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  1. I am as angry as I was the night trump (supposedly; I still have my doubts) won in 2016. Today I feel bleak, overwhelmed, and almost hopeless. I was in high school when Roe became law, and have lived my entire adult life with protections I couldn't imagine ever being taken from me.

    I don't know how we reverse this calamitous, dishonest decision. But reverse it we must, and that fight begins, again, with today. Speak your mind. Do whatever you can personally do to support your fellow citizens who have had their right to bodily autonomy summarily stripped away.

    I'm in California. If anyone wants to do some sightseeing here, let me know!


  2. For all you do for all your children...thank you! Don't think we don't notice all the little acts of love and sacrifice you do to keep us happy and well!


    Today, just relax and enjoy all the love you're surrounded by, whether you are a father to your own children, or a beloved father figure or loving pet parent. Thank you for being there, dads! :wub

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    Answering myself here, 😆 these pop out:

    "Ashes of American Flags"

    From Family Ghost: "Digging holes and filling them in /I feel so American"

    "I love my country/ stupid and cruel" from Cruel Country

    "I am an American aquarium drinker..."

    "Normal American kids"


    I know I've just scratched the surface of his identification with being American. I find it fascinating, and brave, the way he embraces and confronts what it means to be a modern American.





  4. With the first public airing of the January 6th committee fresh in my mind, I found myself musing about Jeff's lyrical references to his citizenship over the years. He is very much a product of his country (as are we all) and it's fascinating to me to see the range of emotions that has stirred in him over the years. Think of his lyrics containing the word "American", or his references to "my country".

    What is the earliest example you can think of? Which of these lyrics resonates most deeply with you?

    This is a good time for all Americans to consider what it means to us to be an American. I can't help having the word pop out at me right now. 😕

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  5. 11 minutes ago, chuckrh said:

    I went to 2 shows last week (Mike Campbell & Bob Dylan, Mike was awesome & Dylan was middling Bob. I've seen him play better & seen him play worse). Woke up feeling really sick this morning. Took a home COVID test & sure enough, I've got it. Shocked I've lasted this long without getting it. Called my doc & she phoned in a prescription for Paxlovid to my pharmacy which I picked up no contact. Luckily I had stocked up on groceries as I was supposed to have a round of chemo on Tuesday. This blows my schedule all to hell but I feel like crap.


    Oh damn, Chuck! I'm so sorry. I'm amazed that I managed to go to ssf & didn't catch it. It's such a gamble going anywhere at all. The good news is the latest strain seems less virulent. My daughter caught it while I was away at ssf & had 2 bad days of being feverish and feeling awful, but she is already feeling mostly normal again, and has just had a negative test & plans to start back to work tomorrow.

    I hope your case is similarly mild and short! 😘

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  6. Besides the obvious (Wilco and Jeff) whose sets left you humming tunes later, even days and days later? Who surprised you and left you wanting to dig deeper?


    For me, one of the standouts was early Saturday, as I was still groggily coming awake. Yes, I know I should be wide awake by 1 p.m. but that's how it goes when you stay up past 4 a.m. yapping and laughing with housemates you haven't seen in 3 whole years!

    Anyway, I thought Cut Worms did a fantastic set in Courtyard C, following Liam's terrific set. It was a great one-two punch to get the day going! I'll be listening to more of them. :thumbup

    Who stands out in your memory? Were they a surprise, or someone you'd looked forward to?

  7. 3 hours ago, worldrecordplayer said:

    We spent parts of Friday and Saturday hiding from the rain, and all-day Sunday hiding from the sun! It was blazing. 



    At least I didn't haul all that rain gear across the continent for nothing! It got well used.😆

  8. Wow, what a blur of a weekend! Moments are beginning to swim back in my memory now...little details forgotten in the rush of actually living it.

    Remembering sitting on the deck above Courtyard C, hanging on to one of the few shady tables on Sunday. Clamboring down the steps we saw 4 guys wearing origami hats made of the big fold-out Mass MoCA maps. We laughed in admiration!

    I hadleft my hat behind at my lodging when a clear day was predicted...it was scotchguarded against rain...but never had thought it would be hot enough to wish for a hat.

    So being right next to the museum lobby, I trundled inside and came back with a couple of the maps. My friend Carol & I unfolded them and tried to think how to create a hat. One table over, a stranger heard us and volunteered that she might know how. So she joined our table & went at her task. Soon, she had crafted 2 serviceable pointy-topped hats. My love of overpacking meant that I even had a pair of hair clips to fasten it securely! Rarely has anything in my wardrobe received so many compliments.:P I gave full credit to Sherri....my new friend. Funny how we make new friends.

    I wore it the rest of the day, even at the rail for Tweedy & friends, even after the shade had slid over us & it was no longer necessary. At that point it had become a party hat.

    Tell me about your memories! They drift away too fast.


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  9. 2 hours ago, tongue-tied lightning said:

    kinda funny all this Wilco vs Wilco stuff. On a whim I decided to listen to Star Wars, haven't heard it since it came out. I was surprised how much I liked it. Things can change on so many different levels of listening. When, mood, headphones.

    next up Schmilco.


    I did enjoy CC better live. A little looser than the record, like most live music.


    the FB group ? basically cracks me up. 


    Wait, Drew...you were at Solid Sound, and I missed you?!! Well dammit!

    Try again in 2 years?

  10. 12 hours ago, tongue-tied lightning said:

    ok, I'll give this review thing a shot. I've given this record a solid thorough listen. I really, really like it. That's 2 reallys, not bad. I do feel like it's Tweedy solo 2.0, with Wilco. That makes it extra great, the guys are unreal; musicians and ass. so much. It does feel like it has that recent Tweedy County/Folk vibe that he's been into. I hear a lot of the same acoustic rhythm his solo records have. The whisper singing ? eh, Would I love a Summerteeth part 2 ? yes, please, but anything Wilco gives me/us, is refreshing. I did love the way it sounded live, gotta have that recording. I would listen to that over the studio release. I'm sure Jeff with get the itch to write some electric power chord songs, until then, I'm ok with this Cruel County we have, and live in.

    That was a great review!

  11. 14 hours ago, Boss_Tweedy said:


    Hey, I'll be happy to be wrong. I thought it was OK to post critical and negative feelings/opinions here unlike the Facebook group. Guess I was wrong. 


    It's fine to disagree here...just keep it civil and allow for different opinions!

    And it's remarkably easy to misunderstand each other's meanings in text messages, so try not to make assumptions about each other.

    --Thanks, the management

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  12. Make it stop.:( Please, help make it stop.


    Wherever you are, whoever, whatever the means you have...influence, money, a voice, passion on this horrible subject....


    Speak up. Speak up!


    Make it stop. Keep pushing until it stops. Make it stop however you, personally, can. 


    Between us all we'll create the will to end the gun lobby. 

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  13. I'm a lyrics person...it always has mattered to me that a song had something to say. Didn't have to be deep....sometimes a song is pure silly play, a la "Hoodoo Voodoo". It still says exactly what it set out to say.



    Which lyrics among these are catching at you, making you pause, making unexpected tears sprint to your eyes, or maybe just flooding you with understanding, from some powerful life experience?

    I have a few already, and they resonate deeply. Which are yours? 

  14. I've barely had time to scratch the surface of this one, and I always need time to let an album with any depth (any Wilco album for instance) really percolate thru my brain and heart. So far all I can say is that there are some lyrics and melodies here that I'm already captivated by. 

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  15. 46 minutes ago, Passenger Sid said:

    I only get the freebie stuff. Anyone hear Jeff's new acoustic version of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now"?


    Such a GREAT song. This fairly recent performance by Judy Collins is a stunner.




    I was awestruck by Jeff's cover of this!

  16. 3 hours ago, Brian F. said:

    Should I be concerned that I have not yet received my tickets for SSF, which I purchased on March 17?  It says they'll be emailed closer to the show date, but we're now T-minus 11 days.  Have any of you received your tickets yet?

    Don't panic. This is normal; we'll get them soon. Nobody's gonna get shut out, and DAMN, how much fun is it that I'll get to buy you a drink at SSF?!! I'm so glad you're able to attend!

  17. Kevin Morby's new album was released on 5-13, Friday. I've been a fan since he opened for Wilco in L.A. in 2016, where he damned near hypnotized me. Not a forgettable opening act! 

    He was invited to Solid Sound that next summer, and his set there sealed the deal...major, original talent. I've been following ever since. This beauty just came in the mail.

    The music is as gorgeous as the vinyl.



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