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PostPosted: 01.06.2005 1:47 am    Post subject: Wilco Reply with quote

Some of you probably already know, but Wilco headlined a huge New Year's Eve concert blowout at Madison Square Garden. Sleater-Kinney and the Flaming Lips opened.



Through a very generous friend I was able to obtain a CD recording of this show, and I just wanted to gush, especially about the very surprising and very cool covers of Dylan, Judas Priest, Thunderclap Newman, Randy Newman, and Captain and Tenille. They also opened with a version of "Less Than You Think" that cut the drone down to three minutes and made it infinitely more interesting than the album version.



Listening to "I'm the Man Who Loves You" right now. Put your envy away.



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PostPosted: 01.06.2005 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to mention that Wilco is playing Letterman this Friday, Jan. 7--I'm rooting for "Late Greats"--and then Austin City Limits on Saturday. That will showcase "At Least That's What You Said," "Muzzle of Bees," "Hell is Chrome," "Ashes of American Flags," and "I'm a Wheel."



If you haven't noticed yet, I like Wilco. But I dislike "I'm a Wheel." It might be their worst song.



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PostPosted: 01.06.2005 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's awesome. How does the recording sound? Good quality?



Yes, I'm envious, but even more envious of those who were actually there. Laughing



And, yeah, "I'm a Wheel" is probably Wilco's worst song.
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PostPosted: 01.06.2005 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And yet "Wheel" has its defenders. A lot of Wilco fans swear by it, and the band sure loves playing it. (It seems to make every set list, and they all seem to relish Pat Sansone's parody of the windmill guitar.) I suppose it rocks just fine, but it lacks what I treasure most about Wilco, which is melodic intelligence and lyrical sincerity. I often feel tempted to hit skip.



The NYE MSG recording is quite good. My only complaint is that there are fraction-of-a-second pauses between tracks, which diminishes the you-are-there vibe considerably. Still, that's a minor gripe overall.



Mike, are you still at the same address?



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PostPosted: 01.06.2005 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:


Mike, are you still at the same address?





Yup. Does that mean you're considering making me a copy? Very Happy



You rock, dude.
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PostPosted: 01.06.2005 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Er, um... hey, over there what's that?! [Sneaks off to his CD burner...]
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PostPosted: 01.06.2005 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know when you're waiting for a movie to start, and the theater pumps in music to keep us mollified? It's usually all the latest Top 40 or holiday junk, but last weekend the strains of Wilco came blaring at us. I just about fell out of my seat.



Okay, it was "Just a Kid" from the Spongebob Squarepants movie. But still.



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PostPosted: 01.08.2005 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a ghost is born grew on me, but I couldn't really ever get into it. They are the type of band that I know are good live, even without seeing a concert of theirs live, though. I watch Letterman most nights (with satellite I can get it at 8:35 here on the West Coast), so I'll tune in and check 'em out.
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PostPosted: 01.08.2005 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go back and check out Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Summerteeth, Danny. It'll happen.



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PostPosted: 01.08.2005 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Late Greats" on Letterman. It'll only be posted for a week, so be quick.

http://hixsons.us/lategreats.zip



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PostPosted: 01.08.2005 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Go back and check out Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Summerteeth, Danny. It'll happen.





I'd like to think so too, but, remember, he was praising Hilary Duff's new CD just a few weeks ago.
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PostPosted: 01.09.2005 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might be one of the Wilco fans who loves "I'm a Wheel"; you're right about it lacking lyrical sincerity, but I tend to go far bizarre, nonsensical, tossed-off lyrics. (I especially love "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 / Once in Germany someone said 'Nein.'")
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PostPosted: 01.09.2005 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can certainly understand and identify with that defense, although for me there are other nonsense Tweedy lyrics that work better. (I'm sure the difference is merely a matter of taste.) Have you ever heard "Not for the Season" (aka "Laminated Cat")?



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PostPosted: 01.11.2005 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh! No, but if the title is any indication I'd love it. What album is it off of?
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PostPosted: 01.11.2005 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that's the trouble. "Not for the Season" is not technically on an album, but you can easily find it among the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot demos that are widely circulating around the Net. Actually, the demos have two separate versions that are terrific.



"Laminated Cat" is a very different version yet. That one is indeed found on an album, but not a Wilco record. Three members of Wilco--Tweedy, drummer Kotche, and producer Jim O'Rourke--have a side project called Loose Fur. Their one album contains "Laminated Cat," which might be my favorite version of the song.



Wilco proper does sometimes play the song in concert, though.



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