Last night Riley had his first official sleepover. His friends Ethan and Nicolas came over to eat sugar and have (what they thought were) covert sword fights. The bloodshed was kept to a minimum so I assume Ethan’s and Nicolas’ parents will let them come back.

Angel had gotten her flu shot earlier in the day so by the time the boys were asleep she was pretty zonked. We sat down to watch TV for a few minutes before going to bed and I saw that Wilco’s 2007 Austin City Limits performance had just started. I was elated.

I know that I’ve spent a lot of time singing Wilco’s praises but let me just sing a little longer. I can’t overemphasize how important I think this band is. Everything they do sounds totally phenomenal to me from the guitar tones, to the snare drum sound, to the vocal harmonies, to Jeff Tweedy’s sorry excuse for a lead-singing voice. I love it all, except for one thing. Their songs aren’t very good. And that’s usually the most important thing right? Yes, it is absolutely the most important thing.

It is my opinion that approximately twenty-five percent of Wilco’s songs are actually good songs. The rest are just vehicles for the band’s incredible sound, musicianship, and overall vibyness.

It is so rare for me to like a band that doesn’t consistently write good songs which is partly the reason I think Wilco is so important. If you want to learn how to write good songs there is no shortage of great albums to learn from. But for learning absolutely every other aspect of being a great band Wilco is it as far as I’m concerned.

Wilco has three electric guitar players. This isn’t exactly a rare thing. If you ever watch live country music concerts it seems like three guitarists in the union minimum. But with a lot of the country acts you see all kinds of guitar players on the stage but you only hear one of them and that’s if your lucky. Oh you’ll hear plenty of the dude playing fiddle in the tight leather pants but not the guitars. But with Wilco they make use of every guitar and it’s a beautiful thing. And the addition of Nels Cline on lead has catapulted the band into the realm of just ridiculous.

I could go on and on but check out this video of them playing ‘Impossible Germany’ on Austin City Limits. Check out the awesome use of the three seperate guitar parts. And don’t forget to listen for the snare drum. It’s like a pillow made of whipped cream.