1. Two Things...

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    ...I never want to hear music reviewers mention again.

    1) "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" by Wilco

    2) The making of "For Emma, Forever Ago"

    Context can be a very useful tool in reviews, but good grief. In my own little circle of music I adore, I'm hard pressed to think of anything as played out as the two above topics.

    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I get it. It was a wonderful, timely music, it shook people up, and the way it was finally released was deeply revealing of the dying behemoth that was the 20th century record industry. It was pretty sweet. Wilco has released 4 full length albums and a live double LP since then. There is lots of exiting new things to talk about.

    As for Bon Iver, after collaborating with Anais Mitchell, Volcano Choir, Kanye and Gayngs - AND releasing an entire new album, most Bon Iver interviews to this day are dominated by discussion surrounding creation of his first album. To his absolute credit, Justin Vernon seems impossibly good humored about this.


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