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Wilco — 6/25/11, North Adams, MA (Mass MoCA)

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Another heavy rainstorm slightly delayed the start of Wilco’s second set at the Solid Sound Festival, but ultimately the skies cleared with plenty of time for the band to play a 27-song set that featured just two repeated songs from the previous evening’s performance.

The show kicked off with a neat rendition of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label,” the B-side to the recently released first single, “I Might,” from the band’s forthcoming record. Then came the first of two live debuts of new songs, “Dawned On Me,” which had been on the setlist for Friday night’s show but apparently got cut for time reasons. (Later in the set, we heard another new song, the title of which I can only guess at for now. So excuse me if I’m way off.)

If the new songs we’ve heard thus far are any indication, the new Wilco record is definitely going to be more upbeat than recent efforts. The arrangements seem to be a bit more riff-heavy and melodic. Clearly the songs the band has chosen to play thus far lean toward the “snot-nosed, obnoxious pop songs” end of how Jeff Tweedy has characterized some of his recent compositions.

All in all, a pretty fun show to be at with some nice contributions by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and Liam Finn. The sound was generally improved from the previous night (no massive power surges probably helped), and the band played energetically throughout.

Here was the complete setlist, as played:

I Love My Label [Nick Lowe]
new song-Dawned On Me (live debut)
A Shot in the Arm
Side With The Seeds
Company In My Back
I’ll Fight
War On War
At Least That’s What You Said
It’s Just That Simple
What Light
Can’t Stand It
new song-Standing O (live debut)
Jesus, etc. (crowd singalong)
new song-I Might
Box Full Of Letters
Hate It Here
You Never Know (w/Liam Finn on electric guitar and backing vocals)
new song-Born Alone
The Late Greats
Heavy Metal Drummer
Passenger Side
California Stars (w/Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion on vocals and tambourine)
Airline To Heaven
Outtasite (Outta Mind)>
Hoodoo Voodoo (w/bass-guitar-keyboard tech Josh on cowbell)

Soul legend Syl Johnson, backed by the Sweet Divines, played a well-received set prior to Wilco. And this was his complete setlist:

That’s Why I Love You So
Straight Love, No Chaser
Try Me
Different Strokes
Any Way The Wind Blows
Sock It To Me
Is It Because I’m Black
Same Kind Of Thing
Take Me To The River
Miss Fine Brown Frame


Written by bbop

June 26, 2011 at 1:57 am

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