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Old 02-21-2008, 12:53 AM   #121
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Please, elaborate if you can.
I'd love to, but, I lack eloquence at the best of times, and I really am wiped out right now so my ability to communicate is worse than usual, if possible; work was insane, and I'm too old to be standing up for 4 hours straight (show was 3 hours, got there an hour before).
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:56 AM   #122
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I'd love to, but, I lack eloquence at the best of times, and I really am wiped out right now so my ability to communicate is worse than usual, if possible; work was insane, and I'm too old to be standing up for 4 hours straight (show was 3 hours, got there an hour before).
I saw the setlist.

You're a lucky bitch.
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:14 AM   #123
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A.M., Mermaid Avenue I, Mermaid Avenue II

Any of these worth checking out?
So far so good with A.M. The lyrics are terrible, and they sounded like a bar band back then, but it's a total party.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:50 AM   #124
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I like Mermaid Avenue I a lot, but Mermaid Avenue II was pretty mediocre with no stand-out tracks for me.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:55 AM   #125
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I like Mermaid Avenue I a lot, but Mermaid Avenue II was pretty mediocre with no stand-out tracks for me.
I agree except for Airline to Heaven which is one of my favorite songs from the Guthrie sessions.

Mermaid Avenue II also has a nice cover.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:09 PM   #126
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I'd love to, but, I lack eloquence at the best of times, and I really am wiped out right now so my ability to communicate is worse than usual, if possible; work was insane, and I'm too old to be standing up for 4 hours straight (show was 3 hours, got there an hour before).
When you're rested, please tell us what the highlight was for you.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:10 PM   #127
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A.M. took a long time to grow on me. I've been listening to it a lot lately, though. I especially love Too Far Apart and would love to hear them play it Saturday.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:44 PM   #129
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I'm relatively new to Wilco compared to some of you, so I just listened to A Ghost Is Born about a month ago, and I'm still wrestling with it a bit. I can hear the brilliance in it, but a bunch of it still rubs me the wrong way. On the good side, At Least That's What You Said is probably Wilco's best opener; passionate and a bit frightening. Muzzle Of Bees is simple and gorgeous, while Handshake Drugs' nonchalance is very attractive, and its tasteful use of noise is refreshing. Wishful Thinking is incredible lyrically and has a superb melody. On the negative side, Spiders is about twice as a long as it needs to be, Theologians feels too goofy to me, and kind of breaks up the album, and The Late Greats was an awful choice for an album closer. Seriously, 12 minutes of white noise and you follow it up with a lame throwaway like that? They can do better. But it's still a good album, and I hope to get more out of it in the future.
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I'm relatively new to Wilco compared to some of you, so I just listened to A Ghost Is Born about a month ago, and I'm still wrestling with it a bit. I can hear the brilliance in it, but a bunch of it still rubs me the wrong way. On the good side, At Least That's What You Said is probably Wilco's best opener; passionate and a bit frightening. Muzzle Of Bees is simple and gorgeous, while Handshake Drugs' nonchalance is very attractive, and its tasteful use of noise is refreshing. Wishful Thinking is incredible lyrically and has a superb melody. On the negative side, Spiders is about twice as a long as it needs to be, Theologians feels too goofy to me, and kind of breaks up the album, and The Late Greats was an awful choice for an album closer. Seriously, 12 minutes of white noise and you follow it up with a lame throwaway like that? They can do better. But it's still a good album, and I hope to get more out of it in the future.
I don't think I fully appreciated AGIB until I heard these songs live. They really come alive. Spiders annoyed the hell out of me until it was one of the highlights of a show I saw. I agree about The Late Greats and Theologians (though I like the lyrics). I'm a Wheel also remains a least favorite Wilco song. So I guess though I find it a bit uneven, the songs I like I LOVE.
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Just judging from the Kicking Television versions, you're right that AGIB comes to life in a live setting. It's so much better this way.

But, of course, nothing can come close to actually being there (no pun intended) in front of Tweedy and co.

I like that I honestly don't have a damn clue what they're going to play this Saturday. I'm hoping for Pot Kettle Black and that's about it.
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Just judging from the Kicking Television versions, you're right that AGIB comes to life in a live setting. It's so much better this way.

But, of course, nothing can come close to actually being there (no pun intended) in front of Tweedy and co.

I like that I honestly don't have a damn clue what they're going to play this Saturday. I'm hoping for Pot Kettle Black and that's about it.
I'm telling you, when Spiders kicks in (you know the moment...) it brings the fucking house down.

The thing about Wilco for me is that I am never concerned about setlists because I generally like most of their catalog--especially live. Sure, I'd rather hear Poor Places than I'm a Wheel but, again, everything's great live. I'm excited for you. Every member of the band is a joy to watch, too. But I hope you get a setlist you love.
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AGIB is still very slowly growing on me, but yeah - Spiders is the definite hight point of the album for me, and the live version? Fuhgeddaboutit!

My favorite two Wilco albums remain Summerteeth and YHF.
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Now I'm hoping they do play Spiders so I can hear this for myself.

I became an obsessed Flaming Lips fan after I saw them live, and I expect the same thing to happen here; a new favorite band to obsess over. But Wilco is more fun to keep an eye on because of the constant touring and strange setlists.
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I have been away for a while, but wow. This whole thing is pretty amazing. Can't wait to hear the recordings.
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