le new wilco

(originally published, 4/30/2007)

the new wilco alb is like an indie’d up early post-beatles solo alb, to me (could be jawn, jorj or pawl). if we follow o’rourke’s assertion that ghost is born is tweedy’s if i could only remember my name, and tom scharpling (and my) assertion that foxtrot is sister lovers…well, then another mid-70s-ish/indie rock record kinda makes sense. the alb isn’t the kinda thing i’ll prance the streets evangelizing about, but i bet i’ll listen to it more in the next six months than i do any number of ‘greater’ albums. ‘nothing wrong with being a good songwriter and writing a record of good, sad-y songs. and it takes “stones” to bring nels cline into yr group then cut something as un-axeman-ish as this. a robin trower record this is not, ‘s what i mean.

i’d highly recommend checking the album stream, too, ’cause the very AM fidelity fits tweedy’s chosen vibe perfectly.

is it as good as the last loose fur record, though? both albums have little dinky, ‘fun-time’ piano interludes that remind me of the campiest phish songs and the less arty forays of eugene’s vaunted visible men.


6 Responses to “le new wilco”

  1. minx Says:

    I heard part of the new Wilco album at a record store the other day. There was some ostentatious Dave Navarro/Trey Anastasio type of guitar playing on there. . . and I kind of liked it. Who was it?

  2. Barry Says:

    It was Nels Cline

  3. minx Says:

    Cool. Who’s that cat?

  4. rob Says:

    he’s a sicko free jazzy muscle guitar avant. basically. did a good record with mark dresser.

  5. lexdexter Says:

    there’s a nels cline/mark dresser record?

  6. david Says:

    streaming the alb now for the first time, sounds fantastic. gonna be a great summer record. nels is on the live album too right? he does have an anastasio tone a lot of the time.

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