Ashes of American Flags

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Wilco concert doc — Tue 7/20 at 8:00pm! And spend a weekend with WILCO in the Berkshires! Come to the screening and you could win a pair of tickets to the Solid Sound Festival — a 3-day music and arts festival curated by the band. Solid Sound will take place this August 13-15, at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

Ashes of American Flags finds [Wilco] in a self-assured and understated but lucid mood. Pat Sansone hints that [Jeff] Tweedy’s occasional feigned artistic confusion may be a bit of an act, while Tweedy chuckles at the intimidating spectacle of Cline and Kotche. Bassist and mainstay John Stirratt gets his due as the survivor and anchor he has been, while Mikael Jorgensen is nearly invisible everywhere except the songs. It’s a series of quick but effective personality sketches interwoven with shows in five cities cobbled together to make a career-spanning set list. While inevitably omitting a few great songs, the performances are largely flawless, the cinematography is crisp and the net effect is to remind even those who have strayed a bit that there remains a lot that’s very special about Wilco, and always will be.” – Paste Magazine