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Wilco 7-8-09 Wolf Trap

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Wilco the Song

Shot In The Arm

At Least That's What You Said

Bull Black Nova

You Are My Face

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

One Wing

How To Fight Loneliness

Impossible Germany

Deeper Down

Jesus, Etc.

Sonny Feeling

Handshake Drugs

Hate It Here

Walken

I'm The Man Who Loves You

Hummingbird

Misunderstood

Spiders

I'm A Wheel

 

The 11:00 curfew cut this one short, as they seemed to scramble to get equipped to play Wheel. If anyone saw the setlist, what songs did they cut out?

 

Jeff messed up a verse on Sonny Feeling, and blamed it on being distracted because he realized that he was singing about Eminem. He made a joke about Eminem finding out, and kicking his ass. Then he asked if Eminem was retired.

 

Other than that, Jeff was not talkative at all. I think he was trying to fit as many songs in as possible.

 

They sounded great, although I would have liked to have heard some rarer tracks, but ALTWYS and Misunderstood were good to hear. And the new tracks sounded great. Had they played Sonny Feeling before?

 

The one thing that bothered me was when they left the stage before the "encore." Knowing there was a strict time constraint, why not stay on stage, and fit one more song into the setlist, instead of doing the cliche end the set, but everyone knows the encore is coming move.

 

The people I went with were pretty impressed, although they were mainly there to see Conor. There were a couple songs I didn't want to hear, but they were played so well that I didn't care. Spiders is the best example of this. Knowing they only had about 15 minutes left, I wasn't too pleased to hear Spiders, but once that song gets going, its quite an impressive thing.

 

If I sound too negative, it's just setlist griping. They sounded great, as always, and it was an all-around enjoyable evening.

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they cut 3 tunes:

 

Hoodoo

something of sbs??... can't remember

Kingpin

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You missed a few there. I'm not sure where it was in the set list (somewhere in the 2nd half), but I know they played "I'm the Man Who Loves You." And then, the 1st two songs of the encore (after "Hummingbird") were "You Never Know" and "Heavy Metal Drummer."

 

It was great show, and my first time at Wolf Trap, which is really a wonderful venue (minus the curfew).

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The 11:00 curfew cut this one short, as they seemed to scramble to get equipped to play Wheel. If anyone saw the setlist, what songs did they cut out?

 

This definitely was a slightly shorter set than usual because of the strict curfew, but you omitted a couple songs from the setlist you posted. Didn't see a printed setlist, so I couldn't say what, if anything, was audibled/left out. And yes, they've played Sonny Feeling a few times now (its live debut goes all the way back to last July in Fairbanks, Alaska, fwiw).

 

I'd say there was a decent chance that The Late Greats was also on the printed setlist, though it didn't get played.

 

Anyway, here was the complete setlist for Wolf Trap, as played:

 

Wilco (the song)

A Shot in the Arm

At Least That's What You Said

Bull Black Nova

You Are My Face

IATTBYH

One Wing

How to Fight Loneliness

Impossible Germany

Deeper Down

Jesus, etc.

Sonny Feeling

Handshake Drugs

Hate It Here

Walken

I'm The Man Who Loves You

Hummingbird

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You Never Know

Heavy Metal Drummer

Misunderstood>

Spiders (Kidsmoke)

I'm A Wheel

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Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band rocked the roof off of Wolftrap! They're amazing, and their 2 cds are definitely worth your $ on amazon!

 

For those of you who couldn't get in due to it being sold out, we were in the pavillion ,and had a few empty seats all around us! What pissed me off was this old yuppie (there were LOTS of them) couple sitting next to me, and decided to sit the whole show and use their blackberries to type the whole show. During the jam for "At least thats what you said", the old guy said to his wife "this band sucks" and proceeded to leave.

 

What a sin...

 

 

 

Thanks for a great show Wilco! I really wanted to hear Casino Queen or It's Just That Simple, but I heard Mockingbird!

 

Also, a bunch of fans were wearing shirts that spelled out "Wilco the Fans" and jeff commented on it, and they all stood on chairs. He had trouble reading it (I guess a few were in the wrong seats), and then finally figured it out.

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Band was in great form. Would have been nice if they had come on stage BEFORE 9pm, knowing the 11pm curfew was looming...

 

One other gripe. I've got a good paying job, I bought the CD / Album / T-Shirt / Tote package for $50, I feel it was worth it... I like to get the posters to the shows that I attend. $25 for a show poster now? Is someone kidding me? As I said, I can afford it, but out of some sort of "principles" I just couldn't do it... Anyone else feel this way? Oh yeah, most of the T-Shirts are up to $25 a pop now...

 

I guess I'm just getting old...

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they cut 3 tunes:

 

Hoodoo

something of sbs??... can't remember

Kingpin

 

 

oooh, does this mean you were at the show...taping???

 

why the encore break...i'm not sure, but could guess maybe they need to take a break and hit the bathroom or something. as for the folks that were just sitting/empty/seats not enjoying the show...again a guess, but wolftrap is a non-profit national park. they have donors and supporters that get first dibs at ticket buying/season tickets. my friend and i noticed something similar where we were at and figured some of the people sitting were those wolftrap members that simply go to every show.

 

i thought it was a good time and great fun. and damn it, how did i forget to go check out what the poster was.

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Show was great -- though way too short (okay, I'd say that any night.) Did it seem to anyone else that it took them a few songs to focus? I thought they turned a corner when John started jumping up and down (Jeff didn't seem to fully engage until after he said hello). I really liked the more experimental vibe last night -- as an obsessive listener, it was nice to hear my favorite band doing different stuff with their material (maybe lacking the Total Pros had something to do with that.) And getting to (finally) hear "I'm a Wheel" live was fantastic.

 

Conor Oberst was really wonderful, too. Sounds great with a band.

 

We were on the lawn (under the SL bridge) and I thought that the crowd was pretty subdued. Seems like maybe a lot of new fans? Guess it's not right to complain about that...

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At least up to encore, this setlist is right. IATTBYH was left out of the first in this thread - it came after Walken and before Hummingbird. Kudos to Wolftrap for the sound.

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$25 for a show poster now? Is someone kidding me? As I said, I can afford it, but out of some sort of "principles" I just couldn't do it... Anyone else feel this way? Oh yeah, most of the T-Shirts are up to $25 a pop now...

 

I guess I'm just getting old...

 

In a prior life :) I used to buy, sell and even produce this type of art (DreamCatcher in Columbia, MO). Even in the early to mid 90's a lot of the art sold retail for $20 or so. At shows it did use to be cheaper, so I agree with you there. But retail the day after it would be about this price.

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I was inside on the left side (facing the stage) about half way back and everyone around me and everyone I could see stood up for the entire show. I figured when they played "At Least That's What You Said" that everyone would sit down but they didn't. Yeah!

 

As far as the comment goes about Jeff making so few comments......I thought he was as talkative as usual. At one point he said, "This song is the most requested song EVER on our website. 36 of you are going to be very happy" Then they played "How To Fight Loneliness". After it was over during the applause, he said, "That sounds like 36 people" (clapping).

 

Later in the show he commented about "the people down there with writing on their shirts". Then he said, "What? There's no "F" in Wilco" Then there was some shuffling around and the group stood on their chairs and Jeff read their shirts and they spelled out, "Wilco (The Fans)" Pretty clever I thought. He also said the last time they played here they opened for Natalie Merchant. The program said that was 9 years ago.

 

For me the highlight was "Hate It Here". It was the most powerful and rockin tune of the night and also seemed to be the one that the crowd reacted to the most. The lights (all night long) were very cool. During the chorus they shined bright lights out on the crowd so you could see everyone going nuts. It was a cool effect. Also during this song Jeff grabbed a towel and wiped the sweat out of his hair and off his face and then sang a verse with the towel drapped over his head and face. That'd be a good picture if anyone had a camera.

 

I agree with what everyone said about the rushed ending and the curfew. The encore songs seemed very fast with no pauses at all between them. They should have started at 7:30 or scrapped the opening act.

 

Anyhow, great show, loads of fun.

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isadorah: yea I taped. should have it up tonight. However, the venue made us move the mic stand to right in front of the soundboard at a pretty low height and the recording has a couple of yahoos celebrating some dude's birthday yelling crap in a bunch of places. I'm gonna try to edit some of it out but it will stil be there.

 

as otehr mentioned wolf trap sells season subscriptions so there are almost always prime lower center seats that are eitehr empty or filled with bored middle aged folks.

 

I thought the sound was kind of meh. I moved around from the lawn, at the soundboard and left hand side in front of the stack. Stan did a great job but I have never heard what I consider "great" sound at wolf trap. too many obstacles being a wood shed that also has a balcony etc...

 

Conor Oberst? man, his set left me wondering what all the hype was about. would have preferred no opener or else an earlier start

 

$25 for date specific show posters is a good price in my opinion. Phish, Widespread and other "jammier" bands charge 35-50 for signed/numbered original artwork

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isadorah: yea I taped. should have it up tonight. However, the venue made us move the mic stand to right in front of the soundboard at a pretty low height and the recording has a couple of yahoos celebrating some dude's birthday yelling crap in a bunch of places. I'm gonna try to edit some of it out but it will stil be there.

 

 

YES!!! you're recordings are my favorites from shows. and that's superfast posting of it if you get it up tonight! wow. thanks for recording and getting it up so quickly. hopefully the birthday yahoos don't mess it up too much.

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How to Fight Loneliness!!! Nice

 

The band sounded great, but as far as Wilco shows go; probably the weakest one I've seen. However, that doesn't count for the absolutely gorgeous weather and a beautiful venue, also it's Wilco.

 

The band definitely speeded everything up. ALTWYS was probably like 4 or 5 minutes long. The only gem of the night was How to Fight Loneliness. We were treated to one of the most racous Handshake Drugs I've seen. Aside from a few people singing horribly and unnecessarily loud, the crowd was pretty good (at least on stage left). I was 5th row, which is very very close. ITMWLY was great. IATTBYH never gets old.

 

Overall, due to the excellent night & venue, the show was worthwhile and a great time. But obviously the curfew and the shortened show stinks. Jeff even apologized as the band walked off noting "Thanks, that's all the time we've got." It's understandable considering residential areas are 4 or 5 blocks away. I agree, Conor should have started at 7 pm with the band coming on at 8:15 then we would get a customary 2 1/2 - 2:45 minute setlist.

 

Conor was good but I prefer his solo stuff a little more. Did anyone else feel like the Mystic Valley Band looked sort of awkward and uncomfortable up there? I wanted to hear Roosevelt Room off his new album, but unfortunately didn't play.

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I really enjoyed Deeper Down. I have skipped it a couple times on the album, but it works for me live. Spiders is one of my favorites, and this was the first out of the four times I have seen them that they played it, so I was pretty pleased (although I understand how some could be upset when a long song appears towards the end of the night when the band is approaching the curfew). Other highlights were Bull Black Nova, Misunderstood, and the comment about making 36 fans happy.

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This review is ... something:

 

http://www.examiner.com/x-4555-DC-Live-Music-Clubs-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Wilco-at-Wolf-Trap-review-782009

 

After reading that, I looked up previous reviews by the author. I was not disappointed. Wow. (I know that now it'll turn out he's on Via Chicago. I'm sorry!)

 

 

(Seriously, he describes David Byrne as "wide-eyed and bushy.")

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isadorah: yea I taped. should have it up tonight. However, the venue made us move the mic stand to right in front of the soundboard at a pretty low height and the recording has a couple of yahoos celebrating some dude's birthday yelling crap in a bunch of places. I'm gonna try to edit some of it out but it will stil be there.

 

as otehr mentioned wolf trap sells season subscriptions so there are almost always prime lower center seats that are eitehr empty or filled with bored middle aged folks.

 

I thought the sound was kind of meh. I moved around from the lawn, at the soundboard and left hand side in front of the stack. Stan did a great job but I have never heard what I consider "great" sound at wolf trap. too many obstacles being a wood shed that also has a balcony etc...

 

Conor Oberst? man, his set left me wondering what all the hype was about. would have preferred no opener or else an earlier start

 

$25 for date specific show posters is a good price in my opinion. Phish, Widespread and other "jammier" bands charge 35-50 for signed/numbered original artwork

 

I saw your mike stand and I was wondering about the crowd noise--thanks for taping and I hope it comes out well. I was pretty close to the front (15th row or so) and the crowd in the pit was surprisingly raucous. I was worried that they'd be season-ticket holders expecting a Huey Lewis show and sitting down all night, but they brought great enthusiasm that probably helped keep the band's energy really high all night.

 

Other thoughts:

 

I don't understand the complaints about the show length--this is the 3rd time I've seen Wilco in the past 2 years, and each time they've started at 9 pm and ended at 11, like clockwork. If anything, they crammed a remarkable amount of material in by keeping the banter relatively light and by taking only one brief encore break (they often take 2 or even 3). I do wish they could have started a little earlier--it seemed like they had time to--but they did start at nine sharp. I also would prefer 2-3 more songs in place of an extended "Spiders," although that did kick some serious ass last night.

 

I was thrilled by the opening sequence--Shot in the Arm is always a favorite, I had requested ALTWYS, and I was looking forward to Bull Black Nova ever since hearing it on the record. That set a high energy level that stayed up for the whole show. Sometimes when they start with Sunken Treasure or some other slow burn it takes the crowd a while to warm up (see: 9:30 club show #2 last year). This one started hot and stayed there.

 

I'm only recently coming around to "Deeper Down" on the record, but it was fantastic live. The sheer musicianship on display for that number is just outstanding. Jeff remarked afterward that that one is fun to play live.

 

Good, good stuff. If only it hadn't taken me an hour to get out of the parking lot afterward...

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This review is ... something:

 

http://www.examiner.com/x-4555-DC-Live-Music-Clubs-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Wilco-at-Wolf-Trap-review-782009

 

After reading that, I looked up previous reviews by the author. I was not disappointed. Wow. (I know that now it'll turn out he's on Via Chicago. I'm sorry!)

 

 

(Seriously, he describes David Byrne as "wide-eyed and bushy.")

 

I agree. Cheesy!

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I enjoyed Conor's set quite a lot. I thought it was a good sound to open with.

 

ITMWLY was the only song they played that I didn't write down. I'm not sure what happened there.

 

The worst part of the evening was getting out of the parking lot. Especially with some of the douches also trying to get out. License plate "Joe V" from Texas, if you're here, I didn't appreciate you pretty much driving into several cars while trying to get out of the parking lot. You sir, are a prick.

 

I was hoping, since this was their third DC area show in the past calender year, that they'd pull out some rarities, but no. Still a fun show, the band just seemed rushed, and I would have much rather Tweedy been able to make jokes, and play the full setlist.

 

And I really don't think $25 for a show specific poster is a bad deal. Those things cost a fair amount to commission, and most bands don't even do posters for each show, so I'm fine getting a nice, individual poster for $25.

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Band was in great form. Would have been nice if they had come on stage BEFORE 9pm, knowing the 11pm curfew was looming...

 

One other gripe. I've got a good paying job, I bought the CD / Album / T-Shirt / Tote package for $50, I feel it was worth it... I like to get the posters to the shows that I attend. $25 for a show poster now? Is someone kidding me? As I said, I can afford it, but out of some sort of "principles" I just couldn't do it... Anyone else feel this way? Oh yeah, most of the T-Shirts are up to $25 a pop now...

 

I guess I'm just getting old...

 

At the Berkeley show (6/27/09) , their was only one t-shirt out of about 8 or do designs that was $25 ( a black one with a "classic rock" type Wilco design). Every other one was $20. It was also a nice touch that the tour t-shirt could only be bought at the show (as opposed to being available on the website.) As for the posters $25 for a piece of art is a deal. In Seattle, where the Flatstock music poster convention is held every year, many posters are $35 and up depending on the artist. I also thought $5 for the programme I bought was a fair price.

 

So unless the merchandise has increased in price in the last two weeks I really don't think Wilco are taking the piss.

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I agree. Cheesy!

It's not even that! It's as if he almost grasps English ... but not quite.

 

Which doesn't have anything to do with the show. It's a shame when curfew cuts into things, I know. It's probably tough with an outdoor (?) venue close to a residential area.

 

Maybe Eminem will come to the show in Royal Oak.

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During the jam for "At least thats what you said", the old guy said to his wife "this band sucks" and proceeded to leave.

 

What a sin...

 

 

What a douche. ALTWYS live is the f'n bomb.

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One other gripe. I've got a good paying job, I bought the CD / Album / T-Shirt / Tote package for $50, I feel it was worth it... I like to get the posters to the shows that I attend. $25 for a show poster now? Is someone kidding me? As I said, I can afford it, but out of some sort of "principles" I just couldn't do it... Anyone else feel this way? Oh yeah, most of the T-Shirts are up to $25 a pop now...

 

I guess I'm just getting old...

 

 

Buying show posters has certainly become an expensive habit, but it's nice knowing that often a local artist and/or company (or VC member) makes the show-specific poster. Also, at least in the past, Wilco has sometimes donated the proceeds of poster sales (or merch sales in general) to local causes. There used to be a place on WilcoWorld where you could see where proceeds went in various tour-stop cities. Yeah, it's a little pricey, but most indulgences are.

 

 

This review is ... something:

 

http://www.examiner.com/x-4555-DC-Live-Music-Clubs-Examiner~y2009m7d9-Wilco-at-Wolf-Trap-review-782009

 

After reading that, I looked up previous reviews by the author. I was not disappointed. Wow. (I know that now it'll turn out he's on Via Chicago. I'm sorry!)

 

 

(Seriously, he describes David Byrne as "wide-eyed and bushy.")

 

Yet he "remains youthful with a remarkable tan and white spikes atop his serious stare."

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Maybe Eminem will come to the show in Royal Oak.

 

"surprise opener"

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