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Which rock band is better of the two, Wilco or Guster?

Asked by Mantralantis (1502points) October 14th, 2011

Which of the following two rock bands do you think is better, Guster or Wilco?

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GabrielsLamb's avatar

I prefer Wilco.

Here is why…

Perfect

Mamradpivo's avatar

Undoubtedly Wilco. Jeff Tweedy knows what he’s doing.

Blackberry's avatar

@GabrielsLamb I like that song, but I honestly haven’t heard of either. What are their popular songs?

GabrielsLamb's avatar

I don’t usually follow “Popular” music or songs titles *especially not because they are popular. I have very ecclectic tastes and preferences.

Guster: My Fav’s…

This
this
And this

Wilco: My Favorites

This
The one above *Especially that particular performance because I adore anything Jooles Holland features.
And this

They are actually very similar but I prefer Wilco because they move a bit closer to my other preferences like Ryan Adams and the Cardianls.

This

And The Shins as well…

This

You can look at what I like here

CunningLinguist's avatar

I don’t think either band is better. Music is too subjective for that comparison to really make sense. I personally prefer Guster, however, as Wilco has never really done it for me.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

Technically, wilco has a better drummer and Bassist and they are tighter as a unit live.

CunningLinguist's avatar

@GabrielsLamb Define “better drummer” and “better bassist.” Also, it depends on what show you go to. Every time I’ve seen Guster, they’ve been very tight.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@CunningLinguist I suppose it’s a mood thing for me? Guster to me is quicker and brighter, and faster tempo isn’t always better music. To me because of the tempos they tend to keep consistant with, it looses feeling for me. I guess it’s a girl thing? Like I said though they are really so similar at times it’s difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins but Wilco has different “feelings” evoked for me… And I can’t really describe it much better than that. From a female perspective (among other things I wont get into here) Wilco is “prettier”

I think a musician technically might prefer Guster. A music LOVER would probably opt more toward Wilco? But all that being said I really do love both. I just prefer Wilco.

Mantralantis's avatar

Interesting results so far, I see. Gab, it appears your having fun and are excited with your personal picks. And I do agree on some of those comments you made, however Guster can get me going with those ‘tempos’ (there not all bad.) I guess, for me, its a guy thing. Yep.

My faves for each:

Wilco——> I Can’t Stand It

Guster——> Manifest Destiny

Mantralantis's avatar

…But neither band is better than the other in my mind. They both have some great qualities. Yeps.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@Mantralantis Wanna see something completely awesome and completely unrelated?

This is epic

Aaron English is one of my favorite lesser knowns… He is amazing!

He did some of the soundtrack for the movie Basquiat

CunningLinguist's avatar

@GabrielsLamb I don’t think it’s a girl thing. It was an ex-girlfriend who got me into Guster and she doesn’t like Wilco at all for some reason. Then again, she has that typical hipster “I like Guster, but I don’t like anything off of Lost and Gone Forever because that album was popular” attitude. I make no apologies for liking ”Barrel of a Gun” and ”Rainy Day.”

Mantralantis's avatar

@GabrielsLamb – I’m very glad you like ‘Destiny’. :^)

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@Mantralantis You would have to be deaf not to like that song. It’s the only reasonable excuse.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

this reminds me of Tom Watts

Who to me, is just completely transcendent

Sorry to take this off topic but music just get’s me going…

Mantralantis's avatar

@GabrielsLamb – Lucky for you I’m not deaf…it is completely new to me and spectacular. And its strange you present that to me by the way.Hmm…

GabrielsLamb's avatar

Aaron and his band are some of the most talented and polished musicians I have ever had the great pleasure of experiencing…

And he is a really nice guy too, and on I-Tunes.

Mantralantis's avatar

@GabrielsLamb – Huge Tom Waits fan, eh?

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@Mantralantis Not huge yet… I’m actually new to him believe it or not. I found him in the soundtrack of a great film called “Night on Earth.”

Love This

Moved my soul to places unknown, and reaches too far to explain.

Excellent Film too

GabrielsLamb's avatar

…But back to Wilco and Guster.

How about this?

*Faints.

Mantralantis's avatar

@GabrielsLamb – Yeah, but I’ll bet you’ve been interested in him for some time, is what I’m feeling.

Anyhow, I understand that he’s very different as a musician. Something of stretch, an adaptive gravitation, which is the mill speak.

Mantralantis's avatar

@GabrielsLamb – Yes, back to your Wilco…and things that are..nevermind. Go ahead.

Mantralantis's avatar

@GabrielsLamb – Very sweet duet there. Hmm…it seems you and I have some similar interests. Yeah? No?

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@Mantralantis Probably… If you love music that would be number 1 (and one of the most important ones)

I love Feist. That duet rocked!

But as for Tom Watts, I liked him before that but I wasn’t familiar exactly with who he was as a musician, the movie and that particular song hit it home for me, so I suppose tenchically I have always liked him, but I haven’t always LOVED him to clarify.

Mantralantis's avatar

@GabrielsLamb – Hmm…okay. What was the name of that particular song, Gab? Save me from having to look.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@Mantralantis Which one honey? The Tom Watts song?

Good Old World

Mantralantis's avatar

@GabrielsLamb – Tom Watts? No. Tom Waits. Yes.

8^)

fundevogel's avatar

Gah! What’s with the sticks? Guster was all about the thundergod beating the crap out of his hands on drum skins when I knew them.

What happened?

CunningLinguist's avatar

@fundevogel Brian still plays with his hands in concert, but he switches it up based on the song. He added the drum kit (a) to protect his hands and (b) because he felt limited when he could only play hand drums.

martianspringtime's avatar

I’ve never been an active listener of either, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Guster because Ben Kweller performed the vocals for one of their songs, I Hope Tomorrow is Like Today.

PullMyFinger's avatar

Wilco takes home the trophy for Highest Number of Quality Songs.
Guster has to win for Best Song by Either Band: “What You Wish For”

The above Guster song was part of the soundtrack in the 2001 Kevin Kline movie “Life As A House”. Right in the beginning, Kline is quietly calling his dog…..“Here, Guster….Here, Guster”......(very clever)

PullMyFinger's avatar

Oh, alright (Jeebus, do I have to do everything around this dump….??)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGsaCypIF9Q&list=PLhJqyEAqjJthN9v2R1zopxRXyiWkJA4UJ

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