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  1. I read an interview with White where he says he feels like he could be Bob Dylan's son. He respects Dylan greatly and I think he borrowed or was inspired by how Dylan kept himself somewhat a mystery...maybe partly accident, but I think Dylan did a lot of it purposely. But White seems to have taken to a different level, with the way he set boundaries and rules for the Stripes like only having 3 colors and 3 instruments, the way the Raconteurs presented themselves, the blue tones he's chosen for his solo album and tour, and how he always seems in character when in the midst of touring. I think it's quite brilliant actually and for me it adds to my enjoyment of his records. One of my favorite things about R.E.M. was how they treated each album and tour almost like a new personality. Most of their artistic presentation was Stipe, but it was always cool to me how under-stated the other band members were. I've seen White live 3 times, with the Stripes, Raconteurs and Dead Weather. Each time I was thoroughly impressed. His stage presence is unreal. With the Raconteurs and Dead Weather he tried to just be one of the members, but every time he sang or ripped off a guitar solo or even just the way he moved, you couldn't take your eyes off him. "Blunderbuss", for me, captures White at his finest. His recent divorce and the official end of the Stripes seems to have greatly inspired some interesting and dark lyrics. And musically he tries lots of different things in a very good way. Sixteen Saltines holds its own against any Stripes song. Love Interuption is spare, beautiful and dark. The title track has an old Bob Dylan vibe but sounds prettier. Freedom at 21 and Weep Themselves To Sleep are tough-sounding, almost Eminem-like songs. I'm Shakin is a fun cover. Hip Poor Boy makes me think of Pual McCartney. On and On and On is my favorite song of that title, which says a lot 'cause I like Wilco's same-titled song a lot. Take Me With You When You Go is schizophrenic, but great. Just heard White is gonna score the 2013 film "Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp. Can't wait to hear it.
  2. I think the new record is pretty bad ass. Anybody else heard it yet?
  3. "Meh" is way harsh to me. Different strokes.
  4. Anybody hear the resemlence? It was the first thing I thought of when I first heard the song "Blunderbuss".
  5. There's nothing to come at you about. It's your opinion. What does "rock-godesque" mean. That's a bad thing, right?To me, "Blunderbuss" is anything but predicatble. Of course, you'd have to listen to it first to decide if what I'm saying is true.
  6. I've been listening to Jack White's new album Blunderbuss on iTunes (my first impression is VERY good by the way), and noticed a resemblance between the title track and the Mermaid Avenue tune "One By One". Musically, it's got a similar sounding waltzing cadence. Jack White's vocal makes it a very different song, and I'm not claiming it's a rip-off, just curious what other Wilco fans think of the similarity. Interesting also is that the final song on Blunderbuss is called "On and On and On", though it sounds nothing like Wilco's Sky Blue Sky track, but is perhaps equally good.
  7. "The Unauthorized Biography of Reihold Messner" Rocky 1 soundtrack Meat Puppets
  8. Name something Rush has said that's more offensive than Louis CK's comments about Pallin.
  9. Rush is a very hard-working, successful radio ENTERTAINER. He just happens to have Conservative opinions, and tries to illustrate them in humorous, sometimes controversial ways. He's no different than Howard Stern or Don Imus or Jim Rome. Nothing he's said EVER is as offensive as many of the Left-leaning comics and entertainers who spout off regularly.
  10. Rush said, "What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute…She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.” Using the word "slut" is a bit harsh of course, but his point is DEAD-ON. Fluke goes to a Jesuit school and expects the school to have her birth control paid for?!....something that the Catholic Church has been against for 2000 years?! If she's truly poor (how many poor people go to Georgetown?), and she REALLY needs birth control, Walmart offers it for about $9 a month. Being Catholic, it really bothers me that Obama can issue a mandate that forces the Church to go against a core belief. The "compromise" is a crock, as it still will mean other people at a private institution getting covered by the insurance company will end up footing the bill. It's not a contraceptive issue....though Obama, the brilliant politician he is...is spinning it that way to make him more popular to women. It's a constitutional issue. Back to Rush. Everyone is supposedly SO freaking "upset" by his comments. I don't buy that at all. Democrats know the economy and rising gas prices are a HUGE threat to their Wonder Boy winning a re-election, so painting Republicans as women-haters is a desparate move. Sadly, I think it's working and will greatly help Obama in November. You know what's offensive to me? Louis CK's comments on Sarah Palin. Oh I forgot, he's a comedian, so he can say whatever he wants. Aren't Rush and CK one and the same?....ENTERTAINERS? For those who don't know, here's a snippet of CK's "humor": Talking about Palin coming to the Republican convention, he said, "holding a baby that just came out of her f-ing, disgusting [C-word], her f-ing retard-making [C-word]. I hate her more than anybody…" Last year, CK called Palin a "f—ing jackoff [C-word]-face jazzy wondergirl’ who ‘has a family of Chinese poor people living in her [C-word] hole." Then there's Bill Maher, another entertainer, who has referred to Palin as a tw*t and a cu*t. This is the same Maher who donated $1 million to help Obama's campaign. Obama apologized and consoled the poor, poor, Sandra Fluke, but I've never heard Obama apologize for any comments made by Maher or other offensive entertainers who sing Obama's praises. Politics suck.
  11. For Jeff's (and the band's?) health and sanity, it was a good thing for Jay to not be in Wilco and seemed like it had to happen. I personally think Jeff is way more of a "my way or the highway" type of creative person than he comes across, but at the same time, it seems as if Jay leaving had much more to do with Jay than Jeff.But as a fan, who can only listen to records and very occasionally see a band live, all I really care about is what I can hear. Being There, Summerteeth, YHF, and the Mermaid discs, to me, are the pinnacle of Wilco's output. And I know Jay contributed a lot to what I hear on those discs. And as an audience member, he added great mystery, fun, energy and personality to live shows. As great as Wilco is live right now, I don't think Wilco shows were ever more entertaining than many of those Being There/Summerteeth shows.
  12. Excited to hear more Son Volt. Been listening to Straightaways and it sounds so great. I fear Jay won't ever be able to match the greatness of the early Volt records, but I know there will be great moments. Only kinda excited about the Guthrie album. Wilco and Bragg set the bar pretty high...not that the albums should be compared, but will be impossible not to. I liked the mix of personal/human songs (Wilco) and political songs (Bragg) chosen on the Mermaid discs. Curious what the lyrical vibe will be on this one.
  13. I think Pat's very talented, and his credited bridges on 3 "Whole Love" songs (especially Dawned On Me)...which really help make those songs more than just a "good" pop song...are the types of things that Jay Bennett was so brilliant at. But I think Jay was a very special musical talent and wouldn't put Pat in Jay's league.
  14. Just A Kid and Always In Love must have been great to see. And Side With the Seeds...nice!
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