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tommyjacobs

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  1. Because Jeff feels like family to me. It's ridiculous, I know, to feel that way about a man I don't have a real relationship with, but I do feel that connection to him - or his public persona, at least. When I was in high school, Jeff was the soundtrack to cutting out early to make out with my crush. He was the first dance at my wedding and the music I turned to in my divorce. Wherever I was in life, Jeff's music was there in some form. I don't know the guy at all, but his music has meant a great deal to me and to others. That's why we take it personally. He's enriched my life more than I can ever repay him, and I'll always love him for that.
  2. The free surprise release was also completely awesome. What's the most efficient way to support the band? Buying the record in August is the most direct way, but I've always wondered if the band would be better off if I spent my money a different way (merch, tickets, etc.).
  3. I like this album more on each listen. Still not sold on "The Joke Explained" and to some extent "King of You", but everything else keeps growing on me. Reminds me of Sky Blue Sky in that regard. Being There, Summerteeth, and YHF all blew me away on the first listen - YHF in particular - but Sky Blue Sky I initially was disappointed in but now love. I doubt anything will ever top the Being There to A Ghost Is Born run for me - partly because those are fucking amazing records, partly the timing of when I heard them in my life - but I'm really, really happy Wilco released this record. It feels like one work start to end, as many have noted. It also feels more natural than the past couple of records. They've been on a downward trend the past decade, and I still can't get into the Tweedy record at all, hard as I try. This is an upward spike, and that makes me happy, both because I love the music and because I love the band. They mean a shit ton to me, and I love when they succeed. I must admit that I keep waiting for the ten minutes of ambient noise at the end of "Magnetized" that never comes. Speaking of which, "Magnetized" is one of the best Tweedy songs in the past decade. Simply amazing. "Art of Almost" is the only recent offering I'd put in the same class. Also very happy to hear some lower register Tweedy vocals. I know all the comments he's made about them, but I love his lower register and wish he used it more often. Here's hoping this release keeps climbing up my personal list.
  4. Minus Jeff and John, it's a completely different set of musicians who play the early Wilco songs nightly. I'd like to think that a little of Jay's influence found its way into the next generation.
  5. tommyjacobs

    Wilcobase?

    Is the data on setlist.fm now?
  6. Many years ago - pre-sinus surgery/AGIB - I heard Jeff comment that it was difficult for him to sing "Box Full Of Letters" in the recorded key. Given that this was probably less than five years after he wrote and recorded it, I doubt his voice had changed dramatically. I think that some of the songs are just easier for him to sing in a different key. Sing it five hundred times live, and it's probably enough to make you consider a change. His vocals definitely did change after the surgery though. I'm not sure if it affected his range, but the tone became less nasally.
  7. The rabbit ears just needed a little adjusting. I take payment in gold bullion.
  8. Hey, gang. By popular request, I've added a mobile web interface to So Out Of Tune. The url is the same (http://www.sooutoftune.org), but it should be easier to navigate on your phone. For those who give it a try, let me know how it works. In particular, this update is designed for phones, not tablets, so if neither the mobile nor desktop layout suits your iPad, drop me a message. One more thing: if you have any Wilco or Wilco-related shows that aren't available on the site, I'd love to add them. PM me if you're willing to share.
  9. I have a Seagull S6, and I highly recommend it. Absolutely my favorite guitar in that price range.
  10. The band struggled a bit live after Jay got the boot. I remember watching him alternate between guitar and multiple keyboards on the same song; it was almost like replacing multiple musicians. In the aftermath, Leroy was fine but couldn't replace him and it often felt like Jeff was trying to do too much on stage. They found their stride again in 2004 in a big way.
  11. Thanks for the feedback. Charlie, I suspect the issue you're seeing is because the audio isn't buffering correctly; it could be the internet connection, my server, or some combination of the two. I'll try to recreate and see if I can improve it. I'll begin work on a mobile interface in the near future.
  12. Hey, gang. Just wanted to let everyone know that new 2012 shows are going up on So Out Of Tune. We took a longer than anticipated hiatus to sort out some technical back end challenges to allow us to expand our library, and that's in place now. We have a number of older shows queued up to be added as well. If there are specific shows or features you'd like to see added (mobile support? new show notifications?), shoot me an email at info@sooutoftune.org or post in thread.
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