Michael E Hartigan
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I’d really like to check this out. Um, where’s that .zip file, again?
Makes me so glad I stopped reading the Weekly a long time ago, and yet still ashamed to be an L.A. resident.
Whoa. My bad. Didn’t know there was so much love for corporate marketing strategies.
Bullshit category. Bullshit list. Come on.
I want to be picked up by Jen Turner. She probably wouldn’t tweet about it if she did.
When I saw ‘I am trying to break your heart’ in the theater, I already owned all of Wilco’s albums, and felt that YHF was the natural progression of a great band into making it’s masterpiece. Like I’m sure the vast majority of the audience, I was on Jeff Tweedy’s side when he argued with Jay Bennett, not knowing until it played on-screen that Bennett would be fired.
Jay Bennett comes across in the film, as I recall, as a sort of irritating personality. Were I to have to deal with him, I thought, I’d want to get rid of him, too.
But, many years later, when the news of Jay Bennett’s death broke, the blogosphere seemed to come overwhelmingly to his defense. I reconsidered my opinion of Mr. Bennett, especially in light of the fact that, after buying only one more CD after YHF, I found myself no longer interested in Wilco’s music.
But Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a record I hold dear. And, I believe Jay Bennett gets as much credit for its genius as anybody else involved. Which is why it is heartbreaking that he died having filed suit against Tweedy and Wilco in an attempt to claim royalties from that record so that he could pay for treatment of the condition that ended up killing him.
I don’t mean any disrespect to Jeff Tweedy. I think he’s a great musician, and one of the great songwriters of our time. I guess I just wonder how he looks on that film and his relationship with Bennett.
Let ‘em In – the first Paul McCartney song I ever heard, I think even before the Beatles. I was a toddler, I think, so it left a huge impression.
ELO – “Yours Truly, 2095″
Genesis – “Supper’s Ready”
Grimes – ‘Oblivion’ (that goes for the video, too, in case that ends up being a contest)