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1.  Did some recording this weekend, but not much, and somewhat halfheartedly.  I ordered this yesterday, which I'm REALLY excited about; however, in the meantime, it makes me tremendously UNexcited about recording anything that's not an acoustic guitar.  Once that baby arrives, however, I'm gonna go bananas.

2.  Got my hands on the forthcoming Wilco album; on first listen, I'm very underwhelmed.  It sounds too much like some lost 70s soft rock album, which is especially odd considering that this same lineup produced the rockin' "Kicking Television" live album.  Also, it's kinda wierd to hear so many guitar solos - in fact, the more I think about it, this album kinda reminds me of Phish's last few song-oriented albums, which is definitely not a compliment.  Again - it's just my first listen.  But nothing's really grabbing me; the songs just kinda weave in and out of each other and they're not particularly memorable.  Some of the discussion here would indicate that reaction to this album is going to be very divisive; to my ears, however, there's absolutely nothing controversial about this album, which means I have no idea what there is to discuss.  

2a.  HOWEVER, everybody's freaking out about the new Arcade Fire, which I have NOT yet heard, and I'm very very excited to check it out.

3.  Carl Pavano finally pitched in spring training over the weekend, and apparently he survived.  I'm not quite sure how I feel about the Yankees this season.  I feel better than I did last year, but that's not saying very much - last year I fully expected everybody on the team to suffer career-ending injuries; this year I think we'll do well, but we still won't win it all.  I wasn't terribly excited to see Andy Pettite come back; he was hurt A LOT in Houston, and even when he was a Yankee I never really felt safe with him on the mound.  And as much as he was an asshole, I kinda miss Gary Sheffield; I'm not necessarily complaining about Bobby Abreu but nobody fears Abreu the way they do Sheff - and you just know Sheff is playing with a gigantic chip on his shoulder this season.  I expect him to hit 27 home runs this year against Yankee pitching alone.    

I was very ambivalent towards Funeral and I am LOVING Neon Bible. I think maybe it sounds more mainstream and that's why I like it.
I wish I had your music recording work ethic! I have all the stuff.. not the passion or desire. One day, one day.

2. The new Wilco. It took me three or four listens, but I really warmed to it. I love that Wilco makes a different album each time out, for better or worse. They could easily have coasted after YHF.
It's not much of an ethic, believe me, and I am constantly distracted by, well, pretty much everything. I'm trying to get better at it, if only to make up for all the YEARS of completely and total slackitude.

Re: Wilco - funny you say that they could've coasted after YHF - that's sorta what this album feels like. Even "A Ghost Is Born" was challenging; this is a very, very easy album to listen to. If anything, it feels like a Tweedy solo acoustic album, but with a full band - and that's OK, sure, but not what I expect from WILCO. Obviously I'll keep spinning it, but I'm hoping that soon it won't be out of obligation.
That recording bundle looks verrah nice. Let me know how you like it.
I heard a song from the new Arcade Fire and dug it.
Here's a Q for you - according to the product page, it's AU and VST (RTAS coming). Maybe I should've asked about that before buying it, since I have no idea what that means and/or if I can even use it in my setup.
Oh yeah. AU. VST.
Well AU is gold. So that means it must be really heavy and awesome. VST just means "versus testicles" which means it's pussy. RTAS is "Ray Told Adam (to) Stop".
I'm worthless, btw.
I'm kinda blah about FB this year... I always get really excited about it in the beginning and I pretty much always get burned out by the summer.
Arcade Fire is eh at best. I concur about the Wilco as well..I remember commenting that they're trying to be Steely Dan; especially on the guitar tones. Still it seems like an album that might grow on you.
I'll give the Wilco the benefit of the doubt with a few more spins, but something truly stupendous will have to emerge for me to fall in love with it.
AF's first single ('Black Mirror') is doing nothing for me, but the two songs they performed on SNL were very good.

As for Wilco, the songs that I have heard have left me feeling very blah about the new album. Will I still buy it the day it comes out? Of course.