Wilco – 12/12/2014 – Chicago, IL

Photo via Wilco’s Facebook page

Riviera Theatre
Chicago, IL


01-Red-Eyed and Blue
02-I Got You (At the End of the Century)
03-Secret of the Sea(Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
04-Too Far Apart
05-Via Chicago
06-Bull Black Nova
07-Blood of the Lamb(Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
08-Deeper Down
09-I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
10-Art of Almost
11-I Might
12-Message From Mid-Bar
13-Dark Neon
14-Another Man’s Done Gone(Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
15-How to Fight Loneliness
17-Far, Far Away
18-What Light
19-Pot Kettle Black
20-Dawned on Me
21-Impossible Germany
22-Band Intros
23-The Good Part
24-Spiders (Kidsmoke)(electric arrangement)
25-Encore Break


26-Let’s Not Get Carried Away
27-Just a Kid
28-Kicking Television
29-Encore Break 2

Encore 2:

31-It’s Just That Simple(unplugged)
32-I’m Always in Love(unplugged)
33-Hoodoo Voodoo(Billy Bragg & Wilco cover) (unplugged)

Taper: darktrain
Equip: Schoeps MK41’s> Actives> Naiant Tinybox> Sony PCM-M10
Location: Front Rail, Left Center

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Wilco – 09/07/2014 – Arrington, VA


07 September 2014 (Sunday)
Lockn’ Festival
Arrington, VA

Ashes of American Flags
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Art of Almost
I Might
Via Chicago
Whole Love
Box Full of Letters
I’m Always in Love
Side With the Seeds
Give Back the Key to My Heart (Doug Sahm cover)
Hesitating Beauty (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
The Late Greats
Heavy Metal Drummer
Airline to Heaven (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Hoodoo Voodoo (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Outtasite (Outta Mind)

Source: DPA 4023 (NOS) > Sound Devices 744
Recorded by Alex Leary

Photo by Jay Blakesberg

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Wilco – 09/06/2014 – Arrington, VA


06 September 2014
Lockn’ Festival
Arrington, VA

War on War
Impossible Germany
Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
Forget the Flowers
I’m the Man Who Loves You (rainbows suck fodder by tweedy)
Red-Eyed and Blue
I Got You (At the End of the Century)
Jesus, Etc.
Handshake Drugs
Born Alone (>)
Laminated Cat (aka Not For the Season) (Loose Fur cover)
Passenger Side
California Stars (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Walken (>)
Dawned on Me
A Shot in the Arm

Source: DPA 4023 (NOS) > Sound Devices 744
Recorded by Alex Leary

Photo by Jay Blakesberg

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Wilco – 02/15/2008 – Chicago, IL


Riviera Theatre
Chicago, IL


01. Intro
02. ELT
03. Handshake Drugs
04. Side With the Seeds
05. You Are My Face
06. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
07. Pot Kettle Black
08. At Least That’s What You Said
09. What’s the World Got in Store
10. When the Roses Bloom Again
11. Airline to Heaven
12. Ashes of American Flags
13. Either Way
14. Jesus, Etc.
15. Too Far Apart
16. Can’t Stand It
17. Sunken Treasure
18. Spiders (Kidsmoke)


19. < lead-in >
20. Misunderstood
21. Far, Far Away
22. Why Would You Wanna Live
23. Impossible Germany
24. Sky Blue Sky
25. Please Be Patient With Me
26. Cars Can’t Escape
27. Hummingbird


28. Hate It Here
29. Walken
30. I’m the Man Who Loves You
31. Heavy Metal Drummer
32. Candyfloss
33. Outtasite (Outta Mind)


w/ on some tracks: The Total Pros Horns


Recordist : Brian Skalinder / bskalinder@yahoo.com
Source : Schoeps MK5 (cardioid) > KC5 > CMC6 > Sound Devices 722


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Wilco – 10/09/2009 – Dallas, TX


The Palladium Ballroom
Dallas, TX
October 9, 2009

1. Wilco (the Song)
2. A Shot in the Arm
3. One Wing
4. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
5. Bull Black Nova
6. You Are My Face
7. Company in My Back
8. Kamera
9. Handshake Drugs
10. I’ll Fight
11. Cars Can’t Escape
12. Impossible Germany
13. Sonny Feeling
14. Hate It Here
15. “Sartorial Interlude”
16. Walken
17. I’m the Man Who Loves You
18. Hummingbird

19. Theologians
20. Jesus, Etc.
21. Can’t Stand It
22. You Never Know (with Liam Finn)

Encore 2:
23. The Late Greats
24. Heavy Metal Drummer
25. Kingpin
26. Casino Queen
27. Hoodoo Voodoo
28. I’m a Wheel

Source: Soundboard -> Korg MR-1 (24/48)

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Wilco – 06/21/2013 – North Adams, MA


Joe’s Field @ Solid Sound Festival
North Adams, MA

~ Setlist created entirely by fan requests ~

01. The Boys Are Back In Town [Thin Lizzy]
02. Cut Your Hair [Pavement]
03. In The Street [Big Star]
04. New Madrid
05. Dead Flowers [The Rolling Stones]
06. Simple Twist Of Fate [Bob Dylan]
07. Ripple [The Grateful Dead]
08. Who Loves The Sun [Velvet Underground]
09. And Your Bird Can Sing [The Beatles]
10. And Your Bird Can Sing [The Beatles] (played twice)
11. Psychotic Reaction [Count Five]
12. Tom Courtenay [Yo La Tengo] (played by Yo La Tengo, joined by Wilco)
13. James Alley Blues [Richard “Rabbit” Brown]
14. Waterloo Sunset [The Kinks] (w/Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals)
15. Waterloo [ABBA] (w/Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on lead vocals)
16. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding [Nick Lowe]
17. Marquee Moon [Television]
18. Happy Birthday (sung to Pat)
19. Don’t Fear The Reaper [Blue Oyster Cult] (w/bass/guitar/keyboard tech Josh on cowbell)
20. Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]
21. Atonement [Lucinda Williams] (fragment only; sung by requester Joe)
22. Dreams [The Cranberries] (fragment only; sung by Amber)
23. Get Lucky [Daft Punk] (w/ bass/guitar/keyboard tech Josh on tambourine)
24. Surrender [Cheap Trick]
25. Color Me Impressed [The Replacements] (w/Tommy Stinson on guitar)
26. Kingpin
27. Thank You Friends [Big Star]
28. The Weight [The Band] (w/Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals)
29. Roadrunner [The Modern Lovers] (w/Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan on guitar, James McNew on keyboards and Georgia Hubley on maracas)
Thanks to bbop (Paul) for the setlist. Great show with tons of energy all around.

Recorded / transferred by Brennan Murphy


Source: Church Audio Cards (FOB, DIN, 7.5′ high) > Church Audio STC-9000 (+10, 85%) > Edirol R-09 (24bit/48khz)

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Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos


Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos

01 – I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
02 – Ashes of American Flags
03 – I’m The Man Who Loves You
04 – Magazine Called Sunset
05 – Reservations
06 – Kamera
07 – Not For the Season
08 – Alone
09 – Nothing Up My Sleeve
10 – Venus Stop the Train
11 – Rhythm
12 – Poor Places
13 – Won’t You Let Down
14 – Heavy Metal Drummer
15 – Instrumental 1
16 – Instrumental 2
17 – Instrumental 2 (alternate)
18 – Kamera (alternate)
19 – Magazine Called Sunset (alternate)
20 – Alone (alternate)
21 – Not For the Season (alternate)


Story from…

Wilco’s “Basement Tapes”

The “YHF Demos” are the great lost Wilco album — now if only someone would release them.

The ink that says “Wilco YHF Demos” is slightly smeared on the home-printed white cover of the CD that arrived the other day. The 21 songs on this “Basement Tapes” CD, sent from a friend, were downloaded as MP3 files from some Web location.

I don’t use the phrase “Basement Tapes” lightly. It’s an intentional reference to the recordings Bob Dylan and The Band made up in Woodstock in the late ’60s. At an hour and 15 minutes, this is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as a two-record set. But it’s also much more expansive, and not just because of length. It is an amazing album, and I certainly hope that Wilco will choose to release it. I find it captivating in a way that the official album isn’t — probably due to the inclusion of “Venus Stop the Train” and some others that didn’t make it onto the completed album. But also because, from start to finish, it works as an album, as a body of work that I want to hear all the way from track one — a version of “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” — through an alternate take of “Not for the Season.”

With Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Jeff Tweedy drew a line in the sand. No, he was not that alt-country guy you wanted him to be. If you thought Summerteeth was just a diversion, think again, he seemed to be saying. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is, perhaps, his way of declaring himself a major artist, as daring as those who clearly have inspired him, including The Beatles and Brian Wilson. An artist not content to work within the established structures and sounds that define musical genres.

So he started fucking with the material, adding odd sounds, deconstructing songs, creating a kind of art piece. And he was successful. The album is good, and the world now sees him as a very different kind of artist than they did before.

Only, for me, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot turned out to be one of those albums that you appreciate intellectually, that you know is “good” and that you should like, only you never seem to play it. Or you play a couple of songs, but don’t listen through from start to finish. Well, don’t know about you, maybe you played your copy to death, but I’ve hardly played mine since my initial attempts to dig into it.

I must add that, because of all the drama surrounding the official album — record company politics that found one AOL Time Warner label dropping the band while another signed them up — my initial experience of the album was a letdown.

The YHF demos are something else. With no real expectations, I put the CD in my car stereo on my way home from the post office the other day, and I’ve been playing it incessantly ever since. It’s hard to generalize, but a lot of this album seems to be lamenting a romance that didn’t work out; beyond that, Tweedy seems to be catching the disillusionment that many feel now — both disillusionment and nostalgia for a past that we likely recall via romanticized memories (“Heavy Metal Drummer”). “I miss the innocence I’ve known/ Playing Kiss covers, beautiful and stoned,” he sings in “Heavy Metal Drummer,” a different version of the song that appeared on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

It’s not that these demos are stripped down. They’re not (or at least some of them aren’t), and thus they feel more organic. It’s just that, for the most part, the arrangements are more… traditional. “Alone,” for example, a song that didn’t make it onto the official album, rocks along to an old-time melody and some honky-tonk. It has the feel of Dylan and The Band doing “Don’t Ya Tell Henry.”

“Nothing Up My Sleeve,” also not on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, is a folk-rocker with double-tracked vocals, just a single acoustic guitar for accompaniment and a Beatles-esque melody. Won’t Let You Down is like the Rolling Stones doing country-rock. The lyric is simple, almost a cliché, only it’s not, because of the way Tweedy sings it. His voice is scratchy, a bit frail, echoing Jagger from the Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet days. He makes the song’s sentiment sound like it’s being expressed for the first time. “When you’re getting older/ The weight will lift from your shoulders/ There’s one thing to remember/ I’m not gone.” And then into the chorus: “I won’t ever let you down/ I won’t ever let you down… I promise…”

Tweedy sounds like he means it on every song, but there’s something more low-key throughout about his vocals, like he’s having fun trying out different voices. And over the course of the18 songs that have vocals, there’s a feeling of intimacy. This isn’t the artist making “ART,” it’s just a passionate singer who writes moving songs getting them down on tape. But it’s also a self-conscious artist experimenting within traditional song structures, rather than trying to break them down.

There are three instrumentals (well, two, and an alternate take). The first is a pretty interlude with piano and strings, a gentle melody that repeats again and again. The second is a kind of country-honk affair, strummed acoustic guitars and backwoods rhythms, that suddenly breaks open into a kind of Abbey Road-styled bridge with drums, synths and God knows what else. The alternate take of that second one is an even trippier piece that takes me back to The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.

The piano-based ballad “Venus Stop the Train” is another stunner. “I kept my distance. ’cause she fell in love with everyone,” Tweedy sings. “Smoking grass and taking Christmas trees/ She fell in love with me.” “Rhythm” is just Tweedy singing over simple piano accompaniment. The way the vocals and piano were recorded for both remind me of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band recordings.

I guess you could accuse me of being a tease — after all, getting a hold of these demos may not be the easiest thing. Or you might think I’m doing that rock-critic thing I made fun of recently, raving about songs most people may never hear. Fuck it. This stuff is too good, and you oughta know about it. And if you can find it, more power to ya!

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Wilco – 07/08/2012 – Geneva, IL

Fifth Third Bank Ballpark
Geneva, IL

WXRT Radio Broadcast

01 WXRT Marty Lennertz Intro
02 Dawned on Me
03 War on War
04 I Might
05 I am Trying to Break Your Heart
06 Box Full of Letters
07 Handshake Drugs
08 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
09 Impossible Germany
10 Born Alone
11 Laminated Cat
12 Side with the Seeds
13 Say You Miss Me
14 Candyfloss
15 Jesus, Etc. w/ Andrew Bird
16 Hate it Here
17 Whole Love
18 I’m Always in Love
19 Heavy Metal Drummer
20 I’m the Man Who Loves You
21 Marty Lennertz Encore Break Chatter
22 Via Chicago
23 Art of Almost
24 Standing O
25 A Shot in the Arm
26 Marty Lennertz Encore Break Chatter 2
27 California Stars w/ Andrew Bird
28 The Late Greats
29 Hoodoo Voodoo w/ Wilco crew member Josh on cowbell
30 Marty Lennertz Outro

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Wilco – 08/04/2012 – Columbus, OH

LC Pavilion
Columbus, OH
August 04 2012

Set 1

01: Art of Almost
02: I Might
03: War On War
04: Sunken Treasure
05: Hell is Chrome
06: Handshake Drugs
07: I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
08: Kamera
09: Impossible Germany
10: Born Alone
11: Say You Miss Me
12: Whole Love
13: ELT

Set 2

01: Via Chicago
02: Hate It Here
03: Box Full of Letters
04: I’m Always In Love
05: Dawned On Me
06: Shot in the Arm
07: Hummingbird

08: Passenger Side
09: Airline to Heaven
10: Kingpin
11: Standing O
12: Heavy Metal Drummer
13: I’m the Man Who Loves You
14: Casino Queen

SOURCE: 4 Mic Mix.

SOURCE 1: Schoeps MK21 Subcard (NOS – 30cm @ 90 degrees, 12′ tall ) > KC5 > CMC6 > Tascam DR-680 @ 24/96 FOB DFC back of the floor.

SOURCE 2: DPA 4021s (XY 12′ tall) > EAA-PSP2 > Tascam DR-680 @ 24/96 FOB DFC back of the floor.

MIX: The 2 mic sources were run right on top of each other on the same stand into the same DR-680, mixed in post. Mix is about 50/50 Schoeps & DPAs.

KNOWN FLAw 1: There was a burst of strange distortion on the Schoeps source at about 9:41 into the recording during the song I Might. The DPA source fills in this space but you can the Schoeps source fade in and out.

KMOWN FLAW 2: The DPAs had some wind rumble due to lesser wind screens so I ran a steep high pass to remove as much as I could on just that source and then removed the segments of that DPA source with wind noise between songs.

RECORDED BY: Steve Brothers
TRANSFERRED BY: Steve Brothers

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Wilco – 6/28/2003 – Philadelphia, PA

June 28, 2003
Penns Landing
Philadelphia, PA



01 I’m Always In Love.mp3
02 Muzzle Of Bees.mp3
03 I’m The Man Who Loves You.mp3
04 Poor Places.mp3
05 Reservations.mp3
06 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.mp3
07 War On War.mp3
08 At Least That’s What You Said.mp3
09 Via Chicago.mp3
10 Jesus, etc..mp3
11 Spiders (kidsmoke).mp3
12 Red-Eyed and Blue.mp3
13 I Got You (At The End Of The Century).mp3
14 We’ve Been Had.mp3
15 Monday.mp3
16 Casino Queen.mp3
17 Not For The Season (with Jim O’Rourke).mp3
18 Kicking Television.mp3
19 Misunderstood.mp3
20 California Stars.mp3

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Wilco – 7/26/2008 – Anchorage, AK

Moose’s Tooth Anniversary Party
Anchorage, AK


01. Via Chicago
02. Either Way
03. You Are My Face
04. One Wing
05. I Am Trying to Break
Your Heart
06. Company in My Back
08. Remember the Mountain Bed
09. Handshake Drugs
10. Impossible Germany
11. Just That Simple*
12. Don’t Forget the Flowers
13. Misunderstood
14. Jesus, etc.


01. (?)
02. Walken
03. I’m the One Who Loves You
04. Hummingbird
05. Crowd Noise

Encore 1:
06. Radio Cure
07. Shot in the Arm >
08. Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Encore 2:
09. Heavy Metal Drummer
10. Hate It Here
11. Casino Queen
12. Outtasite Outta Mind
13. Hoodoo Voodoo

*John on acoustic guitar, vocals
Jeff on bass

Taper: Jim Maley
Location: Stage Left, 20 ft. back from stack
Source: Audio-Technica AT822 mic on 8ft. stand > Edirol R-09 (24/44.1)
4 gb SanDisk HC Flashcard
Transfer: SanDisk MicroMate > USB > PC
Conversion: CDWav 1.93.3 for track splitting, All Music Converter to convert 24 > 16
Wav > flac w/Traders Little Helper

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Wilco – 2/16/2008 – Chicago, IL

February 16, 2008
Riviera Th., Chicago IL

Disc 1 (75:30)

-Set 1-
01 Bob Newhart theme intro
02 Someone Else’s Song (Tweedy solo)
03 Hell Is Chrome
04 Handshake Drugs
05 Muzzle Of Bees
06 Via Chicago
07 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
08 Hotel Arizona
09 A Shot In The Arm
10 Impossible Germany
11 It’s Just That Simple
12 When You Wake Up Feeling Old
13 -Stage Banter-
14 Too Far Apart
15 -Stage Banter-
16 Hate It Here
17 *Jesus Etc.
18 *Forget The Flowers

Disc 2 (77:40)

01 *Dash 7
02 *Christ For President
03 #Walken
04 #I’m The Man Who Loves You

-Set 2-
05 The Late Greats
06 Heavy Metal Drummer
07 -Stage Banter-
08 *Red Eyed & Blue
09 *I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
10 -Stage Banter-
11 A Magazine Called Sunset
12 #Monday
13 Casino Queen
14 Kingpin
15 -Stage Banter-
16 *Passenger Side
17 *Dreamer In My Dreams
18 *The Lonely 1
19 -Encore Break-
20 ELT
21 Hoodoo Voodoo

* w/ Andrew Bird on violin
# w/ the Total Pros horn section

Source: Earthworks SR77’s > Lunatec V3 (@24/48) > Microtrack 24/96, FOB on first
rail with all the others!

Transfer: Wavelab 5.0 (UVHR rendering to 16/44.1) > CD Wave (tracking) > Wavelab 5.0
(fades in d1t01, d2t04, d2t05, d2t21) > Trader’s Little Helper (flac encoding)

Recorded and transferred by Jerry Eaglebarger

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Wilco – 2/24/2005 – Washington DC

The 9:30 Club
Washington DC


01 – Handshake Drugs
02 – Company In My Back
03 – Hummingbird
04 – Should’ve Been in Love
05 – Jesus, Etc.
06 – Muzzle Of Bees
07 – Theologians
08 – I’m Always In Love
09 – At Least That’s What You Said
10 – I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
11 – Shot in the Arm
12 – Wishful Thinking
13 – Poor Places
14 – Reservations
15 – Spiders (Kidsmoke)
16 – Misunderstood
17 – California Stars
18 – I’m the Man Who Loves You
19 – The Late Greats
20 – Outtasite (Outta Mind)
21 – Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard
22 – Hesitating Beauty
23 – Heavy Metal Drummer
24 – I’m A Wheel
25 – Kingpin
26 – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
27 – Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)

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Wilco – 5/10/1997 – San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore Auditorium
San Francisco, CA

Set I
Red Eyed And Blue ->
I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
Someone Else’s Song
Why Would You Wanna Live?
Forget The Flowers
That’s Not The Issue
Someday Soon
New Madrid
What’s The World Got In Store?
(Was I) In Your Dreams?
Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
I Must Be High, Passenger Side
Hotel Arizona
Dreamer In My Dreams

Set II
Outtasite (Outtamind)
The Lonely One
Sunken Treasure
Oklahoma USA
Henry And The H-Bomb
Color Me Impressed
I Wanna Be Sedated
Ziggy Stardust
Q&A Session
Box Full Of Letters
Casino Queen
Drums ->
We’ve Been Had

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