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Old 07-25-2015, 09:22 PM   #106
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It takes some nerve to name an album Star Wars
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:47 PM   #107
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If anyone knows Ryan Adams you know that he's obsessed with cats and Star Wars, as soon as I saw this cover I thought, "he's going to be pissed he didn't do this first".


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Sat down with Summerteeth last night. Really liked it. It's probably the most consistent thing I've heard from them, in terms of both flow and songs. No obvious lulls or low points, really. Starts very strongly with the opening three of Can't Stand It, She's a Jar and A Shot in the Arm. I'd single out other highlights but it's pretty strong all the way through. Via Chicago is obviously one of the better ones.

Do have to say though, two lyrics really stood out to me - the last line of She's a Jar and the first verse of Via Chicago. They're a little bit troublesome, no? Looks like his wife has commented on it.
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Do have to say though, two lyrics really stood out to me - the last line of She's a Jar and the first verse of Via Chicago. They're a little bit troublesome, no? Looks like his wife has commented on it.
Please elaborate. What did she say?
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Those couple of lines are unsettling, but at least they risk something instead of being bland or total gibberish.

In general, I think that album hits the spot between relatable and abstract. It's a personally revealing set of lyrics that also manages to resonate. I slightly prefer YHF as a whole for its sonic coherence and consistent quality, but Summerteeth has Tweedy's best lyrics and many of Wilco's best songs.
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Please elaborate. What did she say?
From quotes from (rap)genius.com, apparently taken from a book

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Obviously Jeff has never hit me. And I know I have to give Jeff his creative license. And I have no way of knowing whether he could have written as cool and brilliant an album without having to go through everything he went through that year. I think that’s one of our most common myths, that artists have to me miserable to be creative. I don’t think that’s true. I hope it’s not true. I don’t wish that kind of misery on anyone."
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“I’m not interested in shock value,“ Tweedy told the Utne Reader. "Those were the things that came out of me, things I thought were powerful to sing. I can imagine that some people will be turned off by the darkness of some lyrics.”

Salon: “You had to know that lines like “I dreamed about killing you again last night and it felt all right to me” would raise some eyebrows.”

Tweedy: “It raised an eyebrow for me. It’s just something that came out subconsciously, just singing melodies, singing the first words that come into your head, kind of free association. And it was like, “Wow, I’ve got to hang onto that one.” It felt honest and close to something real.”
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Those couple of lines are unsettling, but at least they risk something instead of being bland or total gibberish.
Yeah agreed.
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:50 AM   #112
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In general, I think that album hits the spot between relatable and abstract. It's a personally revealing set of lyrics that also manages to resonate. I slightly prefer YHF as a whole for its sonic coherence and consistent quality, but Summerteeth has Tweedy's best lyrics and many of Wilco's best songs.
Generally agree with this. I think YHF still has the better songs, even when you remove all the noise and weirdness from it, but it's a close call. Via Chicago and A Shot in the Arm are obvious highlights, but as cobbler said it's a very consistent effort. There's an argument to be made that Summerteeth is their album that best translates live. Some of these songs really take off live.
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Wilco was frickin' awesome the other night. I didn't realize they were playing all of Star Wars to kick off the show. They played well over two hours, 32 songs in the Seattle setlist. Loved the acoustic encore at the end. Bill Frisell was a special guest, and Jenny Lewis/Ben Gibbard came out to sing and play tambourines for California Stars.

Jenny Lewis was great as well, although damn, 40 minutes was way too short for all the great songs she has.

The only other bummer was losing my sweet front row spot. Security decided to not give a fuck for people coming up to stand between the reserved seats and the front of the stage. I reacted too slowly and found myself with motherfucking heads in my way. Oh well. You snooze you lose. At least I could still see mostly well.

1. EKG
2. More...
3. Random Name Generator
4. The Joke Explained
5. You Satellite
6. Taste the Ceiling
7. Pickled Ginger
8. Where Do I Begin
9. Cold Slope
10. King of You
11. Magnetized
12. Handshake Drugs
13. Kamera
14. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
15. Art of Almost
16. Sunken Treasure
17. Hummingbird
18. Heavy Metal Drummer
19. I'm the Man Who Loves You
20. Jesus, Etc.
21. Born Alone
22. Via Chicago
23. Impossible Germany
24. Forget the Flowers
25. California Stars
26. Box Full of Letters
27. Theologians
28. The Late Greats
Encore:
29. Misunderstood
30. War on War
31. It's Just That Simple
32. A Shot in the Arm
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Great setlist, but they're playing A Shot in the Arm acoustic?
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Me being me, I ducked out during It's Just That Simple, knowing that I'd be able to still hear the next song (which, thankfully, I assumed correctly was the last) as I walked to my car. Was bummed I didn't stick around for it, as it's one of my favorites. Would have been happy to even hear it acoustic.

Heard the crowd singing all the way to my car.
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That's a great set, Cori. Seems to be a bit on the post-Summerteeth side, but a lot of earlier gems. This made me miss live Wilco a lot. I think I've gotten Sunken Treasure a couple of times before, but it's my Wilco equivalent to Bad. Such a transcendental song.

Two favorite Wilco live moments:

- "Music is my savior / I was maimed by rock and roll" (the Sunken Treasure DVD contains an amazing version).

- Poor Places -> Spiders (this is their Power Out -> Rebellion / Please -> Streets moment, IMO).

Edit: I will add a third one, more of a rarity - The Lonely 1 with Nels on a lap steel guitar.

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Me being me, I ducked out during It's Just That Simple, knowing that I'd be able to still hear the next song (which, thankfully, I assumed correctly was the last) as I walked to my car. Was bummed I didn't stick around for it, as it's one of my favorites. Would have been happy to even hear it acoustic.

Heard the crowd singing all the way to my car.
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Shut up, I was home in less than a half hour.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:45 PM   #118
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Shut up, I was home in less than a half hour.

I thought you were lining up for the next show.
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I cannot abide this leaving early, Cori. You wouldn't have died if you stayed
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Can you link me to this live version of Sunken Treasure pls gump
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