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Musings #1

February 19, 2008

Some noteworthy items:

-KRUI has added the new Beach House album, “Devotion,” to it’s rotation. Their 2006 self-titled album was very well received, marked down as that years 16th best album by the strict (and in this man’s opinion, often inexplicable) standards of http://www.pitchforkmedia.com. Their sound is compared to that of Mazzy Star, as well as Nico, in case that means anything to anyone. They’re very slow and dreamy and unfriendly to any radio that isn’t College Radio. They’re also my pick to dethrone the hot, hot, hot Vampire Weekend as the buzziest band around.

-I saw night two of five of Wilco’s Chicago Winter Residency this past Saturday night. Although it fell short of their October 14th Iowa City performance (made spectacular primarily by the young, attentive, energetic crowd-which makes for much more fun than the older, hometown, iPhone glancing, Wilco-spoiled Chicagoans), it proved once again the band’s supremacy in the category of live Rock and Roll. The idea of the five night stand at the Northside’s Riviera Theater is to play over the course of it every one of their studio-recorded songs. By my count, they wont make it, but it still brings some much appreciated re-rendering of older and excellent Wilco songs to the stage. Highlights include Andrew Bird’s surprise participation (including a killer whistling duet with Jeff Tweedy on “Being There” standout song “Red-Eyed and Blue”), Nels Cline and Pat Sansone (who knew?) going toe to toe in a “Hoodoo Voodoo” guitar duel, John Stirrat singing gorgeously his one penned Wilco song, “A.M.”‘s “It’s Just That Simple,” and Cline setting “Hotel Arizona” irrevocably on fire with one of the most blisteringly climactic guitar solos that this man has ever seen. One hopes that Andrew Bird’s continued friendship and live performances with the band foreshadow some sort of studio collaboration.

– Some not very recent but exceptional albums getting a lot of play in my life: Andrew Bird’s “The Mysterious Production of Eggs,” The National’s “Alligator” and “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers,” The Sea and Cake’s “The Biz,” My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless” (duh), and Okkervil River’s “Black Sheep Boy”

-Some (two) albums to be especially excited for in the following months: Destroyer’s “Trouble in Dreams” (March 18th), and My Morning Jacket’s “Evil Urges” (June 10th), both of which I can just about guarantee will be in heavy KRUI rotation.

This is all for now. Stay tuned for more postings as this blog gets off the ground.

-JohnWilmes

*** Remember to listen this and every saturday from Noon to 1 PM to “Music Your Cool Dad Likes,” hosted by myself and JimmyShoemaker

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