In honor of The Weepies’ Hideaway coming out this week, I’ll finish my tour through Deb and Steve’s solo catalogue this week:
- Deb Talan’s Something Burning.
- Deb Talan’s A Bird Flies Out.
- 11 Jan 1997 [Chicago, IL, USA] concert bootleg of Jeff Tweedy. 1997-01-11: Lounge Ax, Chicago, IL, USA (disc 1) and 1997-01-11: Lounge Ax, Chicago, IL, USA (disc 2).
- 7 Jul 1999 [Stuttgart, Germany] concert bootleg of Wilco. 1999-07-07: Roehre, Stuttgart, Germany (disc 1) and 1999-07-07: Roehre, Stuttgart, Germany (disc 2).
- 12 Aug 2002 [New York, NY, USA] concert bootleg of Coldplay. 2002-08-12: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, USA (disc 1) and 2002-08-12: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, USA (disc 2).
- 25 Jun 2005 [Chicago, IL, USA] concert bootleg of Over the Rhine. 2005-06-25: Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, IL, USA (disc 1) and 2005-06-25: Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, IL, USA (disc 2).
- 17 Apr 2006 [Toronto, ON, Canada] concert bootleg of Death Cab for Cutie. 2006-04-17: Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON, Canada
Last week was brief due to technical difficulties:
- Steve Tannen’s Big SeÃ±orita. I wished that I’d started here. Steve’s first effort is pretty good. What’s the old line: you have all your life to write your first album, and nine months to write the second? Anyhow, three-and-a-half stars.
Since I’ve been trying to figure out what’s wrong with my setup, I’ve only listened to studio stuff this week.
Last week was similarly brief, as my computing woes took a couple weeks to sort through:
With my Mac in the shop, my bootlegs will have to wait … but I do have a new studio release to listen to, since it came in the mail yesterday:
Last week was pretty meh overall:
- Wilco’s Kicking Television. So, what does the Wilco bootleg fiend think of the Wilco live album? Admittedly, I decided I would judge it by how well-recorded “Misunderstood” was. They nailed it. Four stars—that clearly captures that era of Wilco very well. I think the current shows are even better, now that the current iteration of the band has gotten along better, but still, well-worth owning if you’re not the kind of person who wants to
sell their soul to spend their time scouring the Internet to get every last bootleg. [Ummm, hi.]
- Son Volt’s Straightaways. Very, very meh. Two stars.
- 15 May 1997 [Portland, OR, USA] concert bootleg of Elliott Smith. He needs to pick up the tempo about 20%, but it’s solid and reasonably well-recorded, which is a rarity for that time period. Three stars.
- Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot engineering demos. Phew, the songs got a whole lot better on YHF. Two stars.
- 5 Jun 2006 [Charlotte, NC, USA] concert bootleg of Over the Rhine. Pretty bad, as it’s my second recording ever made. One-and-a-half stars.
- 29 Sep 2006 [Knoxville, TN, USA] concert bootleg of the Square Pegs in the Round.
Incomplete; didn’t get to listen to this before my Mac had to go into the shop. : I’ll give it two-and-a-half stars. Good performance, but the SBD patch was mixed weirdly.
- 7 Jul 2007 [Hollywood, CA, USA] concert bootleg of Andrew Bird. I’m aware that using the assisted listening device was probably the only non-SBD way to record that show from more than a few rows back, but it wasn’t a good one. Ugh—compressed, flat, mid-heavy, and static-y. One-and-a-half stars.