Soundcheck: Jam, Nellie Kane
SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Cars Trucks Buses, Ocelot, My Sweet One, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Water in the Sky, The Sloth, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Sugar Shack, 46 Days, Backwards Down the Number Line > Reba, David Bowie
SET 2: Rock and Roll > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Tweezer -> Cities -> The Wedge, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Character Zero
ENCORE: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise
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Review by n00b100
Opening up the song book? Check. 9 tour debuts tonight, including the much-missed A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing. A bit disappointed there weren't more water songs, but hey.
Well-played first set? Check. Nothing egregiously bad, and a nice energy over the whole thing, probably related to the torrential downpour.
First set jams? Check. Pretty decent Reba, and a really fine Bowie with an excursion into Type II in between the usual Bowie jamming (and a second excursion that didn't quite take off). Maybe the SPAC SOAM isn't a one-off after all.
Patient jamming in the second set? Check. The R&R rocked hard, then found itself a theme and explored a couple different motifs within that theme (perhaps to keep people dancing, as @funkbeard posits), before going upbeat and exploding into a well-placed 2001. Tweezer didn't get out there, but its jam reminded me of the warmth and silky-smoothness of Charlotte's Tweezer from last year (thanks in large part to Page). Two very fine jams.
Setlist flow? Check. The aforementioned R&R > 2001, two nice segues sandwiching Cities (Tweezer -> Cities is a bit rushed, but Fish playing the Wedge beat makes it unique, and thus makes Cities -> The Wedge all the easier); Velvet Sea and Zero were set closers after the meat had passed, so they can be forgiven.
Goofiness? Check. The Sleeping Monkey is a trainwreck, but it's all in good fun, and the Sandy relief shout out was quite nice.
Character Zero? Check. They played Character Zero.
Final verdict? A very strong show. A Joonze Beach show worthy of @joonze himself.