Tonight, Tweedy, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy’s project with his son Spencer, will be appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, airing on NBC at 11:35 pm /10:35 pm central.
Tweedy’s appearance, promoting the upcoming release Sukierae (out on dBpm Records on Sept. 23), is his first appearance on “The Tonight Show” since Fallon took over from Jay Leno earlier this year. Tweedy previously appeared with Wilco on Fallon’s “Late Night” in 2012 (7/25), and on Leno’s “Tonight Show” several times throughout the years.
In other Tweedy news, VH1 Music adds “Fake Fur Coat” to the tracks from Sukierae that have become available -“I’ll Sing It,” “Summer Noon,” and “Wait For Love” – leading up to its release in September. Listen to “Fake Fur Coat.”
On July 17th, Tweedy, made of Jeff Tweedy on guitar/vocals, Spencer Tweedy on drums, Jim Elkington on guitar, Darin Gray on bass, and Liam Cunningham on keyboards, appeared at Lincoln Hall in Chicago for a taping of Sound Opinions. Father and son, Jeff and Spencer, sat down for a lengthy interview with hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis and then performed this set with the band:
“Down From Above” / “Diamond Light” / “Flowering” / “Summer Noon” / “Hazel” /“Honey Combed” / “Desert Bell” / “World Away” / “New Moon” / “High As Hello” / “Wait For Love” / “Low Key” / “Nobody Dies Anymore” / “You Are Not Alone” / “Give Back The Key To My Heart” (Doug Sahm) / “California Stars”
An edited version of the program will most likely air and be available for download nearing the new album’s release.
Puss n Boots, an alt country (do people still say ‘alt county’?) trio from Brooklyn, just released their debut disc No Fools, No Fun on Bluenote Records, and it contains a cool cover of Wilco’s “Jesus Etc.” It’s a track worth signing up for Spotify (if you don’t have an account already) to hear. The album, which also features covers of Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, and Tom Paxton songs, can be ordered here.
In other Wilco news, Popmatters put up a post yesterday by Marshall Gu entitled “Celebrating” Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born’s 10-Year Anniversary.
Gu takes the opportunity of the anniversary to tear into Wilco’s fifth album, which followed up their 2002 breakthrough Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, anew labeling it a “disappointment” because of its a “terrible mixing job,” its derivative direction-less songs, its “American Radiohead” trappings, and broadly because of “how far the band miscalculates its own strengths.”
Gu concludes that A Ghost is Born is an “album full of songs that abuse their benzodiazepine prescriptions.”
Although I’ve written on this very site that it’s Wilco’s weirdest album, I disagree hugely with Gu, especially when it comes to his disses on the great songs “Theologians” (one of my favorites in their cannon), and “Spiders (Kidsmoke).” I do agree with him that the live versions of the A Ghost is Born material is better performed and mixed on the 2005 live collection Kickin’ Television.
It was just announced that Wilco guitarist Nels Cline’s outfit, The Nels Cline Singers will reconvene with Cyro Baptista for “two blistering sets” on November 10 at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn. Tickets now onsale.
Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche has a few interesting gigs coming up. First up, Kotche will be joined by a host of players for a percussion extravaganza entitled Bang on a Can at MASS MoCA under Natalie Jeremijenko’s twisted Tree Logic on August 1st.
Secondly, there’s the event “A Night at Rick’s with Glenn Kotche” scheduled for August 18th. It’s a fundraiser for the Frontera Scholarship Fund at Kendall College, which provides tuition to the culinary school for Mexican-American students. Tickets are $750 per person and can be purchased by calling 312-661-0498.
Wilco multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone’s ultra-tuneful side project The Autumn Defense also has an August gig coming up: Appleton , WI @ Mile of Music Festival.
That’s all for now, remember to stay up or set your DVR for Tweedy tonight on “The Tonight Show.”
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