What’s This Playlist All About? On the heels of releasing his first memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), the Wilco frontman (who also just released his first collection of original solo material) put together this mix of songs and bands mentioned in the book.
What You Get: The irrepressible storyteller kicks off the mix with sounds of a steam locomotive “pulling into the yards,” before hitting us with some of his own works with Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, and on his own. In between, he shows his respect to the greats—David Bowie, The Clash, Bob Dylan—as well as indie rock heroes like The Replacements, J Mascis, and Dinosaur Jr., and punk provocateurs like X and Minutemen. He then ends it all with the train “leaving the yards.”
Greatest Discovery: Cult hero Carla Bozulich’s surreal and sublime take on Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger.”
Is the Playlist Better Than the Book? Well, you’ll just have to listen and read it for yourself!