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Published: 2013/06/24

Wilco Bust Out Rarities, Revisit Being There at Solid Sound

Wilco’s third Solid Sound Festival continued on Saturday night. While Friday’s all request setlist was composed primarily of covers, Wilco used the second night of their North Adams, MA festival to dig into their own catalog.

At the start of the night, frontman Jeff Tweedy told the crowd that they were going to play requests for the second night in a row. Only this time, they were going to focus on “songs they wrote” that fans requested. The resulting setlist included a mix of rarer original songs, greatest hits and special guests. The members of Wilco only played one original song on Friday night, the concert staple “Kingpin.”

Wilco opened the night with the Being There anthem “I Got You (At the End of the Century),” which traditionally is placed during the final portion of the band’s shows, and focused heavily on their 1996 double album. They offered one of the evening’s biggest bust outs early in the night, dusting off “At My Window Sad & Lonely,” from 1996’s Mermaid Avenue, an album of reinterpretations of Woody Guthrie songs, for the first time since December 18, 2011. Improv guitar ace Julian Lage, who was at the festival for a performance with Wilco’s Nels Cline the follow day, also sat in on the Being There track “Forget The Flowers.” While not true rarities, the band offered an unusually varied setlist with a particular emphasis on the early portion of their career. That varied setlist included “Box Full of Letters,” “She’s A Jar,” “You Are My Face,” “I Might,” “Summer Teeth,” “I’m Always in Love,” “Sunken Treasure,” “Far, Far Away” and “Born Alone,” among others. They also brought a “golden ticket” winner onstage to request a song onstage. Since her requests from the breakthrough album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot were already on the band’s setlist, they nudged her to request the _Summerteeth _ track “Candyfloss.” The members of Wilco also stretched out on “Laminated Cat” from Tweedy and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche’s Loose Fur side-project. The band’s set closed with a sequence of sing-alongs: “The Whole Love,” “Can’t Stand It,” “Heavy Metal Drummer” and “I’m the Man Who Loves You.”

The surprises continued during their encore. After “A Shot In the Arm,” they brought Lage back onstage for a take on “California Stars.” Then, the group busted into this year’s first take on “Just A Kid,” a Wilco collaboration with Tweedy’s son Spencer from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Music From the Movie and More soundtrack. Then, the night closed with Wilco’s first version of the Being Here song “Dreamer in My Dreams_ since December 16, 2011.

Wilco will take part in the first Americanarama Festival of Music this summer. The tour will kick off in West Palm Beach, FL on June 26.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s setlist via

Saturday, June 22, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

I Got You (At the End of the Century)
Dawned on Me
Box Full of Letters
At My Window Sad and Lonely
Forget the Flowers (with Julian Lage)
She’s a Jar
You Are My Face
One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)
Art of Almost
I Might
Summer Teeth
I’m Always in Love
Sunken Treasure
Far, Far Away
Via Chicago
Impossible Germany
Born Alone
Laminated Cat (Loose Fur cover)
Passenger Side
Whole Love
Can’t Stand It
Heavy Metal Drummer
I’m the Man Who Loves You

A Shot in the Arm
California Stars (with Julian Lage)
Just a Kid
Dreamer in My Dreams

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