Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

Talking during the show…..Is Jeff Tweedy right or wrong here?

OK, so personally, I’ve had quite a few “quiet” concerts ruined by talkers…an Ani Difranco show comes to mind. She requested the amplification to be minimal (which I can understand), and a majority of the people that PAID to go and see her (and not PAID as in 5 bucks, but more like 35 bucks) chose to spend the entire show talking as loudly as possible, as if they were competing with Ms. DiFranco. WTF?

But on the other hand, I also don’t mind talking if the situation is right. Loud shows, bar shows, big shows, opening acts….do whatever you want, in my opinion. Just don’t be oblivious to your surroundings. Realize when you’re being a jackass. Shut up when you need to shut up. Talk before the show. talk after the show.

There are many differing opinions though, and I’d like to hear some of your thoughts!

Where is the line drawn when it comes to talking?

Does Tweedy get a little bitchy/diva-ish? (I def. think so)

Share your thoughts and esspecially experiences. Please.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Ani Difranco, bitchy, concert, jeff tweedy, talking, wilco | Leave a comment

Members of Wilco, Radiohead, The Smiths attempt to implode universe….

Music fans: if you chose to click ONE LINK, I’d highly recommend it be this one. This is the collaboration of the century.

Ed O’Brien – guitar [Radiohead]
Neil Finn – guitar [Crowded House]
Jeff Tweedy – vocals/guitar [Wilco]
John Stirratt – bass [Wilco]
Phil Selway – drums [Radiohead]
Johnny Marr – guitar [The Smiths/Modest Mouse]

The ‘7 Worlds Collide’ band performing “Fake Plastic Trees” and “Bodysnatchers” by Radiohead

You Ain’t No Picasso

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | 7 worlds collide, alt country, americana, ghost of electricity, jameson, john stirratt, johnny marr, Modest Mouse, neil finn, radiohead, the smiths, toodrunktodream, video, wilco | Leave a comment

The Autumn Defense – The Autumn Defense [2007]

John Stirrat and Pat Sansone from Wilco. A nice appearance by Nels Cline on “We Would Never Die”. Why didn’t I know about this album in 2007???


It’s easy to tag the Autumn Defense as a band striving to re-create the sun-splashed sound of the classic California folk-rock and chamber pop albums of the ’60s and early ’70s, but while their musical influences are clear, the truth is that Patrick Sansone and John Stirratt have delivered an album every bit as satisfying and beautiful as the artists they’ve followed with their self-titled third release. The Autumn Defense is a rich and mature collection of songs that sparkle with melodic beauty without ignoring the more difficult emotions that are often part and parcel of commitment; thankfully devoid of self-pity or a deluded joy, these songs speak of passion and experience in equal portions, and the superb arrangements and crisp, nearly flawless playing bring forward the impassioned material with inspired accuracy. As songwriters, Sansone and Stirratt deliver their strongest work to date on The Autumn Defense, and Sansone‘s production is lush without sounding excessive, as a superb ensemble of musicians (among them Nels Cline, Brad Jones, and Jim Hoke) weave superb textures around the melodies. The result is an album that wouldn’t have sounded out of place coming from Elektra Records in 1970, but The Autumn Defense isn’t an act of nostalgia for an era these musicians are too young to have been part of; instead, Sansone, Stirratt, and their collaborators have embraced the sound of a previous era and used it as a creative stepping stone into the present, and the finished product is truly timeless music with superb craft and plenty of heart. Simply put, The Autumn Defense is a triumph and one of the most impressive albums of the year.

Where You Are – The Autumn Defense <- try it before you buy it.

January 5, 2009 Posted by | john stirratt, pat sansone, the autumn defense, wilco | Leave a comment

I got DRUNK, and lost my blog

Last night, I apparently was on a mission.

A mission to tweak my blog

and add in some FeedFlares, those STUPID little things at the bottom of the posts.

What happened at 3 am when I attempted to mess with html?

WELL, I erased my template… it’s gone. And, for what backups are worth, I already deleted the three previous backups just a week ago. I thought they were taking up space. They were annoying me, so I deleted them. Oh and the “backup” that I took last night before I finally retired to sleep? Yeah, that wasn’t a backup, that was a saved version of an xml file of a basic template….the same template that I woke up this morning to find plastered on my page, instead of the wide-columned, custom-colored, personalized version that I had grown to love, through the trial-and-error sweat-and-tears that is html for me. Fuck me with a pitchfork. I got drunk and got HTML-goggles.

Well, after some soul searching, and freaking out, I found out that Blogger saves ONE version in it’s archives. Un-fuck me with a pitchfork….Ten minutes ago, I found my template. Well, it’s not totally the same. But I dodged a bullet. I’ll take it.

So, in honor of me drunkenly losing (and soberly, subsequently finding) my blog: here’s a couple of fitting songs….

Johnny Cash – from ‘American II: Unchained’ – The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea.mp3

Willard Grant Conspiracy – from ‘Everything’s Fine’- Drunkards Prayer.mp3

Uncle Tupelo – from ‘Anthology 89-93’ – I Got Drunk.mp3

The Shit (Ryan Adams) – from ‘Hillbilly Joel’ – Drunk As A Pile of Fuck.mp3

The Shit (Ryan Adams) – from ‘Hillbilly Joel’ – Drunk And In Jail For Arson.mp3

The Shit (Ryan Adams) – from ‘Hillbilly Joel’ – Drunk As Hell Again.mp3

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | alt country, americana, blog, drunk, drunkard, ghost of electricity, jameson, johnny cash, music, rock, ryan adams, toodrunktodream, unchained, uncle tupelo, wilco, willard grant conspiracy | Leave a comment

This is test #2

I’m trying to find out when and by what manner the “Subscribe to this feed…” option appears at the bottom of CERTAIN posts. I want it to be there…it just shows up mysteriously every couple of posts….

Wilco, Ryan adams, drive-by truckers

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December 2, 2008 Posted by | drive-by truckers, ryan adams, wilco | Leave a comment

This is Test #1

I’m trying to find out when and by what manner the “Subscribe to this feed…” option appears at the bottom of CERTAIN posts. I want it to be there…it just shows up mysteriously every couple of posts….

Wilco, Ryan adams, drive-by truckers

This post is written from blogspot directly.

December 2, 2008 Posted by | drive-by truckers, ryan adams, wilco | Leave a comment

This is test #3

I’m trying to find out when and by what manner the “Subscribe to this feed…” option appears at the bottom of CERTAIN posts. I want it to be there…it just shows up mysteriously every couple of posts….

Wilco, Ryan adams, drive-by truckers

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December 2, 2008 Posted by | drive-by truckers, ryan adams, wilco | Leave a comment

Wilco architect Jay Bennett releases new album, Whatever Happened I Apologize.

Former Wilco guitarist and blip-maker/knob-turner Jay Bennett has announced the delay of the release of a new album called ‘Kicking at the Perfumed Air’, and in it’s place released what he describes as “a very personal and concise 10-song album called ‘Whatever Happened I Apologize.’ After debating back and forth, I have decided to release ‘Apologize’ first. I am somewhat at a loss for words as to explain why I arrived at this decision, save to say it’s just one of those lonely and private choices one sometimes has to make-in other words, it just felt more like the right album for the time.”

Bennett described the new disc as “stark, stripped down and acoustic based-more so than any other record I have made. I really wanted to capture the simpler and more emotional nature of the songwriting, and I knew that the only way I could do this was to put it together quickly, with no second-guessing and no heavy deliberating about minor details. Consequently I would have to learn to embrace the resultant imperfections-and I have.”

Vocals were all done live with Bennett accompanying on acoustic guitar. “So it has some ‘warts,’ but, in my effort to not forsake integrity for technical perfection, the album ended up feeling more honest, immediate, naked and cohesive to me. I am very proud of presenting myself without my typical voluminous bells and whistles. I am left wondering why I haven’t done this more often in the past.”

From RockProper:

“The relationship between an artist and her tools is a complicated one. The instruments used to turn yourself inside out must be handled carefully. It is a dangerous responsibility to compress a lifetime into one single, frozen moment of color and texture.

She’s more into antiart now and we don’t talk much. But every so often I find myself thinking about all those long afternoons on the lakefront. Listening to the endless dramas of art school, I’d spend hours staring through her black mirror at the landscape of barren trees; her boney fingers working canvas after canvas into a diary of our lives back then.

Her work was simple, direct and courageous. Risking one’s heart on a thin layer of pigment is a hard way to live. I know I couldn’t do it. I kept a couple of her paintings, and I don’t think she knows, but every year it reminds me of the growing distance between now and that younger self, like the cracks in the plaster walls of my first apartment.”

Go to : RockProper to dowload the album for free
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November 24, 2008 Posted by | alt country, americana, ghost of electricity, indie, jay bennett, jeff tweedy, music, Rock Proper, singer songwriter, toodrunktodream, wilco | Leave a comment

Wilco (the song) ….in a little higher quality

I’ll be the four hundredth person to post this but, you know what, ….whatever.

Mp3 of the Day: Wilco (The Song)

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November 3, 2008 Posted by | alt country, colbert, colbert report, jeff tweedy, wilco, wilco the song | Leave a comment

Wilco to appear on "The Colbert Report"

In this nasty political climate, the “final push”, the last couple of days before Election Day, a.k.a. the beginning of the next great chapter in the history of the United States, it seems obvious that everyone has their eyes and ears pinned to the all-out Election ’08 coverage. It’s just a bit overwhelming. Hey, I’m so happy that I don’t live in a swing state.

I don’t know how you folks in O-hi-O, FLA, VA, “New HAMP-shire??” (“What About Bob?” anyone?), or North Carolina do it. All your asses must be bruised by now from all of the ass-kissing that’s been going on.

Anyhow, good news on the music front. One of my fav’s, Wilco, will be gracing The Colbert Report stage tomorrow night. Um…sweet. And to go along with that, here’s a fantastic new song they debuted at the Bridge School Bennie. Hopefully it will make an appearance on the upcoming LP, because it’s loverly.

Today’s Featured Mp3:

Wilco-2008-10-25 Bridge School Benefit- I’ll Go

From Jambase:

Wilco To Be Featured on “The Colbert Report”

As if good ol’ Stephen Colbert wasn’t enough to make you watch “The Colbert Report,” this Thursday the wonderful Wilco lads will be the special musical guest. Set to perform one song, the Chicago rockers follow a long line of quality live music on The Report including The Roots, R.E.M., Nas, Feist, the Decemberists and many more. The program airs this Thursday, October 30, on Comedy Central at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

The Report gig begins a nice little tour for Wilco that includes a Concert for Change in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 1 before they do a leg supporting Neil Young in December.

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October 29, 2008 Posted by | alt country, americana, barack obama, colbert, concert, election, indie, jambase, jamesonian, live, Mccain, new song, politics, rock, toodrunktodream, wilco | 2 Comments