Reprising a Classic Built to Spill Record, For Good and Ill

Perfect From Now On gets all spilt on some green

Doug Martsch emoting, sort of
Jesse Reed
Doug Martsch emoting, sort of

Which is why it's a great relief when the album ends, and the concert doesn't. "Untrustable" hasn't even quite crapped out yet when the drummer starts hammering the rudimentary beat that stomps undaunted and unchanging through the much-newer "Goin' Against Your Mind," a two-chord basher that visibly and audibly liberates the band, Doug's vocals and demeanor suddenly much more fervent and engaged. And thus is the undeniable highlight of a concert devoted entirely to one album one of the three songs that isn't on it. We wrap up with a loping, rudderless "Virginia Reeling Around the Fountain," Curt Kirkwood (still in pajamas) sneaking back out to whack on the drums for awhile, back in the garage at the end of practice, everyone just farting around, freed from the tyranny of an 11-year-old track list. It was slightly annoying but defiantly unscripted, and at that particular moment, the latter was more important.

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