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poppydawn

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  1. You know what? I still try to fold my scrap aluminum foil into little sculptures.
  2. I was at the show and I'm still shaken/seething from that person in the front row. The initial request to play something for Jay was ... tone-deaf. But to keep badgering Jeff about it was just awful. It didn't do anything to honor Jay's memory - just dredged up the bad stuff. Thanks for the update, Paul. I was 11th row, center, and couldn't hear what the woman in the front was saying. From Jeff's answers I assumed she was clueless and had no idea what was being discussed. The person who yelled the initial request was sitting fairly close to me. And some dude behind me kept yelling, "Jay Farr
  3. Bob was, indeed, wonderful, and he'll be very missed around the neighborhood. About ten years ago he pretty much filled the underage section at a St. Louis show with kids from Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He always came out to Jeff's shows in St. Louis, and they'd always play "Casino Queen" for him because it was his favorite. Two years ago Bob was hospitalized when Wilco played here. He was so bummed to miss the show, so they made a soundboard recording for him. There were lots of cheers for Bob from the crowd through the night. At 81 and three decades into Jeff's career, he was still going
  4. It was an honor to be able to go on behalf of VC today. Bob passed surrounded by his family, who held him through the very end. In the days leading to his passing at home, he was visited by so many loved ones. Jeff and Spencer played music for him. He left this world knowing how very well-loved and important he was. I was acquainted with Bob from living in the same neighborhood. He was a character, a hoot, and a very sweet person. He and I were regulars at the same neighborhood bar and grill. The year "The Whole Love" was nominated for a Grammy, he was adamant about giving the restaurant ma
  5. Considering the experiences I've had with Ticketmaster over the past few days (yesterday they sent the wrong password, and today their software didn't recognize that yes, I had entered a credit card to cover the $14 not covered by gift cards), and the fact that they sold me non-existent seats to Springsteen last October, I've decided that scalpers and Stub Hub are more responsible and scrupulous. I've never used StubHub or bought from scalpers but at this point, I'm having difficulty seeing how Ticketmaster's any better on moral grounds. Between the jacked-up fees and increasing bad custome
  6. That was the most fucked up presale I've ever seen. Boo hiss to the new company.
  7. Jay even made the Belleville newspaper, albeit via the AP. The local paper never mentions anything Wilco or Jeff-related. http://www.bnd.com/breaking_news/story/781639.html
  8. Sweet Relief, the charity started in the early '90s when Victoria Williams was diagnosed with MS, is still helping uninsured musicians. Wilco is on their list of supporters, too.
  9. He did have the surgery. I talked to someone in the know the weekend of the Champaign Bottle Rockets show, and he'd had it then. He announced that he was having the surgery on his MySpace blog on April 24th, according to the NPR link.
  10. Wish I could be there. I saw them a week after that show. It was an early wedding gift from my husband. Been thinking about that show a lot tonight.
  11. I just watched the "Poor Places" chapter from I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. Fucking amazing. What a heartbreak.
  12. Well, that's pretty fucking official. Shit.
  13. Exactly. Undertow's posted his photo on their main page, also with no text.
  14. This is ridiculous. If the news breaks, it'll break here: http://www.news-gazette.com I'm amazed at peoples' ability to believe anything.
  15. Considering how fast the news of the lawsuit hit the media, I'm pretty sure news of his death would travel just as fast. Looks like b.s. to me.
  16. Thanks Kalle! Downloading now and will hopefully have a chance to listen today. Any chance you'll be doing any shows in the UP between June 26-29th? I'm going to be visiting my in-laws in Gladstone and going to a family reunion in Trout Lake.
  17. I don't have a recording of that one, but it seems like I've heard it. Could be wishful thinking on my part.
  18. Some of the guys from Coffee Creek (with one notable exception) and some other St. Louis musicians have an outlaw country cover act called Diesel Island. They tend to do really small shows without a lot of publicity. There's one coming up a week from Sunday. I'll be there, and with any luck I won't have to touch anyone hard. I'm just young enough to have missed the Coffee Creek days. I started college at MU in 1991, and quickly became a UT fan since they played a lot of shows in Columbia. It's funny that nearly 20 years later, I wound up living on Main Street in Belleville. A lot of peo
  19. Brian's always more than willing to share his fantastic stories. I talked to him at Record Store Day last year and told him it was my daughter's first "show". She was four at the time. He launched into talking about his first shows. He's just about as congenial as they get. He actually sang lead vocals on . I think it's a shame that so many people think UT = Jeff and Jay, when Brian played a big part in the band, especially live. Nevermind that he was the lead guitarist on A.M. while he was recording The Brooklyn Side with the Bottle Rockets. He deserves a lot more credit than he gets.
  20. I'll reiterate: I did not hit her. I just touched her harder than I should have. Lou, I was so excited to see you and Rosie on Saturday. I love the BRox, but I think I was just as excited to see Rosie on stage with her camera as I was to see the band. Fantastic show, as always. I've never encountered a band that's so in tune with their fans as the Bottle Rockets. Aside from a handful of assclowns in my vicinity, BRox shows bring out some amazing fans. There's such a strong community vibe at their shows, and I can't wait to see how that plays on the DVD.
  21. Occasionally. I'd rather go alone than go with someone who doesn't care about the music, just for the sake of having company. I almost always wind up running into people I know anyway.
  22. Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1996. I came down with food poisoning an hour before time to leave for the show. I gave the ticket to my neighbor. Can't say I was too disappointed. Technically I had a ticket to see the Stones in 1997, but I'm pretty sure I would have had to put out in exchange for the ticket. Not worth it. In 1968, maybe. Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds in 2005. It was at a shitty outdoor venue in Kansas City. It rained, and the venue was two or three hours late opening the gates. Total chaos. We decided it would be more fun and less annoying to go play elsewhere.
  23. Why do you come to VC regularly? Partially out of habit. Mostly for the kicks and hijinx. It's a good source of music news, too. But the hijinx ... that's the biggie. What do you get out of coming here? Entertainment How did you get into VC? After a show in 2007 I was looking for a download of the show. I think I first heard of VC from an article in Paste a few years earlier, and I'd occasionally checked in for album and tour news. After that '07 show, I got sucked into the discussion about the show and haven't left the vortex since. Do you consider yourself a Wilco fan, even if you hate
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