Thursday, March 18th, 2004
The Neko Case shows in April just keep growing in scope. Not only will fellow Corn Sister Carolyn Mark now be joining Neko and The Sadies onstage at Lee’s Palace April 3 and 4, they’ll also all be playing The Matador in T.O. on the 19th and 20th 9th and 10th of April to gather more material for the forthcoming live album. No, I didn’t know where The Matador was either, though it sounds like shit-kicking good time. Tip from Tiny Mix Tapes.
So the complete leaked album of Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born has officially begun circulating online, almost three months before its formal release date. While the one sample I’ve had is truly tantilizing, I am going to resist seeking out the rest of the record. I am one of those weirdos who likes to go out the day of release and buy the album, then listen to it on my stereo in a proper listening environment. I know more than half the songs from their live versions anyway, so the record is already fairly familiar to me. It’ll be tough to resist, believe me, but self-denial builds character or some nonsense like that, right? And just as I called Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as my top album of 2002 back in the Fall of 2001, I am calling A Ghost Is Born as the record to beat for my top album of 2004. To the surprise of absolutely no one, I’m sure.
Largehearted Boy got a shout-out from The Anti-Hit List for providing the link to this week’s #5 entry – Jim James, Conor Orbest and M Ward doing a live version of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan’s “Girl Of The North Country”. John Sakomoto calls LHB “utterly essential”. That’s gotta make a fella feel good.
Flagpole contemplates the career of the Olivia Tremor Control. Fom the utterly essential Largehearted Boy.
np – Portastatic / Autumn Was A Lark