, attached to 2000-06-16

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks 'Zepp Osaka...looks just like Zepp Tokyo...' Maybe, but some strange sounds happened on this night. Definitely seek out the Jim > Theme > Boy, but if you're not familiar with the weird machine-logic sounds of Phish '99-2K, prepare yourself for the possibility of sheer boredom. The Jim jam is intricate geek-dance music but isn't actually, y'know, interesting as such. It's hard to say whether it's 'good'; it's certainly odd and 'neat' and worth hearing. Dog Faced Boy emerges from a lovely three-minute jam out of the final chord of Theme; Hood is gorgeous in the second encore spot. Nothing here is remotely 'classic.' It's all closely-observed small-venue improv, and none of it feels particularly risky. A week later the band was back in the U.S. of A. teasing Meatstick (alas) and preparing for the downward slide.

(Tony Soprano says, '"Remember when?" is the lowest form of conversation'; you wanna argue with the man?)

Seek out 6/14/00 without hesitation; it's astonishing music. This one is OK.


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