February 9, 2008

Counting Crows on WXPN/World Cafe Friday

Yesterday afternoon, the Counting Crows played a tough-to-get-into set on the WXPN World Cafe stage in Philadelphia. According to a friend who was there: “Adam was incredible . . . There was magic in the room. [They were] really gracious and thankful to be offered the opportunity to do this. What a day here.”

The Crows played eight songs from their forthcoming album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings; this is the widest look into their new work that we’ve gotten yet.

There are four songs from Saturday Nights, four from Sunday Mornings, and Adam introduces each one with an in-depth commentary on the story behind the song, and revealing the threads that tie it to other songs in the Counting Crows back catalog. It’s a pretty neat way to have a first listen to an album, like they’re sitting in your living room walking you through it. Have yourself a listen:

Live on WXPN/WORLD CAFE Philadelphia
Hanging Tree
When I Dream of Michelangelo
You Can’t Count on Me
Washington Square
Come Around


[Photo by WXPN, Luke Auld-Thomas]

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  • nice post heather. They will be playing at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC this Sunday. And they were on the music channel the Fuse early this week. As the album release approaches expect to see a lot more Counting Crows on TV.

    Kev in St. Louis

    Anonymous — February 9, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  • I was at the show. It was packed-as-sardines tight, and I couldn’t believe how many people were either late or couldn’t stay the whole time. I was right by the door, which opened, seemingly, every 20 seconds. What a distraction it was.

    Nevertheless, it was a good show, and I enjoyed Adam’s commentary preceding each song.

    The sound in World Cafe Live, caddy-corner from where I work, is among the best you’ll find anywhere in the world. So crisp and clean.


    Anonymous — February 9, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  • One note – they played 1492 live a bunch of times in 2001, when they were working on the songs for Hard Candy. 1492 didn’t make the record, but they pulled it out for this album. This version of it is significantly improved from the 2001 version, imo.

    Chris — February 9, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  • adam duritz: available to play corporate functions and always begging for little love from 106.5.

    firedande — February 9, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  • Thanks for keeping all of us up-to-date with the Counting Crows!

    Todd — February 9, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

  • Thanks for the note, Chris!

    heather — February 9, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

  • Thank you for this post, Heather! I can’t wait to check out this show!

    dotsgurl — February 9, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  • what a cool download! thanks, i’m looking forward to listening to it.

    Andrea — February 9, 2008 @ 11:17 pm

  • hey firedande why don’y you suck my cock and lick my balls why you’re down there idiot

    Anonymous — February 10, 2008 @ 5:27 am

  • wow – so awesome…can’t wait to check this out.

    Thanks always for the great posts, Heather!!

    Matt Wardlaw — February 10, 2008 @ 10:15 am

  • I’ve just listened to the show from XPN Live Fridays, and I immediately came here hoping that there would have been a way to download it. Thank you so much.
    That’s the only chance I have right now to “participate” in the show since I live in Italy.
    Hope you understand my english.
    See ya!

    Anonymous — February 11, 2008 @ 1:36 am

  • Thanks Heather,
    today will be my Counting Crows Day!!

    Greetings from Spain

    Guzmán López Bayarri — February 11, 2008 @ 7:01 am

  • Thanks so much, Heather! I have such high hopes for this album, and this show only feeds those.

    Doug — February 11, 2008 @ 8:37 am

  • …thanks so much for putting the show up…

    Vince — February 11, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  • I meant to check this out. Thanks for posting it for download.

    roark — February 11, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

  • Thankee! Thankee!
    Catching up after a mostly non-electronic weekend and you have made my crappy Monday better by leaps and bounds.

    Ruralgurl — February 11, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  • I downloaded this bootleg the night after they preformed and have been listening repeatedly since. Swimming in the composition and explanation behind everything. I really wanted to post it up somewhere,but mostly I’m just glad it’s available for everyone. I see you cut out the radio announcers. Good call. Think I might go back and edit mine too. Although I like the riff it starts up with. Anyhow, glad that there’s a fellow Counting Crows bootleg-er to spread the music round. Adam’s proud I’m sure.

    Be well,
    God bless,


    Alex — February 17, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  • I adore Elbow. But the download link isn’t working so I assume it’s not available anymore :(

    Nice blog anyway!

    Principia — February 24, 2008 @ 7:54 am

  • can the download be made available again?, please

    Ivo from Holland

    Anonymous — March 27, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  • dead links. please re-up!!

    Sebastián Gómez Morales — August 16, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

  • Hey Heather, plz can you post the link again, pretty please!

    Floris — September 26, 2008 @ 5:10 am

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