Posted in music on December 6, 2010

Jeff Tweedy at Bowery Ballroom (via)
Jeff Tweedy at Bowery Ballroom

"The sound in the Bowery Ballroom was really excellent - A perfect place to see Jeff Tweedy solo. The crowd had been drinking pretty steadily for about 1 1/2 hours by the time Autumn Defense started their excellent set, and there was a lot of loud talking and a general "night out at the bar while a band plays in the background" atmosphere. John even made some snarky remarks to the tune of (not exact quotes) "Thanks for listening, the two of you" and that the Autumn Defense was a rock band "sort of", just loud enough that you could still "talk over them". This made me a bit nervous, because by the time Jeff took the stage, around 10:40, after what seemed to be an equipment issue delay, I wasn't certain that the liquored-up crowd would be able to quiet down. When Jeff first appeared, picked up his guitar and started picking the intro to Spiders, which were practically inaudible due to clapping/talking, I was even more nervous, but the crowd quieted down, and the few remaining talkers were forcefully and repeatedly shushed. Talking was not much of an issue throughout the rest of the show. At one point, Jeff thanked the crowd for being conscientious and quiet, to which somebody shouted "Should we get loud?". Jeff replied "Do you want to get loud?" to enthusiastic cheering to which he responded "Well, you came to the wrong show". Classic." [dvigs24]
One night after Jeff Tweedy showed off his guest-starring abilities in honor of the Jewish holidays, the Wilco honcho performed another solo set at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom with The Autumn Defense (featuring Wilco bandmates John Stirratt and Pat Sansone). As you can see from the above picture, Stirratt & Sansone joined Tweedy on stage, assisting in the performance of "California Stars" and "I Got You" as part of the first encore. Full setlist from the Saturday night show is below.

The Autumn Defense also played the Living Room last night (12/5). How was that? Did Tweedy make another guest appearance?

Jeff Tweedy & The Autumn Defense continue their tour together and play Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY tonight (12/6). The show is sold-out, but there are still tickets available for Wilco member Nels Cline's Yuka Honda show at Le Poisson Rouge which is also happening tonight.

Bowery Ballroom setlist below (with some Maxwell's videos)...

Jeff Tweedy - I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

Jeff Tweedy - The Ruling Class (Loose Fur)

Jeff Tweedy - Shot in the Arm

Jeff Tweedy @ Bowery Ballroom 12/4/10 (via)
Spiders (Kidsmoke)
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Muzzle of Bees
One Wing
Via Chicago
Honey Wait Up For Me
Be Not So Fearful
The Ruling Class
Country Disappeared
Chinese Apples
When the Roses Bloom Again
Magazine Called Sunset
Radio King
You Are Not Alone
California Stars w/ Pat Sansone & John Stirratt
I Got You w/ Pat Sansone & John Stirratt
A Shot in the Arm
I'm the Man Who Loves You



Comments (28)

those videos are from the night before with Yo La Tengo...

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:12 PM

Step right down and see the whitest show on earth!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:13 PM


Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:13 PM

The quote from John Stiratt was wrong. He said "Thanks for listening, most of you at least".

Seriously, if you would rather talk than watch the music, why the fuck are you there. You're a selfish prick, and you are ruining it for people who want to be there.

Posted by KC | December 6, 2010 2:15 PM

Chinese Apple and Magazine..good setlist!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:22 PM

i see we've moved from hummus jokes to who? jokes. shut the fuck up already

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:31 PM

2:12 yes, as stated.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:34 PM

haha - yeah (2:34) when BV edits the post after I mention that, it does make me look silly! thanks bv!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:26 PM

man shut up

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:32 PM

there are so many silly "anonymous" folks around here

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:15 PM

what are you talking about? "anonymous" is just one guy. dude's an asshole!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:24 PM

Where does Jeff Tweedy get his hair cut?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:26 PM

Great set list of tunes. I wish the Wilco shows would bring out some Uncle Tupelo tunes and other older Wilco ones. I've been bored with the last 2 Lps. Oh- and Chinese Apple, Magazine, and Radio King. Nice. All great tunes.

Reminds me of when I liked Wilco the band, and wasn't bored of their geeked-out adult contemporary area rock. Tweedy solo shows are always worth it. I wish the band would kick their Eagles ambitions, and get back to more of an american tip. Everything up and including to YHF is brilliant. Ghost seemed like a b-sides comp to YHF, and Sky was a bore. Wilco the album was about as interesting as Wilco the coffee.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 4:46 PM

haha wilco the coffee

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 5:00 PM

Wilco the band is still great.
The fans? Not so much. Very annoying to be in the same concert venue with them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 7:08 PM

bottom line is that i'm a paying customer and if i choose to chat with a friend who i havent seen a while i should be allowed to. it's not a library.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 7:54 PM

7:54, maybe you should consider anywhere else to chat with a friend who you haven't seen a while. There are many places where you can do this for free while also not annoying everyone around you (also, incidentally, paying customers).

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 8:02 PM

he was just an opener. who cares. no one came to see him.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 8:11 PM

seriously, anyone who goes to a show, nay a predominantly acoustic show, really needs to rethink their agenda if all they want to do is fucking yell over the music to their friends and "catch up." there is a big, comfortable lounge downstairs in the venue, if you don't want to watch the band or god forbid, LISTEN to them, go somewhere more conducive to conversation or stfu. i will never understand this mentality and the complete lack of consideration for other people around you.

i'm not a huge fan of autumn defense, but for fuck's sake, people were so rude during their set. rant over, thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 8:11 PM

A show like this kind of is a library. Same rules apply.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:13 AM

Tarrytown was great. During Autumn Defense I was worried that the crowd would be too quiet believe it or not - lots of older folks attended. Autumn Defense started to rock very hard at their last song and good thing they stopped. Otherwise, people would have started thinking they were going to see Wilco.

Judging by the rarity and price of these solo show tickets it was nice to see some scalpers losing out completely on selling their tickets - who in their right mind would have traveled up to Tarrytown without a ticket in-hand.

Anyway, it is a wonderful experience to see such a great songwriter and guitarist in such an intimate environment. The encore reminded me of what Wilco sounded like when I first saw them on Austin City Limits in like the late 90's on the television. Jeff is truly a master at his craft and I strongly advise everyone, even folks on the fence with Wilco, to go see Tweedy perform acoustic and ham it up with some horrible/hilarious humor.

Posted by Eugene Draper | December 7, 2010 7:01 AM

so you dont want me to take pictures during shows and you dont want me to chat with a friend during shows. what exactly am i allowed to do then?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 10:07 AM

^eat hummus. No rule on that yet!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 10:13 AM

Considering anyone who wanted to talk could've gone downstairs to the bar, talked and still heard the band being piped in from upstairs, talking through Autumn Defense's set was pretty weak.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 10:33 AM

does anyone have a setlist of last nites show in tarrytown? great set. and the talking does drive me crazy. i don't understand people sometimes

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 10:49 AM

there's no way i would go downstairs and give up my standing spot for jeff tweedy. this wasn't an autumn season show. it was a jeff tweedy show. why cant you people understand that?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:00 AM

Anybody have a setlist from last night in Tarrytown?

Posted by BAMstutz | December 7, 2010 12:41 PM

This is some of the Tarrytown set list. Not all the songs are here and not in the right order but here it is:

Sunken Treasure
Remember the Mountain Bed
I am Trying to Break your Heart
One Wing
Via Chicago
Please be Patient With me
The Ruling Class
One by One
Muzzle of bees
What's the World Got in Store?
Not for the Seasons
Jesus etc.
The Late Greats

Encore: with The Autumn Defense:
Passanger Side
California Stars

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 11:54 AM

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