The Grateful Dead: Two From the Vault

This has to be combined with the bonus tracks from Anthem of the Sun to make the complete show. It’s a pretty good one. Cool long versions of “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “Turn On Your Lovelight” as well as a pretty epic and strong “Alligator” and “Caution.” This also appears to be the first appearance of “Dark Star” > “The Eleven” so that’s cool. I miss the early “China Cat Sunflower” though. Definitely deserves to stay in my Dead rotation.

Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain

I absolutely loved this album when it came out in 2005. Over the years, I’ve cooled a little bit. After “Dead Cowboy” it loses a lot of steam. But it’s still great stuff. The first 35 minutes of it are some of their best ever. I’ve actually loved every Lightning Bolt album at the time I got it, and then thought the next one was much better. Except for Earthly Delights. But that one is really a step up from this one in some ways. Anyway, this is a great loud driving album.

Wilco: A.M.

I remember buying this around the time that it came out. I thought the cover was cool. They seemed like they’d be a cool band. I’d never heard a single Wilco song. Kind of hated this album almost instantly. There were maybe 4-5 pop-rock songs I liked ok. The rest was way too country for me. I gave it a 2nd chance after falling in love with Being There. But I never really liked this album that much. And listening to it for the first time in probably a decade, I like it even less. The songs just do nothing for me.