On the Landing in the Summer

Yesterday we saw Wilco at the Pines theater in Northampton. This is an outdoor venue in Look Park, so we and everyone else spread out our blankets and listened to the band as the sun set. The setting, the sound, the music, and the crowd were all great.

Wilco, you might imagine, has a large and energetic fanbase, and sure enough as I was trying to remember all the songs they played I can across this site, on which someone had already posted last night’s set list. Here are the songs they played. The opening one, Via Chicago, was amazing live, as was Spiders (Kidsmoke).

1. Via Chicago
2. new song (What Light)
3. The Late Greats
4. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
5. Hell Is Chrome
6. Handshake Drugs
7. War On War
8. new song (Impossible Germany)
9. A Shot In The Arm
10. At Least That’s What You Said
11. Jesus, Etc.
12. Walken
13. Theologians
14. I’m The Man Who Loves You
15. Hummingbird

Encore 1:
16. new song (Let’s Fight)
17. Misunderstood
18. Wishful Thinking
19. Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Encore 2:
20. Airline To Heaven
21. Hesitating Beauty
22. Heavy Metal Drummer
23. Kingpin
24. Far, Far Away

The opening band was supposed to be The Ms, but they had to cancel and instead a group called Autumn Defense covered for them. I don’t know the Ms at all, so I didn’t miss them, and Autumn Defense were really good, if a bit mellow for an opening band.

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5 Responses to On the Landing in the Summer

  1. pronoblem says:

    How was Nels Cline’s performance? I’ve seen him in other lineups (Free Jazz, noise) but not in Wilco since his recent addition to the band. I think I’d have him on a short list of favorite guitar instrumentalists.

  2. Dave says:

    Uh…the guitarin’ was pretty good. I dunno, I have no technical know-how.

  3. pronoblem says:

    I have no technical know-how.

    Uh… I think you do. If your ear can tell the difference between, say, Peter Buck and Jimi Hendrix then you have some way to evaluate. I’ve heard a few bootlegs of Wilco live with Nels and he did not seem as out front as when he is in his other lineups as main axe and in mostly instrumental acts. He’s pretty wild… a madman with a guitar, if he was unleashed on you you’d know it. I’ll take your reply to mean that he is reserved in this band/tour. The direction that Wilco has been taking since YHF led me to believe that Nels’ talents would be out front more than I’ve heard… either way, I am sure it was a great show. I’ve heard positive from everyone that I’ve talked to.

  4. Dave says:

    I can tell the difference between Jimi Hendrix and Peter Buck, but what if I prefer the latter?

  5. pronoblem says:

    If you prefer the latter, that is your preference of the two… to state the obvious I did not say that one was better than the other, just that they are vastly different. My point was that technical skill actually using the instrument is not required to develop an ear for hearing it or appreciating the various applications and techniques that you can hear from artist to artist and genre to genre. Speaking directly to Nels I am not a big fan of guitar in most modern Jazz (say, 1956 and later) with few exceptions like Kenny Burrell, Sandy Bull, Sonny Sharrock, Otomo Yoshihide, Derek Bailey (the one from Britain) and a few John Mclaughlin offerings (Extrapolation, In A Silent Way). In the most recent years Nels fits the bill, particularly his treatment to Coltrane’s Interstellar Space originally recorded as sax / drums duo done by him and Gregg Bendian as a guitar drum duo. I saw this act at the Flywheel – $5 admission and maybe twelve people in the audience, of whom I brought four of the people with me. Nels and Gregg played packed major big city venues the nights before and after visiting the empty Flywheel venue. I smiled ear to ear the whole show while those friends that arrived with me that only had an education of classic rock and pop had jaws on the floor… descriptions from them after the show included “best show ever”, “amazing” and “post-coital”. That show certainly ranks among the best I’ve seen. I was tempted to see the show at the Pines only because Nels was in that lineup…