Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

by Wilco



They're not a "jam band" -- far from it, really -- but Wilco have established themselves as one of the most dynamic live acts on the planet, a reputation that's cemented by this razor-sharp two-disc set. Recorded over a four-day stand in the band's de facto hometown of Chicago, Kicking Television documents the gelling of what leader Jeff Tweedy has called the band's best lineup ever, and it suggests that further highs are yet to come. Wilco set the tone early on with a precise, pounding version of "Misunderstood" that gains extra tension from Tweedy's hyperextension of the "nothing" chant at the song's core. From there, the sextet explode in all sorts of directions, with much of the adventurousness coming from guitarist Nels Cline, who uses "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" as a launching pad for his gripping free-jazz excursions. His presence has clearly altered Wilco's general makeup, but Tweedy remains at the helm of the ship, what with the subtle (and not-so-subtle) changes he puts his compositions through here. Radical reworkings include "The Late Greats," which sheds its skronk-dappled skin to reveal a high-lonesome honky-tonk core, and "Jesus, Etc.," on which the studio version's cerebral musings are lightened with a late-night looseness redolent of the brandy snifter. On songs like "Heavy Metal Drummer" (probably the closest thing Wilco has to an instant gratification anthem), Tweedy lets his inner pop purveyor take charge -- a state of affairs that keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen is particularly important in shoring up. More than anything else, Kicking Television is a document of a group of musicians so comfortable in their own (collective) skin that they play as if the audience wasn't even there -- a method that proves far, far more crowd-pleasing than it sounds.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2005
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597990324
catalogNumber: 79903

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilco   Primary Artist
Nels Cline   Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
John Stirratt   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Tweedy   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Glenn Kotche   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Rich Parenti   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Baritone (Vocal)
Mike Jorgensen   Piano,Keyboards
Pat Sansone   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Nick Broste   Trombone
Patrick Newbery   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Jay Bennett   Composer
John Stirratt   Composer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Wilco   Audio Production
Mycle Konopka   Engineer
Glenn Kotche   Composer
Timothy Powell   Engineer
Nathan Baker   Cover Photo,Technical Crew
Zoran Orlic   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Stan Doty   Live Mixing
Frankie Montuoro   Technical Crew
Matt Zivich   Technical Crew
Chris Hoffman   Technical Crew
Mikael Jorgensen   Composer
Deborah Miles-Johnson   Technical Crew

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