, attached to 1993-08-11

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan THE GOOD: This show started off a streak of 5 incredible performances. While this is arguably the weakest of the 5, there are many high points. The second-slot Jim features a groovy little Hey-jam that winds into a subtle and delicate tension build. There's a chaotic ramp-up until Trey drives a glorious release - absolutely fantastic stuff. My Friend is particularly powerful as well, and features a drawn out jig-like ending. The highlight of the first set is seemingly typical chaotic '93 Stash, but somewhere towards the end turns into an absolutely evil monster. This may be one of the most sinister jams there is. Also deserving mention are Weekapaug, which has some awesome Hey herky-jerky jamming, and Antelope, featuring a full blown Simpsons theme jam as well as a foreshadowing of parts of the Murat Gin. Pretty good for the weakest show of that week!

THE BAD: Beautiful playing in this one, although there are certainly a handful of short songs mixed amongst the outrageous jam vehicles. I imagine that this show has "something for everyone", but one has to wonder about the ATR>BATR in the meat of the second set.

ETC: The band continued to add little quirky additional jams to lots of songs. Check out the funky ending bits on It's Ice and the weird vocal jam ending to MFMF. MSO is particularly fast, and has 2 Secret Language signals as well as 3 straight Simpsons signals. Ginseng Sullivan is a debut, and Trey mentions that "we've never played this song before". Oddly, he also says they've never played MFMF before either!
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