, attached to 2011-06-03

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Quick plug for the LivePhish app. This is the first show I listened to using it. I didn't pay attention to this app for a long time, but once I finally downloaded it and got a subscription, I was suddenly overtaken with exhilaration for the immense power I held within my hands. Glad I finally made the plunge.

As for this show, what a doozy! Both sets are full of great playing and energy. The DWD jam is a must-hear, and the Bowie jam is pretty hot too. I would say give this entire show a spin, but if you are looking for the more essential highlights, here are mine:

1) Wolfman's Brother: Great opening statement, Mike really shines with some funky thick bass licks ('it's my birthday' funk). Trey's leads mesh nicely with Mike, and they build into a great peak. This show has my attention.

2) Funky Bitch: What a rager! Trey goes off on this one, a little loose at moments but all heart. Love it!

3) Weekapaug: Build to some great peaks and high energy fun throughout. Very good version.

4) Chalkdust Torture: This chalkdust is pretty great, but there is a brief ~30 sec moment where Trey puts his hand to the flame just to warn this "Set I" crowd that the fire is coming in Set II. It's a cool flirt with dissonance that I really love. Highlight of a pretty great set I.

5) DWD: The fire has arrived you set I noobs. Cool riff-aping between Mike & Trey to start this jam off, it has an effortless feel, like bustling through an over-crowded NYC street in drizzling rain with your headphones on. Fishman drops out of the jam for a few minutes, allowing Mike/Trey/Page to harmonize over digital delay loops for some beautiful, jellyfish melodies. When Fishman finally comes back in, WOW!!! Freaking incredible! The beat, the melodies, and Trey's lead in this new segment are fantastic. Once the digital loop recedes, the jam enters organic territory where Mike and Fishman really shine with a beefy, snappy, journeying beat. Page uses some helium head synthesizers to signal a wonderful ending coda of the jam. High priority listening material. The only thing that makes this jam better is...

6) Fluffhead: OMG! I've never been so happy to hear Fluffy! Emerging seemingly from nowhere, the transition is pretty rad, and after that DWD jam there is nowhere Fluff can travel but to raging peaks of glory. Well-played, well-placed,, the only thing that can make this better is...

7) David Bowie: Yes!!! Not super familiar with 3.0 Bowies, but I am confident that this must be among the best. The jam starts in standard Bowie territory and then suddenly its not. Trey flawlessly enters a major mode with the band hot on his tail, it just sounds natural. The jam stays in happy, rocking jam land until about the 11 min mark, where the jam takes a more epic, climbing and dissonant pose that is more Bowie-esque. The context of how it all evolves, though, makes a truly outstanding listen. The jam sticks the trilling Bowie ending so hard that hand-banging cannot be avoided. A phenomenal three song sequence. The Waste that follows is a welcomed respite from this 50+ min of amazing rock n' roll.
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