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Recollection Volume 15 – Summerteeth

Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses… 

Album: Summerteeth
Artist: Wilco
Released: 1999
Format(s) I own it on: CD

Summerteeth-coverHow do I put this politely? This is not a happy record. I can’t say what Jeff Tweedy was going through when he wrote this album, all I can say is that it turned into some of the best music of the ’90s. This album cemented Wilco’s place as the kings of Americana.

The album might not be happy, but it surely is bold and strong. It’s arguably Wilco’s best. The melodies are fantastic, Tweedy’s lyrics are in top-form, even if a bit worrisome, and the band is solid.

The songs don’t stick to a singular style, but there’s a cohesion that runs throughout the record. They’ve abandoned the ultra-country sound of Being There and AM. Their followup Yankee Hotel Foxtrot won’t follow this style of pop-rock, so Summerteeth lives a life unlike any other Wilco album. 

Summerteeth is always a good record to put on.

Highlights

“She’s A Jar,” “I’m Always In Love,” and “Via Chicago” are amongst the best on the album.

Lowlights

The album is pretty solid through and through. “ELT” is probably one of the few songs that I feel just don’t work on the record.

Domestic Violence

We should talk about the elephant in the room, domestic violence. I don’t think I’m reading the wrong thing into this album.

I dreamed about killing you again last night
And it felt alright to me
Dying on the banks of Embarcadero skies
I sat and watched you bleed
Buried you alive in a fireworks display
Raining down on me
You cold, hot blood ran away from me
To the sea – “Via Chicago”

Umm…

She begs me not to hit her – “She’s A Jar”

Okay.

When I let go of your throat-sweet throttle. – “I’m Always In Love”

Tweedy, this isn’t really cool. Of course you’re allowed to write about whatever you please, it is your art, but jeezy creezy, this stuff is creepy.

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Men 12.25 (82%) | Women 2.75 (18%)
Canada 5.8 (39%) | USA 7.53 (50%) | UK 1.66 (11%)
Ontario 2 (33%) | Quebec 0 (0%) | Nova Scotia2 (33%) | New Brunswick 1 (16%) | Manitoba 0 (0%) | British Columbia 0 (0%) | Prince Edward Island 0 (0%) | Saskatchewan 0 (0%) | Alberta 0 (0%) | Newfoundland and Labrador 1 (16%)
Northwest Territories 0 (0%) | Yukon 0 (0%) | Nunavut 0 (0%)

 

Recollection Volume 11 – The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie – Music from the Movie and More…

Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses… 

Album: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie – Music from the Movie and More…
Artist: Various Artists
Released: 2004
Format(s) I own it on: CD

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants, of course.

For the purpose of stats, I will count this record as male and American, as the vast majority of the contents are both. Sorry Avril. I should also state for the record, that this was a promo disc.

The album starts off with a cover of the theme song, performed by Avril Lavigne, which doesn’t compare to other great theme song covers like OK Go’s version of “The Muppet Show Theme.” Fortunately the album also ends with a hilariously epic version of the theme song that puts this to shame.

The record has a lot of great artists, Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Shins, Ween, and Motörhead. You’d be surprised at how mediocre many of these songs are.

I haven’t seen the film since it first came out, but I remember quite liking it. It was stupid fun, much like the television show. For those that don’t know Spongebob is the most insane television cartoon, and for some odd reason people let their children watch it. It’s great if you’re an adult, though.

Highlights

Definitely the highlight of the record is Wilco’s “Just A Kid.” Written by Jeff Tweedy and his son, it’s an infectiously fun pop song.

There are also some songs performed by the cast of Spongebob Squarepants. These songs work well in the context of the film, but don’t have much life outside of it. “Now That We’re Men” is silly and fun to have this sung by the most child-like characters on television, but outside the film, meh.

Lowlights

Patrick’s song “Under My Rock.” Just don’t.

My original review for Being There is available here. I honestly can’t believe I gave it as high of a rating as I did. However, as I reread what I wrote, it actually is very good at what it is trying to do, make a record for Spongebob. Just don’t expect to listen to it again.

Men 8.25 (75%) | Women 2.75 (25%)
Canada 4 (36%) | USA 5.33 (48%) | UK 1.66 (15%)
Ontario 0 (0%) | Quebec 0 (0%) | Nova Scotia2 (50%) | New Brunswick 1 (25%) | Manitoba 0 (0%) | British Columbia 0 (0%) | Prince Edward Island 0 (0%) | Saskatchewan 0 (0%) | Alberta 0 (0%) | Newfoundland and Labrador 1 (25%)
Northwest Territories 0 (0%) | Yukon 0 (0%) | Nunavut 0 (0%)

 

#Rocktober30 volume -02

This month (well, officially next month) I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Though October, and by extension #Rocktober30, don’t begin for another two days, I feel that my negative-second day of #Rocktober30 is worth noting.

First off, it’s erev Rosh Hashanah, and as such, when you work in a Jewish school, classes are dismissed at 11:30, and the school shuts down for the following two and a half days. What a wonderful way to begin #Rocktober30! I had promised my bro-in-law that I’d give him some nerd-help, but I had a couple hours to kill until I met him. I decided to head South to the Annex where  I dined at Japan Sushi. While in the Annex, I visited my new favourite record store, Sonic Boom1. While there, I purchased a few new records…

  1. Wilco – The Whole Love
  2. The Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
  3. Elliott Brood – Days Into Years
Not a bad haul. I haven’t listened to any of them. What I have listened to a lot today are Wild Flag’s debut self-titled record, and 12 Desperate Straight Lines by Telekinesis. Both of those records are damn good, but the Telekinesis record just gets me. It might just be “Gotta Get It Right Now” that really does it, but I really love the whole record. I should’ve listened to Mari when she first told me about Telekinesis.

From my brother-in-law’s/sister’s/brother’s/zaida’s we piled into my car and went to my parents’ place, and ate a hearty meal that would make by bubie proud. After that I hopped back in my car and drove from Thornhill to the west-end of Toronto, and popped into a crowded and small bar called Holy Oak where Valery Gore was performing for the first time in what seems like forever.

She was performing all new songs, and I’d like to say I can comment on the quality of the songs, but the sound quality was so poor, that I cannot give any worthwhile feedback. I can say that a vocal/piano cover of “She’s A Jar” by Wilco is… different.

  1. This only became my favourite because Criminal Records closed down. []

Stop! Sandwich Time!

Over the weekend, I went to Sky Blue Sky again. For those who don’t remember Sky Blue Sky is the Wilco-inspired sandwich shop in The Annex.

This time I went with Via Chicago.
Roasted onion and chick peas with a hint of curry topped with mango chutney and a tomato on the bread of your liking.

The lovely man who I believe owns the place, suggested I try it on the french bread, I was more than happy to take his suggestion.

Ooh! Depth of field. Wait, I’m supposed to talk about the sandwich.

I was asked to rate the Hoodoo Voodoo by someone, a while ago, I don’t remember who, but I gave it a 7/10. On that same scale, I’d rate Via Chicago a 5/10. It’s damn good, but I think I wasn’t necessarily in the right mood for the chickpeas, and we all know chickpeas have a very overpowering taste.

Five more vegetarian sammiches to try.

Music Monday

After having Wilco sammiches on the weekend, how about Wilco performing “You And I” on Letterman.

Dan Mangan performs “Robots” at Criminal Records in Toronto, during Canadian Music Week.

Gram Parsons & Chris Hillman trade off vocals in this Flying Burrito Brothers classic. Oh, and Sneaky Pete shreds on the pedal steel.

The Byrds (Roger McGuinn, John York, Clarence White & Gene Parsons) play “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” and “Wheels On Fire” on Playboy After Dark. White’s playing on “Wheels On Fire” is mind blowing.

Sandwich, Sandwich, Sandwich will love you, baby!

Adam, Cari and I visited Toronto’s premiere Wilco-themed Sandwich shop for a late lunch today. Sky Blue Sky, located on Bloor Street, west of Bathurst is wonderful. Though it was understaffed today, we had a bit of a delay getting our soup and sandwiches, but the delays were worth it.

I had:

Hoodoo Voodoo (v)
Asian pear with Gouda grilled cheese sandwich. Must be magic how the pear stays firm. We suggest using our own brown bread.

I didn’t take their suggestion and have it brown bread, instead I had it on their vocalized suggestion which was a cheese bread, and it was damn good. It was a bit odd, it seemed very heavy because of the extreme amount of cheese, but also very light because of the pears. Overall, I think it was a bit too heavy, but I still loved it. I’m STILL full from it, five hours later. That’s worth $5.

I also had a sweet potato and corn chowder, which was also fab.

The Millers shared the same soup, but they ordered:

Wishful Thinking (v)
Big, meaty portabella mushrooms teamed nicely with creamy avocado slices and rings of slow cooked onions on your choice of bread.

and:

Dreamer In My Dreams
Slices of roast beef topped with carmelized onions and a slice of sharp cheddar cheese. We prefer to use our Panini to press the sandwich and have the cheese melt over the onions and beef, but we’ll do whatever you dream up.

The Wishful Thinking looked really good, and Cari and Adam both seemed to like it. Adam, however liked his sandwich more, the Dream In His Dreams which to me looked gross and filled with too many dead animals.

I’ll definitely have to return.

Top 50 Albums of the Aughts

1) Sleater-Kinney – The Woods (2005)
2) The Magnetic Fields – i (2004)
3) Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
4) The Flashing Lights – Sweet Release (2001)
5) Neko Case & Her Boyfriends – Furnace Room Lullaby (2000)
6) The Joel Plaskett Emergency – Down At The Khyber (2001)
7) Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up (2007)
8) Neil Young – Live At Massey Hall 1971 (2007)
9) Valery Gore – Avalanche To Wandering Bear (2008)
10) God Help The Girl – God Help The Girl (2009)

11) Wilco – A Ghost Is Born (2004)
12) Joel Plaskett – Three (2009)
13) Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (2005)
14) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns (2008)
15) Valery Gore – Valery Gore (2005)
16) Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire – The Swimming Hour (2001)
17) Elevator – A Taste of Complete Perspective (2000)
18) The Guthries – Off Windmill (2000)
19) The Magnetic Fields – Distorion (2008)
20) Cuff The Duke – Cuff The Duke (2005)

21) Matt Mays – Matt Mays (2002)
22) The Apples In Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
23) Neko Case – Canadian Amp (2001)
24) Local Rabbits – This Is It, Here We Go (2001)
25) One Hundred Dollars – Forest of Tears (2007)
26) The Guthries – The Guthries (2002)
27) The Joel Plaskett Emergency – Ashtray Rock (2007)
28) Amy Millan – Honey From The Tombs (2006)
29) Elliott Brood – Ambassador (2005)
30) The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic (2000)

31) Rufus Wainwright – Poses (2001)
32) The Superfantastics – Pop-up Book (2007)
33) Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice (2009)
34) George Harrison – Brainwashed (2001)
35) Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit (2006)
36) Sleater-Kinney – One Beat (2002)
37) Final Fantasy – Has A Good Home (2005)
38) K’naan – The Dusty Foot Philosopher (2005)
39) The Bicycles – The Good, The Bad & The Cuddly (2006)
40) Elliott Smith – From a Basement on the Hill (2004)

41) Peter Elkas – Wall of Fire (2007)
42) Gentleman Reg – Darby & Joan (2004)
43) Neko Case – Middle Cyclone (2008)
44) Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
45) k-os – Joyful Rebellion (2004)
46) Matt Murphy – Bring It Back Home: The Life And Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (2004)
47) Cuff The Duke – Life Stories For Minimum Wage (2002)
48) Tom Petty – Highway Companion (2006)
49) Travis – The Boy With No Name (2007)
50) Ruth Minnikin – Marooned And Blue (2004)