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PostPosted: 04.08.2004 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. "Spiders" is already vintage Wilco. Whoa.
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PostPosted: 04.20.2004 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm addicted to A Ghost is Born. At first I didn't think I liked it as much as Being There, Summer Teeth, or Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but it's growing on me, and I can't stop listening to it, over and over. I love it.



I think.
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PostPosted: 04.24.2004 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't stop listening, either, but that's been true about all of their albums, except for A.M.. (I enjoy that first one, but for me it's not nearly in the same category as the others.) I consider Yankee Hotel Foxtrot a modern masterpiece, so it's probably not fair to hold Ghost to that standard. (Not every film can be Citizen Kane, either.) Yet I don't think it's unreasonable to speak of Ghost in the same breath as Foxtrot--in many ways, it complements and extends the sonic experimentation of the previous album. To me, it sounds like a breeding between YHF and Summer Teeth, with plenty of adventurous progressions. I especially enjoy "Spiders," "Company In My Back," "I'm a Wheel," "The Late Greats," and "Hell Is Chrome."



I hope they appear at Milwaukee's Summerfest this year. (The new, delayed tour begins in May.) I know Fountains of Wayne are returning to Milwaukee; it would be great to see them back-to-back again this summer.



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PostPosted: 05.06.2004 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bummer. Looks like Wilco will be spending much of the summer in Europe. I guess I can't blame them for preferring Paris over Milwaukee.



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PostPosted: 06.22.2004 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wilco's A Ghost is Born was released today. It's currently the top-selling CD at Amazon. I'll be picking it up soon.
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PostPosted: 06.23.2004 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My copy arrived Monday. Although I've been listening to the stream at the Wilco website for months, the new album is still simultaneously a thrill and a relief: Thrilling because it contains fresh Wilco, relieving because it doesn't disappoint despite being in the wake of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.



I adore a ghost is born, and think Tweedy's lyrics have matured. While he's been experimenting with impressionistic lyrics for some time now, these new songs strike me as borderline genius. He's using words for their abstract sonic functions far more than for their literal definitions, and I am completely absorbed by them. Even better, his guitar, his distortion, and his feedback regularly punctuate and extend the wordplay--as if he's expressing emotions and thoughts that have no verbal equivalent. He rocks in order to speak.



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PostPosted: 06.23.2004 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay, I think I'm picking it up tomorrow, since I'm getting paid! Yay for that Very Happy
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PostPosted: 06.24.2004 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, pretty sure I just got home from exclusive. Yeah, I got it. I'm so excited!!
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PostPosted: 06.24.2004 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The question is, Does A Ghost Is Born contain a potential single?



"The Late Greats" seems the obvious choice. After that, I dunno. Maybe "Handshake Drugs" or "I'm a Wheel." Much of what makes the album so strong is exactly what radio runs screaming from.



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PostPosted: 06.24.2004 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stef's mention led me to be curious, and my favorite, even though this is not really any opinion of validity, is "Theologians".
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PostPosted: 06.24.2004 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
"The Late Greats" seems the obvious choice.




"The Late Greats" is wonderful -- light, fun, and completely infectious. It'd be great if it became a radio single, since it's an ode to great music that you'll never hear on the radio, if you ever hear it at all.



Danny, have you listened to any of Wilco's earlier stuff?
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PostPosted: 06.24.2004 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:
Danny, have you listened to any of Wilco's earlier stuff?


Aside from a few quick preview clicks on iTunes, nope. Hadn't even heard of them until you guys started talking.
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PostPosted: 06.24.2004 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
Stef's mention led me to be curious, and my favorite, even though this is not really any opinion of validity, is "Theologians".


I don't have a favorite--but "favorite" isn't the same as "radio-friendly." For example, I adore "Kidsmoke," but we won't be hearing that anywhere ever, except maybe college radio.



And Danny, the entire Wilco catalog is must listening. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is their masterpiece, I think, but the others are almost in the same league.



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PostPosted: 06.25.2004 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember when Wilco opened Being There with "Misunderstood," a scratchy drum- and guitar-heavy stomp that ended in something like sonic violence? "Misunderstood" had lengthy guitar croaks that functioned less as pop than as aural metaphors for Tweedy's mental state. It forever obliterated the twang of A.M., and announced the band's willingness to evolve. With A Ghost Is Born, the most readily apparent evolution is Tweedy's wholesale embrace of that kind of guitar solo; many of the tracks end in aural noodling composed of repetitions, variations, distortion, and feedback. What's impressive, though, is how Tweedy's noodling has artistic purpose but also entertainment value--it might be noise, but it's boppable noise, every time.



The exception might be the ethereal fadeout of "Less Than You Think," which essentially stretches out a single note, and then static, over 12 droning minutes. Obviously it's a challenge to endure--and certainly unfit for background entertainment--yet surely Tweedy includes it for specific reasons. What are your thoughts on this track?



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PostPosted: 07.02.2004 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wilco song I can't get out of my head: "Not For the Season," from the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot demos.



A much more atmospheric version, re-titled "Laminated Cat," was also recorded for Tweedy's side project Loose Fur.



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