Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wilco - 2003-09-04 - McDonald Theater, Eugene OR

Wilco
September 4, 2003
McDonald Theater, Eugene, OR

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available as both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's some more from Wilco, this one a classic show from an earlier incarnation of the band, in 2003. This was an interesting period for the band, as they were coming off their most acclaimed and successful album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), yet it was also a period of turmoil and transition for the band. The making of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was wrought with tension and problems, with Tweedy pursuing a more experimental direction and sound, resulting in the the replacement of drummer Ken Coomer with Glenn Kotche, and guitarist Jay Bennet also leaving over mounting disagreements with Tweedy over the album and direction of the band. Then when the album was finished, it was rejected by their record company, resulting in them leaving and taking the album to another company before its ultimate release. So, this show came during that transition period, after Bennett left, but while rhythm guitarist Leroy Bach was still there, new addition sound and keyboard guy Mikael Jorgensen had arrived, but it was before the future additions of multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone and lead guitarist Nels Cline (in 2004) would complete the lineup that would remain for the next 10 years and beyond, as the current lineup.  Despite the turmoil in the band, this was a very productive period, and this particular show is considered a favorite among Wilco fans, both for the high sound quality of the soundboard recording, and the wonderful selection and performance of great songs at this show. Although this show was a few months before the band head to the studio to record their next album, A Ghost Is Born (2004), they previewed 5 new songs that would grace that album, as well as featuring songs from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and numerous songs from their previous albums in a great Wilco performance and show.
 
Tracklist:
01 Kingpin
02 I'm The Man Who Loves You
03 Poor Places
04 Reservations
05 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
06 War On War
07 Should've Been In Love
08 Box Full Of Letters
09 At Least Thats What You Said
10 Jesus Etc.
11 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
12 One By One
13 California Stars
14 Handshake Drugs
15 Misunderstood
16 Far Far Away
17 Less Than You Think
18 Cars Cant Escape
19 How To Fight Loneliness
20 Not For The Season
21 I'm Always In Love
22 Casino Queen
23 Outtasite (Outta Mind)
24 Kicking Television
25 I'm A Wheel

Jeff Tweedy - lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitars
John Stirratt - bass, backing vocals
Leroy Bach - rhythym guitar, backing vocals
Glenn Kotche - drums, percussion
Mikael Jorgensen - samples, sound manipulation, keyboards

FLAC - Wilco_2003-09-04_Eugene OR_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Wilco_2003-09-04_Eugene OR_mp3.part1.rar
          Wilco_2003-09-04_Eugene OR_mp3.part2.rar

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wilco - 2012-07-28 - Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY

WILCO
July 28, 2012
Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown NY

Audience recording, very good quality
Lossless (FLAC) files (24-bit/48khz)

Sorry for the delays in posting, but been away alot recently and just been very busy. But here is some more Wilco, this time from the Whole Love tour in 2012, and this is one that has been a favorite for this tour among Wilco fans (according to comments in viachicago.org), so check it out. The Whole Love (2011) album was a particular favorite of mine and it's cool to hear many of those songs performed here live, in addition to the many classic songs from their catalog. So, check out some more from Wilco.

Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Dawned On Me
03. War On War
04. I Might
05. Sunken Treasure
06. Either Way
07. Hummingbird
08. Impossible Germany
09. Born Alone
10. Not For The Seasons
11. What’s the World Got In Store
12. Handshake Drugs
13. The Whole Love
14. Kamera
15. Box Full of Letters
16. I’m Always In Love
17. Heavy Metal Drummer
18. I’m The Man Who Loves You
19. A  Shot In the Arm
20. (Encore Break)
21. Poor Places
22. Art of Almost
23. Standing O
24. (Encore Break)
25. Airline To Heaven
26. Hate It Here
27. I Can’t Stand It
28. Red Eyed and Blue
29. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
30. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)

Recorded with Edirol / Roland R-09HR digital recorder and Sony ECM-719 microphone.
www.yazcountry.com/rob/
Files acquired from the Live Wilco Archive: http://owlandbear.com/wilco-archive/



Note: These Lossless (FLAC) Files are 24-bit/48khz, higher quality than the standard 16-bit/44.1 khz sampling rate used for CDs (and basis for mp3s). Because of this, I did not convert them and  make them available as mp3s, as this is a bit trickier with 24-bit sources and I just didn't want to mess with them. However, not all players can handle 24-bit FLAC files (although Winamp can). They can be converted using Audacity or several other media players/converters, if needed, but will sound best as is. Because these are 24-bit, however, the downloads are larger in size than usual (both parts combined=1.2 GB).

Wilco_2012-07-28_Cooperstown_24-bit-FLAC.part1.rar
Wilco_2012-07-28_Cooperstown_24-bit-FLAC.part2.rar

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wilco - 2015-07-17 - Pitchfork Festival - Chicago, IL

Wilco
2015-07-17
Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park, Chicago, IL

Audio taken from live webstream video, excellent quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

In honor of Wilco's surprise release of their fine new album (and available for free download! see post below), Star Wars, let's feature some Wilco, shall we? Wilco, of course, lead by Jeff Tweedy's songwriting, vocals, and overall style, and featuring the crack musical chops of the rest of the band, may not have reached great commercial success, but are highly respected and critically acclaimed, and have an avid and knowledgeable fan base. I consider Wilco to be one of the premier American rock bands around, always doing something ineteresting, always worthwhile to listen to, and always putting on great live shows, and last year Jeff Tweedy and company celebrated their 20th year as a band.Wilco has released 9 studio albums over that time (including Star Wars, but not counting some collaborations and side projects, such as the Mermaid Ave collaborations with Billy Bragg and Tweedy's solo album, Tweedy), all of them very good and showing various forms of stylistic changes and growth as they began as an alt-country offshoot of Uncle Tupelo and developed into a more experimental, idiosyncratic, and alternative rock band of the highest order. Which albums are favorites depends on which period and style one is most attrcted to, with Being There (1996) considered the high point of the early more countryish style, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002) their most successful and acclaimed alt-rock, or some of their more eclectic gems, like Sky Blue Sky (2007) or The Whole Love (2011). Fortunately, it is very easy to hear live shows from Wilco, as their are many avenues available. The band has an open taping policy and actively encourages fans to trade and share audience recordings of their shows. The band also sells soundboard recordings of many shows as dowmnloads from their website store, and also features several entire live shows available for streaming at no charge. There also are several fan sites that feature many live shows available for free download and/or streaming. So, with all these opportunities to listen to Wilco shows (I'll list some of the best online resources below), I don't need to post much here, but I did want to post just a few things to get started with. So, here is a very recent show, where they premiered their new album in its entirety, the day after the album was released on the internet. So, this show featured the brand new album straight through, the first time these songs played live anywhere. This was at the Pitchfork Music Festival, which was in Wilco's own home town, Chicago, IL. In addition to the new album, the set featured many classic and favorite songs from the Wilco catalog for a wonderful show. Better yet, video of the entire show was streamed live on the web. This is audio taken from that live webstream. Hopefully, since this was broadcast, it is alright for me to make available here. So, anyway, enjoy this show (and if you look around, can probably find the video, too), and be sure to check out some of the other Wilco sites mentioned here.

OK, so here are some of the top Wilco resources to hear more of their great music and shows:

Wilco's official website: wilcoworld.net
official news and info, plus some entire shows for audio streaming, and many shows available for purchase in lossless and mp3 (Roadcase series) through their online store

Fan sites
For general info and discussion of Wilco, their music, and live shows: viachicago.org
For Streaming audio of many Wilco shows: sooutoftune.org

For downloading audience tapes of Wilco shows:
Live Wilco Archive: owlandbear.com/wilco-archive/
(hundreds of wilco shows available in lossless. However, only goes up to 2013 at present)
For some more recent (and classic) Wilco shows: nyctaper.com
(has several more recent shows from 2014 and 2015, as well older, classic shows

Pitchfork Festival set
Tracklist:
[Tracks 1-11: "Star Wars" album in entirety (live debut)]
1. EKG (on tape)
2. More... 
3. Random Name Generator 
4. The Joke Explained 
5. You Satellite 
6. Taste the Ceiling 
7. Pickled Ginger 
8. Where Do I Begin 
9. Cold Slope 
10. King of You 
11. Magnetized 

12. Handshake Drugs 
13. Camera 
14. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart  (minor skip at 1:38 due to transmission glitch)
15. Art of Almost 
16. Via Chicago 
17. Impossible Germany 
18. Red-Eyed and Blue 
19. I Got You (At the End of the Century) 
20. Outtasite (Outta Mind) 
21. Heavy Metal Drummer 
22. I'm the Man Who Loves You 

Wilco_2015-07-17_Pitchfork Festival.part1.rar
Wilco_2015-07-17_Pitchfork Festival.part2.rar


Friday, July 17, 2015

Wilco - Surprise New Album! - Free download available!

Wilco
New album - Star Wars
Available as a free download from band's website!

This just in - Wilco has released a surprise new album (no advanced word or announcement), and, for a limited time, they are making the album available as a free download from their website
(http://wilcoworld.net/). This is a very big deal, as a new Wilco album in itself is something to celebrate, and that it is being offered for free is a tremendous bonus. Apparently, this initially happened yesterday, but I just heard about it today, and have just downloaded the album. I haven't even had a chance to listen to it yet, but I assume it will be very much worth my (and your) time. Wilco's last album, The Whole Love, was released in September, 2011, and for my money, it was the very best album of that year. So, I have high hopes for this one, too. At the very least, it will be interesting, as Wilco always is. First, they went with the outrageous title of 'Star Wars' (and there is no corresponding song that would appear to be associated with that), and then have a still life-type painting of a cat on the cover. What? Anyway, if you haven't yet, be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to get new music from Wilco for free. he physical (CD) form of the album doesn't release until around the third week of August, and I believe the free download will be available at least until first week of August, so be sure to get it now. I'll post more with some comments about the album after I have a chance to check it out thoroughly, and would like to hear back from some of you as well about what you think of it.

Get it now, at:
http://wilcoworld.net/

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Steely Dan - The Lost Gaucho and Outtakes (corrected and enhanced version) - 1979

Steely Dan
The Lost Gaucho and Outtakes
(NEW upgraded version - phase-corrected and cleaned-up)
~1979
Studio outtakes, good to excellent sound quality

For this version, Phase-correction and audio touch-ups and clean-up work provided by Anthony Ochoa for the BB Chronicles

Now available in lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions!

My previous post of Steely Dan's Lost Gaucho and Outtakes has consistently been one of the most popular posts ever here at the 'Chronicles'. So naturally, as I was preparing many posts for upgrading (to lossless and/or improved, upgraded quality where possible) a month or so ago, and since previously these were posted only as mp3 files, I planned on including the Lost Gaucho in this upgrade group. Coincidentally, around this same time, I was contacted by an alert blog reader who had recently downloaded the files from here, and who happened to be an audio engineer, and he noticed that for the entire CD1 of the post, the left and right channels were completely (180 degree) out of phase with each other, which resulted in cancellation and loss of sound from some frequencies (particularly low end), and an overall loss of fidelity in the recordings. When I checked it out, he was absolutely right, and as I checked around for other (and Lossless) sources, I found that all the available sources I could find also had the same out-of-phase problem, so it appeared that these were the versions that have been around the trading circles for years. Fortunately, correcting this type of phase issue is quite simple to do, and it is surprising that it has not been fixed before now. Anyway, my new audio engineer blog friend, Anthony Ochoa, was interested in not only fixing the phase problem, but also going through the recordings and doing some EQ and clean-up work on them to bring them up to a higher sound quality. So, that is what he did, and his resulting work on CD1 (The Lost Gaucho) has restored these files to a much fuller, richer sound, almost to a commercial quality level. Unfortunately, the many sound problems on the other batch of outtakes on CD2 were not so easily fixed, as Anthony told me, the "warbling & mushy" sound was probably due to a transfer from "a lousy cassette tape that was poorly calibrated and poorly maintained, as was the deck used to play it back" resulting in some sound problems that can't be fixed. Nonetheless, Anthony also did go through the lesser quality CD2 files and performed some "clean-up work" on them to fix some gaps, fades, and erroneous noise.  Thus, CD1 now has greatly enhanced sound quality, while CD2 only has some minor enhancements, but nonetheless this is an overall upgraded and improved package, and is also now available in lossless as well as mp3. Generally, for my recent upgrades, I have not made new posts, just updated the old one, but for this exciting new enhanced and upgraded version, I thought a new post was warranted. Thanks to Anthony for taking time to make these improvements and make this available. For more info and background on the original recordings and sessions, see the original post here. Note: I am leaving the original post (and link) intact, so that those interested in the unaltered files can still get those. 


CD1: The Lost Gaucho (phase-corrected and equalized)
01 Kind Spirit
02 Were You Blind That Day
03 The Bear
04 The 2nd Arrangement
05 Talkin' About My Home
06 Time Out Of Mind
07 Kulee Baba
08 Gaucho (instr.)

CD2: Various Demos, Outtakes, & Alternate Versions (cleaned-up)
01 Gaucho
02 The Second Arrangement
03 Glamour Profession
04 Babylon Sisters
05 My Rival
06 Gaucho (piano demo)
07 Babylon Sisters
08 The Second Arrangement
09 Talkin' About My Home
10 I Can't Write Home About You
11 Kulee Baba


FLAC - Steely Dan_The Lost Gaucho and Outtakes(corrected-enhanced)_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steely Dan_The Lost Gaucho and Outtakes(corrected-enhanced)_mp3.part1.rar
          Steely Dan_The Lost Gaucho and Outtakes(corrected-enhanced)_mp3.part2.rar


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Golden Smog - 2006-09-19 - Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL

Golden Smog
2006-09-19
Vic Theater, Chicago, IL

 FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's one more show from Golden Smog, this one from the later incarnation of the Smog which got back together in 2005, and recorded and released 2 more albums (Another Fine Day-2006 and Blood on the Slacks-2007). By this time Jeff Tweedy was only an occasional member of the band. Fortunately, this recording was one of those occasions, a broadcast revording from a Chicago show that featured Jeff along with the rest of the band performing songs from their new album, as well as their previous songs and select covers. So, here's another chance to check out  Golden Smog. One last note: I need to make a shout out to John at Ousterhout.net for making these files (and so many others) available in high quality. All these Golden Smog shows came from there, and he has many other unique and hard to find artists and shows. But for now, here's Golden Smog.

Tracklist:
01 Looking Forward to Seeing You
02 You Make It Easy
03 V
04 To Call My Own #
05 Easy To Be Hard
06 Can't Keep From Talking
07 Long Time Ago
08 Glad and Sorry
09 Ill Fated
10 5-22-02
11 Never Felt Before
12 Starman
13 Frying Pan Eyes

14 Hurricane
15 Won't Be Coming Home
16 Band Intro - Red Headed Stepchild
17 Beautiful Mind
18 If I Only Had A Car
19 Corvette
-- encores:
20 Radio King
21 Until You Came Along

Lineup:
Gary Louris - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Marc Perlman - bass
Dan Murphy - guitar, vocals
Kraig Johnson - guitar, vocals
Jeff Tweedy - guitar, vocals
Sim Cain - drums
? - horns
Blake Hurlbert - tambourine
Jim Boquist - guitar ?#

mp3 - Golden Smog_2006-09-19_Chicago_mp3.rar

FLAC - Golden Smog_2006-09-19_Chicago_FLAC.rar


Friday, June 19, 2015

Golden Smog - 1996-04-18 - Carrboro, NC

Golden Smog
April 18, 1996
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC

Soundboard/Audience matrix recording, good quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from Golden Smog, this one a couple years earlier, on their first real tour, promoting their first full-length album, Down By the Old Mainstream. It features a mix of their original songs and some choice covers, including songs from Bowie, The Stones, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello/Nick Lowe, and even Charlie Rich). If you are at all a fan of alt.country, country-rock, Wilco, The Jayhawks, or bands of that kind, you definitely need to check out Golden Smog. Great stuff that generally flew under the radar of most people (including me) for a long time.

Tracklist:
01 intro
02 V
03 Ill Fated
04 Glad and Sorry
05 Yesterday Cried
06 Walk Where He Walked
07 Signed D.C.* (Love)
08 Backstreet Girl* (Rolling Stones)
09 Nowhere Bound
10 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Nick Lowe)
11 He's a Dick
12 Pecan Pie
13 Friend
14 Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves, Blondie)
15 The Most Beautiful Girl* (Charlie Rich)
16 Won't Be Coming Home
17 Love and Mercy (Brian Wilson)
18 Red Headed Stepchild

19 Radio King*
20 She Don't Have to See You (To See Through You) (Bobby Patterson)
21 Five Years (David Bowie)
22 Powderfinger (Neil Young)
23 I Don't Care (??)

Gary Louris -- guitar, vocals
Jeff Tweedy -- guitar, bass, vocals
Dan Murphy -- guitar, vocals
Kraig Johnson -- guitar, vocals
Marc Perlman -- bass
Noah Levy -- drums
* Jesse Greene -- violin

FLAC - Golden Smog_1996-04-18_CarrboroNC_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Golden Smog_1996-04-18_CarrboroNC_mp3.rar