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|2. Company in My Back|
|3. The Late Greats|
|4. Hell Is Chrome|
|5. Handshake Drugs|
|6. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart|
|7. Shot in the Arm|
|8. At Least That's What You Said|
|9. Wishful Thinking|
|10. "Jesus, Etc."|
See all 12 tracks on this disc
|1. Via Chicago|
|3. Muzzle of Bees|
|4. One by One|
|5. Airline to Heaven|
|6. Radio Cure|
|7. Ashes of American Flags|
|8. Heavy Metal Drummer|
|9. Poor Places|
|10. Spiders (Kidsmoke)|
See all 11 tracks on this disc
And now, in late 2005, comes the live album, Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, recorded over four nights in May at The Vic Theatre in their home base of Chicago. "Its really the best its ever felt," said Tweedy to the Detroit Free Press earlier this year. "I would say at this point, I don't think Ive ever been in a band thats felt this connected and unified with the collective vision."
The audience really responds to the energy of the band - it makes you wish you had been there. The absolute high point is during Via Chicago, where Tweedy and Stirratt harmonise over a few bars of chaotic noise, never losing the beat, and the whole band cuts straight back in as though nothing had happened! It's fantastic, and the audience appropriately enough go wild.
On Spiders (Kidsmoke), and Handshake Drugs, Tweedy, Nels Cline and Pat Sansone all play lead guitar together in the coda sections - but not the obvious type of lead guitar. It's pretty wild.
I gather this thing was filmed; the official website has one song available to view, go and have a look at that if you have any doubts. Then come back and order the CD.
I was a massive fan of the Jay Bennett-era of this band and really thought they would never recover from his departure/sacking/whatever happened, but here we have the first fully-convincing live incarnation of the band, delivering the goods on disc.
The current Wilco line-up including Tweedy, long-time cohort John Stirratt, Leroy Bach, Glenn Kotche, Nels Cline & Pat Sansone fantastically represent the material here. Already this is one of the great live albums, offering great interpretations of the studio work. There are two 'new' songs (the title track, a cover of Charles Wright's 'Comment') and not much material pre-the year-zero 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.' There is nothing from debut 'A.M.' (which is about right as only 'Passenger Side' & 'Box Full of Letters' really appeal)and only one-track from alt-country classic double LP 'Being There', the opener 'Misunderstood' (which memorably requotes Peter Laughner's 'Amphetamine'from the Rocket from the Tombs days). The gorgeous 'summer teeth' fares better with 'A Shot in the Arm' (which prefigured the droney/repetition thing Wilco expanded on with YHF) & the melancholic 'Via Chicago.Read more ›