Summer Jams

8.5.13 (E.Battuello)

8.5.13 (Eric Battuello)

Tweezer” 7.31.13 Stateline, NV

The Tahoe “Tweezer” simply does not get old. So many hall of fame sections are woven together with a stunning fluidity and patient sense of adventure. My opinion still stands—considering the level of improvisation and the transcendent crowd-band interplay, this jam is the finest accomplishment of the band’s career.

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Harry Hood” 8.5.13 II, Los Angeles, CA

One of the most creative versions of “Harry Hood” ever played came as the signature of an unforgettable tour. Thrilling until the last drop in Summer 2013, the band opened up the jam half way through and never looked back, sculpting in an instant classic.

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Rock and Roll” 8.3.13 II, San Francisco, CA

The peak of this jam is enough to make anyone’s soul giggle with delight.

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Crosseyed and Painless > Hood” 7.10.13 Holmdel, NJ

The best jam of tour before the band hit the west coast, this one has staying a power and drops into a glorious version of “Harry Hood.”

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Light” 7.5.13 II, Saratoga Springs, NY

The SPAC “Light”—the very first version of the year—remains the most impressive.

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Disease -> Undermind” 7.27.13 II, George, WA

The unforgettable opening combo from the set of the year.

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Crosseyed and Painless” 7.26.13 I, George, WA

A wide-open odyssey from the greatest venue in the land.

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Energy > Runaway Jim” 8.4.13 II San Francisco, CA

This was the first true preview of what “Energy” has in store for us come Dick’s and Fall—a wide open palette for dance groove improvisation. And the “Jim,” though not exactly a fully realized jams of 2013, contains some of the most unique music of tour.

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Disease 2001” 7.22.13 II, Toronto, ON

Thought other “Disease’s” may contain more creative playing over the first part of the jam, once this one turns the corner, it reaches a height attained by few passages this year.

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Chalk Dust Torture” 7.16.13 II, Alpharetta, GA

This is one jam I keep going back to–a thesis in musical density and improvisational efficiency.

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Carini > Architect” 7.6.13 II, Saratoga Springs, NY

One of the first signs of summer that things would be different this time around.

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1,729 Responses to “Summer Jams”

  1. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    i just cued up 7/13/84- greek theatre- the encore is a 17 minute dark star- i have never heard this show- looks fun.

  2. Angryjoggerz Says:

    @snow – Cosmogramma is a classic

  3. Angryjoggerz Says:

    You might want to check Hudson Mowhawke and knxledge out (artists) while you are at it. Assuming you have already explored Dilla. Dilla first.

  4. phunky58 Says:

    The Runaway Jim and Rock N Roll from Bill Graham are the truth. Don’t see them on the list yet unless I missed em. Either one of those is top Jam of this run Imo.

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