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Wilco and Tweedy are two different bands iirc and we don't yet have a thread for all things Wilco yet so here we are.

The band doesn't have much planned for the rest of 2014 aside from two shows in Ohio next week (along with a handful of others, according to an email from Wilco HQ), but we should anticipate some new material from the six of them at Solid Sound next June, if not sooner.

Would also like to extend happy birthday wishes to Jeff "Dad" Tweedy on this 25th day of August.

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Saw Uncle Tupelo open for fIREHOSE on Halloween, 1989. UT didn't even have a record out yet.

That night changed my life. Bought No Depression the day it came out and started writing songs (under their influence) soon thereafter.

So, when I say it was a life-changing show, I mean that in the most literal sense.

 

And, Wilco...

first album I was not terribly impressed. Didn't hate it, but I was much more in love with Jay's Trace with Son Volt.

 

That second Wilco album, however, blew me the hell away.

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not to immediately derail but i could never really get into jay

 

i learned to tolerate him in uncle tupelo but when its a whole album of just his songs i cant do it. son volt has some good stuff but i cant often make it through an album 

 

also kinda seems like hes just kept on making the same records while jeff is off trying everything

 

anyway wilco is a band that is good

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That's a pretty awesome story PopTodd - I've only listened to fIREHORSE once or twice but that show must have been something else.

 

AM was my least favorite Wilco release for the longest time, and while it's still a bottom three album of theirs, I've grown quite fond of it over the years. Box Full of Letters is a top 10 Wilco song for me and I Must Be High, Casino Queen and Passenger Side are all phenomenal tunes. Just that Simple might be one of the most under appreciated Wilco tunes out there.

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i got so lucky at my first show

 

they played a ton of songs from am and being there

 

at the time i didnt know how big a deal it was. being there gets regular setlist love but am is lucky to get a few songs per tour it seems

 

they even played its just that simple :shuterdown:

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not to immediately derail but i could never really get into jay

 

:o The kid is WAY into the Jayhawks atm, so I'm actually getting a little sick of them, but I still love Jay so much.

 

Wilco is a whole other level, though. :wub:

 

I saw some variant of Jay/Jeff/whatever in St. Pete, Florida in March 1997, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was and I can't find anything about it online. It saddens me that it was probably a good show early on in my appreciation for that music, but I can't remember it at all. 

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but jay isnt in the jayhawks :thumbsup:

 

udnerrated band though. was just thinking of revisiting tomorrow the green rgass and hollywood town hall sometime this week after seeing gary sing at the big star third show over the weekend

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*flexes MERGE THREAD knuckles...........*

 

just kidding

 

seeing this bunch of dad's next thursday, as a free ticket dropped into my lap unexpectedly. they always put on a good show. 

 

does anyone know why there are a handful of Wilco dates dropped into the middle of tweedy's touring schedule, btw? he's doing a lot of solo shit, then you've got like four wilco shows in there, two in Ohio. seems weird.

 

doubt it's likely but I'd love to see them work out some new material. wonder if tweedy will try and squeeze in any of his solo songs, on that note (hope not tbh).

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i think wilco was booked for this festival in va a while back and it just made sense to add some more dates around it so the rest of the band wasnt flying in for one show.

 

since the tweedy "solo" album seems to be such a personal thing between jeff and spencer id be shocked if hed have wilco touch any of those songs yet

 

and even more surprised if wilco busts out new stuff before the tweedy album even drops

 

so youre looking at a greatest hits setlist in all likelihood :shrug:

 

also pat was a lot of fun to watch at the big star thing this weekend :wub:

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i think wilco was booked for this festival in va a while back and it just made sense to add some more dates around it so the rest of the band wasnt flying in for one show.

 

since the tweedy "solo" album seems to be such a personal thing between jeff and spencer id be shocked if hed have wilco touch any of those songs yet

 

and even more surprised if wilco busts out new stuff before the tweedy album even drops

 

so youre looking at a greatest hits setlist in all likelihood :shrug:

 

likely, yeah. haven't seen them since before wilco the album though, if I get to hear one sunday morning I'll go home happy.

 

good point about the solo material, but I wouldn't put it past him to come out before an encore and do a couple of "solo" songs. gotta promote yr shit after all, idk. 

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Oh yeah:

Also, one night in 1994 I went to see Pegboy at The Vic here in Chicago. When we got out of that show, somebody told me that "Tweedy's new band is playing at the Lounge Ax in a few minutes. Do you want to go?"

 

Being a huge UT fan, of course I did. So my friends and I motored the mile or so over to Lincoln Ave. and got up to the front of the stage. It was Wilco's first-ever show in Chicago, and second-ever show, period.

 

Jeff opened with an acoustic set. (The first song was a solo/acoustic version of "Gun.") And then he introduced the band, who joined him for the second half of the show. I remember liking them, but not being blown away; kinda the same way that I felt about AM.

 

And for you not from Chicago, or too young to remember Lounge Ax: it was a cap. 250 club on Lincoln Ave., across the street from the Biograph Theatre, next to what is now Lincoln Hall. But Lax was a LOT smaller.

 

Greatest club ever. 

 

 

Oh, and that was the last time that I've seen Wilco live. Really want to get to another show, though.

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i think i want wilco rarities more than anything else from them right now :rock:

Opinions like that are terrible, especially when a bands latest release was totally fine.

 

 

really because I feel like you'd be one of the first to advance the "better to release good shit that's already there than dumb new stuff" argument but whatever I guess.

 

you really feel that way about the YHF demos? I think those are about as essential to understanding that LP as anything, purely from a fan perspective. when you say "too much jay" you're right, in that when you hear the finished LP you're hearing just how much influence jim o'rourke wielded during that process, I think. 

 

plus there are just a ton of great songs there that don't exist elsewhere. cars can't escape, magazine called sunset, venus stopped the train, not for the season, etc. granted that last one turned into a loose fur track but it ain't the same.

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i think i want wilco rarities more than anything else from them right now :rock:

Opinions like that are terrible, especially when a bands latest release was totally fine. This doesn't even make sense :lol:

Wilco has a huge well of non album stuff from their beloved early days so I don't really think this opinion is that absurd

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