Saturday Spins: Tweedy
After raging against the currently non-functioning machine last week, we forge ever onward with more music this week on Saturday Spins. Apparently the Discogs randomizer is a cruel mistress, and really wants me to only cover music related to one artist. Since I am a paragon of honesty, I didn’t skip over this week’s selection. While not strictly a Wilco album, it was created by Wilco’s creator and front man, Jeff Tweedy.
Jeff Tweedy is a prolific songwriter and Wilco isn’t his only project. He also has a robust solo career, where he plays originals and different arrangements of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo songs. I had just graduated from law school when I heard that Jeff Tweedy was working on a solo side project. It was also a little more than a year after I saw Wilco live in Columbus, OH. One of the best concerts I have ever been to.
I have covered Wilco here, twice! I think I mentioned that Wilco releases make up quite a large chunk of my collection. They are a great band; sort of a Steely Dan for my generation. Originally slated to be a solo Jeff Tweedy album, Sukierae quickly became a Tweedy family project with his son, Spencer, laying down drums on the songs.
I missed the boat on the cool orange swirl version of the wax, and just got the standard 180-gram black. It is a gate fold jacket and is a double LP. The front is a photo of a young Jeff Tweedy and the interior has a lot of family photos, since this is a family album.
Tracks I Think Are Great
This album is very well-made, you can tell it was a real labor of love for Jeff Tweedy. There are twenty tracks on this and I gotta say, normally I’d do the ‘ol ranking, but I think I will regale you with a smattering of tracks I really love. First off, the song they made a great video for, “Low Key,” is a real standout.
Lot’s of fun celebrity cameos in this one! Plus a pretty bold-faced attack on the music industry, gotta get those bananas, y’all! Next we have “Summer Noon,” which is an ode to Tweedy’s wife, Sue. The album name, Sukierae, is actually a nickname for Sue.
The first single off of the album was “I’ll Sing It,” and I gotta say, it is a good song, but not quite single-worthy in my opinion. “I absolutely love the haunting “Nobody Dies Anymore,” as well as “Flowering.”
Whistle my answer
Dance a blank face
Torment my sugar
And leap at any trace ofFlowering
Tracks I Think Are Just O.K.
“Honey Combed” is an ok track, one that you’re not really expecting. It is somewhat avant garde. I may get some flack for this, but I am not a fan of “Fake Fur Coat” and I think a lot of Tweedy and Wilco fans are. It’s just not my cup of tea. The absolute worst song on this album is by far “Pigeons,” and that is saying a lot for an album I think should be played front to back.
I mentioned this before, but I saw Tweedy live at the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY. It was a really great show filled with the famous Jeff Tweedy humor and wit. They also played a cover of one of my favorite songs, “Give Back the Key to My Heart.” It was originally written by Dough Sahm and performed by Tweedy’s first band, Uncle Tupelo.