Tag Archives: Wilco

favourite song ever mondays

i’m down on my hands and knees every time the doorbell rings
i shake like a toothache when i hear myself sing
all my lies are always wishes
i know i would die if i could come back new


two summers ago i was lucky enough to perform at wasbe 2007, and at the end of it we celebrated it as all good musicians do – by staying at the bar till it closed at some ridiculous hour and then retreating to someone’s place and chilling. i was in a happy but dreary state at the time, and the playlist i made that night reflected the mood and hour. it’s one of the few playlists i’ve ever kept.

Bright Eyes – Middleman
Death Cab For Cutie – A Lack of Color
Wilco – Radio Cure
Sufjan Stevens – Jacksonville

Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
Arcade Fire – Ocean of Noise
Feist – My Moon My Man
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
Wilco – Impossible Germany

Panda Bear – Take Pills
Röyksopp – What Else Is There?
Cat Power – Where Is My Love

voices whine

another night, another preview. i saw judd apatow’s funny people tonight. it’s long. it’s not entirely unfunny, but boy it drags. one of the least funny moments is when seth rogen asks a girl if she wants to attend a wilco concert. then he says “i guess we wil-go to the show…” later, he wears this tee, which is kind of cool.


when they eventually watch wilco play, you can hear them play jesus etc – though you don’t actually see the band. rogen appears to be wearing a red uncle tupelo tee, so you know his character is an old school fan. nice. anyway all of this reminds me i won’t be seeing wilco this week, which really sucks. their two shows at vicar street in november 2007 were two of my favourite ever gigs. check out this live version of jesus, etc. from 2005’s kicking television: live in chicago. it’s funny, yankee hotel foxtrot is probably my favourite album of theirs, yet i think some of the songs from that album don’t really work in a live context. it all gets a little too messy outside of the studio. but this is not one of those songs.

another of my favourites is from 2007’s sky blue sky, which i first heard at lollapalooza in 2006. it really is a joy to hear impossible germany live, as nels cline solos his way through as only a guitarist of his calibre can. i was lucky enough to get this recording of the song played from the now-defunct rbally blog, recorded at the pines theatre in massachusetts way back in july 2006. i hope you enjoy it as much as i do, and if you make either or both of the gigs this week, let me know how the new stuff sounds…

Wilco – Jesus, Etc. (live at The Vic Theatre, 2005)
Wilco – Impossible Germany (live at The Pines Theatre, 2006)

a happy medium


jeff tweedy on the cover of the irish times. who’d have thought of that? i’m delighted to see it, but at the same time it just reminds me that wilco are playing two gigs in vicar street and i’m going to neither. gutted. anyway, the full interview is here.

Music is part of your life, and it enriches your perspective and appreciation for being alive.

reading blogs and internet forums where people rant on about this or that, saying x is sh*t and y is overrated and that the pitchfork list is wrong, well, who cares. enjoy it. thank you jeff.

a ticket to nothingness

the back page of the ticket, the irish times‘ weekly entertainment supplement, always makes for interesting reading. this week is no different. brian boyd quotes steve van zandt ahead as he analyses the failures of modern music, ahead of van zandt’s appearance in tower records on sunday.

…the music media is supposed to offer up a welcoming pair of arms to “new music” in all its forms. But a scene that celebrates itself (and sets up forums to do so) does nobody any favours. “We need to develop bands” is the catch-cry. Really? The Beatles developed by going to Hamburg and playing five shows a day seven days a week until they felt ready to approach a record label.

meanwhile the music charts show an awful trend that has only grown in recent years. the death of the king of pop has seen his albums fly off the shelves in the past fortnight. however, which albums sit on the top of the charts? the essential michael jackson, number ones, and king of pop all fill the top three positions in the irish album charts. thriller gets a look in at number 5, but the fact is, people are going out and buying collections of his supposed greatest hits rather than listening to his albums in the format in which they were intended to be heard.

i’ve shouted down “death of the album” rants in my time, listing recent albums by the likes of wilco, panda bear, death cab for cutie and sufjan stevens as proof that people out there are still making great albums. fact is, people don’t seem to be buying them. blah blah disposable nature of pop, blah blah itunes downloads, blah blah see above piece from brian boyd. it’s a vicious circle, and i think it will only come to a halt when something truly major happens – if and when that happens, we’ll see the next chapter unfold. for now, go download man in the mirror and forget “the album” ever existed.

this week’s top 10

do i really need to come up with a different title each week? stress.

1 In Flagranti – How Did The Affair End?
2 Joakim – Watermelon Bubblicious
3 MSTRKRFT – Heartbreaker (Featuring John Legend)(Laidback Luke Remix)
4 BURNS – Turbo (Jokers of The Scene Remix)
5 The Young Lovers – You Make Me Dizzy
6 Wilco – Bull Black Nova
7 Phoenix – Lisztomania (Classixx Version)
8 Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
9 Photek – Into The 90s
10 Wamdue Project – King of My Castle (Original Version)

free traxxx

i’ve mentioned rcrd lbl before, that awesome source of free’n’legal mp3s, but i’ve come across a couple of other giveaways online today.

beatport are giving away five tracks from artists who played at this year’s sónar festival in barcelona – moderat, richie hawtin, animal collective, martyn ft the spaceape and marcel dettmann – while felix da housecat has a new track he’s giving away entitled we all wanna be prince. it’s true.


meanwhile i’m currently downloading the 20 tracks from wilco‘s ashes of american flags dvd. 174mb! nice one. i picked up (the album) today and thought the album artwork was all a bit bizarre – the cd itself is a a birthday cake awash with orange – but then i realised they rarely go for boring artwork. remember the moon with the mouth? the marina city buildings? jeff wailing on the inside of being there? it’s always interesting…