, attached to 2013-08-02

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd My first trip to BGCA (I now live in SF and have been fortunate to go back).

Free opened up set I. I like it as an opener. Good playing.

Meat was on deck and that was a real treat. They kicked in a cool out of the ordinary breakdown and Trey treated us to some killer notes. Great version.

OKP>Bag was a nice old-school pairing. So far the energy level was high.

Vultures was a treat. Ok it wasn't the finest version you've ever heard, but I love this one.

Roggae continued its upward trajectory as this version soared to a great climax. Fantastic version for sure.

Sand didn't give us a chance to slow down and picked up steam before reaching a fiery climax. Killer.

When the Circus Comes to Town was a perfect breather here. Well played.

Babylon Baby was pretty cool. I enjoyed it.

Reba kicked in and carried a good jam. This version was solid, the jam wasn't super stretched out, but it was good (not Great).

Halfway to the Moon was a bit odd in this spot, but pretty solid and Golgi rounded out a really fun set.

Overall set I: Great song selection. Tons of surprises. Some really good jamming in Roggae, Sand, Reba.
Highlights: Meat, Roggae

Set II jumped off with PYITE. I love this one in the set II opener slot. They didn't nail it completely, but tons of fun.

DWD was up next. I was ambivalent about this version at the time. It's not my favorite, but it wasn't bad per se. It covered a fair amount of ground too, just not overly magical.

Caspian>Farmhouse gets annotated in the setlist as noteworthy, which I think is more a function of the weakness of those tunes than any truly mind-blowing playing you think you might find here. That said, if you do like these tunes, the versions in this show are worth a listen.

Seven Below was awesome. OK the intro was not, it was an unmitigated botch fest. The jam was awesome though. Some wooing (like in Vultures in set I D'OH!) was present during the stop start. This also carried a good conclusion. Show highlight.

Theme was solid, and I thought interesting.

Harry Hood was a nice call in this slot and provided the appropriate smile factor.

STFTFP was very interesting. I think this is the best version they've ever played. Worth a listen.

Coil is a great way to end a set. This one was nice. Always beautiful.

Encore: WOTC was great. I like that this song is pretty much common nowadays. Always rocking!

Overall Set II: This was a good set with some nice jamming in Seven Below and interesting takes on DWD, Theme, STFTFP and even Caspian/Farmhouse (in the 3 & 4 hole though....).

Overall a good show, I think appropriately rated. First set was a blast and second set had its moments. Grab this Seven Below for some woo period heroics.
3.75/5 Above Average for sure!


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