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By: Antti V about 2 months ago

Iowa City welcomes Fugazi for the first and only time. The city is home to the state's oldest university, and this evening the band plays the center of local campus, the Iowa Memorial Union. Ian gives a friendly and casual intro to open the show, and amusingly he keeps talking as Guy and Brendan start the threatening sounds of Smallpox Champion's intro, then fades out his voice mid-sentence as the song strikes. A sparkplug move to shift the gears from just chatting to bashing out heavy rock and roll.

The recording sounds acceptable enough to delve into, but there are issues. Namely with the overall balance, and how everything feels a bit indistinct, especially the vocals. The drums are nicely on the forefront, and the guitars are separated in the stereo field, but Joe's bass tends to drown, especially the dirty gain of the upper frequencies. There's some mix settling occasionally during the show, but it's nothing too disturbing. This is the kind of entry that needs to draw the listener in first, and once it does, it's pretty enjoyable.

The band starts out with a seamless, strong flow of rockers. You can feel the confidence in the playing, gained from being on tour for a few weeks straight already, and I could basically mention every song as a highlight. Latin Roots is especially hot this evening, and flows into the anthemic Styrofoam. Public Witness Program attacks right after and is as snappy as a punk rocker at the principal's office. Amusingly someone yells for Minor Threat after the fiery start and Ian responds accordingly, and throws a heavy Instrument in the ring to mix things up.
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By: Antti V about 2 months ago

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Rend It suffers a bit from some mix fiddling issues, but gets a surefire performance and flows perfectly to Reclamation, which feels exceptionally powerful and emotive this evening. Add Blueprint to the flow, and you have one amazing, stirring moment in the show.

The band then hit a superb mid-set flow of classics. Bad Mouth is a rarity added to the evening's tracklist, with its mere five performances on the tour. The flow through Margin Walker to Waiting Room is sure to keep the party going.

There's no stage diving or other disorderly acts causing unnecessary stops and the band is allowed to play music with fervor and enthusiasm. The last tracks heading to the encore break get good performances, but feel kind of singular as there's no real flow going on.
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By: Antti V about 2 months ago

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The encore starts interestingly, because it almost sounds like Brendan plays the beat to Burning, but Guy and Ian start Sweet and Low to the drum beat. It all works out wonderfully as the tempo is slowed down on the fly and the song creates a nice, chill mood. This atmosphere is emphasized with the seamless flow to Long Division where the tempo is raised gradually and you can imagine the smiles on everyone's faces. It's all been calm before the storm though, and soon enough Glue Man reveals its hulking self from Guy's opening yells of "G, L, U...". One of the tour's rare songs, it always leaves a delightfully chaotic feeling. Admittedly this evening's rendition isn't right on par with some of the most destructive, all out performances, but this may very well be because of the recording's lackluster sound. As a comment about the show found on the internet says: "I remember going to their show at the I.M.U. I couldn't hear for a couple of days." - it's quite obvious that Glue Man left the room in a beautiful muddle.

The band is on a hot streak promoting the In On The Killtaker album through the Midwest US. This recording leaves the listener wanting more soundwise, but delivers in spades musically, especially with the exemplary Fugazi flows during the first half of the show.

By: Garry Grugan over 9 years ago

100% Outstanding - do not hesitate to grab this one! Trust me, I was there.

By: gunter habets over 9 years ago

Although the sound quality of this recording does not really cut it for me personally (the vocals reflect too much in the background in my opinion, maybe due to the size of the venue or maybe because of bad acoustics), but the encore of this show is something else! Sweet and Low is such a great song, Brendan puts a nice little twist on the beginning of Long Division and Glueman tears it up again...

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0572 Fugazi Iowa City, IA USA 8/29/1993

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Show Date:
 1993-08-29
Venue:
 I.M.U. Lounge / University of Iowa
Door Price:
 5
Attendance:
 1450
Played with:
 Gumball, Slant 6
Recorded by
 Joey Picuri
Mastered by
 Jerry Busher
Original Source:
 DAT
Sound Quality:
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Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Smallpox Champion
3. Facet Squared
4. Latin Roots
5. Styrofoam
6. Public Witness Program
7. Interlude 1
8. Instrument
9. Rend It
10. Reclamation
11. Interlude 2
12. Blueprint
13. Waiting Room
14. Margin Walker
15. Bad Mouth
16. Interlude 3
17. Last Chance for a Slow Dance
18. Promises
19. Interlude 4
20. Cassavetes
21. Interlude 5
22. Great Cop
23. Encore 1
24. Sweet and Low
25. Long Division
26. Glueman
27. Outro

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