Wilco August 13, 2008 McCarren Pool – Flac and MP3 Downloads

August 15, 2008

[photo by Earfarm]

Wilco has spoiled its fans for years — long energetic shows, consistently excellent albums, interesting collaborations — they are the finest working American band. Wednesday night at McCarren Pool, the Brooklyn fans were treated to a special evening of perhaps the most complete Wilco performance NYC has ever seen. After 27 songs, eleven encores, and two-and-a-half hours of music that covered all aspects of their career, there could be no gripe from any of the 5000 guests save for the most petulant, fickle or inexperienced concert-goers.

The setlist was a complete review of Wilco’s music — of the first 12 numbers there was at least one song from 7 different albums. All the classics were performed, along with a nice selection of rare old chestnuts (“Far Far Away”, “Kingpin”) and some obscure tracks (“Blood of the Lamb”, “Pieholden Suite”). The band also added a trio of horns (“Total Pro Horns”) for this tour who added an interesting dimension to several older numbers. Jeff Tweedy’s voice has fully recovered since his surgery two years ago, and it seems to be completely back to its original strength. Jeff threw quite a few playful verbal ribs at the crowd, although he refrained from throwing actual food into the audience.

We recorded from directly in front of the soundboard in the center. While the packed crowd was a bit too chatty around us, the music was expertly mixed by Wilco’s talented sound crew and they provided us with a superb sound capture. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

McCarren Park Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board Dead Center

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR Cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, level adjustments, dither, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 2:23:59]
Main Set
01 Via Chicago
02 Blood of The Lamb
03 You Are My Face
04 Hummingbird
05 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
06 Shot in the Arm
07 Side With the Seeds
08 Misunderstood
09 Far Far Away
10 Impossible Germany
11 Pieholden Suite
12 California Stars
13 Handshake Drugs
14 Pot Kettle Black
15 Poor Places
16 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
17 [encore break/banter]
18 Jesus, Etc.
19 Can’t Stand It
20 Hate it Here
21 Walken
22 I’m the Man Who Loves You
23 [second encore break]
24 Heavy Metal Drummer
25 The Late Greats
26 Kingpin
27 Monday
28 Outtasite
29 I’m A Wheel

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases at their website [here].


14 Responses to Wilco August 13, 2008 McCarren Pool – Flac and MP3 Downloads

  1. Harlan
    August 15, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Thanks NYCT! Went to the Hammerstein show you taped last year, so immediately headed to your site after this year’s. Can’t wait to listen again, or for the first time if you know what I mean. Also hope your Phish rumor is legit. That would be sweet. thx.

  2. ez
    August 15, 2008 at 11:29 am

    the mp3s for track 16 and 17 seem to be corrupt…are you able to fix it? thanks for all you do!!

  3. August 15, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Unzipped fine for me on my drive and played flawlessly both tracks. The entire zip file did upload to the server. Anyway, here are direct download links to those two mp3 tracks:
    Track 16 MP3
    Track 17 MP3

  4. ez
    August 15, 2008 at 11:42 am

    thanks so much! i’m trying the download again on a different computer in case it was my screwup, but i did grab it twice :)

  5. August 15, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Direct Links above.

  6. ez
    August 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    thanks, as always.

  7. Jnap
    August 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Hi nyctaper. Just wanted to let you know I was having the same problem as ez, so thanks for the direct links. Always look forward to reading your site after I go to shows!

    August 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you for this, just finished downloading and I’m up to IATTBYH and it sounds incredible. Thank you so much!

  9. August 15, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Sorry, some jerkoff posted the direct link to the mp3s on his site and nyctaper has been getting server overloads. So I had to change the direct download links.

  10. GreatQuail
    August 22, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Sadly, I have the same problem as the above folks, but my downloaded archive freezes at unpacking track 16 and then will go no further. I am using a Mac, and I tried both Firefox and Safari.

    This was an amazing show. If anyone knows how I can get tracks 18-29, I would be delighted to know.


  11. lintoni
    August 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Cheers, a lovely sound (despite chatterers),great set-list and performance. Thanks for taping and sharing this recording.

  12. July 23, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    A new completely fixed set of mp3s are now on the server for this. I’ve had several reports of corrupt files that can’t be opened at all, even with the fixed files above, so I started from scratch. All new, all good. Go for it.

  13. steckler
    November 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Looking for MP3 live version of a great version of Handshake Drugs. Can somebody help. I’m limited in converting zip files

  14. Anne
    October 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Looking forward to reliving this awesome night of music. Thanks!

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