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Old 01-18-2005, 02:50 AM   #1
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i've never heard wilco

i've heard OF wilco, but i'm pretty sure i've never actually heard any music. like the postal service, they're one of those bands i've written off as being crap based on the sheer number of "i'm sooo indie even though i listen to mainstream 'indie' music" college kids that hail them to be the greatest thing since the CD.

1. what might i have heard? is there something they play often/occasionally on the radio that i might have somehow heard, despite not listening to commercial radio for 3 years?
2. and what can you reccomend me? yes the majority of the music i like it loud punk rock kind of stuff, but don't give me a list that leaves out really quiet songs.
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Old 01-18-2005, 04:40 AM   #2
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I have their album A Ghost is Born. I think it's okay but nothing too special. There are a lot of huge Wilco fans about but I didn't really get into them that much.
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Old 01-18-2005, 05:05 AM   #3
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I've never listened to Wilco for any indie reasons, they just seem to make albums out of the sheer joy of playing music. Not that the sounds are necessarily happy, they just seem to love music. It is some quality that is lacking in 99% of bands out there that I just can't explain.

Anyway, in terms of songs, they have never really had any hits, the closest would be Box Full of Letters from AM and Heavy Metal Drummer from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

They have to be experienced by the album, but do not start with the newest one (Ghost is Born). Being There is exceptionally good. It reminds me of Exile on Main Street but rooted in country more than blues or R&B. And I am not a country fan.

Summerteeth is a much more lush album, with a lot of Beatles and Beach Boys sounding songs.

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is more experimental and a breakthrough of sorts but I do not think it is as good as the previous two. Not as much of that sheer joy quality I was talking about.
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Wilco have never had a radio hit. Sheer crap? More like sheer brilliance. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot has now become one of my top 5 albums of all time. Whenever it's in my car, I tend to leave it there for a week or so. It's so wonderful to get lost in, and when it's over, I have to hear it again.

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I love all their albums, but if I had to rank them...

1. YHF
2. Being There
3. Summerteeth--A Ghost is Born (it's a tie!)
4. A.M.
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IWB > go here and listen to a live show:

http://www.wilcoworld.net/roadcase/index.html#

Wilco are the best band in America, imo, and one of my top 3 favorite bands, the other two being U2 and Radiohead. They are brilliant live and Jeff Tweedy is a songwriter's songwriter--just sheer poetry at times. Everyone has their favorite records--there's the before Yankee Hotel Foxtrot camp and the post YHF camp, kinda like before Joshua Tree and after. I'm in the post camp but I love every one of their records. When I saw them live last year they raised the bar for me for what a live show is supposed to be. They are absolutely incredible versatile musicians that play in a way that give me goosebumps. One minute they can be achingly gorgeous and sensitive and the next they completely rock out and blow my mind. I am in love with them
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Yeah, there's a lot of heart, soul, sincerity and integrity in Wilco.

I totally agree with you LadyLemon about YHF. I have to hear it over and over and over....I think it's their masterpiece.
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I never heard one song by Wilco until last summer. My friend who is a massive Wilco fan talked me into going to their concert. I am glad I did. I really enjoyed it. We had fantastic seats and the music and crowd was great.
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Being There is my fave of thiers, but Id say YHF is the place to start if I was you IWB. If not there, go back to Uncle Tupelo and get into the alt/country side of things.
UT was Tweedy of Wilco and Farrar of Son Volt and now solo.
Anyway, Wilco is the best thing going right now for my dollar.
I am trying to break your heart was the best music/band movie ive seen and although many didnt care for Ghost, I thought it was excellent.
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a blurb from a review of the Fillmore show that you can hear on their website:

...Without Tweedy’s charming antics, however, this show would have still been more than fantastically spectacular. Not only could the two-hour plus set speak for itself, it could write and publish a 60 page mandate for global domination. Opening the spectacle was the crème de le crème "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." Each member drove the ornate textures of this piece to a beautiful insanity, regardless if it was the simple strum of the acoustic guitar or the culminating explosion of synthesizers.
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Nothing else could properly explain the level of A game they had reached by the finishing set better than the cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s "Don’t Fear the Reaper," which was so out of place that it somehow felt perfect. Of course, a very shy cowbell player accompanied the band in the outing, inducing a drug like state of pleasure. Wilco left the stage, one which they have played at enough times to be considered a home by now, and the crowd walked out with smiles as big as Tweedy’s. Disneyland be warned; this tour could put you out of business.


- The Daily Online Californian, November 18, 2004
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Being There is my fave of thiers, but Id say YHF is the place to start if I was you IWB. If not there, go back to Uncle Tupelo and get into the alt/country side of things.
UT was Tweedy of Wilco and Farrar of Son Volt and now solo.
Anyway, Wilco is the best thing going right now for my dollar.
I am trying to break your heart was the best music/band movie ive seen and although many didnt care for Ghost, I thought it was excellent.
Good luck
i agree completely. i love Ghost very, very much, even more than my unborn wife.
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i agree completely. i love Ghost very, very much, even more than my unborn wife.
as well you should
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it was my album of the year i do believe...even ahead of arcade fire.
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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is one of the best albums from the last five years. A Ghost Is Born is not bad, but I didn't quite connect to it. Had some good songs though.

I highly recommend YHF though.
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