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  1. I saw on Nels' Instagram page that he was playing on the new Joan Osborne album Trouble and Strife. I had never heard her music, aside from What If God Was One of Us?, so I didn't know what to expect. Anyway, Nels does some fine playing on this record, and has a few solo spots that are very satisfying to hear. My opinion is that Wilco has underutilized him in recent years, using him on the records mainly as a background/ambient sounds, with only the occasional moments where he gets to come up to the surface, so to speak, so it's nice to hear him play some traditional lead and rhythm guitar in a pop/rock format. When listening. I was convinced Glenn was also on some of these songs, but that is apparently not the case. The drummer is Aaron Comess from Spin Doctors, playing in a very Kotche-esque style, at least on some of the songs.
  2. I can't get the Ashes episode to play, but i'm enjoying the At Least... episode. Regarding your discussion of Sunset Magazine in the At Least... episode, and magazines specific to states or cities, which seems to be a novel concept to the Canadian host of this podcast, that is very common in the states. Most cities and states in the US have their own magazines. Here in Atlanta, we have Atlanta Magazine. We also have magazines specific to various statewide industries or interests. Georgia Music Magazine (now defunct) was one that comes to mind. Even Little Rock has it's own magazine, Little Rock Family. You could probably google any city + magazine and you'd find results. I'm kind of surprised this isn't a thing in Canada.
  3. Hey, Looking forward to listening to the Ashes episode later today. Just as soon as I finish listening to the George Clinton interview on Questlove Supreme. BTW, I agree with your take on Art of Almost feeling like an experimental track shoehorned into a fairly straightforward batch of tunes. That, and like you guys, The Whole Love is my lost Wilco era. It's my least listened to of their albums, and one of the few tours I skipped (I think I skipped the Schmilco tour, too). I was hoping what they were doing on Art of Almost would be representative the whole album, but instead it's mostly breezy pop, straightforward rock, and a couple silly moments. And a way too long folk song that I don't really like at all. Come to think of it, that song may be the main reason why I skipped the tour.
  4. I've listened to a number of episodes now, and have enjoyed it, but if I may I'd like to offer a bit of constructive criticism based on a couple things I noticed in the Art of Almost episode. When talking about Glenn's contribution to the song they make a couple of unforced errors. They say he plays a cimbalom. They don't know what this is, and guess that it is some sort of cymbal. That's not a bad guess based on its name, and I'm sure 99.9% of people in the world don't know what a cimbalom is (I didn't know for sure, and I'm a musician who has played in numerous school orchestras with well outfitted percussion departments) but it's actually a stringed instrument played with mallets, very similar to a hammer dulcimer. A quick Google search would have allowed them to explain what this instrument is, maybe narrowed in on the sound it's contributing to the song, etc. This would have added some interesting content to the episode, which is better than guessing and being wrong. Example of a cimbalom being played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NhCJMoDd5E Another thing was their discussion of percussion in general. They're right that listing "percussion" in album credits is ambiguous, and they describe it as anything having to do with rhythm. This description is not correct. In addition to rhythmic instruments, the percussion family includes many instruments used for melody and harmony, and others for sound effects (vibraslaps, for example). One of the melodic percussion instruments Glenn uses is crotales, which are tuned metal discs and are used in a similar way as a xylophone or glockenspiel. One example of his use of crotales is I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, which you can see below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3paspn2oYw I enjoy the podcast and I'm glad it exists. I hope this criticism won't be taken as anything other than suggestions.
  5. I'm almost done watching Teenage Bounty Hunters. It's been a fun show so far.
  6. I guess anything's possible, but I know the person whose TV I was watching it on had a 4 head VCR, which was high end at the time (I remember that because he advised me to insist on 4-head when I was in the market for a VCR), so it'd be weird if it were a B&W TV. I suppose that could be the same video I saw, but I remember it way differently.
  7. Well, that's interesting to know. He looks just like Chris Slade when you're six hours into an acid trip. That's definitely not the New York promo video I saw. The one I saw was more sparse. Filmed on what looked like a soundstage. No concert production or lighting. So no frills it was almost black and white. But again, the acid, so who knows.
  8. This concert film, in its entirety, took up an hour or so of my first experience taking acid. Not a particularly good concert film for that. Would be very interesting to see again now, 30+ years later. I recall he had the bald drummer from AC/DC in his band, which was a bit of overkill. His songs don't really require that level of beastly pummeling.
  9. I'll check it out tomorrow. Sounds like a fun podcast.
  10. Probably the first ever was a big band jazz concert with my grandparents in Massachusetts. We used to see a lot of that kind of thing when we'd visit the grandparents, especially after they found out I wanted to play drums. But the first one I went to without adult supervision was George Benson and Lee Ritenour JVC Jazz Festival tour in 1988, at the Fox in Atlanta. First rock concert was The Who The Kids Are Alright tour 1989. 4th row center at Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta.
  11. As a constituent in his district, it was always a pleasure and honor to cast a vote for him. I hope we in District 5 will be able to fill his seat with someone worthy of following in his footsteps.
  12. jff

    Wilco Photos

    Ah, thanks. I was curious because the paint job is a little like the Tabernacle in Atlanta (different colors but similar style.)
  13. jff

    Wilco Photos

    These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing those. What is the venue in the shot of the full audience/balcony with purple painted wood taken from behind the drums? About 2/3 down the page.
  14. Lol, I’ve met some people in bands who might react that way.
  15. Lounge Axe had a basement that was failrly roomy, if memory serves. I could see a small drum kit fitting down there somewhere. In this case, my drums were set up on the floor in front of the stage while we waited for our sound check. After setting them up I was vegging out by the front window when I heard drums and turned around to see Spencer playing them, with Sue watching over him. Little moments like that can be pretty refreshing for an exhausted, d-list touring band.
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