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Wilco – Summerteeth

Sunday, January 11, 2009
Summerteeth (1999)

Summerteeth (1999)

Forgive me for talking about Wilco again. Actually, no. Don’t forgive me. They deserve it.

I know, it was merely last week that I gave you glowing accolades that put a New Year’s firework show to shame. But I’ve found a new love, Summerteeth.

I went to the BCS national championship a few days ago (I just got back, in fact). What a depressing game. 

The car ride there and back was almost as depressing, at about eighteen hours one-way. Around hour nine or so, I felt the cabin fever begin to grip me. Who would placate me in my time of turmoil?

I picked up my iPod and turned it to Wilco. Trusty old Wilco, the band I always mean to listen to, but never do. They had me as a captive audience now, as it was in that prison of a car where I heard the first strains of Summerteeth just a few days ago.

It was love at first sound. The song that really stuck out to me was “She’s a Jar.” It’s a very smooth jam. It’s just so catchy and perfectly crafted. I love the harmonica, the unexpected chord changes, the strings. It all just works to perfectly together.

And of course, there’s “A Shot in the Arm,” one of Wilco’s more popular tunes.

Other highlights for me include “ELT,” “How to Fight Loneliness,” and “My Darling.”

Wilco is one of the greatest relatively new American bands recording and touring today. How I’d love to see them live…

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