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October 14: David Bowie released “Heroes” in 1977

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“And you,
You can be mean
And I,
I’ll drink all the time
‘Cause we’re lovers,
And that is a fact
Yes we’re lovers,
And that is that”
― David Bowie (“Heroes”)

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May 15 in music history

Wilco: Sky Blue Sky – released 15 May, 2007 (read more)
But the paradox is that while Sky Blue Sky is the smoothest sounding Wilco album, it also takes the longest to absorb and understand.
~Michael Metivier (popmatters.com)


..Wilco’s sixth studio album, Sky Blue Sky, sounds like the long-awaited follow-up to 1996′s Being There — while it lacks the ramshackle shape-shifting and broad twang of that earlier album, Sky Blue Sky represents a shift back to an organic sound and approach that suggests the influence of Neil Young’s Harvest and the more polished avenues of ’70s soft rock. Sky Blue Sky also marks Wilco’s first studio recordings since Nels Cline and Pat Sansone joined the group, and they certainly make their presence felt …
~Mark Deming (allmusic.com)

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 Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (born 15 May 1948 and originally christened Brian Peter George Eno), professionally known as Brian Eno or simply as Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.  brian-eno
 Richard Edward Arnold (May 15, 1918 – May 8, 2008), known professionally as Eddy Arnold, was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He was a so-called Nashville sound (country/popular music) innovator of the late 1950s, and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records. A member of the Grand Ole Opry (beginning 1943) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (beginning 1966), Arnold ranked 22nd on Country Music Television’s 2003 list of “The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.” He co-wrote the country and pop standard “You Don’t Know Me”.  Eddy_Arnold
 Michael Gordon Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music, New Age, and more recently, dance. His music is often elaborate and complex in nature. He is best known for his hit 1973 album Tubular Bells, which launched Virgin Records, and for his 1983 hit single “Moonlight Shadow”. He is also well known for his hit rendition of the Christmas piece, “In Dulci Jubilo”.  mike oldfield
 Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was an American singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and author who was a member of the Carter Family and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. She played the guitar, banjo, harmonica, and autoharp and acted in several films and television shows.  june carter cash

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Today: David Bowie released “Low” in 1977, 37 years ago

david-bowie-low The record company begged Bowie not to release Low, but it became a surprise hit and holds up today as one of his most intense and influential albums, inspiring two excellent Berlin trilogy sequels, Heroes (1977) and the insanely underrated Lodger (1979).
~Rob Sheffield (rollingstone.com)

Following through with the avant-garde inclinations of Station to Station, yet explicitly breaking with David Bowie’s past, Low is a dense, challenging album that confirmed his place at rock’s cutting edge. Driven by dissonant synthesizers and electronics, Low is divided between brief, angular songs and atmospheric instrumentals.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)

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Today: Wilco released Sky Blue Sky in 2007 – 6 years ago

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But the paradox is that while Sky Blue Sky is the smoothest sounding Wilco album, it also takes the longest to absorb and understand.
~Michael Metivier  (popmatters.com)

..Wilco’s sixth studio album, Sky Blue Sky, sounds like the long-awaited follow-up to 1996’s Being There — while it lacks the ramshackle shape-shifting and broad twang of that earlier album, Sky Blue Sky represents a shift back to an organic sound and approach that suggests the influence of Neil Young’s Harvest and the more polished avenues of ’70s soft rock. Sky Blue Sky also marks Wilco’s first studio recordings since Nels Cline and Pat Sansone joined the group, and they certainly make their presence felt …
~Mark Deming (allmusic.com)

Impossible Germany (Live – from the DVD “Ashes Of American Flags”):

From Wikipedia:

Released May 15, 2007
Recorded November 2006 – January 2007 at The Wilco Loft, Irving Park, Chicago,Illinois, United States
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock,alternative country
Length 50:56
Label Nonesuch
Producer Wilco

Sky Blue Sky is the sixth studio album by American rock band Wilco, released on May 15, 2007 by Nonesuch Records. Originally announced on January 17, 2007 at a show in Nashville, Tennessee, it was the band’s first studio album with guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone. Before its release, the band streamed the entire album on its official website and offered a free download of “What Light”.

Sky Blue Sky was Wilco’s highest debuting album on the Billboard 200 at number four. The self-produced album received mostly favorable reviews by critics. Publications such as PopMatters and Rolling Stone praised its maturity, while PlayLouder and Pitchfork Media criticized its “dad-rock” sound. While some critics praised the direct lyrical approach, others criticised it when compared to previous Wilco albums. The band licensed six songs from the Sky Blue Sky sessions to a Volkswagen advertisement campaign, a move that generated criticism from fans and the media.

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You Are My Face (Austin City Limits 2007):

The album was recorded by TJ Doherty at The Loft in Irving Park, Chicago, where Tweedy had recorded Loose Fur’s Born Again in the USA and most of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. In an interview with Billboard, the band revealed that the album would be less experimental than the two previous albums and more influenced by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones. Also, unlike the previous albums, the album was made with only minimal involvement of Jim O’Rourke; the album which was produced with very few overdubs.

Release & reception

Nonesuch released the album on May 15, 2007; the following week became Wilco’s best-ever sales week. The album debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 87,000 copies domestically in its first week. Sky Blue Sky was also an international success, peaking at number 7 in Norway, number 21 in Belgium, number 23 in Australia and Ireland, number 26 in Sweden, number 32 in New Zealand, number 36 in Germany, and number 39 in the United Kingdom.

The album received varied critical reception upon its release.

  • Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone pondered in his review whether Wilco had ever made a song as good as “Impossible Germany,” praising how the song builds into a “twin guitar epic” in the mold of Television and Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac.
  • Michael Metivier of PopMatters commented that while the album took a while to understand, it was full of “exquisitely beautiful melodies and performances”.
  • Allmusic writer Mark Deming called the album “Wilco’s strongest album as an ensemble to date,” and found the return to roots rock music a fresh new method for the band.
  • The album received a nomination at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.
  • It placed 12th in the 2008 Pazz and Jop Poll.
  • This album was #42 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007, and the song “Impossible Germany” was #71 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
  • WXPN named “Impossible Germany” as the #1 song of 2007 and named the album as a whole the #1 album of 2007.
  • Sky Blue Sky was named one of the ten best albums of the year by BillboardPaste MagazineUncut Magazine, and The Onion A.V. Club.
  • The album was placed at #97 on the Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The 2000’s list.

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Track Listing:

All songs written by Jeff Tweedy except as indicated.

  1. “Either Way”  – 3:05
  2. “You Are My Face” (Tweedy, Cline)  – 4:38
  3. “Impossible Germany” (Tweedy, Wilco)  – 5:57
  4. “Sky Blue Sky”  – 3:23
  5. “Side with the Seeds” (Tweedy, Jorgensen)  – 4:15
  6. “Shake It Off”  – 5:40
  7. “Please Be Patient with Me”  – 3:17
  8. “Hate It Here” (Tweedy, Wilco)  – 4:31
  9. “Leave Me (Like You Found Me)”  – 4:09
  10. “Walken” (Tweedy, Wilco)  – 4:26
  11. “What Light”  – 3:35
  12. “On and On and On” (Tweedy, Wilco)  – 4:00

Personnel:

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  • Nels Cline – electric guitar, 12 string guitar, lap steel guitar
  • Mikael Jorgensen – piano, organs, Wurlitzer
  • Glenn Kotche – drums, percussion, glockenspiel
  • Pat Sansone – organs, guitar, Chamberlin, Mellotron, Wurlitzer, harpsichord, piano, backing vocals
  • John Stirratt – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Jeff Tweedy – vocals, guitar, graphic design
Additional musicians
  • Jim O’Rourke – feedback, percussion, acoustic guitar, string arrangements
  • Karen Waltuch – viola, violin
Production and design
  • Lawrence Azerrad – graphic design
  • TJ Doherty – recording
  • Robert Ludwig – mastering
  • Nathaniel Murphy – illustrations
  • Frack Ockenfels – photography
  • Manuel Presti – cover photograph
  • Jim Scott – mixing
  • Jason Tobias, Tom Gloady, Kevin Dean – assistant engineering

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Today: Brian Eno is 64

From Wikipedia:

Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno (born 15 May 1948), commonly known as Brian Eno or simply as Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.

Eno studied at Colchester Institute art school in Essex, England, taking inspiration from minimalist painting. During his time on the art course at the Institute, he also gained experience in playing and making music through teaching sessions held in the adjacent music school.

Eno has also worked as an influential music and album producer. By the end of the 1970s, Eno had worked with David Bowie on the seminal “Berlin Trilogy” and helped popularise the American band Devo and the punk-influenced “No Wave” genre. He produced and performed on three albums by Talking Heads, including Remain in Light (1980), and produced seven albums for U2, including The Joshua Tree (1987). Eno has also worked on records by JamesLaurie AndersonColdplayDepeche ModePaul SimonGrace Jonesand Slowdive, among others.

An Ending (Ascent) (1983):
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