On Wednesday, Ben & I went down to the 930 Club in DC to see Wilco.
I had bought the tickets ages ago and it was finally here. On top of that, I had been waiting about 2 years to see Wilco, after I was unable to join Ben for their show at Penn's Landing (because of my stupid retail job). So needless to say, I was pretty stoked.
& they did not disappoint.
Unlike a lot of other acts, they sounded just as good (if not better) live as they do on their albums. Nels, the guitarist, was phenomenal and of course Jeff Tweedy was fantastic. His voice is haunting... and he even warmed to the crowd for some witty banter. But not too much witty banter, which I appreciated, because I usually find such patter contrived and frankly, stupid. But Jeff Tweedy is way too cool to be contrived.
&& the best part? They played for TWO AND HALF HOURS.
FUCKING AWESOME. And they played a really good 2.5 hour set, mixing new tracks from Sky Blue Sky with older songs. All really great songs (not that there are any bad Wilco songs). And two encores. Overall it was just AMAZING.
I wasn't sure if this video would just come out as a garbled mess, but it's pretty decent quality for a point-and-shoot digital camera...and you can get a feel for how great the show was:
"Jesus, etc." from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (which also happens to be one of my favorite songs)
"Company in My Back"
"You Are My Face"
"Side with the Seeds"
"She's a Jar"
"Shot in the Arm"
"Pot Kettle Black"
"Box Full of Letters"
"Always in Love"
"Hate It Here"
"I'm the Man"
"On and On and On"
"I'm a Wheel"
I really, really, really want to see them again.
[setlist from NPR]