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Big D and the Kids Table / Set Your Goals: live in New Yorklive in New York (2007)
Side One Dummy Records
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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I'd previously seen Set Your Goals twice: in 2005 at a fairly small, stage-less rental space; and last year in an even tinier basement. Obviously, the five-foot-high stage and large barricade of Irving Plaza scared the bejesus out of me. Despite all that distance and some cavernous surroundings, the.
I'd previously seen Set Your Goals twice: in 2005 at a fairly small, stage-less rental space; and last year in an even tinier basement. Obviously, the five-foot-high stage and large barricade of Irving Plaza scared the bejesus out of me. Despite all that distance and some cavernous surroundings, the set was immensely enjoyable. If the band was playing sloppy (as critics have previously stated) I was having too much damn fun to notice, but I doubt that was the case. The soaring pop-punk hooks of cuts like "An Old Book Misread" and the introduction of "Work in Progress" sounded wholly appropriate in this setting backed by a brash sound mix and perfectly executed performance. But it was the band's melodic hardcore aggression that kept the energy levels in the upper register. While co-vocalist Jordan Brown expressed genuine shock at the number of their fans already in attendance and mightily finger-pointing away ("I did not expect this!"), the band appeared unshaken and kept their commanding presence intact while tearing through their set (plus, "they all love to listen to the pretty music / but nobody hears my therapy bled upon this paper" was probably pretty appropriate here). It didn't hurt that they threw in a few oldies, too.
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