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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

DOWN WITH WILCO



As anyone who is anyone knows, Jeff Tweedy is the lead singer of the "popular" band Wilco.

What some people don't know is that he has been or is still a member of several other musical projects. And these musical projects are very good because of or in spite of him.

So check them out.

Golden Smog - Please Tell My Brother: Tweedy sings, band also includes members of Soul Asylum, Big Star and The Jayhawks. Expected to release another album sometime this year.

Loose Fur - Chinese Apple: Tweedy's side project with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and producer/engineer/Sonic Youth member/solo artist/reinessance man, Jim O'Rourke. Gorgeous song, one of Tweedy's best.

Minus 5 - Dear Employer: Tweedy isn't singing here, he might be performing. I know that he's performed this solo. Members of Wilco and REM comprise this "supergroup." Great song.

Uncle Tupelo - Wait Up: Uncle Tupelo was Jeff Tweedy's band with his best friend Jay Farrar when he was younger. The band broke up over differences between the two, Wilco and Son Volt were born, the rest is history. So is this song, as in history of Jeff Tweedy starting to develop his own voice and master his craft.

Wilco - One Hundred Years From Now: Alright, so this is Wilco, but they're playing a song that they didn't write, so it counts. Gram Parsons' song from the Byrds' masterpiece Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Wilco does a more rocking, but worthy tribute.

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