If Friday night's set was the musical equivalent of the dark storm clouds overhead - noise rock grit and flashy Nels Cline solos - then Saturday's set was the opposite. A looser set featuring Wilco's most accessible and well-known work. Classic rock pomp, folk-rock singalongs and Tweedy's trademark self-deprecating banter.
Catering to both the casual fans and die-hards, the set again drew from every album. The only songs repeated from the previous night were new tracks "I Might" and "Born Alone". Among many highlights, the standouts for me were "At Least That's What You Said" (I never tire of that solo), "Jesus, etc" which Tweedy turned over almost entirely to the crowd and "California Stars" with Sarah Lee Guthrie singing her grandfather's lyrics.
With a setlist so different from the previous night, it's not easy to pick a favorite -- Friday night felt like Wilco at their most vital and experimental. Saturday was the victory lap - a set of crowd favorites and singalongs, played beneath finally-dry skies to a sprawling, adoring crowd. For those that were there, I'm curious which night you preferred - let me know in the comments.
Complete recording of night two is streaming below. Sound on this is excellent - enjoy!
Solid Sound Festival - North Adams, MA
June 25, 2011
I Love My Label (Nick Lowe cover)
Dawned On Me (new song)
A Shot In The Arm
Side With The Seeds
Company In My Back
War On War
At Least That's What You Said
It's Just That Simple
Can't Stand It
Unknown (new song)
I Might (new song)
Box Full Of Letters
Hate It Here
You Never Know (with Liam Finn)
Born Alone (new song)
The Late Greats
Heavy Metal Drummer
California Stars (with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion)
Airline To Heaven
Monday > Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Full set download: mp3 zip