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Interview with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco

In The Nation, of all places. If its release wasn't delayed so much, it would actually be kind of funny that one division of AOL-Time-Warner, Reprise, would reject Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, only to have another one, Nonesuch, pick it up.

Nonesuch is a pretty interesting pop label these days -- they've got Laurie Anderon and Sam Philips now, and they signed Stephin Meritt (Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, etc.) a few months ago.

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ex_snej373
Apr. 18th, 2002 09:48 am (UTC)
I thought Nonesuch was just classical etc.? Weird!
rpkrajewski
Apr. 19th, 2002 05:37 am (UTC)
Well, Nonesuch always was a little different, they had "world music" before the term existed, and did not seem to concentrate on the basic repetoire. I beleive they still have artists like John Adams and Dawn Upshaw on their roster. Classical music as a business these days is pretty weak, so what they seem to be doing to signing the kind of pop artists that would have been in the "prestige" or "niche" category, since most major other labels these days have dropped them.
marm0t
Apr. 23rd, 2002 01:39 pm (UTC)
Apropos of almost nothing, Sam Phillips rules.
rpkrajewski
Apr. 23rd, 2002 07:04 pm (UTC)
Doesn't she ?
I love Fan Dance, which is an object lesson on how to package a lot of musical worth into a small space. I was actually planning on writing a review of it, pairing it with Life On a String by Laurie Anderson since they were both released on Nonesuch.
marm0t
Apr. 23rd, 2002 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Doesn't she ?
"Fan Dance" hasn't grown on me yet, but that's quite possibly because I haven't subjected it to repeated listenings. "Martinis and Bikinis" has a cherished place in my cd rack, though. Can you believe she sold "I Need Love" to Ralph Lauren?

rpkrajewski
Apr. 23rd, 2002 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Doesn't she ?
Can you believe she sold "I Need Love" to Ralph Lauren?

Hey, even brilliant/sexy musicians like Sam have to eat, although with hubby's involvement in O Brother Where Are Thow, they might be able lay off the Cup Ramen for a while. "I Need Love" is one of those songs like "When A Man Loves a Man" where God or other deity of your choice decided to start co-writing once S/He starting noticing how good what the mortal started was.

Give Fan Dance a chance. It is definitely an album for close listening...
marm0t
Apr. 23rd, 2002 07:52 pm (UTC)
*blink*
where God or other deity of your choice decided to start co-writing once S/He starting noticing how good what the mortal started was.

Wow. Weird that you should say that. I thought I was the only one who described certain songs as being like dictation taken straight from God. Songs that are just so perfect that they seem to have been dropped down from above, bestowed upon their artists like little divine gifts.

Neat.
rpkrajewski
Apr. 23rd, 2002 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: *blink*
Well, some writer did say it about "When a Man Loves a Woman," probably to contrast the greatness of the song against his otherwise pedestrian career (if not talent). But the point stands nonetheless, eh ?
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