Wilco gives away free concert MP3s, asks for Haiti donations

The generous dudes of Wilco are giving away full recordings of two shows they played last year for free download on their website (h/t Pitchfork). In return, they’re encouraging (though not requiring) fans to donate $15 or more for Haiti relief to either Oxfam or Doctors Without Borders.

One of the shows Wilco is offering just so happens to be their July 13, 2009 gig at Brooklyn’s Keyspan Park, which I attended and reviewed for the Music Mix. It was an amazing show, with the band in the tightest live form I’ve ever seen them, plus cool on-stage drop-ins from Feist, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, and Yo La Tengo. I’m listening to the 26-track set again right now; it’s just as awesome as I remembered. Thanks are in order to Wilco for letting fans re-live these shows or hear them for the first time — and using those free downloads to help motivate fans to give more to such a deserving humanitarian cause as Haiti strikes me as a way to make a good idea even better.

So what are you waiting for? Download the show(s) at Wilco’s website, donate to one of those Haiti relief organizations if you can, and let us know your favorite parts of the MP3 sets.

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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  • Jesse Lewis

    Yet another reason to never stop loving this amazing, talented, and progressive band.

    • Eloise

      ‘Being There’ is always playin’ in my ear.

  • the late greats

    Wilco is one of the greatest and their live show recordings are worth it.

    Wilco! Wilco! You know I love you, baby!

  • Blue Silver

    Who is Wilco?

    • Billy Joe’s buddy

      Me too. Never heard of this band.

      • Rich

        My heart breaks for you.

    • Alex Chilton

      You…. are tryin’….
      To break my heart

  • rerun

    Sounds like a great idea. I will download when i get home.

  • heartfullofholes

    attended the Keyspan Park concert, stood right in front of Nels. So excited to get a decent version of the recording!

  • blueorchid

    Wilco loves us, baby! Awesome band, great humanitarians. Can’t wait to see them in concert next month!

  • Vang

    Dear Blue Silver and BJ’s Buddy:

    You are using a thing called “the Internet.” With just a few clicks, you can easily discover the answers to such questions as “who is Wilco?” without wasting space, and our time, here. Isn’t that great?

    • Billy Joe’s buddy

      Or you could just help us out and spare us the Google-pain. How’s about them apples?

  • Jnvrmind

    There is so much great Wilco out there. I love Sky Blue Sky !

    Go check them out & help Haiti.

  • Iman

    El proyecto sigue en mahrca. Actualmente me encuentro probando el nuevo Airbus Wilco Evolution a ver si merece la pena para hacerlo compatible con el Merge. Por otra parte estoy buscando algfan programa que me permita abrir la VC del Overland A320 para cambiar toda las texturas acordes a las fotorealistas que dispongo imagenes de grandisima resolucif3n de todos los recf3nditos de la cabina del Airbus. Por otra parte estoy haciendo pruebas y pruebas con MDL s, cfg s. Intentando a los modelos freeware como Project Airbus & Posky incorporar VC s de modelos Payware, y sigo detre1s de poder aprender a hacer gauges. Sobretodo la prometida tail camera. Edetroit bien sabe que la tiene, lo mismo que sus paneles 2d extremos, sin embargo se niega a compartirla y menos a ensef1ar como hacerlo.saludos y disculpad la tardanza, he estado totalmente desconectado del proyecto, por falta de mejoras, pero no desisto en poco a poco ir haciendo.saludos.

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