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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Mixtape! The Whole Wilco

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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It’s been 20 years since alt-rock, singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy parted ways with Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and started his own venture with the band Wilco. Eight studio albums later and Wilco has yet to turn in a commercial hit; but still their music is often heralded by rock aficionados as ground-breaking.

To celebrate this milestone, Wilco is soon to release their first ever best-of, box set.

It’s never been a secret that I love Wilco’s music and Tweedy’s lyrics more than most anything else out there; so in honor of this announcement, this week’s Friday Mixtape takes a look at my 20 favorite Wilco songs.

There’s the experimental rock/country hybrid track “Via Chicago” as well as some great imagery thanks to the song “A Shot in the Arm.” I might catch some flak for including Tweedy’s R&B inspired “Hate it Here,” but that song is certainly one of Tweedy’s smoothest efforts.

Stick around for the end of the playlist and listen to “Flowering,” a tempered little ditty from Tweedy’s latest project, a collaboration with his son Spencer simply called Tweedy. Their debut album Sukierae drops later this month.

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Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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