“Alternate Wilco Playlist”

Spotify playlist. Excellent for shuffling. “I Thought I Held You” (A.M.) “That’s Not the Issue” (A.M.) “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” (Being There) “Say You Miss me” (Being There) “Someday Soon” (Being There) “Can’t Stand it” (Summerteeth) “I’m Always in Love” (Summerteeth) “Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway (Again)” (Summerteeth) “Ashes of American Flags” (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) “Pot Kettle Black” (Yankee Hotel […]

“And the Beats Go on”

I’m reading this Phil Lesh memoir and though it’s definitely pretty interesting and well written, much like Jorma Kaukonen’s work, he at one point mentions “the beats” (meaning the beat poetry movement) and I just have to say I smell a big time rat with the whole thing. For instance Lesh makes the claim that […]

“Not That I Should Have to Say This, but ‘Pictures of Me’ by Elliott Smith is Probably a Pretty Lame Song”

The melodies are INTRICATE on Either/Or, especially given the framework of just one singer/songwriter and his acoustic guitar and voice, soundtracking the entire album. Right there in the seemingly unassuming opener “Speed Trials,” for instance, we have this incredibly subtle, almost untraceable key change immersed in the chorus at an apparently random type (whereas Led […]