August 2, 2002 |
It's sometimes more important for a documentary filmmaker to be lucky than good. Director Sam Jones turns out to be both, which is why "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" turned into an exciting and involving rock music doc, a smart and satisfying look inside that tumultuous world. Jones, a well-known still photographer and commercial director making his feature debut, was shrewd enough to pick the Chicago alternative band Wilco as the subject of his first film.
December 7, 2001 |
Ryan Adams may be the post-alt-country man of the moment, but he's got a long way to go to catch up to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. In the first of two nights at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday, Tweedy and his newly streamlined group showed stunning reach and range as they previewed material from their fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," due for spring release from Nonesuch Records.
March 12, 2001 |
There is comfort in the dark. That's a terrain that Jeff Tweedy has often explored as the leader of Wilco, finding emotional truth in moments of desperate love and bitter isolation. And when he's standing alone with a guitar, Tweedy's songs of melancholy and wit are often at their darkest and most moving.
May 31, 2002 |
Signaled by the soundman at Spaceland on Wednesday that he was ready for the show to start, musician Jay Bennett responded from the stage, "Roger ... " and then hesitated. "We don't say the next word around here," he remarked, the next word normally being "Wilco," and Wilco being the band he left last year just after it completed "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," one of the most celebrated albums to come out this year.
December 22, 2002 |
Beck and Eminem, the winners of the consensus poll of The Times' pop music contributors in 1999 and 2000, respectively, went head to head in 2002, and the kinder, gentler folk singer squeezed out a victory over the fiery rap star. The rest of the field chosen by the 16 voters ranges from grizzled critics' favorites Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen to new critical favorite Bright Eyes. Albums are awarded 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second place, etc. * 1.
April 28, 2002 |
Another rush of rock albums, including collections by Sweden's Hives and Texas' ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, highlights the latest installment of Calendar's guide to keeping up with what's noteworthy in pop on an album budget of $50 a month. March The Hives' "Your New Favourite Band," Poptones import. They're fresh. They're fun. They're new (to the U.S.). They're Swedish. They're fab.
May 8, 1988 |
New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin, the left side of his face covered with two large bruises, said Saturday he was attacked, kicked and beaten by three men in the restroom of a bar shortly after midnight. Martin said he could not identify his assailants and that he did not expect any arrests would be made. "I guess it is sort of like in the Westerns," Martin said before his team played the Texas Rangers Saturday night. "When you have a reputation, people start laying for you.