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  1. Deerhoof - Breakup Songs Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten Most surprised that the new Van Halen wasn't awful. Was also quite pleasantly surprised by the new Wallflowers album.
  2. To those who have been there before, can you shed some light on the policy at the Hideout? It seems like from their website it's a 2 day wristband and there is no re-entry. To me that reads like if you go Friday night, you're in there all night... They could have used some better verbage there. In any case, already got my tickets. Again, those with previous experience there, what's the block party like?
  3. It doesn't surprise me at all given that the recent "Friends With Kids" movie that came out from Jon Hamm and his longterm girlfriend used parts of Shot In The Arm twice during the movie and nearly all of Solitaire.
  4. Funny that this would come up. My wife and I swear Jeff Garlin was at the Vic Saturday night hanging with Sue and family/friends in one of the private boxes.
  5. Still not sure on this one...I feel like there are no stand out tracks on the good side, only bad. "It's Only Life" seems destined for a "dramatic" Grey's Anatomy scene (my wife will let me know, I'm sure). "The Rifle's Spiral" is a great starter for the album but it's followed by the corny "Simple Song" and "It's Only Life." It gets a bit better from there but there's nothing really special here. It's just an okay album. I'm only disappointed in it because we had to wait 5 years for something that's just average.
  6. I still think we're missing the point here: is it really time for a new album already? Usually these threads only show up here when there seems to be absolutely nothing else to discuss...
  7. It was okay: the humor in it was more of the vulgar, less of the clever type.
  8. So I was rewarded for being a good husband last night by getting more Wilco into my life. I took my wife to see the romantic comedy "Friends With Kids." I figured it had Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and several other good actors so how bad could it be? While it was fairly run-of-the-mill, I did have *3* great moments during the movie. About a quarter way through the movie we were blessed with the beginning and first verse from "Shot in the Arm". About halfway through the movie we got a couple segments from the end of the song as well. Then towards the end of the movie we got about h
  9. I have to admit to never giving them a fair shake. Having been born in '84, they may have been just a bit before my time. But my dad recently let me have his collection of vinyl records which includes all of Steely Dan's albums and I can't stop spinning them. To top it off, everything up through Gaucho is $4.99 for the physical CD on Amazon right now so they got a solid $35 bucks out of me for all of them...
  10. Do you have a link to support this? I'm totally interested and ready to drop some cash!
  11. 1 & 2) I'm hoping your question is sarcastic, but assuming it's not: Autumn Defense (aka John and Pat from Wilco) recorded a version of "Revolutionary Mind" on their first album back in 2000. 3) Of course there's room for more than one interpretation but, given the statement that there are "thousands of lyrics with no music," would it have been that hard to choose something other than the 30-ish songs already released from the Mermaid Avenue sessions? Also, I'm no Billy Bragg fan either (Man In The Sand shows how much of a colossal blowhard he is) but his songs are solid. I found myself
  12. I'm going to have to say STRONGLY disagree. First listen through and Jay's stuff is definitely the least interesting material on the album. Will Johnson's cuts seem to be the most favorable to me. Also, did anyone else find it strange that one of the songs is "Revolutionary Mind" when that was already released by Autumn Defense. I know Autumn Defense's first album isn't that well known but considering that's one of the songs that came out of those sessions, it's surprising someone didn't pick up on it. It seems bizarre that with all the supposed lyrics laying around we're already seeing one re
  13. Foos have been nominated for every single release I think. The Grammys are just too stupid to branch out and figure out that the Foos aren't the only band making music that could be categorized as "rock." I actually loved Wasting Light by them but the 3 or 4 releases prior it downright sucked so I'm not sure how they get nominated everytime.
  14. I find it to be a very slow grower. Some songs I'm totally coming around to (both the ones you mentioned), but "Warrior Man" is extremely cringe-worthy. I do like it better as a whole album than Shame Shame but will still take Fate or We All Belong any day.
  15. The only problem I have with "Little Black Submarines" is that when it kicks over to electric in that song, the riff sounds exactly like Tom Petty's "Last Dance With Mary Jane" and I have a hard time getting over that in that particular song. The album is growing on me though as a whole. I like it more and more with each listen but there's still no way it matches up to The Decemberists or Wilco for me this year.
  16. Brothers grabbed me immediately, El Camino seems like more of a grower. I think I feel that way because El Camino seems to be more of a one trick pony whereas Brothers showcased a lot of different styles. I also like the raw, rough-around-the-edges sound of their earlier albums. Danger Mouse's production is just a bit too polished and, while El Camino rocks, the songs just feel emotionless, for lack of a better word. I'd give the new one a solid C: I do not see myself returning to it repeatedly like I have with Brothers.
  17. I'll probably still buy the single but nothing the Flaming Lips does any more impresses me and the last album was so bad I've had to take them off the "buy without question" list and move them down to "try before you buy." That and the Dark Side of The Moon cover album made my ears bleed.
  18. I was about to suffer a seizure while reading this thread until I saw your post. Any time anyone mentions tension-building/under-appreciated/greatest solo of all time, Marquee Moon is the first thing that comes to my mind. Two things that strike me about this song every time I listen to it: 1) It's damn near perfect, and 2) it is the quickest 10 minutes every time, hands down.
  19. Don't know if any other Chicago Bears fans caught this but during the 1st quarter of Sunday night's game against the Vikings the first 10-15 seconds of "Monday" were played as they cut to commercial. I thought I was hearing things and then laughed because it wasn't quite Monday yet. Still happy to hear Wilco anytime.
  20. I'm not sure on this album. I liked that her last one was charming. This one doesn't have much standing out to me. It's not bad, but it just feels like it makes better background music than something I'd actively want to listen to on a regular basis.
  21. Your post inspires 3 questions: 1 - Were you high as you posted this? 2 - Or was your "friend" the one ripped out of his mind at a Wilco show? 3 - Don't you think there would have been slightly more publicity if this ever happened?
  22. To me, it's a sign your life is waaaaaay too boring if the top of your nag list is how Wilco announces hometown shows.
  23. Saw them last night in Milwaukee. Sadly it was about half empty at Turner Hall, but I'm assuming part of it is attributed to a game 5 NLDS game being held 5 miles away. The show was solid. I'm a late-comer to Malkmus' career (started listening to Pavement about 5 years ago and Real Emotional Trash when that came out). Very, very loose show and the band all seemed to be having fun. Steve dubbed it "Fan Appreciation Night" and took an audience request about halfway through the set only to semi-insult the person's request. They still played it though and had fun doing it. I disappointed that the
  24. And yet, there are those of us in the Chicago area who don't travel long distances and who haven't seen them since the UIC Pavillion shows several years ago and would LIKE to see them multiple times. Also, I'm one of the unlucky souls that got shut out of the Opera House but got a second chance with the two shows announced since. Granted, I'm about 90 miles from Chicago North (Milwaukee) and nabbed two for that as well.
  25. The only reason I rank Sky Blue Sky poorly is because I have zero desire to listen to it of my own volition. Sure, there are a few songs on there that I love to hear in the live setting (You Are My Face, Impossible Germany, Walken, Side With The Seeds). The rest of it is fairly forgettable and doesn't warrant me busting out the album on a regular basis. Sadly, Wilco The Album has even fewer songs I desire hearing on a regular basis. The Whole Love has totally redeemed my faith in this band though.
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