I learned something on Tuesday night I had never really realized before & that is the fact people who say they like Wilco fuckin LOOOVE Wilco &, until I saw Wilco's show last night at The Hollywood Palladium, I didn't fully understand why. Now? I get it & I, too, fuckin LOOOVE Wilco!!
Even though Wilco has been around for about 20 years & has a TON of fans who have remained loyal to them decade after decade, I personally never really knew much of their material until I found out they were going to be headlining Day 4 of Sasquatch 2011 & I started doing a little research. I liked what I heard. Then I watched the 2002 Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart & I suddenly got super excited to finally see this world famous band I'd always heard so much about.
On Memorial Day 2011, I saw Wilco for my 1st time at The Gorge in George, Washington & I REALLY enjoyed their entire set but I didn't decide I officially love them until this past Tuesday night. I felt like I was a legitimate fan this time. I had a couple favorite songs I recognized & I even knew a few lyrics! It felt nice :-)
The only bummer of the evening was, per the band's request, security forced me to check my camera in the coat check room when I entered the Palladium because cameras & other filming devices weren't allowed (although they didn't take anyone's phone so that just meant the only footage captured would most likely be kinda shitty...but whatever!). I had parked WAY too far to go back to lock my camera in my car & the band was just about to start their 2 hour & 15 minute set when I was going through the security line so I just bit the bullet, paid $2 to reluctantly give up my camera & took my memory card with me for safekeeping. I felt naked but I survived. It was actually kind of liberating to be totally unable to record a single video or take a single photo because then I was able focus 100% of my attention on the show & the experience & both were INCREDIBLE.
Now I get it. Wilco is fantastic live & Jeff Tweedy is the man. He's got an incredibly unique & soothing voice & pretty much everything he says to the audience between songs is straight-up HILARIOUS. He does these little comedic bits & it's like he's acting as his own MC. I <3 Jeff Tweedy!!
So, anyway, that is why I didn't get any footage of the show but I did manage to snag a shot of the marquee & I "borrowed" someone else's video clip. Plus, I posted a couple other cool Wilco things down below for your viewing &/or listening pleasure:
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (the song)
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (the documentary trailer)
Me already missing the 2 best friends I ever made at Sasquatch (Dana & Jenelle who were visiting from Canada for my b-day from this past Wednesday until today) + finding out today the lineup for Sasquatch 2012 (my 3rd Sasquatch in a row!) comes out on 2/2 + being SO excited to see Santigold for my 1st time at Coachella this April (my EIGHTH Coachella in a row!) + having never posted this video before even though it's been 1 of my all time fave videos for years =>
So I'm not sure if this is a well-known fact or not but it's news to me...the lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is not named Edward Sharpe. His name is Alexander Ebert & he also is/was the lead singer of Ima Robot. Ed Sharpe is actually a fictitious messianic figure who Ebert was writing a book about. You learn something new everyday I guess...
Anyway, Alex Ebert released his 1st solo album in the fall of 2011 & this is 1 of my favorite tracks:
Last night, Rumspringa kicked off the 1st of 9 nights in a row of FREE SHOWS at The Satellite in Silverlake & they were AWESOME. I had wanted to see Rumspringa ever since I first saw their video for Minds Awake this past July. I was a little behind the times since both the song & video were released back in February 2009 but, regardless, Rumspringa was officially on my radar & they certainly didn't disappoint last night!
The parking situation at The Satellite is less than ideal since pretty much every street doesn't allow parking after 11pm without a permit but, if you utilize the $5 valet, take a cab or just don't mind taking a short hike to & from your car, it's definitely worth catching at least 1 night (if not more) of the remaining 8 free shows!