Energetic 1998 shows were fun and had cool setlists so I'd recommend this bootleg. This was about 6 weeks after finishing Mutations, though it wasn't to be released for 5 more months. Beck would start recording Midnite Vultures 2 months later. So the summer '98 shows were at a nice transitionary period, not really plugging anything yet, just having fun. It's a cool and fresh setlist, mixing in some wild stuff with some calmer things.
Beck introduces himself near the beginning as MC SelfHelp and informs everyone that "I'm helping myself to some vitamin-D milk tonight. I prefer mine homogenized."
"Beercan" is craziness, and ends with Beck singing that he wants to "defy the logic of all sexx laws" (at this point, just an Ol' Dirty Bastard reference!) and then "Whoomp! There It Is."
The rare "Electric Music" sounds terrific, the horns add a lot to the song. It's the only known live recording of the song, it didn't last in the setlist past this summer.
Beck announces "Diamond Bollocks" as some "experimental shit." It is a bizarre song! After that rowdiness, they immediately and drastically slow it down with "Nobody's Fault" (a beautiful full-band version).
No acoustic set, but Beck does give the band a break for "One Foot."
[people and bands
Bass: Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Drums: Joey Waronker
Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen
Guitar (Electric): Beck Hansen, Smokey Hormel
Harmonica: Beck Hansen
Keyboard / Synthesizer: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Opening Act: Ben Folds Five, Elliott Smith
Saxophone (Alto): David Brown
Saxophone (Baritone): David Ralicke
Trombone: David Ralicke
Trumpet: Jon Birdsong
Turntables: DJ Swamp
Vocals: Beck Hansen
Vocals (Background): Justin Meldal-Johnsen