Sunday, January 18, 2009

Listening Now: Wilco

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 17: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco...Image by Getty Images via DaylifeWilco is one of my favorite groups. They were born from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo. In that group the two main songwriters were Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar. Just as the group was beginning to get serious national attention, having released one album on a major label, Farrar announced that he was quitting. Farrar went on to form the group Son Volt and Tweedy created Wilco.

In the beginning Wilco started off as the continuation of Uncle Tupelo, the group was pretty much Uncle Tupelo simply without Farrar, and in that most of its material could be labeled in the genre of Americana. On their second album they decided to venture into uncharted musical territory and released Being There.

Since than the group has continued to experiment with their sound and grown as a cult favorite. Their next album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot got them dropped from their label Reprise but once released on a new label went on to win critical and commercial success.

This song, "Handshake Drugs" is from their fifth album A Ghost Is Born.
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