We saw Wilco last night.

Nick Lowe opened for them. I don't really know most of Lowe's stuff, except for his really big songs, so a lot of his set was unfamiliar. If I had to describe his style it would be "simply-arranged, early-mid 60's country/pop/rock ballads" - think Orbison, Glen Campbell, Burt Bacharach; a bit like Elvis Costello's ballads, but warmer. It wasn't until he got to "Peace Love & Understanding", (E. Costello's) "Alison", and "Cruel To Be Kind" that I finally recognized the songs and could appreciate that his voice hasn't really changed much since his commercial heyday. He's still got a great, rich voice, and I liked his songs enough to go buy his latest record, "The Old Magic".

Wilco played a bunch of songs off their new record. But since that record was released yesterday morning, nobody in the audience knew the songs. Tweedy got a couple of chuckles out of that. But, the new stuff fits right in with their older stuff, so t'was nothing shocking.

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They played a pretty good set, lots of songs, short and long. Lots of long, freakout feedback solos, a couple of new arrangements on old songs, etc.. Good stuff.

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Jeff Tweedy

Nick Lowe came out for the encore and did his "I Love My Label" (which is included on Wilco's new record as a bonus track) and Jim Ford's "36 Inches High" (which Nick Lowe covered on his 1978 debut).

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Nick Lowe + Wilco

Nice night for an outdoor show. $39 for two beers and two sandwiches is a bit much, though. And the camera police are really damn annoying - making me take blurry pix because I'm too afraid to hold the camera up long enough to get steady: fuck you.

Saturday, Malkmus & The Jicks.

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  1. The Modesto Kid

    Cool — I saw Lowe a couple of years ago, with RH as the opening act. I mostly went to see Robyn, but Lowe was a lot of fun too. Best moment of that night as I recall it was at the encore, when Elvis Costello joined the two of them to sing “Mystery Train” and a couple of other tunes.

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