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  1. I think it's plainly obvious that the whole world has gotten carried away with the Grateful Dead thing.
  2. I'm under no illusions that Tweedy will ever hire a producer. Why would he? He's very comfortable, happy, and financially prosperous staying the course he's been on for the past several records. I'm only stating what I would like to see happen, and what I think might be necessary in order for the band to pull my waning interest back from the cliff. I'm certain that is of zero concern to Tweedy, nor should it be. I'll try again when they put out the art-pop record that always seems to be next in line but never materializes. It does seem a bit weird, though, that as
  3. I think that's an accurate description. There's obviously nothing wrong with the Highway 61 style, but even that could be helped along with a good producer. It might be interesting to hear Wilco lean harder into that approach by using someone like Buddy Miller or T-Bone Burnett. I'd also like to hear what they sound like under the production of, say, Nick Lowe. Or Daniel Lanois. Or going in a more baroque direction, Todd Rundgren. It'd be really interesting to see them do a series of singles or EPs, each with a different producer at the helm, and see what comes of it. An expe
  4. I think they do and it would help me like their newer material more. I'd love to hear what they come up if they worked with a strong producer somewhere other than the Loft. The Loft is great and all, but It's good for a band to get out of their comfort zone, especially when the comfort level has reached critical mass, which I think has happened to Wilco.
  5. Even with the five LP Summerteeth box set that I bought last year, after one play through the full set, I'll only end up playing the studio album in the future, and even that might not be worth the trouble of digging through a pile of vinyl and inserts. If I ever want to hear the extras again, I'll stream them. I've been a dedicated vinyl listener since the '80s, but these mega sets, of which I've had many, don't translate to vinyl imo. They're just not a pleasant enough experience compared to listening to a few regular albums. They're like the coffee table book that looks rea
  6. With the vinyl delays causing problems all over the globe, I think we're at a point where no band should be allowed to put out 11 LP sets. At least until the supply issues are worked out. How many bands do you suppose have had their vinyl releases sidelined in part because of these types of vanity projects? YHF deserves to be celebrated, but creating 11 LP sets causes damage the music ecosystem and is a selfish ego stroke. Tweedy should have read the room and scaled it back.
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    Art-pop album

    Hope it'll happen. Cruel Country is still averaging out at mediocre to me.
  8. I don't know much about pressing CDs, but it's definitely incorrect to claim the vinyl release is being held up by supply chain issues. The hold up is the production capacity of the very few vinyl pressing plants that currently exist. It has absolutely nothing to do with the supplies needed to make the records. My opinion: put an end to Record Store Day. Regular bands can't get their albums pressed in anywhere close to a reasonable time frame because there are so many pointless RSD pressings of otherwise readily available oldies and classic rock titles. This won't solve the
  9. I'm not going to rank them as to which is best or worst, but rather, which one I'd be most enthusiastic about listening to at this point in time. AGIB SBS SW YHF BT TWL WTA St Sch AM CC OTJ
  10. I may get the CD version when it becomes available and try it that way.
  11. I guess having grown up mostly listening to vinyl, I have become accustomed to 35 - 45 minutes as the right length of time for an album. I can focus intently on 22 minute album side, with a break to turn it over, and then another 22 minutes for the other side. And I can keep that focus going for several hours worth of albums. I got my first CD player when I was 16, and noticed right away that new releases were longer just because there was room for more songs. The added length almost never resulted in better albums. I guess you could say you're getting more for your money when
  12. It helps if you look at the band photos inside the gatefold record cover. I’m not sure if it comes across as well without that element.
  13. jff

    Nels has Covid

    Hope Nels will have a speedy recovery and very mild symptoms. And I hope his hotel has a great view. What a place to be quarantined! A silver lining is that the upcoming shows will have to be somewhat experimental in nature. It’ll be interesting to see how they adjust to the absence of Nels.
  14. Although I quoted you, I’m offering a take in response to you and to 5hake1tOff, I feel like the variety pack model works best on double albums (White Album, Physical Graffiti, maybe Electric Ladyland), where the band can really stretch out and go lots of different places. The cohesive album model, to me, works better on single albums (Rubber Soul, for example.). Maybe it’s a matter of attention span. In my opinion, TWL might have been better if they had leaned harder into the variety pack concept and made it a double album. And CC would be better if they had cut it d
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