For the first time since I took this vaunted position of writing our weekly new release column and buyer's guide, there's only one title on this list that qualifies as a must have. There are a few items here of casual interest that may one day be added. There are a few items here of interest because regardless of how bribeable I am, I can't think of what it would take me to listen to them for free to say nothing of actually paying money to own them!
Wilco (The Album)
Credit where credit is due. I kept reading about how great Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was and about the bizarre circumstances surrounding its release, so I asked a then co-worker about them and the album. He told me he liked them and had seen them in Europe. I rolled the dice. It took a few listens, but it finally sunk in for me. Since then I've avidly collected Wilco's back catalog as well as their new ones and become quite the Wilco fan.
So I bought the album this morning and saw the band has opened Wilco (The Album) with "Wilco (The Song)." Jeff Tweedy may be getting a little too cute by half with this. I've now listened to it a handful of times, beginning to end and I'm not sure what I think. I like Wilco and this is a good Wilco record. It's hard to imagine these guys getting in a room and coming out with nothing, but this one has yet to wrap its arms around me even if "Wilco will love you, baby."
The Woodstock Experience
Well, credit the labels for noticing the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. There's been a new box set and now Sony Legacy is releasing a slew of live performances by its artists at the famed festival. Jimi Hendrix's performance is still arguably the most famous of the weekend and has long been available. Sony is now offering up sets from Santana, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Johnny Winter, and Sly & The Family Stone.