Saturday, October 29th, 2005

I'm Talking to Myself About You

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco takes some time out to tell Billboard how recording sessions for the band’s sixth album are progressing. They’ve begun sorting through material with an eye towards a release sometime next year, and excepting the live album out November 15, this will be the first record to feature the full six-piece lineup. One of the songs Tweedy mentions, “I’m Talking to Myself About You”, has already been road tested and live versions are circulating the interweb under the name of “Walken”. You can grab a couple live mp3s of the track here. There’s also a piece on the band in The Chicago Reader (WARNING – PDF with live links! May cause browser wackiness) where Tweedy talks about the timing of Kicking Television, why there’s no DVD of the shows and various other bits of scuttlebutt and gossip.

And for more Wilco goodness, come back here around, oh, midnight…

NME brings word that Belle & Sebastian’s new album will be called The Life Pursuit and be out in the UK on February 6 (and presumably North America on February 7). I guess the previous working title was just a smokescreen – the goalkeeper will have to seek revenge elsewhere. Via The Rock Snob.

Chart has a long piece on Metric. The Straight has a short piece.

Harp reports that the Billy Bragg box set which was announced for this release this Fall and then cruelly retracted just days later, will be coming out on February 21. We’re talking about the seven-disc box set, in case you weren’t keeping up.

New York Magazine plays Q&A with Matt Pond. From For The Records.

The Daily Texan talks to Mac McCaughan of Portastatic.

Neko Case speaks very very briefly to Billboard about co-self-producing her new record, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, which is out on March 7.

Pulse Of The Twin Cities talks to My Morning Jacket’s new guitar slinger, Carl Broemel. From Largehearted Boy.

Rainer Maria’s new album remains the only one on my release calendar that is supposed to come out in 2005, but has no set release date. Maybe someone can ask them WTF when they tour through town on November 17 for a show at Lee’s Palace.

It’s good to see that even amidst all the chaos and uncertainty, the White House is managing to focus on issues that really matter to Americans.

My iPod is here. It’s pretty. I’ve gone with 256 AAC for ripping, so my hard drive and iPod are filling up a little faster than I anticipated, but it should be okay. Still much ripping and organizing to do. Damn, I’ve got a lot of CDs.

np – Explosions In The Sky / How Strange, Innocence

By : Frank Yang at 11:37 am
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  1. mao says:

    I loved that video clip from ACL. It’s so remarkable how Tweedy just gradually turned into a lead guitarist…it obviously started happening when Bennett left.

    He’s so confident and assured now. The first tour after Bennett left I saw them (at Convocation I think) and I remembered hoping they’d hire a new axeman so Tweedy could play rhythm.

    Of course, the last show (at Massey) Tweedy and Nels traded licks like pros.

    Great clip!

  2. hbomb says:

    How many CDs do you have Frank?

  3. Rick says:

    I find that 192 AAC does the trick for me, it seems to retain sound quality although haven’t done that much comparing. Why did you go with 256?

  4. Frank says:

    why? umm… peer pressure.

    and i’ve got around 1200 CDs. I’m not ripping them all, no way, but it’s still a lot to sift through to decide what I want on the go and what I don’t.

  5. Five Seventeen says:

    You might find it useful to rip the tracks off any various artist CDs you have first, put them in a box, and put the box in a closet. They seldom tend to have more than a handful of decent tracks, and you’ll have loads more shelf space… well, some.

  6. Uncle Jed says:

    I’ve got about 2,500 CDs. When I first got my iPod, I knew I couldn’t rip everything, so I was selective, just taking off songs, and rarely — very rarely — a full album. I pretty much only listen to my pod on shuffle. I figure if I want to hear a whole album, that’s what the CD is for.

  7. ned says:

    i rip to 256kbps mp3s on my computer and then transcode ’em lower on the fly for my ipod (i manage my ipod with anapod explorer, which does this automagically for me)… it’s amazing how quickly ipods will fill up otherwise!

  8. david says:

    I’m with Ned in using Anapod Explorer, I bought a copy and use it on my media server.

    I rip every new CD I get, when the rip pile gets too big I hire a nephew or niece to do the disc swapping and ripping for me. Luckily, storage gets cheaper by the day, so I can keep most of my music available to me digitally at work and home.

  9. alan says:

    What was the ‘Wilco at midnight’ thing about?

  10. Frank says:

    that’s when the MP3 of the week went live.

    Oh, and Jeff and the boys stopped by for some poker – but that was more just for me than for everyone.

  11. alan says:

    Nels should have gone All In on some cowbell you’re right.

    thanks =)

  12. Jake says:

    Where’s that photo of Wilco from? It’s cool.

  13. Frank says:

    oh, that was just them goofing around after poker. Get a few beers in em, and they go all rowdy-like.