, attached to 2013-12-30

Review by bark_obama

bark_obama First set was fine, particularly the opening trio. I'm not a huge fan of Sample or Heavy Things so maybe it was better for people who like those songs. My only issue with the Jibboo is that is felt more like a penultimate song to me. If I had my druthers the 1st set would've ended Jibboo>SOAM with less filler before that.

Second set was filthy. To me, the Chalk Dust is up there with Tahoe Tweezer and AC Carini. My take on the 2nd set opening jams is some of them are more suited to webcast/mp3 because it is difficult to hear all the nuance in the venue and it's easier to get the crowd going with a high-energy jam. AC Twist is an example that comes to my mind, great jam but I didn't totally realize how good it was until I was listening to it on the way home. Anyways, I was at MSG last night and this Chalk Dust was absolutely jaw-dropping. There was hardly any standard solo before it took a quick detour into relative major territory, at which point Trey began to let loose. But Fishman kept the beat of the Chalk Dust jam for some time, leaving open a possible return to type I territory. As exciting as that possibility was, the band clearly had more sinister plans. The end of the Chalk Dust jam is the type of thing that separates Phish from everyone else. Sure it was funky clav jam, but it wasn't Wombat or Ghost or anything else, it was new and awesome and each band member contributed something unique.

The rest of the set was strong with no filler. I admit to seeing a man about a horse during Devotion to a Dream, but still that song is starting to grow on me. The type I Ghost was actually pretty good, with a great segue into Weekapaug. Simple>Hood was beautiful as was the Slave encore.


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