Documentary director Sam Jones kept a “filmmaker’s diary” of his experience working on a movie about Wilco. The documentary would eventually be called “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” but I remember a short period of time when the film’s web site called it “I’m Trying to Break Your Heart.” (The Internet Wayback Machine … Continue reading I Am Trying to Break Your Heart Filmmaker’s Diary
Video: Jeff Tweedy – “Some Birds” Directed by Seth Henrikson. From Warm, due November 20. Jeff Tweedy knows his audience. After all, he was once one of us. His only job outside of being in a band was as a record store clerk, so he understands well the things that set us off. The lead-off … Continue reading New Jeff Tweedy video: Some Birds
Bandcamp: Wilco – “All Lives, You Say?” Proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, in the memory of Jeff Tweedy’s father, Robert L. Tweedy (1933-2017). “My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice. He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better.’ … Continue reading New Wilco song: All Lives, You Say?
One of the things that often happens when a performer—be it an actor or a musician—makes a political point is that there is a degree of dismissiveness among some—even among that person’s fans—, a reaction that has it, in effect, “Oh, she’s just an actress, what does she know?” (Or, as our President put it … Continue reading What Do They Know?
Celebrating one year since the surprise release of their last album, Star Wars, Wilco has posted a new song free for the taking—just give ‘em an email. Wilco – Locator If you like the somewhat stutter rhythm and cryptic lyrics of the band’s recent work then you’ll dig this song plenty. Remember these guys?
I’ve recently taken to posting confessions on Facebook. Nothing too salacious or embarrassing, just acknowledgements that may be unexpected to my legion of followers. Things like my arbitrary cap on concerts: $50 ticket, no venues larger than 1500. The reasoning behind this cap is a topic for another post, but I’d like to use this … Continue reading Wilco’s Tiny Desk Concert is the Album We Need Right Now
Look what I stumbled across in the May 7, 1994 issue of Billboard. It’s a blurb about the break up of Uncle Tupelo who had played their final show just a few days earlier on May 1. “Say Uncle: Uncle Tupelo is dissolving, with core member Jeff Tweedy and drummer Ken Coomer forming a new … Continue reading Did you know Wilco used to be called National Dust?
A little housekeeping, folks. When we converted from MovableType to WordPress, it seems we lost some of our early, featured content. We didn’t really “lose” it but we definitely orphaned it. If readers and search engines can’t find it, it’s lost for all intents and purposes. A reader contacted us last night to point out … Continue reading Our Missing Jay Bennett Interview Is Back
Video: Wilco – “Dawned On Me” I usually hate animated videos but this one was pretty fun. It’s apparently “the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 30 years.” Which is odd, because who knew that there have been any Popeye cartoons made in the past 30 years? Even if you’re not impressed by the … Continue reading New Wilco video starring Popeye
I like a little weirdness in my pop music; always have. I like a strange twist of phrase or an unexpected turn in song structure. But what I really like is music that does that while retaining the essence of pop music, which boils down to me being able to hum it while waiting out … Continue reading Wilco – The Whole Love