Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I am Trying to Break Your Heart*
(when I tell you that I am going to see Wilco tonight!)

(*) Damn, that's a handy song title - good for almost any occasion. That and Karma Police.

There hasn't been such a buzz of excitement around the Zombie household for an upcoming concert since the Constantines' show. We may all have different ideas for the essential Wilco album, with Eva firmly behind the ground-breaking Being There, Jerry loving the crunchy guitar on A Ghost is Born, and Bad-Tempered drooling over the experimental sound of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but as we all agree that Kicking Television: Live in Chicago is bloody brilliant, we are completely stoked for tonight's show. Calgary is the first stop in Wilco's North American tour, and we're told to expect 4 or 5 new songs. Oh bliss! The weird thing is, there has been no mention of an opener, so maybe it will be an all Wilco night? I don't think they need any warming up to, after all.

Jerry and I did catch Jeff Tweedy's solo performance at the Folk Festival last summer and we were astounded how one guy with a guitar and harmonica could carry the show like he did. In fact, we had been enjoying a cool one in the beer gardens when he started his set and quickly realised that was not the place to appreciate this man's music. So we headed over to the grass and let Jeff break our hearts as we lounged in the evening shade. Her father likes to remind Eva that she was away at summer camp for that particular moment in history, but she does not appreciate his efforts.
It's supposed to hit 30 degrees today, so it's going to be stinky hot at Mac Hall, but I am willing to shed some sweat for these guys. I imagine they'll be sweating a whole lot more. I really must get rolling on that rock star sweat collection that I've been thinking about starting. I'm thinking I could create a kick-ass musical monster from the combined secretions of the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Bry Webb, Matt Good, Carl Newman, Hawksley Workman, Buck 65. That would be awesome.
*****
In other concert news, we got tickets to Billy Bragg's September show at Knox United Church, and I was a little surprised by how expensive they were. Okay, $35.00 isn't all that much, but when you consider some of the concerts that I've seen lately for under $20.00/ticket, concerts with three bands, it does seem a little out of proportion. After all, he is just one guy. And he's a socialist! What's going on, Billy?

14 comments:

Will said...

And I've been told Summerteeth is the Wilco album I need to hear. I guess I am a bit partial to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and being a little bit of a documentary nut, I really enjoyed the making of doc - aptly titled, I Am Trying to Break Your Heat. Any screenings of that in the Zombie household.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I haven't heard Summerteeth either, Will. I understand it's really different from anything else (but ultimately aren't they all?)

I just heard about the doc recently, actually, and it is definitely on my look-for list. The Zombies need to see that, I think.

Alana said...

Hope you and the family had an awesome time Barbara! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We DID, Alana! Thanks. Story at 11:00.

Will said...

It's a pretty good doc ... kinda like the Metallica one, strangely enough. Lots of draaaaama. and some very good music.

Barbara said...

I guess you mean 11pm...
*Waiting for the story.*

Maureen said...

ewwwwwwwww, sweat collection - glad you had fun :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Will, have you seen the Radiohead doc? I forget the name of it, but I really want to see it.
I can just imagine there was lots of draaaaaama in I am Trying to Break Your Heart, as that was during the big breakup. Drama is always good, when it is not happening in your own house.

Barbara W, I did mean 11:00 pm, but I'm afraid it will have to wait until tomorrow now. Toooo tired!

What the matter, Maureen? Don't you have a sweat collection? I thought everybody did.

michelle said...

I so adore your concert reviews, you have this uncanny ability to convey the same adrenaline rush you felt while seeing the band onstage. Can't wait to hear the latest! :)

btw, I keep trying to make the Real Audio link to your radio debut work but it peters out on me. Is it just me?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's weird, Michelle. I just tried it and it seems okay, but I know Barbara W said she had to uninstall Real Audio and then reinstall it to get it working. Sounds like a giant pain in the arse!

Wilco was pretty amazing and I almost got into a fight! Details tomorrow.

michelle said...

I'll try the BarbW trick, must be a software issue. Thanks!

phlegmfatale said...

yeah, high ticket prices seem very un-Billy - maybe he's been body snatched? Or maybe the high price of travel fuel is hammering his bottom line.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That could be the case, PF. He does have a ways to travel... I'm sure there's a good reason for it.

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