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Wilco 11/10/04


Jeff Tweedy, 02/02/06


The Paramount Theater
Seattle, WA
November 10, 2004

There's something magical and surreal about Jeff Tweedy. There's also a normality and shyness within him that makes his presence strangely ordinary. But then there's the lyrics. These lyrics that seem to come out of the center of a divine inspiration so powerful, even Jeff seems only the translator.

Wilco is a band that is comfortable in the authenticity of their self-absorbed musical expression. They make no apologies for it and inside of that realm, it becomes like a gift you're fortunate enough to be a part of. Therein, lies the beauty and the honesty of each moment. Nothing feels contrived and nothing feels planned. It's overwhelmingly refreshing.

"Are you guys bummed out about the election?" Jeff Tweedy asked the crowd. "Don't worry, he'll be impeached in about a year." At this point, the crowd started cheering. "That's right, exercise your freedom of speech. I've found it's much easier to exercise your freedom of speech when you have a microphone. I tried to use it this year to no avail. This song's about the election." Then, completely appropriately, Wilco launched into "Theologians."

"That was about political evolution. This is about spiritual evolution," Jeff said before leading the band into "I'm the Man Who Loves You," a "sadly sweet" song from the highly acclaimed record Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

One of the most fun points of the evening came when Wilco launched into a cover version of Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." Possibly in response to the election results that were held just a week earlier?  

Watching Wilco perform is a lot like how you might imagine it was for audiences to have seen Jimi Hendrix or Elvis Presley before the rest of the world caught on to the extent of their talent.  I couldn't help but have the thought revisit me throughout the show; I am witnessing musical history. The world has caught a hint of this band... but it has yet to recognize the band's true contribution to music. But undoubtedly, one day it will.  

~Melody Alderman


At Least That's What You Said
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Far, Far Away
Muzzle of Bees
Hell is Chrome
Handshake Drugs
A Shot in the Arm
Jesus, Etc.
Via Chicago
War on War
I'm the Man Who Loves You
Poor Places
Spiders (Kidsmoke)

(First Encore)
Pot Kettle Black
The Late Greats
I'm a Wheel

(Second Encore)
Another Man's Done Gone
(Don't Fear) The Reaper







Photographs by Melody Alderman
Copyright 2006

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