Monday, January 10, 2011

Listening To You - Wilco Part 2 (Enter Kotche, Jorgensen, Cline and Sansone)

This is obviously the second part of this great bands profile.  We've just entered a time in Wilco's history where there was a lot of turnover/turmoil in it's makeup.  Jay Bennett had just exited the band and drummer, Glenn Kotche had joined just in time for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.  There would be just four remaining members for the next album, A Ghost Is Born.  This album would win them two Grammys, which is funny, because their best and most critically acclaimed album to date, YHF, wouldn't even receive a nomination.  That wacky Grammy panel, they really know what's going on in music.  I'll concede any more tangent rants, for now.  Onto some songs from, A Ghost Is Born.


"The Late Greats"

Their next album released in 2007, Sky Blue Sky, would be the first studio album to feature the lineup they have today.  Guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist, Pat Sansone, were both on the live album, Kicking Television: Live in Chicago.  Which is highly recommended by the staff here at For Lack Of A Better Title.  It's the album you want, if you could only buy one of their albums.  They are a superior live band.  Wilco's studio efforts are good, but they really come alive on stage.

"You Are My Face"

"Side With The Seeds"

We now have come to Wilco's most recent album, Wilco (The Album).  Which as a huge fan, I have yet to buy.  I know, I know, but due to having very little ducats, it is what it is.  So, I don't have a great knowledge of the album, like I do, most of the others.  I asked around the office here and nobody seems to have heard too much of it either.  Strange how that works.  I do like what I've heard from it so far.

"You And I (with Feist)"

"Wilco (The Song)"

There we have a short overview of one of my favorite bands.  They just make very ear pleasing music.  They are very prolific, to the point where most of the members have side projects.  As usual, I have just touched the surface with this band.  Please go out and explore for yourselves.  If you liked what you've heard here, there is no way you will be disappointed.  I hope you enjoyed it.


  1. Thanks for posting the Wilco stuff. I was into Uncle Tupelo and some of Wilco's earlier stuff, but after Jay Bennett was fired, I kind of forgot about them for whatever reasons. Maybe it was the string of mediocre albums that followed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot that did it for me, I don't know.

    I recently re-watched "I am Trying to Break Your Heart" after I saw your recent blog entry. It really got me thinking that Wilco hasn't put out anything that's been that great since Jay was fired. Jeff has some serious control issues and can't share the limelight, which probably explains Uncle Tupelo's demise. Maybe Jeff just isn't all that, and the reason why Uncle Tupelo and Wilco were good, was because he had other, more talented people helping him out. Just my opinion.

  2. Think I prefer the Jay Bennett years. BTW, I like the new background. =)