Blue Monday

My idea of an ideal double bill would be Nels Cline opening for Television, with Cline joining Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd for an all-out threesome on “Marquee Moon.” Cline, who’s been Wilco’s lead guitarist since 2004, has a fondness for sheer noise that I find hard to resist. Here he is in his all-instrumental group, the Nels Cline Singers, playing “Vamp”:

Talk about sheets of sound — not for nothing did Cline team with drummer Gregg Bendian to recast John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space as a skronky guitar excursion:

If Interstellar Space Revisited seems a little forbidding — and late period Coltrane is very forbidding indeed — then Cline’s new disc Coward might offer you a good introduction to the Nels Cline universe. It includes “Thurston County,” a chiming tribute to Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore: 

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One thought on “Blue Monday

  1. Bob says:

    I have never associated Nels with Wilco. Just listened to him with his own bands.

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