Brass Ecstasy at Solid Sound Festival

Posted by: admin on March 2, 2011 @ 1:16 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News), Events

This June… Look out…

Solid Sound Festival

More news on that as is comes in. In the meantime, feast your eyes on all the Brass Ecstasy shows this Spring and Summer at the DD shows page.

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Solid Sound Success

Posted by: admin on August 17, 2010 @ 9:19 am
Filed under: Culture, Events

After reading a few reviews and seeing some pics of the Wilco-curated festival out east, I realize now that I should have hunkered down and driven out. Ah well. Hope there’s a next year, guys!

Check out the NY Times write-up for a good overview of what went down.

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RE: Wilco (The Album)

Posted by: admin on May 14, 2009 @ 8:40 am
Filed under: Chicago News, Music

I don’t know if there are any readers out there as big into this band as I am — I’m a Chicago-born dude who used to ride the train down to the city to see them play every chance I got. Something about this album really gets me, though. Enough where I have to write a second post here. I can’t say I’ve ever been disappointed with a Wilco album, but I seem to be more excited than usual about (The Album).

Wilco (The Song) takes me back to those rockers on Being There and Summerteeth. It sounds like summer by the Lake Michigan to me. Deeper Down and the album closer Everlasting have some great playing from Glenn Kotche specifically. His phrases really help the tunes breath. And of course, Nels is on fire, though no real rippers as on Side With The Seeds from Sky Blue Sky except a short blistering accession at the end of One Wing. That leads into Bull Black Nova which has a Krautrock vibe while still being tuneful rather than just drone-y. The band opted for a noised-out closing section which is always appreciated. The tunes here don’t really call for the guitar-god thing anyway.

Really, every tune is strong. The vocals are top-notch, too. Tweedy’s voice keeps getting better and better. Check out the duet with Feist, You and I (not a Silver Apples cover).

They are altogether a different band than the one I used to see in the 90’s. And I loved it then. And love it now.

To me, there is no reason to not buy this record.

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Wilco (The Album) – Stream

Posted by: admin on May 13, 2009 @ 10:38 am
Filed under: Chicago News, Music

Currently on repeat at the Greenleaf office:

Wilco (The Album)

Stream here.