, attached to 2011-06-10

Review by Campster

Campster They took a swing out midwest and back to MA and upstate, which allowed me a chance to kick back after catching the opening 5 shows. I was planning to hit the next batch from Camden and head south.

My first show at Camden in '09 was special - so I had high hopes heading back to the waterfront venue.

Lot was rowdy and darker than '09 from my recollection. Lots of balloons and hissing. Kind of a generally dark vibe. I was also feeling pretty ill, and tried to power through.

Set I opened with Rocky Top after Trey teased something or other. Fun little diddy to open up. Mike's Groove was awesome in the two hole and it was great to get hydrogen in the middle, even if it wasn't that well played.

'Paug on the other hand was awesome and was the best version I'd heard thus far. Trey was on fire in a sort of sloppy fun way.

Stash after a Mike's Groove? Yea you can throw me that anytime. This was a decent version, but I didn't think it was the best.

Tube was short and sweet (and funky!) >

Guyute was nice and I caught it same spot back in '09. Fun old school feel to this set.

Guelah! sweet! Keep it old school. Great song, good version.

SOAM...man this is old school for real! This was fun to catch live for the first time. It popped up in a good spot.

Cavern rocked per usual.

The Sloth! Awesome, despite botched intro. Italian spaghetti!

The Curtain With was the absolute show highlight. This one is up there with the best versions ever played for my money. The actual song was not 100% tight, but the With jam was sublime. When they play it like this it certainly rivals the Rebas of the world. Seek it out. This is a canonical version.

Overall Set I: This was a great set I. Great songs. Old school (mike's, hydro, scent, guyute, curtain) rare oldies (sloth, guelah) and a canonical jam in the With.

I had high hopes for set II (although I was still under the weather). My crew wanted to get into the pav, so feverishly I agreed to go down and just hop the back row of seats and make a run for it. It worked for me, and a few of the others. I don't get doing that when you end up being stuck at different areas of the venue etc. but whatever.

Set II opened fittingly for me with DWD - as I was dying at this point. This was a good version and pretty strong jam. Not super long as they dropped into Free (again paired together, saw the same thing at Bethel).

Free was typical.

Possum was actually atypical and contained some good slightly off bends from Trey that added some tension.

BBFCFM was fun. They were all switching places and sitting down in between the big noisy segments, which was neat to see (ok I was happy to be in pav for that!)

Swept Away -> Steep was a jam highlight!? as Steep contained a churning dark outro jam, super cool and not sure why this isn't annotated above.

David Bowie was nice, but nondescript and sort of formulaic. It contained the typical cool jam, but wasn't really mind blowing.

Julius was ok. I wasn't really feeling it.

Golgi was similarly ok, but not what I wanted.

Fluffhead capped off a sort of uneventful set and they tacked on Joy for good measure.

Overall Set II: Uneven and not a ton of jamming.I'd check out the jam out of Steep for a cool minute or two, otherwise, pretty forgettable.

Overall: Good first set, one great jam in Curtain With, and not much else in terms of take home value. Oh yea, and my buddy killed his car battery on the lot playing music so we were stuck there for like at least 2 hours post show before our neighbor kindly jumped us. So personal illness + that definitely puts a damper on my show experience. Objectively, the music was still mediocre.
2.25/5 I've seen/heard better, but snag that Curtain With.


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