I moved from the midwest to atlanta last summer, I hitch hiked most of the way. (No need to panic, I had my trusty pepper spray.) Anyway, one of the nice fellows who drove me down was listening to a Wilco CD. I had never heard of them before, but loved them instantly. He told me who they were and one of the first things I did with my first paycheck was buy their album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
Wilco was a good omen, as I see it now.
Anyway, I must ask this question of all Wilco fans: which do you prefer, Mermaid Avenue or Mermaid Avenue Volume II?
I personally prefer Volume II.