Thax breaks up with Wilco.

I mean when Wilco becomes another Dead Phish and tours stadiums for a million years-maybe if I played my cards right, I could have kept faking it for years and maybe even gotten paid for it, but I would not be happy. (full text)

What an interesting and more than slightly tragic view of a band arguably past its prime. And yes, he did write it.

5 Comments so far

  1. tom (unregistered) on May 31st, 2005 @ 3:43 pm

    i’d say you scooped me on this one but i really shoulda posted it a week ago when i read it. plus i was caught up in this whole “spot the blogger” thing.

    so how do you know it was him? it sounds like him, and it expresses all the same sentiments he’s said to me in person before, plus who’s gonna go to that length and write *THAT* much just to pretend they’re thax?

  2. Kat (unregistered) on May 31st, 2005 @ 9:16 pm


    Thanks for that link. Worth the time it took to read.

  3. Alana (unregistered) on May 31st, 2005 @ 10:48 pm

    Nice to see him so verbally grateful for the opportunities the band afforded him, whether it ended well or not. Sheesh. I bet people will be falling all over themselves to lend him a hand from here on out.

    Bad form.

  4. tankboy (unregistered) on June 1st, 2005 @ 6:20 am

    alana, i can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not…but if you are i just wanted to point out that just because someone offers you a national platform at one time or another does not give them to right to treat you as an oddity so i don’t consider it bad form to call them on that.

    that said, i think his piece is more interesting from the stand-point of a critique of certain segments of the chicago music scene. the wilco stuff is just kind of secondary.

  5. Alana Waters (unregistered) on June 1st, 2005 @ 9:11 am

    I was being sarcastic. :)

    I just don’t think it’s good form to call someone out in public. Especially someone you’ve done business with. I would never do that with a client (but damn it would be fun).

    Did he have the right to speak his mind? Of course. Everyone does.

    Does he then put himself at risk for negative perceptions about his professionalism? Yup. Sho ’nuff.

    If I were interviewing a designer, then found something like this on the web where they spent an inordinate amount of time ranting about a previous employer in a public forum, I guarantee I would never hire them. No matter how factual the rant, the only person who looks bad (or I’d even venture to say unstable) is the person doing the ranting.

    All that aside, hell yeah it’s an interesting piece.

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