Oooh, John Hartford. I only saw him a couple times at multi-decade intervals, but wotta guy. This reminds me that I have to load onto the iPod that John Hartford Tribute show with most of the O Brother crew at which Hartford himself comes on at the end and says, "I know why you're doing all this. You think I'm gonna CROAK!"
The only Wilco tune that has really grabbed me is "California Stars," which I am forever trying to get my friends' band to do. Of course, it's not typical Wilco, being Woody Guthrie's words set to music and Billy Bragg in the mix somewhere, but man, I love that song. Usually play it about four times in a row before moving on to something else.
Latest Dead show on my iPod is Veneta 8-28-82, which may not rank with the great shows of all time but was a really transcendent mix of the perfect band, the perfect setting, the perfect crowd, the perfect vibe. Also it saw the return of Dupree's after a long hiatus, and was the debut of "Day Job." Which I was very proud of myself for recognizing because Hunter had done it at the 10-9-81 show in SF, which seared my brain and changed my life forever. If I could have one show again it might well be that one.
It's not into the ipod yet, but I just downloaded 9.12.73, College of William & Mary. That's where I met my wife, and the show was played 25 years to the day before our wedding day. Oh, the bliss.
Also just grabbed a nice performance by John Hartford at Telluride Bluegrass in the mid-'80s.
I've taken a few shots at Wilco and just can't seem to dig it. Maybe one more try.
A few new albums are getting my attention recently. I really enjoy the funky songs and fun lyrics to ALO's new album "Roses & Clover." I really like the album, "Try" is my favorite song so far.
Also, Wilco's new "Sky Blue Sky" is a stripped down almost Dylan-esque effort by this very talented band. Awesome lyrics and melodies that just get better and better with each listen.
I also recently fell back in love with Aoxomoxoa, lots of good ones on there.