Top 5 Wilco Videos

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The intro scene to I am Trying To Break Your Heart:   Black and white shots of Lake Shore Drive/downtown Chicago backed by an acoustic performance of the documentary’s namesake .   All of the extras on the DVD are worth-watching, but most of them aren’t posted online.

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Jeff Tweedy jumps on stage with The Bottle Rockets to perform “Passenger Side” at Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago (2006)

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Jay Bennett and Jeff Tweedy perform “Cars Can’t Escape” in the I am Trying to Break Your Heart documentary:  Like many, I still believe that Wilco lost its creative firepower when Jay Bennett left the band (which was further confirmed by their most recent lackluster effort).  Before Bennett’s tragic death, hardcore fans always held on to a shred of hope that the original group would someday reunite, but without him, it seems like Wilco will fall further and further into dad-rock status.

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“Laminated Cat” live at Rock In Ring in Nurburgring, Germany (2002):  This song has taken on multiple identities over the years.  First as a b-side to YHF, then as an official release on Loose Fur’s debut album, then as a staple of Tweedy’s post-2006 acoustic performances.  This live performance holds up equally well, and helps showcase some of Tweedy’s best songwriting.

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“I Got You (At the End of the Century)” live in Corner Brook Newfoundland (1997):  Wilco performs one of the best songs in their discography on top of a mountain decked out in ski garb from the mid 90’s.  I would pay a lot Benjamins to have a time machine and a Navajo-patterned Obermeyer jacket to go back and see this show.

What Would I Want? Sky

Do I float up up up?
When I stop and look around me
Grey is where the color should be
What is the right way?

Old glasses clinking and a
New order’s blinking
and I –
I should be floating but I’m weighted by thinking

That I got on the river
Really can’t make you change
And the sky gets filled up too fast
and the taxi man’s saying, “You betta
give me some money; stop daydreaming, dude!”
When the point of horizon is hiding from you
What would you want sky?

Mark Mulcahy

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1)  My external hard drive reformatted by itself, deleting every file stored on it.  10,000 songs potentially down the drain .  6 years worth of music collecting potentially nullified.  I’m now treating my iPod like a combination of a blood diamond, the ring from Lord of the Rings, and the contents of Brad Robinson’s safety deposit box.

2) I’ve been sitting on a lot of Mark Mulcahy material recently,  and instead of trying to smoothly integrate it, I’m just going to post it all in one drop.

  • Below is the opening credits to Pete & Pete.  Polaris served as the in-house band for the show, writing and performing the intro as well as several backing tracks throughout the show’s 3 season run.  Not a chance you would see something this badass today.  The song, called “Hey Sandy”, is rumored to be loosely based on the Kent State Shootings – pretty twisted for a kids show but proves that Nickelodeon had balls in the early 90’s.
  • I highly recommend picking up a copy of Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy. I wrote a lengthier track review for “All For the Best” a few weeks ago, but decided against putting it up.  Here is the abridged edition, with three versions of the song posted below.

9/01/2009

“All For the Best”, Thom Yorke’s contribution to Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy would fit perfectly on The Eraser or the Splitting Feathers EP. The gripping Miracle Legion cover features Yorke’s signature style: soft tenor vocals over a pulsing bass-heavy beat with subtle synths rising and falling in the background. At the 1:44 mark, the song falls into controlled chaos with a guitar rip which, interestingly enough, doesn’t differ from one used in Miracle Legion’s original recording. The effect is decidedly different between versions, as Yorke’s calm flow is inturrupted, his supposed optimism shattered across the floor like pieces of a broken mirror.

Placed in the context of Ciao (a tribute album for Mulcahy’s wife who suddenly passed away in September of 2008) “All for the Best” becomes a much more reflective, albeit heavier, piece. But it also leaves the listener asking questions about the authenticity of the overall message.  Can life’s tribulations really be summed up by saying it was “all for the best”?   In the face of tragedy, that line may sound a little insincere.  I think the lighter tone of the Miracle Legion version highlights a more optimistic message: that our best-kept memories really are all we need to move on.  Listen between versions and decide for yourself.

Thom Yorke – All For the Best

Miracle Legion – All For the Best

Mark Mulcahy – All For the Best (Acoustic on Gideon Coe BBC Radio)

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HUMPDAY TRACKLIST

Although Ethel at D-Hall usually uses a combination of Lil’ Jon and unfiltered cigarettes to get through the struggles of Humpday, I’m providing an alternative path.   This short playlist kicks off with a banger from Freddie Gibbs called “Keep it Pimpin”.  Even if the song sucked (which it doesn’t) I would still post it because anyone that makes it out of Gary, IN alive probably has a story worth listening to.   Thats followed up with The Daydream by Tycho, a song I’ve had on repeat for well over two weeks.   The rest is history.

Hip-Hop:  Freddie Gibbs – Keep it Pimpin’ (Prod. by Megahertz)

Electronic:  Tycho – The Daydream

Indie:  The Notwist – Boneless

Cover:  Easy Star All-Stars – Let Down (feat. Toots and the Maytals)

Live:  Jeff Tweedy – Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard (U of Chicago – 2/25/2006)

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Southern jams

Two great southern rock duets below.  Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks prove why they’re among the elite guitar players in the world with a backstage performance of “Old Friend”.  After that, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett do a live acoustic version of “Down on the Farm”.  These guys are all beasts with the slide.

The sound quality is subpar for the Little Feat video, but its still worth a watch.

-NS