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Review by Penn42
Another strong show that doesn't quite achieve the heights of 2.12 or 2.7, but is reaching and, for the most part, succeeding. The first set is remarkably similar to 2.9's first set. Both shows open with Bowie > Bouncing > Poor Heart and both close with Maze > Golgi. The same three songs open and the same two songs close. That's five songs the two share. Rift to help fill the space in between makes six. However, these sets are definitely not equal; this one is far better. Ice > Glide > Rift > Stash > Lawn Boy flows far better than MFMF > Rift > The Wedge > Chalk Dust > Esther giving this show the better "meat" of the two. The "bread" of each set is pretty comparable, but this "meat" is much more tender, juicy, and succulent.
They liked to open set two these days with a few straight-forward performances of yet to be explored standards. Jim > Wilson > Uncle Pen fill that slot here. Jim would really go out there in a few years, but for right now is a tenant of formulaic-guitar-build land. And that's A-OK. The first heavy-hitter of the set is le Tweezer. Not quite as heavy hitting as others this tour, but fine regardless. The Lizards and Llama are nice and YEM continues its February '93 streak of YUM-iness. There is a very cool Fish and Trey percussive jam in this version. Trey doesn't join Fish on drums or percussion, instead he veers away from melodic ideas and licks in favor of more rhythmic and percussive guitar playing. The percussive jam turns into a sprinkling of staccato jam which in turn boils back up to a full band shred fest like normal. Mike and Fish, yet again, kill the B&D segment. Ironically, the Lion Sleeps Tonight jam is far less novel than you might expect. The vocal jam is inherently pretty damn novel in the first place; the Lion sleeps tonight jam actually adds a pinch or two of musicality. I promise I'm not just fluffing almost every YEM (2.10 is the single exception so far) yet this tour simply because it's YEM. The song has been offering strong and consistent showings on the reg. Coil, once again, is a fine dessert to Tweezer >>> YEM's delicious main course. Amazing Grace is a wee-bit overdone and musically shake-y.
Tasty show. Plate up and serve Tweezer >>> YEM multiple times.