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Portentous wrestling pic. Nicely shot, with a raft of solid performances, but it's boring as hell.


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5th May 2015

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Wilco - What's Your 20?

Wilco have clocked up an impressive 20 years since their first gig in 1994, as The Black Shampoo. For their 20th anniversary, they are relased a retrospective best-of, plus a 4 disc set of rarities. Out in the UK on Dec 1st.

Epic timeline below.

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• May 1, 1994 - Uncle Tupelo performs its last show as a band at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis, MO.

• May 1994 - After Uncle Tupelo's split, Jeff Tweedy, Max Johnston, Ken Coomer and John Stirratt carry on as Wilco. Factoid #1: Before arriving at Wilco as the band's name, they considered calling themselves "National Dust."

• August 1994 - The sessions for what would become Wilco's debut album, A.M. begin with Brian Paulson as producer for Reprise Records. (Paulson handled similar duties for Uncle Tupelo's final album, Anodyne.) The Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman, formerly a guitar tech for Uncle Tupelo, plays lead guitar on the album (and clinking bottles on "Casino Queen"). Jay Bennett joins the band after recording finishes.

• September 13, 1994 - The first released Wilco recording, a collaboration with Syd Straw on the Ernest Tubb song "The T.B. is Whipping Me," debuts on the benefit album Red, Hot + Country.

• November 17, 1994 - Performing as "Black Shampoo," Wilco make its live debut at Cicero's in St. Louis, MO.

• March 28, 1995 - Wilco releases A.M., touring extensively behind it.

• October 29, 1996 - The double-disc Being There is released. Bob Egan joins the band
during recording, while Max Johnston leaves afterwards.

• November 1997 - The band spends a week at Willie Nelson's Texas studio Pedenales
working on demos for songs that would eventually appear on Summerteeth.

• December 1997 - The band take occupancy of The Loft, the Chicago space that they
record and practice in to this day.

• January 1998 - Mermaid Avenue recording sessions begin in Dublin with
singer/songwriter Billy Bragg after a trial run in Chicago the month before. The album
brings to life previously unrecorded lyrics by Woody Guthrie.

• June 23, 1998 - Mermaid Avenue is released and eventually nominated for a GRAMMY
in the category of Best Contemporary Folk album. Bob Egan leaves the band and Leroy
Bach joins.

• March 9, 1999 - Summerteeth is released, taking another jump ahead of expectations.
More songs are recorded for eventual inclusion on Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2.

• January 9, 2000 – The band’s last show at Lounge Ax, the late, great Chicago music
venue co-owned by Tweedy's wife Sue Miller Tweedy and Julia Adams.

• May 30, 2000 - Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2 debuts, featuring new Guthrie songs from Wilco
as well as others by the band and Bragg that didn't make the first record.

• January 2001 - Coomer leaves the band not long before cameras begin rolling on Sam Jones' documentary about Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's recording. Glenn Kotche, who had begun working with Tweedy on side projects and live shows, joins.

• June/July 2001 - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is turned in to Reprise Records and initially met with dismay and silence. Management begins a delicate back and forth with the label to extricate the band from its recording contract. The band eventually leaves Reprise with the album, no strings attached, to shop around elsewhere.

• July 4, 2001 – Wilco headlines WXPN’s Fourth of July concert in Chicago's Grant Park; unbeknownst to anyone at the time, this will be Jay Bennett’s last show with the band.

• August 16, 2001 - Jay Bennett leaves Wilco.

• September 10, 2001 - Scott McCaughey visits Chicago and enlists Wilco to back him up
on the latest album by his project The Minus 5. The album, titled Down With Wilco, is
released on Yep Roc Records on February 25, 2003.

• September 18, 2001 - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot begins streaming for free on Wilcoworld.net,
a practice the band also employs on future recordings. Tour plans are made featuring Tweedy, Stirratt, Kotche and Bach, re-configuring the band’s live performance in the wake of Bennett's departure.

• April 23, 2002 - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot arrives in stores via Nonesuch Records. The album goes on to be certified Gold (sales in excess of 500,000) by the RIAA and remains to this day the band’s best-selling album.

• July 26, 2002 – Sam Jones' documentary on the recording of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, entitled I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, opens in select theaters. Also that year, Mikael Jorgensen begins working with the band, first in the capacity of sound mixer, later adding keyboardist to his duties.

• November 2003 - Work begins in New York City on A Ghost Is Born with producer Jim O'Rourke.

• January 28, 2004 - Leroy Bach's departure is announced.

• March 4, 2004 - Pat Sansone and Nels Cline join the band.

• April 2004 – Tweedy enters rehab to treat an addition to painkillers; A Ghost is Born
release is delayed.

• May 19, 2004 - The first live performance with the new lineup (which is now Tweedy,
Stirratt, Kotche, Jorgensen, Cline & Sansone) debuts at Otto's in Dekalb, IL. The lineup
remains current.

• June 15, 2004 - Greg Kot's bio on the band, Learning How To Die, hits bookstores.

• June 21, 2004 - A Ghost is Born is released. Factoid #2: Alternate title considered: Wilco
Happens.

• November 2, 2004 - The band releases The Wilco Book, capturing Wilco in pictorial, literary and musical form.

• December 31, 2004 – Wilco headlines Madison Square Garden, sharing a bill with Sleater-Kinney and The Flaming Lips. They close the show, in their pajamas, with a post- midnight covers-set including “Don’t Fear The Reaper.”

• February 13, 2005 – A Ghost is Born wins Best Alternative Music Album at the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

• November 15, 2005 - Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, the band's first live album, is released, featuring tracks recorded over the course of four shows at Chicago’s Vic Theater.

• May 15, 2007 - The first studio album to feature Cline and Sansone, Sky Blue Sky, is released. It debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts and is nominated for a Best Rock Album GRAMMY.

• September 12, 2007 - Wilco performs first ticketed show at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The show is a benefit and raises more than $100,000 for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

• February 15 – 20, 2008 - The band plays every song from every one of their albums over a five-night residency at the Riviera in Chicago.

• March 1, 2008 – Wilco performs “Walken’” and “Hate It Here” on Saturday Night Live. Ellen Page hosts.

• April 28, 2009 - Wilco: Live - Ashes of American Flags, a concert film from directors Christoph Green and Brendan Canty following the band from Tulsa, OK to Washington D.C. on their 2008 tour, is released on DVD.

• May 2009 - Former Wilco member Jay Bennett passes away at his home in Illinois. A statement from the band remembers Bennett as a "truly unique and gifted human being."

• June 30, 2009 - The band gets meta with the release of Wilco (The Album) and its lead single "Wilco (The Song)." Like Sky Blue Sky, Wilco (The Album) debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts. Wilco receives a GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album.

• July 2009 – Jeff Tweedy appears on the cover of SPIN magazine.

• January 29, 2010 – Wilco performs Buffalo Springfield’s “Broken Arrow” at MusiCares
2010 Person of the Year concert honoring Neil Young. SPIN calls the performance
“brilliant,” and one that “revealed a band in complete control of its capabilities.”

• August 13 – 15, 2010 - Wilco kicks off the inaugural Solid Sound Festival at the
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The festival features band members' side
projects, as well as other artist-friends like Mavis Staples.

• January 2011 - The band announces the creation of its own label, dBpm Records after
their contract with Nonesuch ends. The label's first release is the Wilco single "I Might"

with a B-side cover of Nick Lowe's "I Love My Label," first released at Solid Sound
Festival. Factoid #3: dBpm had been kicked around as a possible album title for years.
• September 27, 2011 - The Whole Love, the band's debut album for its label dBpm
Records, hits the Billboard charts at #5 and receives a Grammy nomination for Best Rock
Album.

• November 23, 2011 – Rolling Stone names Nels Cline one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists
of all time.

• April 21, 2012 - Timed for Record Store Day and to commemorate Woody Guthrie's
100th birthday, Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, a vinyl box set (which includes the first two volumes, a third collecting unreleased songs, as well as a DVD of the documentary, Man In the Sand) is released. Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 3 is also released digitally.

• July 8, 2012 - Wilco plays largest headlining show (to date), performing to 15k+ fans at Chicagoland's Kane County Cougars 5/3 Bank Ballpark. The show coincides with the breaking of a Midwest heat wave that saw Chicagoans sweltering through multiple days of record-breaking temperatures exceeding 100-degrees.

• June 21, 2013 – Wilco plays an all-request covers set during the opening night of the 2013 Solid Sound Festival. Songs performed include Television’s “Marquee Moon,” Abba’s “Waterloo” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Tommy Stintson joins for a cover of The Replacements “Color Me Impressed.”

• June 26, 2013 – Wilco joins Bob Dylan’s AmericanaramA tour. The band welcomes several guests to the stage throughout the tour including Government Mule’s Warren Haynes, Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter and The Band’s Garth Hudson.

• November 17, 2014 – Exactly twenty years to the day since Wilco’s first performance (as Black Shampoo) Nonesuch Records releases two Wilco collections: The first, Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a 4-CD, 4-LP/Digital box set amassing rare studio and live recordings from the band's archives, and the second, What's Your 20?, is a 2-CD/Digital compilation of essential tracks culled from the band's previously released studio recordings.

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Short Attention Span Theatre: Between The Planet of the Apes

Here's three quick shorts to bridge the gap between the and Rise the Dawn of the P.O.T.A.

One / Two / Three

Funded by 20th Century Fox and produced by Vice's Motherboard.

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Trailer Park: Gracepoint / The Last Man On Earth

Two new Fox shows - the US Broadchurch remake Gracepoint, starring David Tennant doing an American accent, Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver and Nicke Nolte; and The Last Man On Earth a new goofball post-apocalypse comedy: "Phil Miller (Will Forte) was once just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank — now he’s humanity’s last hope. Will he ever find another person alive on the planet? Would hoping that she is a female be asking too much?"

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The Walking Dead S3

The pirate chic trend continues as newly-wounded one-eyed-dude The Governer returns to keep Wilson Wilson from C4's Utopia company. Here's a new poster for the second half of The Walking Dead S3 - back on AMC in the US Feb 10; hopefully the UK transmission won't take too much longer to arrive on FOX

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Short Attention Span Theatre: Paperman

V cute meet-cute from Disney, playing with Wreck-It Ralph in cinemas. Interviews and more from director John Kars here. (Via @thefoxisblack)

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Trailer Park: Good Day To Die Hard

This time, he's brought his son along, so yes, it is personal. Thanks for asking.

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Trailer Park: Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins fat-suits up for this biopic looking at the period when Hitchcock made Psycho. Helen Mirren plays his partner Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson gets shower duties. Like a lot of those (entertaining and generally well done) BBC4 dramas based on classic TV shows, it's a bit hard to know exactly what we'll be getting out of this that a good documentary wouldn't show. Well-made tail-chasing?

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Trailer Park: Stoker

Oldboy's Park Chan-Wook makes his English language debut with this messed-up family drama starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska. That spider can't be good news ...

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Trailer Park: Cloud Atlas / Life Of Pi

Ready for a new round of films based on mega-blockbuster books? Here's Cloud Atlas from the Wachowskis and Life Of Pi from Ang Lee. Cloud Atlas has an epic cast - Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, James D'Arcy, Doona Bae; Pi's got a tiger

UPDATE: here's the full Quicktime HD Cloud Atlas trailer

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MPFree: Foxygen - Waitin' 4 U

In the mood for some loose Stonesy 70s rock? New Jagjaguwar band Foxygen are making a good job of filling that space at the moment. Here's Waitin' 4 U and Make It Known

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Trailer Park: The Watch

Richard Ayoade joins the big hitters of the man-child comedy world - Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan and Jonah Hill - for The Watch

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Trailer Park: Django Unchained

Tarantino has a go at a western, with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Out at Christmas

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Prometheus

(dir. Ridley Scott)

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SPOILER ALERT: now in space no-one can hear you ... over the sound of that BOOMING soundtrack. 

(check the comments section for the rest of this SPOILERISH review as we can't be bothered to install any of that invisotext code here) 

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Trailer Park: Prometheus

Here's that Prometheus trailer. Looks good to me ....and not the same as the shakey-cam bootleg, which must have been an earlier edit or something.

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22nd Dec 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: Prometheus Trailer Trailer

It's probably that same trailer that was leaked in flakey-cam a few days back, but according to this trailer trailer, iTunes will have the official verison of Ridley Scott's Prometheus trailer on Thursday. The trailer trailer has some epic looking shots in, and my say I'm looking forward to this one.

Some other iinteresting stuff: Wrath of The Titans, Act of Valor and Jack the Giant Killer.

Talking of trailer trailers, it looks like their might be a trailer for The Hobbit materialising tomorrow night (Via AICN).

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Black Bananas from RTX

Royal Trux/RTX singer Jennifer Herrema is back with Black Bananas - a new version of the band (yes, it's full of scratchy 70s Stones riffs, distorto-vox and Prince-ish songs called Hot Stupid). Pitchfork have got an MPFree. Album Rad Time Xpress IV is out in Jan with other thoughtful numbers like Acid Song, Killer Weed and Foxy Playground. That party train is not stopping any time soon. Still love Trux's Waterpark:

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BBTF vs Nike Update

Some more info on those Nike Mag trainers from Back To The Future. Robert Zemekis wheeled out Christopher Lloyd for a cameo-packed promo film to launch the fund-raising recreating of the shoe ... and Tiny Tempah was one of the winning bidders, paying $37,500 for the shoes that he will "never wear".

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28th Nov 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Self-lacing Nikes

Since Back To The Future 2 premiered in 1989, I'm pretty sure every male that saw it has dreamed of one day owning a pair of self-lacing Nikes. Now's your chance, as Nike are producing 1500 pairs of the shoes for a special auction to raise money for Michael J Fox's Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Possibly the single best thing Nike have ever done and a possible reason to break my 20 year hiatus from buying their products.

More info here and here.

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Trailer Park: Another Earth

Sundance highlight (4 stars from me) and actual prize winner Another Earth was snapped up by Fox Searchlight - and now there's a great new trailer to showcase the movie.

Watch in HD at Apple.

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26th Apr 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean

looks like they are using some kind of Hipstamatic video app here

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MPFree: Solo Fox Tracks

Robin Pecknold has dropped three acoustic tracks via @fleetfoxes :

"One is a duet with my friend Ed Droste from the amazing band Grizzly Bear, one is just a new solo jam, and one is a cover."

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Fleet Foxes Sighted

new Fleet Foxes album on the way, from the sound of Helplessness Blues it's more of the same, which is fine by me

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The Fantastic Mr Fox

Clever old school animation from Wes Anderson brings Roald Dahl's cheeky chap to life.


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25th Dec 2010

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Trailer Park: Tree of Life

I rate him as one of the greatest living directors alongside Peter Weir, so you can imagine how excited I was when the trailer for Terrence Malick's Tree of Life came online today. I already watched a hooky bootleg last week, but now it's in glorious 1080p over at Apple.

Looks great, but still no real expalnation of what it's about ...with a retro life story seemingly juxtaposed with some sort of sc-fi element. I love movies.

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15th Dec 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Simpsons v Fox News (Taiwan style)

the Next Media animation bots have been at it again: here's their take on the Simpsons clash w Fox News, including an actual shark to jump over

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Back to Back to the Future

The Back To The Future Blu-ray box has hit the shops and some of the extras are popping up on YouTube - including some rushes with Eric Stoltz in the Marty McFly role ...before he was replaced by Michael J Fox.

As a double geek-out, a recent episode of Fringe set in their parallel universe featured two of the watchers coming out a movie theatre, showing the Eric Stoltz version of the film.

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26th Oct 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Wilco

Royal Festival Hall, London

Another sparkling performance from always-on-tour chimp favourites Wilco. I won't bore you with too many details - see here and here for some context.

Despite their repetitive schedule, the band are always in high spirits and tonight's show was littered with theatrics - from comedy introductions and explosive drum sections, to a bizarre, unexplained 80's keyboard cameo, to Jeff Tweedy's comparison between the Festival Hall and Star Wars' Galactic Senate.

The 40s+ post-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot haters were in force at the sit down venue, hanging out for Heavy Metal Drummer or a chance to hug their girlfriends when Jesus Etc was played ... which must put a strain on any band trying to move forward, but they were well satisfied with the YHF-heavy set. Personally, I wanted more from A Ghost Is Born....

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Band of Horses: Evening Kitchen

Band of Horses channeling their inner-Fleet Foxes on this exclusive clip for the BBC Later website. They were on Jools Holland Live last night, and will be on the main show this Friday ....hopefully with ampilfiers and only one singer.

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