Digging on Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky

wilco in LondonSky Blue Sky, the new album from Wilco, is severely growing on me. I admitted that I wasn’t in love with it upon early listens, thanks to day-long Web-streamings in March.

After purchasing the special edition CD w/ bonus DVD (of the songs performed and discussed in Wilco’s loft), and watching it with my nearly 1-year-old niece, I’m pretty hooked on many of these new songs. Yeah, the “angst” may not be there, but even Westerberg cooled out after a while and it didn’t make his songs any worse.

Awesome band shots from Shepherd’s Bush, London, May 20, 2007, by Mr Ush via flickr.

Below, listen to Wilco live at Northwestern University in Evanston, performing around an excellent interview with Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis for the excellent Sound Opinions program/podcast on American Public Media / Chicago Public Radio.

Google to Buy Feedburner for $100M

Feedburner, one of the most useful and valuable free Web services in my experience, is now part of the big Goog, where, one can only hope they dedicate at least as much energy to the service side of this product as they naturally would to innovating it.

Feedburner launched in Chicago in 2004 and quickly became the premier RSS feed-burner for blogs and even newspaper Web sites. I’ve published dozens of feeds for a variety of projects using their tool and have also used Feedburner to publish media-rich RSS podcast feeds.

This deal is all-but officially announced, and is rumored to be an all-cash acquisition.

Google may be able to boost Feedburner’s struggling publisher’s ad network, but my main concern again here is Google’s imperfect track record in keeping these ma & pa startups alive (of course, Dodgeball wasn’t nearly as established as Feedburner is when it was purchased).