Family Bands & Opinions on Wilco

The family that plays together, stays together, right? If you‘ve ever traveled in a van with your mother, father, sister or brother, you know it’s not that easy. From Sister Sledge to The Cowsills, Jim and Greg share some of the great Family Bands that made it work. Plus, Jim and Greg review Ode To Joy, the latest album from alt-rock band Wilco.

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For their 11th studio album, Wilco somewhat ironically invoke the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Ode To Joy. Greg doesn't find many expressions of joy on this record, pointing out songwriter Jeff Tweedy's tendency to worry and externalize his feelings. With most of the songs built around acoustic guitar and plodding drums, there are few moments that break through the murky anxiety, mostly Nels Cline guitar solos. Jim and Greg agree this record is unlikely to garner many new fans for Wilco, but may satisfy longtime fans who are invested in settling into this specific mood.


Family Bands

The family that plays together, stays together, right? If you‘ve ever traveled in a van you’re your mother, father, sister or brother, you know it's not that easy. But these great Family Bands made it work. Happy Father's Day from Sound Opinions!



“Greta Thunberg sings Swedish Death Metal”John Mollusk

Greta Thunberg This week Jim is less concerned about what he's listening to on the desert island, and more concerned that the island itself may soon be underwater! He's chosen John Mollusk's "Greta Thunberg sings Swedish Death Metal," an adaptation of the climate activist's recent speech at the U.N.

Featured Songs

  1. Heart, Barracuda, Little Queen, Portrait, 1977
  2. Wilco, Love Is Everywhere, Ode To Joy, dBpm, 2019
  3. Wilco, We Were Lucky, Ode To Joy, dBpm, 2019
  4. Wilco, An Empty Corner, Ode To Joy, dBpm, 2019
  5. Wilco, Before Us, Ode To Joy, dBpm, 2019
  6. The Jackson 5, ABC, ABC, Motown, 1970
  7. Staple Singers, This May Be The Last Time, This May Be The Last Time (single), Sharp, 1954
  8. Sister Sledge, All American Girls, All American Girls, Cotillion, 1981
  9. The Roches, Hammond Song, The Roches, Warner Bros., 1979
  10. The Kinks, Till the End of the Day, The Kink Kontroversy, Pye, 1965
  11. The Breeders, Cannonball, Last Splash, 4AD, 1983
  12. Wu-Tang Clan, Protect Ya Neck, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Loud, 1993
  13. The Partridge Family, I Think I Love You, The Partridge Family Album, Bell, 1970
  14. Haim, Want You Back, Something to Tell You, Polydor, 2017
  15. Sly & The Family Stone, You Can Make It If You Try, Stand!, Epic, 1969
  16. The Cowsills, Indian Lake, Captain Sad and His Ship of Fools, MGM, 1968
  17. John Mollusk, Greta Thunberg sings Swedish Death Metal, (Single), Self-Released, 2019
  18. KISS, Detroit Rock City, Destroyer, Casablanca, 1976
  19. Ariel Pink, Put Your Number In My Phone, Pom Pom, 4AD, 2014
  20. Fugazi, Repeater (Live), Chicago, IL USA 09.03.94, Fugazi Live Series, 2014
  21. Sturgill Simpson, Sing Along, Sound & Fury, Elektra, 2019
  22. Billy Strings, Taking Water, Home, Rounder, 2019