Song Swap: On Judee Sill's 'The Kiss' and Wilco's 'Jesus, Etc.'

Episode 149 · June 21st, 2023 · 1 hr 19 mins

About this Episode

Occasionally, JF and Phil do a song swap. Each host chooses a song he loves and shares it with the other, and then they record an episode on it. This time, JF chose to discuss "Jesus, Etc." from Wilco's 2001 album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and Phil picked Judee Sill's ethereal "The Kiss," from Heart Food (1973). It was in the zone of Time, in all its strangeness, that the two songs began to resonate with one another. Sill's song is a fated grasping at the eternal that is present even when it eludes us, and "Jesus, Etc." is a leap across time that captures, in jagged shards and signal bursts, the events of the day on which Wilco's album was scheduled to drop: September 11, 2001.

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James Elkins, Pictures and Tears
Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, “Surf’s Up”
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Wilco, “Jesus Etc.”
Jeff Buckley, singer-songwriter
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Dogen, Genjokoan
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James Longley, Iraq in Fragments
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