28 December 2007

Mix Tape Friday: Cup's 2007 Concert Series

This was one of the best years for live music I’ve had in years. I saw some amazing shows. I had planned to rank them from favorite-to-worst, but kept wrestling with the top five. Instead, you get to relive my musical moments via this mix tape

Looks like 2008 is going to be a great year for live music as well. R.E.M. will be on tour, and I hope to catch them two or three times. Scrivener and I are hitting the road for a couple of Wilco shows in a few weeks. I’d like to catch Springsteen when he’s here in April; I haven’t seen him in concert since maybe 1981. There’s a Magnetic Fields tour in the works, but I may need to travel to Chicago to catch a show. And the usual suspects should warble their way through town.

So, here we go: One track from each show I saw — in most cases, my favorite song performed during the show. How fitting that we kick off with Glenn Tilbrook. I didn’t post about the show, but it was one of my five favorite of the year. Glenn’s funky — I know because he told me so. You should have seen his Tom Jones number — deeee-vine!

Glenn Tilbrook :: Genitalia of a Fool
1.12.07, The Five Spot

Jeff Tweedy :: I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (live)
1.29.07, The Tabernacle

Scott McCaughey :: Aw Shit Man
1.29.07, The Tabernacle, opening for Jeff Tweedy

Yo La Tengo :: Mr. Tough
2.03.07, Variety Playhouse

Of Montreal :: Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider
2.24.07, Variety Playhouse

Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 :: N.Y. Doll
3.21.07, 40 Watt Club, Athens

Pete Yorn :: Life on a Chain
3.24.07, Center Stage

Rickie Lee Jones :: Where I Like It Best
3.26.07, Variety Playhouse

Todd Rundgren :: I Saw the Light
5.03.07, The Roxy

Nicole Chillemi :: Sugar in My Bowl
5.26.07, Decatur Arts Festival

Great Lake Swimmers :: I Am Part of a Large Family
6.12.07, The Earl

Wilco :: Impossible Germany
6.19.07, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Low :: The La La Song
6.19.07, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, opening for Wilco

Swimming Pool Qs :: Rat Bait
7.07.07, Riverside Park

The Decemberists :: I Was Meant for the Stage
7.13.07, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

The B-52’s :: Mesopotamia
8.01.07, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Rufus Wainwright :: Between My Legs
8.13.07, The Tabernacle

Neko Case :: Maybe Sparrow
8.13.07, The Tabernacle, opening for Rufus Wainwright

Crowded House :: Locked Out
9.12.07, The Tabernacle

Pete Yorn :: Young Folks (live Peter, Bjorn and John cover)
9.12.07, The Tabernacle, opening for Crowded House

Andrew Bird :: Plasticities
9.13.07, Variety Playhouse

Stevie Wonder :: Boogie on Reggae Woman
9.14.07, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Bob Dylan :: Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
9.22.07, Gwinnett Arena

Elvis Costello :: Less Than Zero (live)
9.22.07, Gwinnett Arena, opening for Bob Dylan *

Drive-by Truckers :: 18 Wheels of Love
9.29.07, Variety Playhouse

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals :: Two
10.14.07, The Fox Theater

Eartha Kitt :: C'est Si Bon
10.20.07, Symphony Hall

New Pornographers :: The Laws Have Changed
10.30.07, Variety Playhouse

Emma Pollock :: Adrenaline
10.30.07, Variety Playhouse, opening for New Pornographers

Queen Latifah :: Mercy Mercy Mercy
11.02.07, Symphony Hall

Glen Hansard + Marketa Irglova :: Falling Slowly
11.17.07, Variety Playhouse

Martha Wainwright :: Bloody Mother F*cking Asshole
11.17.07, Variety Playhouse, opening for The Swell Season

Pylon :: Feast on My Heart
12.07.07, 40 Watt Club, Athens

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra + Gospel Chorus :: Too Hot to Handel sampler
12.15.07, Symphony Hall

The Shins :: Caring Is Creepy
12.16.07, Mistle Toe Jam, Gwinnett Arena

Modest Mouse :: We've Got Everything
12.16.07, Mistle Toe Jam, Gwinnett Arena

* Thanks to the much-missed Haahnster for sending me these EC tracks.

I saw Scott McCaughey, Jeff Tweedy, Pete Yorn, and Neko Case twice — Scott as a (damn good) opening act for the solo Tweedy show and backing Robyn Hitchcock as a member of The Venus 3 … Tweedy solo and with Wilco … Pete Yorn’s own show and opening for Crowded House … Neko opening for Rufus Wainwright, then with New Pornographers.

Find the Buck: Which band included here boasts Peter Buck as a member?

There were several almost-saws this concert season — but, alas, job commitments and other issues kept me off the floor for The Detroit Cobras … another Decemberists show … Bishop Allen … The Hold Steady … Rilo Kiley … and some other kickin’-my-ass-for-missing-its. Hopefully I’ll get my priorities straight in the coming year.

Okay, so who’s joining me on the dance floor in ’08?

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At 12/28/2007 11:11:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

Happy New Year dear one! Sorry I've been MIA for a while now. But I'll be back, bitchy as ever! :)

At 12/28/2007 11:26:00 AM, Blogger Tyrus said...

Thanks for posting these little live gems! I only went to a handful of live shows this year but, the Tweedy show at the Tabrnacle was incredible!

At 12/28/2007 12:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you going to see Band of Horses tonight? I'm SO jealous! Thanks for the tunes, I'm at work so I'm gonna grab all these tunes first thing in the am! Hope your Christmas was a delight and everyone's healthy now.

At 12/28/2007 04:21:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a fabulous year you have had for concerts! And how lovely of you to share the experience with us, jealous as I am.

At 12/28/2007 06:09:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

Quite a year indeed. If I didn't hate going outside so much, I'd be more jealous.

At 12/29/2007 09:34:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Sounds like a stellar year from a sonic standpoint. Sorry about all the esses there.

At 12/29/2007 11:39:00 AM, Blogger KS said...

Pete's one of the Venus 3, isn't he? Unless he was sitting in with Scott McOi but that was a solo show wasn't it?

At 12/30/2007 07:28:00 PM, Blogger Scrivener said...

What? No Mp3 from Silverchair?

At 1/02/2008 11:44:00 AM, Blogger Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Just wondering what you use to record these? Are most venues cool with bringing in equipment, or do you have to kind of sneak it in?

At 1/04/2008 08:47:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

You had me at Glenn Tilbrook. Obviously.

I'm hoping he hits the road again this year. Maybe we should arrange to see him together and then we can slug it out for his affections once and for all.

At 1/09/2008 12:31:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

COASTER PUNCHMAN: Happy New Year to you, too! I eagerly await your bitches.

TYRUS: Wasn’t the Tweedy show fab???

BLUEZ: All four Band of Horses shows sold out! We couldn’t get tix in time … dammit.

BARBARA BRUEDERLIN: It was a fun year, that’s for sure.

PISTOLS AT DAWN: I thought it was more that you weren’t allowed by law to go out …

At 1/09/2008 12:33:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

DALE: I love alliteration … so allit away.

KS: You are correct; he played at Robyn’s show! Scott used a couple of locals when he opened for Tweedy.

SCRIVENER: Shock and surprise, I don’t own a Silverchair MP3!

BLOWING SHIT UP WITH GAS: I don’t record. Most of these are studio tracks. My dear e-friend Haahnster found the Costello tracks for me.

BECKEYE: I hear rumors that Squeeze will be touring. Let’s definitely plan a meet-up for a Glenn standoff!


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