January 15, 2011

Jeff Tweedy at the Boulder Theater last weekend

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Last weekend Jeff Tweedy played the 75th anniversary party of our lovely old art-deco Boulder Theater. I was sadly not in attendance, but now I can listen to the gem-packed setlist thanks to an awesome taper, and so can you.

The varied setlist is packed with all kinds of fantastic audience participation (the “oooh, ahhhhh“s of Summer Teeth, likewise on Heavy Metal Drummer) and Jeff’s fantastic banter. I think Tweedy is one of the funniest stage banterers in existence; I would enjoy a spliced-together recording of just him talking to the audience.

In addition to the Woody Guthrie cover (Mermaid Avenue, anyone?), his version of “Fake Plastic Trees” still kills me, the way his voice cracks on the lyrics “if I could be who you wanted…” Also, the simple opening chord progression of “She’s A Jar” always completely makes me smile, even in this stripped version — just a guitar and that homesick-sweet harmonica.

I commented once on how Wilco fans are really unlike any other fans I think I’ve ever known. I get almost as much pleasure on this recording through listening to the crowd recognize the songs literally from the first half second and starting to cheer their appreciation as I do from the songs themselves. This sure is a feel-good show for a feel-good weekend like this one.

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JANUARY 8, 2011

Sunken Treasure
Remember the Mountain Bed
(Woody Guthrie)
Wait Up
How To Fight Loneliness
I’ll Fight
Someday, Some Morning, Sometime
(Woody Guthrie)
Not for the Season
You and I
She’s A Jar
Either Way
Summer Teeth
I Must Be High
Radio King
Forget The Flowers
Passenger Side

Red Eyed and Blue
I Got You (At The End of the Century)
Heavy Metal Drummer
Fake Plastic Trees
Dreamer in my Dreams



  • I went on Friday. It was an amazing show. Thanks for the recording!

    ColoradoAlan — January 16, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

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  • I once remarked to a friend that when Uncle Tupelo divorced, he went to live with Son Volt and I chose to live with Wilco. We still love our parents, though.

    Have you heard Amanda Palmer’s cover of “Fake Plastic Trees”? Righteous.

    Anne V. — January 16, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

  • Thanks for posting this recording. Caught Tweedy three times when he was on the east coast in December – and his banter is worth the price of ticket alone. Also Remember The Mountain Bed is a Woody Guthrie tune, it was on Mermaid Ave, Vol. 2

    Jeffrey Greenblatt — January 16, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  • yes! of course, thanks Jeffrey! :)

    browneheather — January 16, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  • Many thanks for posting this recording. Made my week.

    LeonNoel — January 18, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

  • I was at this show and it was amazing (of course). Even more epic was that he didn’t repeat songs from Friday on Saturday’s show and he didn’t flub any lyrics, chords or anything else that caused him to have to start and re-start which I haven’t ever seen him do, so that was amazing. Also, seeing Jeff Tweedy solo really made me think, wow, so amazing and simple and beautiful. Why don’t more artists do this?

    Christy — January 18, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  • Not to nitpick, but you should site the other non-Wilco songs:

    Wait Up: Uncle Tupelo
    Radio King: Golden Smog

    Lots of love from Portland, Ore.


    Jeff V — January 19, 2011 @ 2:01 am

  • Does anyone know if there is a recording of the Friday night show?

    ColoradoAlan — January 19, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  • You are welcome Heather.

    Ted Rockwell — January 21, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

  • Thank you so much. I’m grinning from ear to ear.

    Joseph Logan — January 22, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  • Solid Sound Festival 2011 Heather?

    kcortez — January 26, 2011 @ 9:05 am

  • Hey Heather-

    I’ve been having trouble opening the zip file for this show. I’m on a Mac and when I double click on the .zip file, it creates a .cpzg file. Any idea what program I should use to access the files? Thanks!

    Kevin Lathrop — January 26, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  • Looks like I got it sorted out. I upgraded my Stuff It Expander and it it unzipped just fine! Thanks for the tunes!

    Kevin Lathrop — January 26, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  • Yes, anyone know about Night 1 being taped? Preferred the setlist from the first night, and all the banter.

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