Awesome Concerts

So, I’ve been away lately. Amongst other things, I’ve attended a couple awesome concerts.

First, I went to see Wilco at Coney Island. Awesome show. Most expected (and possibly enjoyed) songs were I’m the man who loves you (sans Total Pros *sniff*) and Hate it Here (70s funky version). I should probably publicly apologize to the poor people near me who were subject to my shout-singing, I can’t control myself. But one song I was unfamiliar with (due to continuing procrastinating in ordering Mermaid Avenue) was the awesome Hoodoo Voodoo, the song they played to close the show. I checked a preview on the iTunes store and it sounds great, but live… well it’s a whole ‘nother thing altogether. Check it out (I think it missed the first minute or so):

I really wasn’t expecting a G3esque guitar gods battle, but it was awesome. Goddamn Nels Cline, and mothertruckin’ Pat Sansone being all look at me, I not only kick ass at keyboards but rock the guitar better than you ever will! Emmer effer.

In short, the concert rocked very hardly and muchly.

The other concert I went to was Live in Westbury which turns out, will be their last concert in the near future. It was a small theater with a rotating stage. Pretty cool, as everybody got to see the band from every angle. I think my favorite song from the concert was Lightning Crashes, which coincidentally is also my favorite Live song.

They’re both up there in the short list of concerts I’ve enjoyed the most.

Goddamn you, Wilco

I was supposed to be in bed an hour ago.

First I went to the Wilco website out of curiosity, just to see if there’s any news, and of course I find out they are out on tour and will be playing two nights at Madison Square Garden. A concert I am not likely to attend because tickets are way expensive ($60 plus stupid Ticketmaster charges for nosebleed?) and I can’t think of anybody here that may want to go besides me. Damn you, concert gods. On top of it, it’s really a Neal Young concert, for which WIlco and some other band are opening for, so I’d be paying that much money to see them for an hour. I know, I know, Neal Young is awesome. I’ve never got enough into his stuff to make me want to pay that much money, or sit through a 2 hour concert (and for that money, he better be playing two hours).

Disillusioned, but hardly surprised given my personal concert history, I keep looking around their website. Turns out they got some cool “green” (DFHs!) T-shirts, and I make mental notes to check them again when I wouldn’t feel bad to buy t-shirts I don’t quite need. Not bad.

Next, I check their “News” page and I immediately see two awesome items: 1)They are gonna be on the Colbert Report tomorrow (Thursday) night, and b)They are giving away a song for free in exchange for a pledge to vote in the coming presidential elections. Color me intrigued. I fill out my info, and pledge that I will vote, and seconds later I have it on my email inbox. The song is a live recording of Wilco with Fleet Foxes (hadn’t heard of them myself) of the Bob Dylan/The Band song “I shall be released.” I hadn’t heard this song in a while, and I gotta say their version kicks major ass. If you needed one last push to be certain you are voting in the coming elections (and you certainly should if you’re an elegible voter!), I can’t think of a better deal-sweetener.

In case you can’t wait, here’s a youtube of Wilco+Fleet Foxes singing that song live.

Over a half dozen listens later, I really think I should try going to bed. Curse you, you well-meaning bastards.

Okay, one last time. Then I go to bed.

Go below the fold for a youtube of The Band + Bob Dylan + Friends (including Ringo Starr and Ron Wood) playing the song. It is real good. Continue reading

You have probably heard me say this before…

but I will say it again: Thank you Jeff Tweedy, and Wilco in general, for giving the world the best McCartney song never written by Paul McCartney himself: Hate it Here, from the Sky Blue Sky album.

The video is kinda crappy, but the sound is much better than that from live show clips. And stupid NBC won’t post their SNL appearance.

It just sounds like something McCartney might have written while still in The Beatles and released in some solo album of the early 70s. Particularly, listen to how the bass hits some high notes right before the band joins in after a small silence, around 3:44. Does that not have the McCartney seal? I think so.

Please don’t take this to mean I think Wilco ripped him off or anything. I love Wilco. I think this song (and the entire album) is brilliantly beautiful. It’s just that this song has that nice early 70s rocking ballad feel to it. And a few arrangements that to me feel like something The Almighty Beatles might have done themselves.

I gotta say, I do think Tweedy shares some qualities with McCartney, mostly as songwriters. They are both really great at writing beautiful songs, no matter the style or context. They have a really good ear for melodies that you catch yourself humming unconsciously.

In closing, thank you Jeff Tweedy and Wilco. Thank you for giving us an awesome song.

Oh, and the Concert Gods hateth striketh againste me yet again. This morning I checked Wilco’s webpage to see if they were touring. Yes, they are touring. Yes, they are coming to the NY area. Yes, the show (at a park in Brooklyn) is sold out. Tickets are going for 150ish resale. I hate you Concert Gods. I will end you, even if that means the end of the world as we knoweth it.