Jeff Tweedy & Jay Bennett – Via Chicago (Live)
At the turn of this century I stumbled across a little band named Wilco. I’d read in Rolling Stone that their newest album would change my life. After the first listen, I chose to politely disagree. But then something strange happened. I felt a strong urge to listen to it again. My original take was now a little shaky. Finally, third time through, I was hooked. I’d never had the experience before. Before that, I consumed music like soda pop and pop rocks. It was all tasty and sparkly and sweet, but never substantial. Wilco led me into a deeper appreciation for albums as a whole body of work…kind of like going from Orange Crush to Red Wine. Of course I then purchased the band’s entire catalog of music and constantly made excuses to make trips in the car so I could dive into yet another piece of Wilco history. And the rest is just that…history.
Today Wilco’s newsest is here. Wilco (the album) hits the shelves and I’m already giving it my first spin here in the office. It feels like walking down a long road back home. I can see the porch light on and see my wife on a porch swing. Hope you have a band that makes you feel that way. Haven’t made it all the way through yet, but so far, “Solitaire” is my favorite.
Oh…and the song you’re probably listenting to right now is a stripped down version of an old favorite. As you guessed, it’s where the name of this old blog comes from. Enjoy it and enjoy some new music from America’s band. If you’re not into having your music on little plastic discs anymore, just head over to lala.com and stream the whole thing once for free.