Wilco: July 28, 2012 Brewery Ommegang – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming Songs

July 31, 2012

[Photos by acidjack and Johnny]

After catching Wilco’s excellent show at Terminal 5 earlier in the week, to say that we were excited about trekking up to the lovely Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown to see them again would be a gross understatement.  It’s becoming a bit of a tradition for the entire NYCtaper crew to make it to at least one outdoor Wilco concert a year and we decided to expand our range outside of the city after the superb Central Park gigs last September (HERE and HERE).  The tradition also appears to bring rain with it, but judging by the fabulous time both the band and attendees were having you wouldn’t have guessed a single drop fell that night.  No doubt the exceptional Belgian-style beers the brewery serves as well as their hospitality and the gorgeous upstate surroundings bolstered our good spirits.  It became evident early on that Jeff Tweedy and company were as impressed with the fans as we were with them, citing a checklist of criteria that makes for a great crowd at one point.  Along with regular favorites “Heavy Metal Drummer” and “Impossible Germany” (which is always an opportunity for the impressive Nels Cline to shine on guitar), the troupe shrugged off the wet weather with an infrequent showing of “Either Way”, and brought the rare “Laminated Cat” and “What’s the World Got in Store” back into rotation.  Topping the evening with two encores, including a triple-shot of songs from ‘Being There‘, it’s nights like these that keep us eager for the next show and make recording them so enjoyable.

The rain aside, between the four of us we ran no less than six pairs of microphones and were able to set up very close to center right in front of the soundboard.  Having so many choices at hand, we ultimately decided to use acidjack‘s Schoeps and Johnny’s Milabs for our mix.  With Wilco’s FOH engineer extraordinaire Stan Doty at the helm, the sound was exemplary and, in light of the weather conditions, our recording is really quite excellent.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “I Might”:


Stream “Handshake Drugs”:


Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
Direct download of the complete show in FLAC [HERE]

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Brewery Ommegang
Cooperstown, NY, USA
(opener: Lee Ranaldo)

Source: AUD > Milab VM-44 Links (cardioid) + Schoeps MK22’s [> KC5 > CMC6 > Sound Devices USBPre2] >> Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded by: acidjack, hi and lo, nyctaper and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

[Total time: 2:07:51]
01. Dawned on Me
02. War on War
03. I Might
04. Sunken Treasure
05. Either Way
06. Hummingbird
07. Impossible Germany
08. Born Alone
09. Laminated Cat
10. [banter 1]
11. What’s the World Got in Store
12. Handshake Drugs
13. Whole Love
14. [banter 2]
15. Kamera
16. Box Full of Letters
17. I’m Always in Love
18. [banter 3]
19. Heavy Metal Drummer
20. I’m the Man Who Loves You
21. A Shot in the Arm
22. [1st encore break]
23. Poor Places
24. Art of Almost
25. Standing O
26. [2nd encore break / banter]
27. Airline to Heaven
28. [banter 4]
29. Hate It Here
30. Can’t Stand It
31. Red-Eyed and Blue
32. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
33. Outtasite (Outta Mind)

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11 Responses to Wilco: July 28, 2012 Brewery Ommegang – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming Songs

  1. July 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for this! It was a great night, and our first Wilco show since 1999! Clearly, we’ve missed out!

  2. David Weininger
    July 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for this, and for the direct FLAC download. This was a fantastic show – can’t wait to relive it. You guys rule.

  3. Mike Charnoky
    July 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    What a fantastic show, let alone first show (why did I wait so long to see these guys?) Huge props for putting this together so quickly, I truly appreciate your labor of love!

  4. Taylor
    August 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this show so quickly! The recording quality is A#1! Love the band and always buy a new shirt and poster whenever I see them. Love you guy’s too!!

  5. Jon
    August 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for taping and sharing this. I saw those mics up at the show and was hoping to find the source out here somewhere. They played an awesome show and can’t wait to hear it again.

  6. Joe
    August 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Once again you guys rock!! Thank you very much for this. It was a great show & crowd (the rest are dead to me). The food, the beer the surroundings, friends (new & old) & Laminated Cat were all fantastic. And now a top notch audio recording. Any chance Lee Ranaldo was recorded?? Seeing Lee & Nels together was worth the ticket price alone!

  7. dan hogan
    August 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I was there and it was great! Great venue too.

  8. August 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Of the three times I’ve seen Wilco, I think this was the best (even with the rain). So glad you made the trip to tape this.

  9. Daniel Hewson
    August 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This is all very commendable but you are wasting your time recording audience source material with decent mics at 24 bit. The lo fi nature of the finished recording is also not suited to FLAC. The recordings just don’t have the bandwidth, frequency response or dynamic range to justify 24 bit and FLAC. The snare drum on Handshake Drugs in particular sounds terrible. Certainly not top notch.

  10. August 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Under that theory, when would be an appropriate time to use 24 bit with these high end microphones? No audience capture recording ever? Small club? On stage, upfront? Unfortunately, your logic fails under any critical thought. The microphones are all top of the line and the music is live. We are capturing at the highest bitrate (for our recording capabilities) and editing in that bitrate to preserve the natural sound. We don’t normalize or compress like modern studios, but rather leave the natural dynamics, which are clearly there, your claims notwithstanding.
    Also, you should know from reading the review that this show was recorded almost entirely in a steady downpour of rain. The weather combined with our distance from the stage (90 feet) most likely caused some phasing that created that woosh you hear in the drums in Handshake, although I think you mean cymbals and not snare.

  11. Mike B
    August 20, 2012 at 9:11 am


    @Daniel…have you considered that maybe your playback system is the problem? I think all of the recordings here sound great. I can easily tell the difference between a 24 bit FLAC and a MP3, at least at home on my nice playback system. I can’t tell the difference in my car though.

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