, attached to 2009-12-29

Review by lumpblockclod

lumpblockclod First set is nothing special, but the second set is my favorite of the run. After a standard "KDF", we get arguably the best "Tweezer" of the year (6/7 and 7/31 are also in the discussion). Mike leads the band into a SICK "Manteca"-like groove that they stick with for awhile. Eventually, the grooviliciousness gives way to some a jam that would feel right at home on the Siket Disc. A very nice "Caspian" is next (seriously, Trey kills it), and then they start up "Jibboo." "Jibboo" is a great version, the best since, dare I say it, Coventry? At one point, they simply take the jam to another level with Trey and Page playing really nicely off each other before pulling off a cool transition into "Wilson." "The trip to Prussia is short, but worthwhile, if only for the even slicker segue back into "Jibboo." Next is a really nice "Heavy Things" (seriously, just like the "Caspian," don't let let your preconceptions ruin it for you....it's more interesting than any version of, say, "Halley's Comet" they played in 2009). "2001" > "Slave" is by the book, but the "Slave" is nailed. Add it all up and you have an easy top 5 set of 2009.


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