, attached to 2013-07-26

Review by n00b100

n00b100 The first frame is one of the best of the tour so far, possibly benefiting from the band having had a few days to recharge the batteries after what had to be something of a wearying first half. The song selection is ideal (lots of rockers and funky tracks up to Tube, some mellower selections, and then Melt to close), Wilson gets an extra coolness boost with the Seahawks stuff, and the closing SOAM is the third kickass Melt of the summer, a dark and gnarled companion piece to the SPAC Melt that gladly dives into quicksand instead of struggling its way out of it (as the SPAC Melt did). And how can you not like a fun Satisfaction tease?

The major talking point of the second set is the C&P, and after relistening a few times I'd have to agree with @nichobert's assessment, in that the latter part of the jam saw the band casting around for ideas (some quite good) without always actually linking up on said ideas (people have talked about bailing out on Roggae, but the groove that pops up before Roggae is just as promising and almost immediately abandoned). That said, what worked worked darn well, and if the big quibble with a second set is that the marquee jam suffered from the band not quite making their creativity gel, then truly we're being spoiled.

And then we get into the meat of the set, as everything from Twist to Twenty Years Later is gold, the exact sort of thing the band's been working for in terms of cohesive sets the past few years. Twist's middle portion is particularly spartan and interesting (thanks to the Tequila teases) and foregoes the usual Twist ending for feedback, eerie late-90s loops, and equally eerie moaning; Steam and Waves are very good versions with tight mid-song jams (and the Waves outro -> 20YL is quite nice); 20YL gets a sweet little segue and also impresses. The idea of shows divided into quarters has come up a few times before, and IMO this third quarter was *slaughtered*, the group putting together an impressive suite of music that feels of a piece.

Mango and Bug pop up, and it feels like things are winding down, but there's still more surprises to come. First up is a really lovely Bowie for CK5's birthday that continues Bowie's modern-day renaissance (the Bug teases in the intro are trippy, and the actual jam has moments of sheer beauty not common to Bowie), and then comes Rocky Top and then a *wild* Zero, with the mentioned-above "Moon Jam" and a closing section that sounds like the band chucking their instruments down a flight of stairs. Yet another strong Hood (*that* song's having itself a renaissance, too) and a ferocious Fire serve as a great encore.

Final thoughts: much like the Scotch Michael Fassbinder downs in Inglourious Basterds, this is damn good stuff, sir. We'll still be hearing about this show when the year's over, I'd guess.


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