Wilco @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles 6/22/09

Last night Wilco played the first show in a sold-out three-night run at the Wiltern Theatre, sure to be attended by fans young and old. Whatever your age group, Wilco’s playing relentless marathon sets this tour (last night’s was over 2 hours, 28 songs with a 10-song encore), apparently calculated to break everyone’s curfews — even the Wiltern’s. The band’s intro music was the Family Feud theme, Nels melted faces as always, and Jeff happily obliged a fan’s request they come back more often by telling him they’d be back tomorrow. Andrew Youssef was in the pit for these pics of the band and opener Jonathan Wilson.

This past weekend the folks behind Record Store Day are christening a new holiday for tangible-audio-philes called Vinyl Saturday. Wilco’s getting behind the celebration in a major way, releasing a new 7″ featuring a song titled “Unlikely Japan,” an early version “Impossible Germany.” It shares lyrics with the Sky Blue Sky cut, but otherwise this is an entirely distinct rendition — pulsing, slightly fuzzed and electronic, gorgeously defeated in tone — much less Steely Dan, much more the arty side of Wilco. You can and should hear that, along with checking last night’s setlist and Wilco’s upcoming dates right here:

Buy the “You Never Know”/”Unlikely Japan” 7″ at the Wilco store.

Here’s a stab at last night’s setlist:
01 “Wilco (the song)”
02 “Muzzle Of Bees”
03 “A Shot In The Arm”
04 “At Least That’s What You Said”
05 “Bull Black Nova”
06 “You Are My Face”
07 “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”
08 “One Wing”
09 “In A Future Age”
10 “Impossible Germany”
11 “Shouldn’t Be Ashamed”
12 “Sonny Feeling”
13 “Jesus, Etc.”
14 “Handshake Drugs”
15 “You Never Know”
16 “Hate It Here”
17 “Walken”
18 “I’m The Man Who Loves You”
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19 “The Late Greats”
20 “Box Full of Letters”
21 “Misunderstood” (40 nothings)
22 “Spiders (Kidsmoke)”
23 “Hummingbird”
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24 “Happy Birthday to You” (dedicated to “Lady,” who runs their lights)
25 “Red Eyed & Blue”
26 “I Got You (At the End of the Century)”
27 “Monday”
28 “Hoodoo Voodoo”

If you wanna see that happen for yourself, here are the tour dates (some great openers lined up):
06/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre*
06/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre^
06/26 – Saratoga, GA @ The Mountain Winery^
06/27 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre^
06/28 – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena^
06/30 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion^
07/03 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre^
07/08 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap%
07/10 – Wilmington, DE @ Frawley Stadium%
07/11 – Lowell, MA @ Lelacheur Park%
07/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Keyspan Park^@
07/17 – Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier%
07/18 – Wappingers Falls, NY @ Dutchess Stadium%
07/19 – Lewiston, NY @ Art Park%
07/21 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
07/23 – Detroit Lakes, MI @ 10,000 Lakes Festival
08/13 – Oslo, NO (Øya Festival)
08/14 – Gothenberg, SE (Way Out Festival)
08/17 – Helsinki, FI (Helsinki Festival)
08/20 – Hasselt, BE (Pukkelpop)
08/21 – Erfurt-Hohenfelden, DE (Highfield Festival)
08/22 – Biddinghuizen, NL (Lowlands Festival)
08/23 – Brecon Beacons, UK (Green Man Festival)
08/25 – London, UK @ Troxy#
08/27 – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street#
08/28 – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street#

* w/ Jonathan Wilson
^ w/ Okkervil River
@ w/ Yo La Tengo
% w/ Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band
# w/ Blitzen Trapper