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The Wilco Thread
« on: June 21, 2004, 11:29 PM »
They're my favorite band; they gotta new album out tomorrow; they're on tour this summer; they deserve their own thread.

My 57-year-old dad left me a voicemail today, asking how he could go about getting a copy of "Spiders" from the new record.  Blew my f--king mind.  I guess he read a review of the record somewhere or heard about it on NPR or something, and decided he needs it for himself.

Wow.  A few years ago, I would have been mortified if my dad listened to the same stuff I did, but now I think that was the coolest thing in the world.

Don't know if I should just pick up an extra copy of AGIB tomorrow, or if I should make him a cool little Wilco/Tweedy compilation disc.

As for as the new record, it's out in stores tomorrow.  Looks like both Best Buy and Circuit City are the places to beat for it, at $11.99.



Also found out that there's a new Wilco book (!) that just came out:



Amazon page

Think I'm gonna order it sometime this week.

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2004, 11:53 PM »
And here's their current touring schedule:

JUN-22 - BIRMINGHAM, UK - ACADEMY
JUN-23 - PORTSMOUTH, UK - WEDGEWOOD ROOMS
JUN-25 - SOMERSET, UK - GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL  
JUN-26 - HAMBURG, GERMANY - HURRICANE FESTIVAL
JUN-27 - STUTTGART, GERMANY - SOUTHSIDE FESTIVAL
JUN-29 - BRESCIA, ITALY - SAN BERNARDINO INSTITUTE
JUN-30 - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - VOLKSHAUS
JUL-01 - PARIS, FRANCE - LA MAROQUINERIE
JUL-03 - BONN, GERMANY - RHEINKULTUR FESTIVAL
JUL-04 - WERCHTER, BELGIUM - ROCK WERCHTER FESTIVAL
JUL-06 - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - KLUB VEGA  
JUL-07 - GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - TRADGAR (ACCELERATOR FESTIVAL)
JUL-08 - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MUNCHEN BREWERY (ACCELERATOR FESTIVAL)
JUL-10 - WEERT, HOLLAND - BOSPOP FESTIVAL
JUL-11 - DUBLIN, IRELAND - OXEGEN FESTIVAL
JUL-13 - GLASGOW, UK - QUEEN MARGARET UNION
JUL-14 - MANCHESTER, UK - ACADEMY
JUL-15 - LONDON, UK - ASTORIA
AUG-01 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN - LOLLAPALOOZA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
AUG-03 - DETROIT, MI - LOLLAPALOOZA - DTE Energy Music Theatre
AUG-04 - OTTAWA, ONT - CAPITAL MUSIC HALL
AUG-05 - MONTREAL, QUE - ST. DENIS THEATRE
AUG-06 - TORONTO, ONT - LOLLAPALOOZA - Molson Amphitheatre
AUG-08 - NEWPORT, RI - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
AUG-10 - CLEVELAND, OH - LOLLAPALOOZA - Blossom Music Center

Rather paltry North American line-up so far.  Hope they add some more dates for August/September/October, and at least get Dallas in there somewhere, if not OKC (which they haven't played since '97).

Also, here's their (seemingly ever-revolving) lineup:

Jeff Tweedy: gtr, vox
John Stirratt: bass gtr, vox
Glenn Kotche: drums, percussion, etc.
Mikael Jorgensen: keys, laptop
Pat Sansone: keys, gtr, vox
Nels Cline: gtr
Everybody: cowbell

(Posting this here since I saw 'em on Letterman last week and had no idea who was who except for Tweedy, Stirratt, and Kotche. . .)

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2004, 12:00 PM »
Anyone heard anything about this yet?  They're one of my favorite bands, but a friend told me yesterday the album was pretty bad. He'd gotten a copy last week sometime, figure I'll try to borrow it and listen first.  I'm worried about the sound without Jay Bennet.

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2004, 12:13 PM »
Believe you can still hear the new album in it's entirety at their website:

www.wilcoweb.com

Definitely different than YHF, but I like it a lot.  Just picked it up at CC.  Interesting packaging/liner notes.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2004, 12:15 PM by Virex »

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2004, 04:02 PM »
Bought it this morning on the way into work.  I'd avoided "spoiling" it by listening to the web stream, and I planned on waiting until I got home tonight so that I could put on some headphones and listen to the album straight through.

I couldn't wait, though, and popped it in on the drive to the office.  I only made it through the first four songs, but they all hit the spot.

There must be some kind of weird Jeff Tweedy thing going on in the cosmos, too, because "Shouldn't Be Ashamed" from A.M. was in my head all weekend.

Virex, have you heard Richmond Fontaine?  You should check them out.  Not as good as Wilco, IMHO, but they have a similar kind of vibe.  Worth looking into......
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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2004, 12:13 PM »
I picked it up this morning and I love it, great stuff all around.  I wonder if they'll tour a little more extensively now that Lollapalooza is canned

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2004, 01:46 AM »
I wonder if they'll tour a little more extensively now that Lollapalooza is canned

Well, I hope they tour a little more extensively, too, but Lollapalooza being cancelled won't have anything to do with it, considering that they were only scheduled for a few dates, in between regular shows.

I just hope they add a couple of months after August, especially since they had to cancel their first leg this spring due to Tweedy's rehab. . .

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Virex, have you heard Richmond Fontaine?  You should check them out.  Not as good as Wilco, IMHO, but they have a similar kind of vibe.  Worth looking into......

No, I haven't.  I always thought it was "Richard Fontaine" for some reason--thought it was just some guy.  Yeah, I appreciate the tip.  Maybe someday I'll check him them out.

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2004, 10:02 AM »
So....I've listened to Ghost a couple of times and have one small gripe about an otherwise awesome CD.  On Less Than You Think  (second to last track) I think the feedback and stuff they do is pretty cool and all but was necessary to do it for 9-10 minutes?  And if so, why not do it as the last song?  

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2004, 12:14 PM »
From an article on CNN.com:

The ultimate is "Less Than You Think." It's a pretty, conventional song for three minutes then ends with a 12-minute, machine-made drone that would test anyone's patience.

The song is about free will and is partly an inside joke; the band wanted the longest song on the album to be called "Less Than You Think." It also compels audience participation.

"It was another way to encourage listeners to exercise their free will -- to get up and turn it off," Tweedy said.

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A lot of people are thinking that the droning feedback is the work of producer Jim O'Rourke.

People are seeming to really have some issues with this, and with "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" off the new record.  "Spiders" I like; "LTYT", I've listened to all the way through several times, and don't see a need to listen to it again.

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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2004, 01:59 PM »
YEah I plan on skipping it too when I have ready access to the player...problem arrises when I'm playing a game or something and am too damn lazy to hit the remote

Same problem with the Singles Soundtrack and Drown >:(

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2004, 10:51 AM »
YEah I plan on skipping it too when I have ready access to the player...problem arrises when I'm playing a game or something and am too damn lazy to hit the remote

I don't know how to do it, but I guess there are programs out there which will let you edit your own tracks while burning onto a CD. . .

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Hey now--the feedback at the end of "Drown" is a lot more interesting than the stuff at the end of "LTYT", c'mon. . .

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2004, 11:20 AM »
Agreed that its not that bad but it also may be my favorite SP song if not for the overdone drawn out feedback that isn't totally necessary IMO.  It is what it is but I think they could have left it out.  And if Wilco wanted to do it, they should have made it the last song so you don't have to wait for Track 12.  My musical 2 cents

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #12 on: July 6, 2004, 10:35 AM »
I think I am in serious love with this new CD.  The other 3 I have listened too (Summer Teeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot  and Being There) are all good and all.  But A Ghost is Born is ******* amazing.  I listened to it three or four times this weekend in a row, something I haven't done with any new CD for a long, long time.  

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2004, 11:45 AM »
So I made that disc for Dad last week; here's the track-listing:

 1. Casino Queen
 2. I Thought I Held You
 3. Misunderstood
 4. Monday
 5. The Lonely 1
 6. California Stars
 7. A Shot in the Arm
 8. Via Chicago
 9. ELT
10. Kamera
11. I'm the Man Who Loves You
12. Poor Places
13. Handshake Drugs
14. Theologians
15. Spiders (Kidsmoke)

I heard back from Dad a few days later, and he said the song he liked the best was "California Stars"--which is the only track on the disc that's not really a true Wilco song, since Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics.

F--king poetic.

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Re: The Wilco Thread
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2004, 11:33 PM »
Filler.