jam off before stating up "Sand", and its just as well because it shows to tremendous effect in the composed section of the song. Lots of playing around with the traditional structure of the song (which I love) to mix things up. The jam section begins with incredible echoing long-throated notes from Trey - his playing is calculated and patient. Eventually, the whole band is cooking along, locked in and giving a phenomenal Type I jam full of min-peaks and dynamics. Gorgeous display of band interplay.

6) Mike's Song: Has some hot guitar playing from Trey, but a fairly short and standard Mike's

7) No Quarter: Always a highlight in my book. Love this song.

8) Possum: The different drummer on this "Possum" gives it a romping honky tonk feel. Sure, Fishman is the king, but the noticeable difference is pretty rad.


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