On A.M. to Z, Bandbox's McCoy and Blair chronologically dissect the Wilco catalog!
Ep #11 - Schmilco
Episode 11 finds our hosts discussing Wilco's tenth studio album, Schmilco. Featuring mellow instrumentation and personal lyrics, Schmilco finds the band pulling back on the guitar wizardry and amping up the intimacy.
Ep #10 - Star Wars
The force is strong with this one. McCoy and Blair gab about Wilco's angular ninth album, Star Wars. Though critically lauded, Star Wars is not often cited as a fan favorite. What do our hosts think? Listen to this episode to find out, you must.
Ep #9 - The Whole Love
The Whole Love is Wilco's eighth studio album and third in a row to feature the same lineup of musicians. Released in 2011 to (mostly) universal acclaim, it feels like a natural progression from Wilco (The Album) both in songwriting and production. What is Blair's favorite track? Has McCoy read any of Jane Smiley's books? Does she even have a boyfriend? Find out in episode #9!
Ep #8 - Wilco (The Album)
Join McCoy and Blair as they discuss Wilco's eponymous 2009 effort, Wilco (The Album). Produced between Auckland, New Zealand and their Chicago studio/practice space, The Loft, the album is the first since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot not to rely heavily on live tracking and instead utilize the studio as an instrument.
Ep #7 - Sky Blue Sky
Wilco's Sky Blue Sky found the band undergoing yet another lineup change, this time with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone and guitar virtuoso Nels Cline. Fun fact: McCoy likes this record so much that he got some of the album artwork tattooed on his arm!
Ep #6 - A Ghost Is Born
A Ghost Is Born was the product of arguably the darkest period of Jeff Tweedy's life. Despite the challenges of drug addiction, migraines, and worsening depression, Wilco managed to put out its most surprising and diverse effort to date.
Really more of a bad Saturday Night Live skit than a listenable podcast. Had high hopes.
Alpha Bravo Charlie is by far the superior Wilco podcast. If you’re looking for some Wilco in podcast form, that’s the show for you.
Room for improvement
I love Wilco so I was very excited about the potential of this podcast.
They should definitely do more research on the band and albums, and spend more time with each cause they episodes feel a bit rushed and barely scratch the surface of each album. Perhaps they are limited to a time by the program they are using to record and post these.
Also, never touched upon how summerteeth was very much influenced by The Beach Boys' pet sounds...
Jeff played most of the angular loud guitar on a ghost is Born, in fact it was recorded before Nels joined the band and he loved what Jeff player so much that he didn't want to add to it. They kept talking about how Nels played those licks.
They also talked about the rotating cast of Wilco but the current lineup is approaching twenty years together, longer than Wilco without these players.
Just little things that drive a true Wilco fan nuts. They should know these things.
So much potential for a really cool topic. Take your time and talk about each song after doing the research on each album.
I'll keep listening because it is still enjoyable despite certain issues I have with it.