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Hall’s Island, MN 2016 [no label, 2CD]
Live at Hall’s Island, Minneapolis, MN; August 20, 2016. Very good FM broadcast.
Wilco is a Chicago sextet formed by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy in the mid-1990s. The band’s current lineup solidified in 2004 when guitarist Nels Cline and guitarist/keyboardist Patrick Sansone joined Tweedy, founding bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen. Wilco’s brand of classic roots rock incorporates folk, pop and genre-spanning experimentalism. Wilco’s most recent album, Star Wars, was released July 16, 2015.
It started with Star Wars and ended with an intimate show under the stars.
Wilco dazzled thousands of fans at Hall’s Island on Saturday night in northeast Minneapolis, showcasing their stylistic diversity and robust catalog that spans two decades. Some of the set was predictable, while other songs and arrangements can’t be found on the internet. Those in attendance got their money’s worth and then some…
The summer air was cool as Wilco tore into songs from their latest, including “The Joke Explained,” “Random Name Generator,” and “More.” From there, they launched into a greatest-hits onslaught with “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” Frontman Jeff Tweedy sang about the Bible black pre-dawn just before the sun set - a daily event Tweedy claims he writes Yelp reviews for. He considered ours solid, if not unspectacular, though mentioned that playing the Twin Cities always feels like a hometown gig.
The set continued with The Whole Love opening track “Art of Almost,” which featured guitarist Nels Cline creating a cacophony of sound from multiple pedals and two separate guitars. When the sounds from his beat-up Fender Jazzmaster subsided, someone in the crowd yelled, “Take that, Metallica!”…
The folksy five-piece played an intimate version of “Misunderstood” before Stirratt got stepped up to sing “It’s Just That Simple.” Then Tweedy took the mic again to close with “War on War,” “Passenger Side,” “I’m Always in Love,” “California Stars,” and “Shot in The Arm.”
Tweedy summoned the crowd to sing the last lines, “What you once were isn’t what you want to be anymore.” We obliged. Jeff took off his hat, thanked us again, and a night of slow songs, rock songs, sad songs, old songs, new songs, and live Wilco karaoke was over. The set lasted roughly two hours and fifteen seconds. It was everything a Wilco fan could’ve wanted. Probably much more.
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Thanks to perks for sharing the show at Dime.
89.3 FM broadcast > Sony DA-3000ES > Tascam DR-07 @ 24/48
Transfer: Sandisk 16 GB SDcard > HP Pavilion > 24bit WAV > Sony Sound Forge 9.0e > CDWave Editor > Trader’s Little Helper > FLAC16
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Track 101. More * 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 102. Random Name Generator * 4:19 (7.3MB)
Track 103. The Joke Explained * 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 104. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart 6:01 (10.1MB)
Track 105. Art of Almost 7:27 (12.5MB)
Track 106. Pickled Ginger * 2:39 (4.4MB)
Track 107. Hummingbird 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 108. Handshake Drugs 6:25 (10.8MB)
Track 109. Cold Slope/King Of You * 5:59 (10.1MB)
Track 110. Via Chicago 5:41 (9.6MB)
Track 111. Spiders 12:17 (20.6MB)
Track 112. If I Ever Was A Child 3:20 (5.6MB)
Track 113. Jesus Etc 4:30 (7.6MB)
* Tracks from Star Wars
Track 201. Locator 3:20 (5.6MB)
Track 202. Box Full of Letters 3:36 (6.0MB)
Track 203. Heavy Metal Drummer 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 204. I’m the Man Who Loves You 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 205. Impossible Germany 8:14 (13.8MB)
Track 206. The Late Greats 4:49 (8.1MB)
Track 207. Red-Eyed and Blue 1:25 (2.4MB)
Track 208. I Got You (At the End of the Century) 4:09 (7.0MB)
Track 209. Outtasite (Out of Mind) 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 210. Misunderstood 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 211. It’s Just That Simple 4:35 (7.7MB)
Track 212. War on War 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 213. Passenger Side 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 214. I’m Always in Love 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 215. California Stars 4:56 (8.3MB)
Track 216. A Shot in the Arm 4:30 (7.6MB)
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