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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by MagatsuTaito, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. MagatsuTaito

    MagatsuTaito Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2003 Messages: 223 Likes Received: 0




    This US quintet was initially viewed as part of the "No Depression" movement of neo-country rock acts in the early 90s - one of a clutch of bands eschewing the melancholia and sentimentality associated with the genre but retaining its musical traditions. The band was formed from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, a unit with similar musical inclinations and one that also accrued significant critical respect during its lifetime. Jeff Tweedy (vocals/guitar) is the creative engine behind both bands (in Uncle Tupelo's case with Jay Farrar, who enjoyed subsequent success heading Son Volt), his songs regularly attaining a universality and intimacy that has reminded some of Sebadoh.

    Wilco was formed with fellow Uncle Tupelo members John Stirratt (bass), Ken Coomer (drums) and multi-instrumentalist Max Johnson. A.M. was a continuation of Uncle Tupelo's sound, but sold modestly. Johnson was replaced by the less traditional Jay Bennett for the follow-up, Being There. The band agreed to take a cut in their royalties in order to facilitate the release of this double album, and Tweedy was rewarded with further critical plaudits, including several comparing the album favourably to the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street. This time much of the material was informed by the birth of his son, Spencer Miller Tweedy. As he told Billboard magazine in 1996: "It was actually really healthy to understand what real life is about for the first time." The ever productive Tweedy also recorded two albums with Golden Smog, a side project involving, among others, members of the Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. In 1998, the whole band worked with English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg on the acclaimed Mermaid Avenue project, adding music to lyrics bequeathed by American folk legend Woody Guthrie (a second volume was released two years later). In contrast, Summer Teeth was an album swimming in the lush pop sounds of synthesizers, mellotrons and brass.

    Despite the critical plaudits for their last two albums, the band left Reprise Records in August 2001 following a dispute over the projected album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The news was accompanied by the departure of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bennett. The band made the disputed material available on Tweedy's website, before signing a deal with the Warners-affiliate Nonesuch Records for the release of the album. Ironically, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot proved to be Wilco's most ecstatically praised and best selling release to date. During the same period Tweedy composed the music for the Ethan Hawke movie, Chelsea Walls and collaborated with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot mixer Jim O'Rourke and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche on the Loose Fur project.
  2. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    who remembers that band cake ?
  3. $360

    $360 Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 2, 2002 Messages: 2,600 Likes Received: 1

    i remember cake. they were ok, did a decent cover of i sill survive.

    but wilco, theres a fucking amazing band. im to damn tired to read the text, but didnt the record label pay for this record twice?great band, great album. ill read the text later when i accually wake up.
  4. $360

    $360 Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 2, 2002 Messages: 2,600 Likes Received: 1
    ps whcih other albums are good from them?i have AM, and that one is good but not as amazing as yankee hotel.ive heard summerteeth and know it as well, is pretty damn good. anyone?
  5. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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    I love this album.

    Listening to Jesus, etc. right now.
  6. MagatsuTaito

    MagatsuTaito Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2003 Messages: 223 Likes Received: 0
    You know why you love this album?

    Because you know what time it is

  7. space base

    space base Senior Member

    Joined: May 4, 2003 Messages: 1,765 Likes Received: 0
    haha, I remeber when I lived in sacramento and cake was just a local band, and the deftones too.
  8. 23578

    23578 Elite Member

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    anyone see the documentary on the making of the album, i've never seen them live, so it was kind of a shock to see Jeff Tweedy was the one singing those songs. somehow i pictured him a little less real, a little more rock and roll, oh boy, i should have known better.

    wilco, making all my other music obsolete.