Our Kevin Bacon game, so far:
The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced – and is the husband of – Michelle Branch, who was featured on Santana’s “The Game of Love.” On a later album, Santana collaborated with Metallica, who backed up Lou Reed, who was in The Velvet Underground with John Cale, who wrote an album with Brian Eno, who produced the first album by DEVO, who were in a film directed by Neil Young, who toured with Sonic Youth, whose guitarist, Thurston Moore, cowrote an album with Wilco’s Nels Cline.
It was only a matter of time before Nels made it into a post. Sky Blue Sky, his first album as a member of Wilco, was part of the inspiration for this blog. Some friends had recommended it to me a few times, but I never got around to listening to it until the day before the lockdown started. I listened to it on my morning commute, which was pretty much the perfect amount of time. By the next day, when Hollywood had completely shut down, I had given it three more passes. It has become the go-to album for any situation, so much so that my almost three-year-old daughter will randomly sing the chorus of “Hate It Here.” It’s always a welcome break from the Frozen II soundtrack.