On Wilco’s Cruel Country, Jeff Tweedy takes a dazed look around. He joins us to discuss why it felt important to cut the new album live, the influence of the Grateful Dead, and what it feels like to inhabit Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 20 years later.
Mellotron Variations—the new collaborative project from John Medeski, Pat Sansone, Jonathan Kirkscey, and Robby Grant—sounds like it could have scored an imaginary, chimerical Stanley Kubrick film. The quartet compositions of the great tape replay keyboard of the 1960s were originally conceived of as Mellotron duets between Memphis locals Kirkscey and Grant, before looping in the Medeski Martin & Wood and Wilco stalwarts. Doing so expanded the possibilities to an almost limitless scale, but one that rooted in a serene, and often severe, neoclassical aesthetic.
As anyone who’s ever seen him live can attest, Glenn Kotche is an inventive player, not beholden to typical rock & roll tropes and unafraid to interject left of center […]
For more than three decades, Jeff Tweedy has written about his fear of being misunderstood. First as one-half of the songwriting team in the pioneering alternative country band Uncle Tupelo, […]
Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. In the introduction of his new autobiography, […]
It used to be possible to think about a new Wilco record simply by noting how much enjoyment it yielded. AM, Being There, Summerteeth–these are all interesting records that are technically […]
This is it—the final entry in our Decade series. Since the beginning of October we’ve been highlighting albums released over the past ten years that made an impression—that made a difference. […]
(Several months ago Jeff Leven, whose byline you’ll recognize if you’re a Paste reader, and I were discussing music and that of young fandom. Leven told me a great story, from […]
At the time of this writing the immediate cause of Jay Bennett’s death is yet unknown. Yesterday, mid-afternoon, rumors of the artist’s passing began flying via email, text messages, Twitter, and message […]
Since 2002 multi-instrumentalist Mikael Jorgensen is best known for his involvement as a collaborator and member of Wilco, but the New Jersey raised and now Brooklyn based artist has done much much […]
I was at this taping , 3rd row, the summer of 2007 while in Austin for ACL. Hearing this material live, in this context, ultimately contributed to my naming Sky Blue Sky […]