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

wilco sky blue sky

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  (

..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 (

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.

wilco sky blue sky

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


  • 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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The 30 best concerts of 2012 according to Hallgeir

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I’ve seen excactly 80 concerts this year (and a few more that I’ve seen parts of) and here is my list of the 30 best concerts 2012:

1. Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band (The Second night in Bergen, July)
2. Wilco   (Oslo, February)
3. Afghan Whigs (Oslo, August)
4. Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band (First Night Bergen July)
5. Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band (Oslo, July)
6. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (First  Concert, Bergen, June)
7. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (Club concert, Bergen, June)
8. Justin Townes Earle (Bergen, June)
9. Jonathan Wilson (Bergen, June)
10. The South (Bergen, June)
11. Lars Winnerbäck (Bergen, June)
12. Thåström (Vikedal, July)
13. Willis Earl Beal (Oslo, August)
14. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (Oslo, August)
15. Patti Smith (Bergen, June)
16. Motorpsycho (Haugesund, March)
17. Ida Jenshus (Haugesund, October)
18. Bob Mould (Oslo, August)
19. Feist (Oslo, August)
20. Thåström (Bergen, June)
21. Baroness (Oslo, August)
22. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (Bergen, June)
23. The Black Keys (Oslo, August)
24. St. Vincent (Oslo, August)
25. Tønes (Skudeneshavn, November)
26. I Was A King (Haugesund, October)
27. First Aid Kit (Oslo, August)
28. Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch (Bergen, June)
29. Monster Magnet (Haugesund, November)
30. Hank W. Rodgersons Gospel Experience (Vikedal, July)

– Hallgeir

Today: Jeff Tweedy is 45

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Jeffrey Scot Tweedy
Born August 25, 1967 (age 45)
Belleville, Illinois, United States
Genres Alternative country, alternative rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica
Years active 1984–present
Labels Giant/RockvilleSireReprise,NonesuchDrag City
Associated acts WilcoUncle TupeloGolden SmogLoose Fur

Jeffrey Scot “Jeff” Tweedy (born August 25, 1967) is an American songwriter, musician and leader of the band Wilco. Tweedy joined rockabilly band The Plebes with high school friend Jay Farrar in the early 1980s, but Tweedy’s musical interests caused one of Farrar’s brothers to quit. The Plebes changed their name to The Primitives in 1984, and subsequently to Uncle Tupelo. Uncle Tupelo garnered enough support to earn a record deal and to tour nationally. After releasing four albums, the band broke up in 1994 because of conflicts between Tweedy and Farrar.

In 1994, Tweedy formed Wilco with John StirrattMax Johnston, and Ken Coomer. Wilco has released eight albums and found commercial success with their albums Yankee Hotel FoxtrotA Ghost Is BornSky Blue Sky and Wilco (The Album). The band also released two collaboration albums with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5. Jeff Tweedy has been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Album for A Ghost Is Born. Tweedy has also participated in a number of side groups including Golden Smog and Loose Fur, published a book of poems, and released a DVD of solo performances. He was originally influenced by punk and country music, but has later reflected more experimental themes in his music.

Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar‘s departure. Wilco’s lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released eight studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5.

Wilco’s music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts. The band continued in the alternative country of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M. (1995), but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop.

Impossible Germany – live:

Wilco – Austin City Limits 2012 Saturday, Feb. 4 (full show):
Art of Almost
Poor Places
Bull Black Nova
Open Mind
Born Alone
One Wing
Black Moon
War on War
Far, Far Away
Dawned on Me
Cruel to be Kind (with Nick Lowe)

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Best albums of the year 2011

These are the 25 chosen albums from 2011. The list is a collaboration between Egil and Hallgeir, and has been decided through discussion and mathematics. The Math have had second place, our feelings comes first. We both presented our individual lists as a starting point, the result is the list we present here, the best list of the best albums from a good year!

Click on the album cover or the link to get our descriptions of the album and a list of our chosen tracks for each record.




1. Drive-by Truckers – Go Go Boots
2. Wilco – The Whole Love
3. Gillian Welch – The Harrow and The Harvest
4. The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I left behind




5. Tom Waits – Bad as me
6. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
7. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
8. The Damn Quails – Down the Hatch




9. Dave Alvin – Eleven Eleven
10. The Black Keys – El Camino
11. Feist – Metals
12. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake




13. Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming
14. The Decemberists – The King is Dead
15. Josh T. Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen
16. My Morning Jacket – Circuital




17. Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO
18. Dawes – Nothing is wrong
19. Greg Allman – Low Country Blues
20. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow




21. Jason Isbell – Here We Rest
22. Anna Ternheim – The Night Visitor
23. Deadman – Take Up Your Mat And Walk
24. Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi present Rome




25. Lucinda Williams – Blessed

Our original note system (with errors and all):