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thenewgreen  ·  1279 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ▶ Wilco Album "Star Wars" free album stream and free download

thenewgreen, sitting at his counter, headphones on, raised his arms triumphantly after track two and proclaimed, "holy fuck, this is good."

I've been in such a dark and dismal place these past few weeks. I'm deep in the depths of just trying to stay afloat in waters that I never thought I'd be treading in. Trading one corporate master for another. Fuck.

After the third song I laughed triumphantly and my wife raised her head from behind the back of the couch and looked at me like I am crazy. -I am.

I said to her, "this, this is what I was born to do."

"You change your mind all the time," she said.

I replied, "But, really... I don't. It's always music. It's the constant."

She's referring to the various startups I create. I am pathologically creating business ideas. But music (and Hubski) are the only ones that I've never considered a "business."

Anyways. I'm digging listening to this. It's brought some clarity to a dismal situation. Even if I have to slang crap for corporate america for the rest of my life, I'll always have the music I make.

This weekend I will record. A lot.

veen, I should have shouted out to you and flagamuffin. Have a listen.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You have dreams, and you have passion, and that's more than what most people in this world have and is worth more than what most people do have. I seriously respect that you were able to say "this is what I was born to do" and that you're able to recognize what it is you truly love doing.

thenewgreen  ·  1279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks man. I wish I would have been braver as a younger man to pursue the arts with more conviction.

EDIT: Man... check out 23:29 Damn.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Do you have the opportunity to get out and play / is that something you can make happen in the future? I dunno, you seem super busy but maybe there's a way to go out and perform if you're not already doing that.

First impression: Enjoyed this album a lot, it feels like a natural progression from The Whole Love and the second half of the album carries a lot of lyrical weight with some unpredictable instrumentation to strengthen that fact. Taste the Ceiling onwards is a trip. My favorite three tracks are likely: Where Do I Begin, Magnetized, and Taste the Ceiling in that order. But Cold Slope and Random Name Generator are close and this will likely switch with more listens.

Edit: Listened to Where Do I Begin four times now...this song is a work of art. I need to some music writing this weekend too. Damn.

thenewgreen  ·  1273 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And to add to their awesomeness, I received this email. (you likely did too)

flagamuffin  ·  1279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Didn't get the shoutout :( LUCKILY I saw this on NPR and hopped over to hubski/feed/thenewgreen or whatever because I knew it would be there.

I'm happy for you, what timing huh? Downloading now.

steve  ·  1274 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Even if I have to slang crap for corporate america for the rest of my life, I'll always have the music I make.

Damn straight homie. fist pumps, high fives, glass clink.

Keep on rockin' in the free world tng.

nowaypablo  ·  1279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey man, this is fucking great. Some people just are this way about music. I think I'm with you on that feeling. Hope you get some nice recordings in, and send 'em our way.

Edit: Oh, shit. This is good.

veen  ·  1279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks, tng. I'll give it a good listen soon. I think you'll be fine - take a deep breath and take on the next challenge. :)