SETLIST: Sunken Treasure / Remember the Mountain Bed / Company in My Back / You Are My Face / Side with the Seeds / She's a Jar / A Shot in the Arm / Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway (Again) / Handshake Drugs / Pot Kettle Black / When the Roses Bloom Again / Impossible Germany / It's Just that Simple / Someday Soon / Box Full of Letters / I'm Always in Love / Pieholden Suite / Jesus, etc. / Hate it Here / Walken / I'm the Man That Loves You / Hummingbird / On and On and On // Via Chicago / California Stars // Casino Queen / I'm a Wheel / Monday
GH: This show -- like a few others of theirs I've seen -- is kinda like the Freewheelin' Jeff Tweedy, with a band. The set's opening third seemed filled with songs that could've essentially been solo vehicles, but, as per usual, the band dressed them up pretty well. The setlist had great variety, though they left out most of my personal favorites; I'd say "Walken", "Hate it Here", or "Pieholden Suite" were the night's best tunes. Much like GL, I was really hoping for Red Eyed and Blue --> I Got You, but they set that one aside last night after playing it a number of times this tour. Other thoughts: 1)Tweedy was typically hysterical. He went after Dave Groehl for his Grammy acceptance speech and played up his "Carmen Miranda" hat to the NPR-stream listeners. 2) Stiratt is the McCartney of indie rock bassists. His parts are consistently more melodic and interesting than your average player, and he also sings good harmony. 3) Was Glenn Kotche wearing a tuxedo shirt? 4) Nels Cline is over 50. What if he was your dad? GL, what say you?
GL: Ha, Freewheelin' Jeff Tweedy. I like that a lot. I'd have to agree with my esteemed colleague in that they left out a lot of personal favorites, though it was fun to hear some songs that don't typically get a lot of live love. John Stirrat singing "It's Just That Simple" was a cool moment, not only because he's the bassist and doesn't really get a lot of attention (or any), but also because that song has the distinction of being the only one in the catalog not sung by Tweedy. Kind of shocking, yet not at all. The slow burning and soulful "Side With The Seeds" was a highlight for me as was the always enjoyable "I'm Always in Love". Also, as I mentioned to GH last night, I really don't like Sky Blue Sky...like at all...but the songs off that album are pretty damn enjoyable in a live context. "Impossible Germany" and "Hate it Here" were also tours de force, mainly due to Nels Cline's ferocious fretwork and even more ferocious wardrobe. Seriously, what's up with the manpris and combat boots? He kinda scares me. Staying with the sartorial theme here, Glen Kotche was indeed wearing a tuxedo shirt. A pale yellow, frilly tuxedo shirt.
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