[photo courtesy of Mike at 50showsat50 blog]
Jeff Tweedy solo shows are a rare commodity in NYC. By Jeff’s account at Saturday night’s Bowery Ballroom show, he had not played solo in NYC since 2001, and never at Bowery. Despite that we have seen Wilco many times, the only other Jeff Tweedy solo performance we experienced was at the Mercury Lounge in 1997 (also recorded that night). That show thirteen years ago also happened to be the first time I ever heard “Via Chicago”, which would show up on Summerteeth two years later, and which would be reprised on Saturday night (streaming below). But those fans expecting that number and more of the Wilco catalog would learn quickly that this was not a Wilco concert — some of the louder and more obnoxious in the crowd never got that message. To the delight of the diehards, Tweedy worked through some fairly obscure back catalog, including “The Ruling Class”, “Country Disappeared” and “Chinese Apple” in consecutive slots mid-set. We were particularly happy that he delved briefly into the Uncle Tupelo catalog for “Wait Up”, which also reached back to that 1997 show. The opening set by John Stirratt and Pat Sansone’s band Autumn Defense offered the opportunity for a mini Wilco set, and in fact Tweedy’s bandmates joined for the first two encores.
I recorded this set with the four microphone rig on a high stand from the back rail of the soundboard. This was a challenging recording situation given the quiet music and the crowd noise. The post production consisted of an arduous amount of isolated crowd level reductions, and editing of some of the unfortunate intoxicated rowdiness around me. Overall, the finished product is not superb, but is certainly a pleasurable listening experience. Enjoy!
Many thanks to Steve from the Via Chicago forum for the last minute ticket!
Stream “Via Chicago”:
Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
New York, NY USA
Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded Behind Soundboard Booth
Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, much audience volume reduction, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[Total Time 1:27:39]
01 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
02 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
03 Muzzle of Bees
04 One Wing
05 Via Chicago
07 Wait Up
08 Be Not So Fearful (Bill Fay)
10 The Ruling Class
11 Country Disappeared
12 Chinese Apple
14 When the Roses Bloom Again
16 Magazine Called Sunset
17 Radio King
20 Jesus, etc.
21 You Are Not Alone
22 [encore break]
23 California Stars
24 I Got You
25 [second encore break]
26 A Shot in the Arm
28 I’m the Man Who Loves You