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  1. The band walked out to the most muted reception I've ever heard at the start of a concert, so I was really worried it would be a typical Dallas show in a terrible venue. But once the floodgates opened, I was one of the lucky ones to walk right up front (standing right in front of Pat), and it was a fantastic show. The band seemed loose after that (evidenced by Jeff's banter throughout), and I loved every second of it. New stuff sounded great, and Nels's solo on Impossible Germany was absolutely incredible. It turned that song from something I thought I never needed to hear again into an abs
  2. It was the exact same way for me, although repeated listens have opened up White Wooden Cross for me, and to a lesser extent, One and a Half Stars. If I were forced to pick a weak spot on this album, that would be my choice.
  3. Thanks, Beltmann! Great to "see" you again, too!
  4. Hey everyone! It has been a while since I've posted on these boards, but I definitely wanted to check out the reaction to the new album. For me, Ode to Joy is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The sounds, textures, lyrics, and subtleties surrounding all of those things represent a direction for the band that I've always wished they had pursued. In a way, it reminds me a little of a Califone record. I love how Glenn is out front, and the music seems sparse and understated, but with each listen, I'm hearing more and more intricate details that make this album both cohesive and surprising.
  5. I've fallen in love with "Sun Don't Shine." That song has been stuck in my head for a week despite only listening to it twice. The lack of quality of the stream was bothering me, so I decided to just wait until I get the album in the mail.
  6. I think you're reading it wrong. I think he's saying that the albums he's making now are still "making a statement," but they no longer come at the expense of others. So they are just as urgent and just as "grand," but in different ways. I think the fact that the period generally considered Wilco's best is also the same time Tweedy was at his unhealthiest. So that leap in logic is often made (and it might not be necessarily completely false, but that's a different argument and could be mere coincidence). Hyden isn't saying that here. Especially after his comments on the ST-YHF-AGIB period w
  7. I wish the national anthem would stop being played before every single sporting event. Does baseball really need to play it before every game every single day? Do we really need to hear God Bless America every weekend in the middle of a baseball game? How about the anthem for each sport's opening day and that's it?
  8. I was a little worried about this record after reading some of the early comments and reviews. Some of the descriptions of the songs and the sound of the album were troublesome on paper. But after one really good listen, it sounds like a record that will stick with me and just get better with age. We'll see how that goes, but my early inclination to want to start it up again right after it finishes is a good early sign.
  9. It's actually been a long time since I've listened to a full album, but I plan on revisiting each of them when Schmilco comes out. Listen to the progression of Wilco over 20+ years.
  10. My favorites tend to be the times Jeff seems to perfectly describe something so vividly: The air was crisp Like sunny late winter days A springtime yawning high in the haze And I felt like I belonged Tires type black Where the blacktop cracks Weeds spark through Dark green enough to be blue And then the undisputed champ of all single lines: I assassin down the avenue
  11. Anytime a favorite band comes out with a new album, I like to listen to the whole catalog and reassess everything. I haven't done that with A Moon Shaped Pool yet, but here's my initial ranking: 1. OK Computer 2. Kid A 3. Amnesiac 4. The Bends 5. In Rainbows 6. The King of Limbs 7. Hail to the Thief 8. Pablo Honey
  12. Yeah, his quote that he could feel his tongue go through his bottom lip was pretty gruesome.
  13. Two very nice wins for the Rangers. Last night's game was one of the strangest and, ultimately, exciting games I've seen in a while.
  14. It seems like he's putting all his eggs in the "go-for-broke-contested-convention" strategy. There's no way he can win enough pledged delegates, so he has to use every news cycle bump he can get to win as many delegates as he can to prevent Trump from getting there, which is especially true after last night's results. You're right, though, is a Cruz-Fiorina ticket all that attractive to the GOP to give him the nomination if it does go to a second or third ballot? Maybe the GOP's only hope is to have a woman try to legitimately attack Clinton.
  15. It is truly mind-boggling that Trump is more than likely going to be the nominee. This race is so tight, though, that each state next up with its primary becomes huge, which is exciting. As inevitable as Trump looks now, a loss in Indiana next week will change the narrative once again (and it currently looks really close).
  16. http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/08/clinton.voters/ http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/05/06/exit-polls-half-of-clintons-supporters-wont-back-obama/
  17. And putting Trump at the top of the ticket is the exact opposite way to try to accomplish that.
  18. I would still be surprised if he gets the nomination. It's unlikely that he will have the majority of delegates he needs for the first ballot. After that, all bets are off and the GOP will do everything it can to prevent him from winning.
  19. I highlighted the part about the Democrats. The 2008 Clinton-Obama primary was far more contentious than this one is. In fact, here's a brief podcast about just that from FiveThirtyEight: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/elections-podcast-is-the-2016-democratic-primary-as-nasty-as-the-2008-democratic-primary/
  20. Finding fresh Sculpin or Grunion in the store always makes my day.
  21. I'm pretty sure he actually believes it. Similar to his comments and "arguments" against climate change.
  22. Not necessarily as the motivating factor, but I think that's a component in anybody's decision to run for office. Especially president. I doubt that Bernie's decision to run is purely altruistic.
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