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Wilco

Wilco have a brand new video for new song "Born Alone". Check it out below. Jeff Tweedy made a surprise appearance at Hideout in Chicago last night (9/6). He covered Black Eyed Peas songs. Watch HERE.

Wilco recently added more dates to their that includes two nights at Central Park Summerstage. Autumn Defense play a show in Chicago tonight.

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Tickets are going on sale at noon for the 2nd Wilco/Nick Lowe show at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage.

Tickets are going on sale at noon for both Jens Lekman shows taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Wilco

Tickets for Wilco's 9/22 Summerstage show, after two presales, went on sale today (7/15) at noon and quickly sold out. Fortunately, Wilco have announced a second date the next night (9/23) at Summerstage. Tickets for the newly added show go on sale Friday (7/22) at noon. Nick Lowe opens like he does the night prior.

As mentioned earlier today, you can pre-order the "I MIght" 7" at the Wilco webstore.

Updated tour dates below...

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Wilco

The above is a screenshot of the Wilco store where you can pre-order the "I Might b/w I Love My Label" 7" in various varieties. "I Might" is the first single from Wilco's new album The Whole Love which they'll be touring behind in September. Tickets go on sale at noon for the Central Park Summerstage show.

Advanced tickets are on sale for the Harvey Milk show happening at Saint Vitus TONIGHT (7/13). (thanks Vinney)

Nick Lowe opens for Wilco at Central Park Summerstage on September 22nd. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon. General sale begins Friday at noon.

UPDATE: There's a Wilco presale too.

Wilco at Sasquatch (more by Josh Darr)
Wilco

After a weekend of Wilco-related shows and the band's own Sold Sound Festival which just took place in North Adams, MA, Wilco have announced their own tour. The tour kicks off in September and continues through early October with support from Nick Lowe, whose "I Love My Label" Wilco covers as the b-side to their new single. They'll hit NYC on September 22 at Central Park Summerstage. Ticket info is not available at the moment, but check Ticketmaster for updates.

The tour is in support of their new album The Whole Love which comes out September 27 on their own d8pm label. Limited edition 7"s of the "I Might" single with the Nick Lowe cover as a b-side were available at Solid Sound. Check those songs out below along with album artwork, tracklist, and all tour dates...

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Buke & Gass at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Buke & Gass

We forgot a show in our recent roundup of Wilco-related happenings.

Jad Abumrad of Radiolab is hosting Radiolab Concerts: Curious Sounds on Saturday (6/18) at the NYU Skirball Center. The event will feature Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Buke & Gass, and a "special mystery performer" (anyone know who it is?). Abumrad will discuss music and sound with the guests, in addition to a performance by each one. Tickets are on sale now and you can save $5 by using the code "radiolab." Flyer below.

As previously mentioned, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco play a show at the Living Room the same day as Glenn's show, and Nels Cline plays a show at Blue Note the night before, late the night before, after midnight actually (so also technically Saturday). That's a lot of Wilco in NYC on Saturday.

For Buke & Gass the NYU show happens right before they leave for a tour of Europe. While over there they'll play at least one show with their Metallica-collaborating friend Lou Reed who plays as part of a free show in Prospect Park tonight (6/16). Buke & Gass play a free show in Prospect Park in August with Ra Ra Riot and Delicate Steve. All of their dates below...

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Wilco at Sasquatch (more by Josh Darr)
Wilco

The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco) have announced a NYC show before they play WIlco's Solid Sound Festival later this month. The band will play The Living Room on June 18 at 9 PM, before Joseph Arthur, who Sansone collaborated with in Holding the Void, plays one of his ten shows at the same venue.

John Stirratt and Jeff Tweedy's ex-Uncle Tupelo bandmate Jay Farrar also has a few shows coming up. Those include October 14 and 15 at City Winery in NYC. Tickets are on sale.

Nels Cline of Wilco plays Le Poisson Rouge with Marc RIbot tonight (6/15). Tickets are still available. Nels also plays Blue Note on Friday (6/17) as part of the Spontaneous Construction series. The show is part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets are on sale. He will also play with The Les Paul Trio at The Iridium on July 11 as part of their Les Paul Guitar Tribute Mondays. Nels plays Solid Sound with Thurston Moore under their Pillow Wand moniker.

Jeff Tweedy has no NYC dates but you can catch him at Winnipeg Folk Festival with Mountain Man, Dawes, Lucinda Williams and others on July 6-10.

All tour dates, Wilco included, below...

Continue reading "Wilco, The Autumn Defense, Nels Cline & Jay Farrar shows"

photos by Josh Darr

Wilco / Guided By Voices
Wilco
Guided by Voices

"Wilco never makes the second record twice, which makes it doubly remarkable that so many of them are tremendous. As formidable as frontman Jeff Tweedy's catalog is, the sonically inventive rock band really stands out on stage -- the place where extreme technical skill meets the chemistry and rousing showmanship of passionate rock veterans. Of course, it helps that the group has the luxury of drawing highlights from seven very different records when it performs. To see Wilco on stage is to hear the best of the best."
Listen to Wilco's entire 2-hour Memorial Day Sasquatch set at NPR (listen to GbV's there too). Wilco's entire setlist is listed below.

And with this post, our 2011 Sasquatch basically concludes. Previous posts contain The Decembersts, Noah and the Whale, Rebecca Gates, Day 3 pictures, Archers of Loaf, Day 2 pictures, and more Day 2 pics with Day 1 too. The rest of the pictures from Day 4, below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 - the rest of Day 4 in pics (Wilco, Guided by Voices, Sharon Jones, Deerhunter, Chromeo & more)"

Sold Sound

"The 2011 Solid Sound lineup thus far: Wilco (Fri. & Sat.), the Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, Syl Johnson & the Sweet Divines, Here We Go Magic, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Pillow Wand (Nels Cline/Thurston Moore duo), Handsome Family, Liam Finn, Sic Alps, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Glenn Kotche, Pronto, the Autumn Defense, Comedy Cabaret curated by John Hodgman featuring Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman & Morgan Murphy, plus the return of the Story Pirates -- all at the largest contemporary art museum in the country with the backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts."
Solid Sound goes down from June 24-26 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Tickets are on sale now.

Smith Westerns at 171 Lombardy (more by Ian Perlman)
Smith Westerns

Glasslands on 1/18. Mercury Lounge on March 3rd. Knitting Factory on March 5th. These are a list of recent and future NYC shows that Smith Westerns have sold out. Now comes word of another one, this time at Bowery Ballroom on April 25th. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (2/16) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. By the way, all February and March shows (Merc and KF included) are with Unknown Mortal Orchestra who have an EP you can listen to at Bandcamp.

The Bowery Ballroom show precedes a stint of dates with fellow Chicago-ans Wilco, who so far have no NYC dates in their near future (nor does Jeff Tweedy). Check out all Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, and Smith Westerns dates along with some video below.

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Sasquatch

Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

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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)...

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words and photos by Chris Gersbeck

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo played their third of eight Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's on Friday night (12/3), and this was probably the most anticipated due to strong rumors of Jeff Tweedy opening which turned out to be true.

Each Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show has an associated charity, and this night's was the Elsyian Charter School of Hoboken, so the show started with twenty or so children taking the stage to perform some Yo La classics. I almost felt bad laughing (as did everyone else) when they began singing "Stockholm Syndrome", but only because it was just so adorable. After performing "Sugarcube" and "Mr. Tough", the children parted the crowd to make their exit (they really did sound great by the way), and shortly after we were treated to an intimate and absolutely beautiful set from Jeff Tweedy.

Playing Wilco classics like "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart", and rotating through Uncle Tupelo songs and covers, Tweedy's voice sounded as great as ever. The crowd was clearly filled with his fans as well; many of them were singing along throughout. After closing with a stellar and, well I'll just say it, mind-blowing rendition of "A Shot in the Arm", Tweedy thanked the crowd and promised we would see him later. And that would definitely happen...

Eugene Mirman, who has always been one of my favorite standup comics, was the comedian guest of the night. The highlight of his set included revealing his fascination with the Tea Party, his subsequent registering on a Tea Party social networking site, and his printouts of legitimate Tea Party members profile pictures from that site. My favorite being simply a photo of a machine gun laying on a carpeted floor, the owner's toes only barely visible on the bottom of the photo. Wow. Eugene's reading of his favorite tweets, accompanied with a theremin, was also a great and hilarious way to end his set.

Eugene didn't join Yo La Tengo on the stage during the show like Tweedy would, but I'm not sure many people were expecting that anyway. Tweedy in fact performed nearly the entire initial set with Yo La, pleasing the crowd with a version of Wilco's "Jesus, Etc.", Bob Dylan's "One Of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" and quite a few of my favorite songs from Yo La Tengo's prolific catalogue such as "Can't Forget", "The Race Is On Again", and "I Should Have Known Better". For such a small room, they really get quite a big sound.

Yo La Tengo's encore was mostly a tribute to the late Alex Chilton, who has joined them on Hanukkah in the past. After Ira Kaplan stated that some of Chilton's most notable work was with legendary punk band the Cramps, he invited Cramps' guitarist Kid Congo Powers for a couple covers of his band. Ending the night on a particularly loud note, though I probably should stop standing right next to those gigantic speakers, Yo La Tengo said "we'll see you tomorrow!" and left the stage through the crowd.

Jeff Tweedy headlined Bowery Ballroom one night later, and Yo La Tengo continue playing Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's through 12/8 (the final night of Hanukkah). More pictures and some videos from the third night, below...

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Jeff Tweedy & Eugene Mirman last night (via widder_twidder)
Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy was in fact the opener for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's last night (12/3). He also later joined the band as a guest. Stay tuned for a full set of pictures, but you can check out the setlist below. YLT & Jeff played Wilco songs. Who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight?

Jeff Tweedy continues his NYC-area run tonight at Bowery Ballroom with two of his Wilco bandmates, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, in the opening band. The Autumn Defense are also playing the Living Room on Sunday which is the night off from their short tour with Jeff.

Nels Cline arrives on Monday to help celebrate Yuka Honda's 50th birthday. Nels also plays a NYC show on January 8th as part of Winter Jazzfest, and he has many other shows scheduled all over the place.

All of Jeff's tour dates, now with Boulder, CO, and last night's YLT setlist below...

Continue reading "Wilco Week continues - Jeff Tweedy played w/ YLT, Autumn Defense playing Living Room (both are at Bowery tonight)"

Syl Johnson @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Syl Johnson

Anonymous 1:57 AM left a potentially true tip that "SJ" are opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Saturday. 2:30 quickly followed with a guess that SJ could in fact be Syl Johnson... who happens to be playing Southpaw Friday night (12/3).

Last time Syl Johnson was in town, he was backed by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound who won't be backing him again this time because they're playing DC Friday night, BUT they will be in NYC one night later to play Public Assembly (with The Above / Fred Thomas / Gospel Queens / Poor But Sexy).

Video of JC Brooks covering Wilco, below...

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Wilco

Wilco coffee is now on pre-order. Maybe Jeff Tweedy will have some at the merch table in December. Speaking of coffee, I need some pretty bad right now. How was your weekend?

DOWNLOAD: The Autumn Defense - Back of My Mind (MP3)

The Autumn Defense
Autumn Defense

Jeff Tweedy isn't the only member of Wilco playing Bowery Ballroom on December 4th (TICKETS ON SALE AT NOON). The Autumn Defense are opening the show which means there will be a minimum of three Wilco members in the house that night since The Autumn Defense is a side project of both John Stirratt and Pat Sansone. They're also opening for Jeff on December 6th in Tarrytown and Dec 8th in Charlottesville.

December isn't that far away, but the Autumn Defense are also playing other shows even sooner. They release a new album called Once Around via Yep Roc on November 2nd, and they go on a tour to support the LP that same month. That trek brings them to Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on November 12th, and that night they are the headliner. Johnny Irion & Sarah Guthrie are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale.

Grab an MP3 from their new album, "Back of My Mind", above for free. All Autumn Defense tour dates below...

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Info HERE.

words & photos by Lori Baily

The Baseball Project

The Baseball Proiject headlined a show at Maxwell's on Thursday night. It was before their set over the weekend at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA...

Wilco headlined, and Mavis Staples was their lead-in, but there was six hours of music before them Saturday at Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass.

The warm, sunny afternoon made for perfect festival conditions for a series of sets by Wilco-curated bands which alternated between a pair of stages set up in outdoor courtyards on the Mass MoCA grounds.

Alt-rock supergroup the Baseball Project brought together Mike Mills of R.E.M., Steve Wynn of the Miracle 3 (and formerly of the Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 and journeywoman drummer Linda Pitmon to perform songs that were, in fact, mostly about baseball. Call it good, clean, nerdy fun.

With a rollicking rock 'n' roll sensibility, the foursome sang a tune written after a night out drinking with now-retired pitcher Jack McDowell, advocated for the inclusion of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix on the list of starters who have thrown perfect games (Haddix kept one going for 12 innings in 1959 before losing in the 13th) and threw in a couple of Minus 5 tunes, including "Lies of the Living Dead" and "Aw Shit Man." [Hartford Courant]

Mike Mills was filling for Peter Buck at that show and at the one in NJ on Thursday, where everyone was having a good time - performers and audience alike.

I know nothing about baseball or I would've been entertained even more. Scott McCaughey joined opener Dennis Diken for a couple of songs at the end of their set. The guys (and gal) in both bands are all really sweet and down to earth, Mike Mills even requested that he not be "lit like a lead singer, cause I'm not a lead singer."

More pictures of the NJ show, below...

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The Baseball Project
The Baseball Project

Move over Gary Glitter:

The Baseball Project understands that music heard in a sports stadium is not particularly good. And, although that wasn't the sole impetus, the rock quartet conspired to write rock songs that mostly deal with America's cherished pastime.

Veteran musicians Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn comprise a supergroup that formed in 2008. ...Up until they started writing and recording in the same room, the group members already had a hand in each other's associated projects. For example, singer-guitarist James McCaughey, a frontman for Washington acts The Minus 5 and The Young Fresh Fellows, has collaborated with R.E.M. since the early '90s.

...Their songs range from the irreverent to the deep and ruminative, which is to say, not tailor made for a Joe Schmo at the stadium. The band's single "Past Time," has reportedly been played at Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

When the baseball season starts up in early April, the gang is back in session. Come this fall, The Baseball Project will have recorded 40 songs, 18 of which will appear on the second album slated for February 2011, McCaughey said. - [NJ.com]

The foursome have been releasing free material every month since March via ESPN (stream it below), and now the band is hitting the road for a pair of dates that will include Maxwell's TONIGHT (8/12, show was previously at Southpaw) and the Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA on Saturday (8/14).

Peter Buck won't be on tour for the trek but R.E.M. co-conspirator Mike Mills will, as they tear through their quiver of originals as well as material from The Dream Syndicate and The Minus 5. Dennis Diken with Bell Sound will support at Maxwell's and though tickets are still on sale (as they likely will still be at the door), you can also try you luck at winning a pair. Details on how to win are below.

The Solid Sound Festival this weekend in Massachusetts features a headlining set from Wilco in their "in their only East Coast performance of the summer". It also happens to be Wilco's very own festival and they'll be playing alongside Mavis Staples, The Nels Cline Singers, Avi Buffalo, Sir Richard Bishop, The Books, Mountain Man, Vetiver, a Jeff Tweedy solo set, and much more over its three days. Full lineup is below and tickets are still available. Bob Lefsetz is dying to attend and he's not even that big of a Wilco fan.

The Baseball Project stream, Solid Sound lineup, and tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Baseball Project hit Maxwell's tonight (win tix) before hitting Wilco's Solid Sound Fest this weekend (lineup)"

Massive Attack @ Sound Academy, Toronto, Ontario; May 7th, 2010 (ocad123)
Massive Attack
Massive Attack

tonight in NYC
* Ricky Gervais @ Hunter College
* Phosphorescent @ Union Pool
* The Golden Palominos @ The Living Room
* SSPS, Konnichiwa, The Gamut @ Glasslands
* Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live @ Nokia Theatre
* Loop 243, Emily Hope Price, Build @ Zebulon
* DJs @ The National's High Violet Annex
* Eivind Opsvik's Overseas, Hanne Hukkelberg @ Nublu
* Flying Machines, Teletextile, Revival Times @ Pianos
* Passions, Living Days, Blast Off @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Hunter Valentine, Dear Lions, Lovemonster @ Cake Shop
* Zs, Excepter, Mick Barr, Silk Flowers @ Knitting Factory
* Sleigh Bells, Cults, Sundelles @ Ridgewood Masonic Temple
* Massive Attack, Anti-Pop Consortium, Martina Topley-Bird @ Terminal 5
* Little Brother, Black Milk, Torae, Joe Scudda ,Chaundon ,Jozeemo @ Hiro Ballroom
* Two Door Cinema Club, Million Young, Dinosaur Feathers @ The Bell House

Sleigh Bells celebrate today's release of their album (iTunes) with a show at Ridgewood Temple. A special guest is advertised. M.I.A. showed up at their last show (and it seems likely she might do the same tonight). The album is also streaming for free at NPR.

Tonight's Massive Attack show is sold out (Anti-Pop Consortium open), but tomorrow's with Neon Indian opening still has tickets.

The National's High Violet Annex opens today.

Keane are among the acts who will perform at Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. Tickets to the August 6th show (with Ingrid Michaelson and Fran Healy) go on "Keane Fan Club Presale" at 10am. Password = PLATFORM

MGMT are on Letterman tonight.

The show at Glasslands tonight is Todd Pendu's weekly party. Flyer below.

Wilco performed on Ferguson last night. Video below...

A video of Fucked Up performing their forthcoming "Year of the Ox" EP live in-studio with Annie-Claude Deschenes of Duchess Says and strings is posted below.

What else?

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Wellmont Theater - 4/3/2010 (DJRichRusso)
Wilco

"Great Show indeed, definitely couldn't rattle off every song, but heres some highlights:

- The band played a great Outtamind (outtasite) to end the acoustic set, THEN did Outta- Site (outtamind) in the encore as well. Don't think ive ever seen a band do the same song twice in one night, i loved it
- Muzzle of Bees was a dinner winning request, and it ruled!
- Band played A LOT of summerteeth. Can't Stand It, Shot in the Arm, I'm Always in Love, When You Wake Up Feeling Old (acoustic), Summer Teeth, Candyfloss. I might be missing a few
- No Heavy Metal Drummer, No Handshake Drugs, No Late Greats, but ive seen all those enough that i really didn't give a shit tonight
- 2 Big Star covers to finish off the main set: Thank you friends, followed by In the Street
- Dreamer in my Dreams and You and I were some great acoustic set highlights

Overall, its really tough to compare the two shows. I give the slightest edge to the first night, which was a bit more varied and rocking throughout in my opinion. I also knew basically all of the songs Friday night, while i heard a few unfamiliar ones in the main set and the acoustic set tonight. But two great shows for sure!" [A Cherry Ghost]

Wilco played another three hour show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ last night (Saturday, 4/3). Setlist and pictures from the first night, HERE. Saturday night's setlist below...

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photos by Vincent Cornelli

Wilco

"Show was incredible, More like the Moon was the highlight of the acoustic set, and acoustic Passenger Side was also great. The other highlight of the show was definitely Red Eyed and Blue/I Got You, ive been waiting for that one for a while, and it was SOOOO Sweet!

Jeff seemed to be in a good mood throughout the show. The first free dinner went to a guy who requested impossible germany, and Jeff called him out for "wasting a request" on a song that was already going to be played. The second dinner went to someone who requested a song Tweedy didn't name, but said they weren't gonna play as they "didn't remember it". Would have loved to know what it was.

I grabbed a look at somebody's setlist they got from the soundboard area. Sunken treasure was supposed to be on for the acoustic set (maybe instead of war on war?), and Kingpin was originally pencilled in as the first encore instead of Late Greats. There might have been other changes, but thats all i caught. Overall, INCREDIBLE SHOW!!! 3 hours long, couldn't ask for more." [A Cherry Ghost]

Wilco's 3-hour show included a short set change break ("The roadies set up & broke down the acoustic stage while the band kept playing...impressive") before an acoustic set to close the show which ended with a 2-song encore. Wilco return to the Montclair, NJ venue for another show tonight (4/3) (all dates here). More pictures and the full setlist from last night (April 2nd, 2010), and a few videos, below...

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"[A Grammy] definitely doesn't hold as much credence in the indie world," said Amy Phillips, news editor of online music tastemaker and news site Pitchfork.com.

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Though the Grammys occasionally have bestowed their highest reward on albums that pretty much everybody agrees are great - such as OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in 2004, or The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998 - the Recording Academy's choices usually don't match those of the music press.

(And that's as true this year as ever, despite the academy's efforts to get hipper and younger. After wins in the last two years by Herbie Hancock and the duo of Robert Plant and Alison Kruass, there's a notable absence of geezer entries in the top categories this year.)

That's because the critical consensus of what makes for good pop music in 2010 has coalesced around indie bands - all of them at least partly based in Brooklyn - such as Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors and, most of all, Animal Collective, which won the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, published earlier this month.

You won't find any of those bands up for any Grammy Awards. But you will find all of them on 2009's Top 10 list from Pitchfork, the online music magazine whose 1-to-10 scoring system - down to scientifically precise decimal points - is taken as gospel in the indie universe. (Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion garnered a world-beating 9.6.)

As Chuck Eddy skeptically pointed out in his essay accompanying the Pazz & Jop poll, eight of the Pitchfork Top 10 also made the P&J Top 10, suggesting that "indie-rock is suddenly better than everything put together." [Philadelphia Inquirer]

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards air at 8PM ET/PT tonight (1/31).

The Ting Tings, Silversun Pickups, and MGMT all appear in the Grammy's Best New Artist category. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Death Cab For Cutie, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are all up for Best Alternative Music Album (the latter two also made the top 10 albums list in Pazz & Jop).

UPDATE: Phoenix won it.

"I'm sure Lady Gaga will do something amazing, and I can't wait to see that," said Pitchfork's Phillips. "That's really good, but the awards themselves don't seem to be relevant.

"I think what people don't really realize is that it's all industry people voting for themselves. The fact is that it's taken so seriously, and it really shouldn't be." [Omaha World-Record]

As previously also pointed out, Beast, Neko Case (also a Pazz & Jop Top 10er), Imogen Heap, Kings of Leon and Wilco have also been nominated. If Wilco win, it won't be the first time. They talked about their last Grammy win on stage at a show. Video from that, along with other videos and the full list of nominees below...

Continue reading "good albums don't win Grammys (tonight), Pazz & Jop 2010 looks like Pitchfork, & other obvious statements "