Click the image for a slideshow of the concert . All photos by Marcella D. Volpintesta.
By Hannah Levin
Click the image for a slideshow of the concert. All photos by Marcella D. Volpintesta.
By Hannah Levin
Better Than: Anything I saw at the eSurance Capitol Hill Block Party
Personal Bias: I still wished they had played "Heavy Metal Drummer."
In a recent interview with Glen Hansard, the frontman for Irish band the Frames told me he believes Wilco are role models for any band wanting to achieve broad success on their own terms. "To me Wilco have the best business model going for the modern band," he said. "They make the records they want, deliver them, tour when they want, and always come out on top."
Jeff Tweedy and company effortlessly embodied Hansard’s observations throughout their triumphant and graceful performance last night at Marymoor Park. Not only were they going above and beyond the call of duty as players, every environmental element was working in their favor: the sound was immaculately mixed at a reasonable volume (though I could have stood for it being a hair louder), the clear sky and cool temperature was ideal for an evening show, and the pale yellow slice of half-moon rising elegantly behind the stage was the perfect cinematic touch. I’m generally no fan of Eastside ambience and attitude, but both the crowd and the atmosphere were so pleasing that I found myself wishing I had gotten there earlier with a picnic basket in tow like so many other attendees.
There was a slight and understandable emphasis on their most recent release, Sky Blue Sky, but the band’s survey of their back catalog was generous and thoughtful. The MVP award definitely went to guitarist Nels Cline, who nearly stole the show at moments, deftly dividing his time between commanding a wild assortment of effects pedals, and adding crucial degrees of texture and depth with his acrobatic guitar work. Among the many highlights were exceptionally lush and detailed renditions of "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," "A Shot in the Arm," "I’m the Man Who Loves You" (the song that closed their set prior to a pair of encores, complete set list is below), and the dedication of "Jesus, Etc." to Les Brewer, a recently deceased friend of Wilco bass player John Stirratt. Major props to photographer Marcella D. Volpintesta for capturing such gorgeous images.
1. Sunken Treasure
2. You Are My Face
3. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
4. Handshake Drugs
5. Pot Kettle Black
6. War On War
7. Side With The Seeds
8. A Shot In The Arm
9. Impossible Germany
10. Sky Blue Sky
11. Too Far Apart
12. Via Chicago
13. Jesus, Etc.
14. Hate It Here
16. I'm The Man Who Loves You
17. What Light
18. Airline To Heaven
19. Hesitating Beauty (w/Bill Frisell on Electric Guitar)
20. California Stars (w/Bill Frisell on Electric Guitar)
23. Spiders (Kidsmoke)