, attached to 2013-07-26

Review by nichobert

nichobert Crosseyed was weird. With all the jams they've truncated because they felt like they didnt have a clear way forward,this seemed a weird one to keep rolling with. The Type I section was extra good and as they slipped into uncharted waters there was a lot of promise. After that, it seemed like they didnt link up on an idea for more than a few seconds until the very end when they moved into the Roggae jam. Holy cow that was compelling. So what happens then? They kill it for Twist. A song approaching Free levels of jam derailment. Fortunately, the last 2 minutes of Twist were more interesting than the last 10 minutes of Crosseyed and it was probably the best Twist since Cincy 2012s thematic nightmare jam.
Kind of a bummer that they skipped Roggae after throwing down the defining version of the song at the Gorge. But this Twist makes up for a lot.

Steam was solid. Seen some people toss around best ever. I still haven't heard anything that tops the NYE version, which seems to be weirdly underrated for some reason. Waves-> 20 Years Later was an excellent pairing. I'm glad that they are into 20 Years Later. It kinda flew under the radar and got lumped in with Show Of Life and maybe even Summer Of 89 at one point, but like Halfway To The Moon, it's one of the more under the radar newer songs that could have an extremely bright future.

Waves seems to be in the Twist / Number Line category of songs that are typically hewing close to the vest but always feel pregnant with potential. I like this version a lot for a short one. Hard to ever argue with Waves. I'd be ecstatic if they remembered they had a song called Round Room. Always felt it should have made the rotation in a major way. RR, Waves and Undermind are always going to be a triumvirate of excellency in my mind. No real reason why.

How about that Bowie? Once again, they steered it through some wonderful improvisational spaces. It's great to see both Bowie and Antelope with some life lately. Not that they've been bad in recent years. Just that the band hit on a great formula and stuck pretty close to it. That pays off when they make these subtle shifts in the progression and they feel earth shattering.

Here's hoping for a
II: Light-> Round Room> Energy-> Heavy Things, Rock & Roll-> Farmhouse-> Maze

Or something equally quirky and beautifully trippy!


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