I Found This Awesome Thing: Wilco Live @ NPR

Just something cool for a ‘blah’ kind of a Tuesday. I dare you to watch this and still disagree with me about Wilco.

 

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What Is It About Hummingbirds?

For some reason, there have been some great songs written about, for or just plain involving, hummingbirds. We could go on about different artists viewing the same subject matter from differing viewpoints, or about an indie-rock predilection to such images, but I’ve been out all weekend. I’m tired. The fact of the matter is, people write cool songs with this title. They’re all about movement, a sometimes-frantic confusion, and the natural human state of missing what’s gone–maybe even before it’s totally left. Here’s a few Hummingbird songs.

His goal in life / was to be an echo

S#@t You Should’ve Heard (Seen?) Before: Wilco – Ashes of American Flags

Here’s what happens we turn the American dream upside-down to see what’s on the other side of it. This is a DVD showing a group of tired road dogs with back problems rocking out every night–maybe ’cause they don’t got nothin’ else to do. This show goes over that line from a really great musical performance movie to a great piece of art in its own right. Like The Last Waltz, really.

Sorry, guys; I’m tired tonight. I’ll finish this off tomorrow. But watch this.

I’m down on my hands and knees / Every time a doorbell rings. / I shake like a toothache / Whenever I hear myself sing.

I’ve Been Too Hard On ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’

OR, Why Wilco Are The Best Band Working Today

So, the last few days I’ve been dusting off an old habit–no, not that kind of habit. Don’t worry, it’s a productive one: I’ve been listening to music I’ve bought on a crappy old Koss CD player I’ve got just before I go to sleep. Continue reading