This is so great. I love these guys. They exude the righteous joy performers feel when they know they’re doing something awesome. RTJ can be fun and playful and serious and cutting all within the same verse. I wonder if Mike and El realize how much we need them right now and how perfect they are for this moment in time.
“Talk To Me”
“Legend Has It”
“A Report To The Shareholders”
On The Media is a great weekly public radio podcast on everything media. This week, they explore something close to the hearts of Glorious Noise readers – the digital age of music. From Napster to the Pirate Bay, Hank Shocklee to Girl Talk, they break down the past 10 years of the music industry and it’s a really good listen that we highly recommend. Check it out:
Cat fight! This is awesome. Over on her Monitor Mix blog for NPR, former Sleater-Kinney guitarist (and general badass) Carrie Brownstein succinctly lays down exactly why Weezer has sucked for this entire fucking decade:
I don’t know if Weezer hates its fans or just the (apparently) stifling concept of sincerity, but you should listen to these two new songs if you weren’t already convinced of Weezer’s contempt for music.
Ding ding ding. You can check out the terrible new songs after jump… I couldn’t make 20 seconds into either of them.
The students at Lexington High School say they haven’t just written a play based on this album, or a play about Anne Frank. It’s about art and music coming out of terrible things. And it’s about being transformed by that process of creation. A junior, whose parents did not want her identified, found herself transformed.
“There was one rehearsal where we were using the music a lot, and I just remembered this thing that I had forgotten, which is that there were two Nazis in my family,” one Lexington student says. “And I just had this realization that I had to make reparations, I had this just huge debt all of a sudden, which I had forgotten I had. And after that day everything’s been heavier and also lighter at the same time and I feel like the music just like draws things out of weird places that you didn’t know were there.”
Heavy shit, for sure, but listen to the recordings of the rehearsals on NPR’s site and you can hear the pure joy these kids are getting out of the music, as well. Don’t be simplistic enough to mistake their laughter as not taking it seriously. Teenagers are complex like that.
They have a new album—Wilco (The Album)—coming in late June, but you won’t have to wait until then to get yourself some new Wilco. A new cover of Woody Guthrie’s “The Jolly Banker” is available now on their website with suggested donation of $2 to the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. (GLONO donated $10, so a couple of you can slide by without guilt if you can’t scrounge the dough.)
Jeff Tweedy talks about how Woody’s Depression-era song is once again timely on American Public Media’s Marketplace.
NPR‘s All Songs Considered is streaming the July 5 Tom Waits concert at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. I’m listening right now, and it sounds great. 2 hr, 21 min, 41 sec.
The oldest songs in the set list are “‘Til the Money Runs Out” and “On the Nickel” off 1980’s Heartattack and Vine. Why’s he gotta hate his 70s material so much? I mean, this is a fantastic set—don’t get me wrong. Depending how you count, dude’s released somewhere between 18-20 studio albums. Why’s he gotta completely neglect the first six?
I just got out of the shower where I heard Morning Edition‘s Steve Inskeep talking to Craig Finn and Tad Kubler about their awesome new album, Stay Positive. Group Finds Rewards, Redemption:
“I think that when you’re 36, like I am, you look back at people who are 19 and 20,” Finn says. “You see this great age of having a car, maybe a little money, but still you’re not as smart as you think you are. And that’s where a lot of the roots of the behavior that my songs talk about come from.”
I love that a band that’s my age can reach the audience they’re writing about. Obviously, it’s because they don’t write down to them. They’re celebrating that amazing time in your life when you’re just discovering independence but you’re sheltered enough to not quite have to deal with too much responsibility.
I wonder how they’ll go over with the NPR crowd. If I’m any type of barometer, ha ha, I’m guessing they’ll do all right.