Posts Tagged ‘Wilco’

Near/Far 2011: The “Bonus Disc”

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In case you missed it: Near/Far is The Bulletin’s free, legal, two-disc compilation of some of the best songs of the year. The 2011 version — all 36 tracks of it, including Fleet Foxes, Yuck, Washed Out, Other Lives, The War on Drugs, Shabazz Palaces, Larry and His Flask, Laurel Brauns, Empty Space Orchestra, Erin Cole-Baker, Anastacia and more — can be downloaded by clicking here.

We’ve been doing Near/Far annually for the past five years, and you can still grab 2007 and 2008 here and 2009 here and 2010 here. That’s 174 awesome songs … for free. Get ‘em.

But that’s not enough! Each year, there are inevitably tracks I can’t use on the official Near/Far, either because I run out of space, or I can’t get permission to use them. So I’ve put together a “bonus disc” of great songs that didn’t make it onto the 2011 comp, and by “bonus disc” I mean YouTube playlist for super easy streaming.

Click here to listen. (Please note that some tracks — and one band name — may include coarse language.)

Here are the artists in this mix: The Decemberists, Frank Ocean, Wilco, Patrick Stump, The Vaccines, Big K.R.I.T., Robin Pecknold, F–ked Up, Givers, Kendrick Lamar, Pistol Annies, Clams Casino, Wavves, Purity Ring, Purling Hiss, Archers, Peaking Lights and Jovontaes. Again, you can hear all this right here.

Also, sorry if you run into an advertisement. I tried to avoid them. Ditched Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more because of ‘em. But they’re sneaky little dudes.

Review: Wilco at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

For my money, the best concert in Bend over the past four years was Wilco’s mind-blowing, marathon performance at Les Schwab Amphitheater in 2008. (Read my review of that show here.) So when I saw that Jeff Tweedy and the boys were playing in an entirely different kind of venue last week — a historic theater in downtown Portland — I was really curious about what kind of show it would be. At the last minute (like, minutes before the show started) I asked Ethan Maffey of Bend — a live-music fanatic who’ll detail what it was like to see 100 live bands in 2009 at Ignite Bend later this month — if he’d write a review for Frequency. He agreed. Click below for his thorough report and a video of the band playing a Neil Young cover at the show.

A beautifully rare sunny and wintry evening in downtown Portland leapt at the chance to welcome America’s hardest working and possibly most underrated rock band, Wilco, to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall last Tuesday night. Relaxed and ready, Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone was found prior to the show in the adjoining Heathman Hotel restaurant, surrounded by friends and willing to autograph tickets to past Wilco shows for fans. Ninety minutes later, he would be found contributing clichéd rock star poses and adding solid depth to the six-member group as they rocked Portland’s former movie house.

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Review: Wilco, “Wilco (the Album)”

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Wilco

It’s a very good time in the Wilco camp. The Chicago band’s new album sold nearly 100,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.

It’s also appearing on many lists of the best music released so far in 2009, a hot topic here at Frequency over the past few days.

It wasn’t on my list, but not because I think it’s bad. In fact, I think it’s a step in the right direction from what I believe is one of the world’s very best rock bands.

For me, “Wilco (the Album)” is all about taking the good with the not-great-but-not-bad-either.

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On leaks and the loss of anticipation

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

leakIn case you missed it, the new Wilco album leaked on the Internet last night, a full six weeks before its official release date.

For those who may not remember, Wilco was an early adopter among bands using the Web to their advantage. Way back in 2001, they were dropped by their then-label, Reprise Records, when bigwigs there didn’t like the sound of the band’s just-completed album, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” Weeks later, when songs from the record began appearing on file-sharing sites, Wilco fought back by streaming every minute of “Yankee” on its Web site.

Back then, that was a novel idea.

And it worked. The band eventually signed a new deal (with a different subsidiary of Reprise’s parent company, no less) and released the album in 2002. It was a commercial success, peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and eventually going gold. Critics also loved it; “Yankee” was named the top album of the year in the annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll.

Without question, the story behind the record — band makes challenging album, label doesn’t hear a hit, band gets dropped, band releases album on its own, album is huge hit, original label execs are DUMMIES! — caught the attention of music writers and fans, who relished the opportunity to giggle and point fingers at the industry, and to laud the band and its hard-won artistic integrity.

Add it all up, and it equaled buzz — the kind of buzz that catapulted Wilco to where it is today: able to make movies and have toy dolls and play large amphitheaters.

Of course, when a band’s as big (and revered) as Wilco, you can bet Web-savvy music fans will be watching for ways to get their hands on a highly anticipated new album as early as possible. Thus, this morning, Twitter and bloggers were buzzing about “Wilco (The Album).”

(Funny … I just went to Twitter to find a breathless 140-character-or-less insta-review of this thing, and instead I find links to the band’s official stream of the full album. Obviously, Wilco was ready for the leak. It’s right here if you’d like to hear it.)

I wish I shared the buzz.

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weird and wonderful

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

A trio of artsy types doing odd things for your Sunday enjoyment:

1) Animal Collective does “Summertime Clothes” on Letterman.

2) The amazing cover (via Pitchfork) of the upcoming Wilco album, called “Wilco (The Album)” and due out June 30.

Wilco, "Wilco (The Album)"

3) Black Moth Super Rainbow has a new, interactive video out for the first single from its new album. You can change the look of it by waving your hands in front of your webcam, or by moving your mouse. Check it out by clicking here.

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Black Moth’s “Eating Us” is out May 26, and the band will play at Holocene in Portland that same night.