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Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) turns 54 this week! To celebrate, we've put together playlists of our favorite overlooked Jeff Tweedy gems, featuring his work with Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Golden Smog, Loose Fur etc. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6seOW2sDvrcST1CFaYtuSS?si=88ba30639d5f4260 https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Xl6NSnG71ArHFAxX4dUuA?si=2155f27ea4eb444a

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24 Aug 2021

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Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Wants You to Be Bad at Something. It’s for Your Own Good.

The Ezra Klein Show

Recently, I picked up Jeff Tweedy’s “How to Write One Song.” It was a bit of a lark. Tweedy is the frontman for Wilco, one of my favorite bands, but I’m not a songwriter, and I don’t plan to become one. But, unexpectedly, I loved the book. It’s the most generous and approachable guide to the creative process I’ve read.It’s also relentlessly practical: To Tweedy, this really is a process, replete with practices that you can enjoy doing daily. As a writer of a very different sort, I’ve had a blast with them.So I asked Tweedy to come on the show to talk about creativity, ands his approach to it. He debunks the idea that suffering is necessary (or even useful) for the creative process, talks through his relentless search for inspiration, sings and analyzes a few of my favorite songs, analyzes his relationship with his mother, shares some of his tricks for finding fresh language for old ideas and even convinces me to write some poetry.This is a fun one.Book recommendations: Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes A Temple of Texts by William H. GassThe MacGuffin by Stanley ElkinYou can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of "The Ezra Klein Show" at nytimes.com/ezra-klein-podcast, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein.Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at ezrakleinshow@nytimes.com.“The Ezra Klein Show” is produced by Annie Galvin, Jeff Geld and Rogé Karma; fact-checking by Michelle Harris; original music by Isaac Jones; mixing by Jeff Geld, audience strategy by Shannon Busta. Special thanks to Kristin Lin.

1hr 11mins

2 Jul 2021

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Episode 184 - Jeff Tweedy

Sodajerker On Songwriting

In this episode, the tremendous Jeff Tweedy of Wilco provides a masterclass on creativity and songwriting as he discusses his outstanding new book How To Write One Song, and his excellent recent solo album Love Is The King. If you enjoy hearing the world's best break down practical and useful strategies that you can apply to your own work, look no further.


22 Jan 2021

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What Makes a Great Cover Song (feat. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy)

Object Of Sound

2020 was arguably the year of the cover song. Listening to a familiar song spun a new way can be grounding or groundbreaking. We talk to the often covered and prolific performer of covers, Jeff Tweedy, about what goes into a great cover, and what it’s like to hear his own songs re-translated by other musicians. / Show Notes /For the playlist of cover songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-covers,Jeff Tweedy’s book is How to Write One Song, Watch episodes of The Tweedy Show created by the Tweedy family during lockdown, Jeff Tweedy’s cover of Billie Eilish’s song, ‘I Love You’, Fans create a 70 song cover tribute album to Jeff Tweedy on Bandcamp, The song Head Rolls Off is by Frightened Rabbit , Listen to Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's 'The Midnight Organ Fight'/ Credits / Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Brown, Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.


13 Jan 2021

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Wheels Off with Rhett Miller

Grammy-winning musician Jeff Tweedy joins Rhett to talk about his new book and what the process of writing music has been like during the pandemic. The two discuss songwriting as a reaction to stress, how he discerns between imposter syndrome and anxiety, and why the power of observation is a useful writing trick. Jeff explains his above-average music consumption habit and the sense of awe he experiences when discovering a new album. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 Jan 2021

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Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy On Curiosity, Creativity and Crosswords


Wilco singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy has been busy. He has a new solo album out called Love is the King. And his new book How to Write One Song has a lot of advice for aspiring songwriters. But it’s also about a lot more than that.Nerdette host Greta Johnsen spoke with Tweedy from his recording studio in Chicago.What’s your definition of a song?Jeff Tweedy: I think of a song as a moment that you can recreate, and that you can intentionally set out to share with someone. It doesn’t have to be musical.I think a lot of the ways we treat our friends is a type of song. Just the notion that you know how to make your mom laugh is a bit of a song.I think we can start with the idea of a song as being anything you want it to be, honestly, and move out from there towards whatever your musical ability allows.You say that you weren’t trying to write a self-help book. But so much of it is about how to give yourself permission to try something new and how to finally scratch that creative itch. It is a self-help book after all?Tweedy: Self-help is such an oxymoronic thing. If you can help yourself, you don’t need a book!But I think the book was a way for me to share a lifestyle that I think is beneficial to me. I don’t think the book succeeds quite as well as a direct practical guide to writing a song, even though there is some of that. I think it’s more successful as a kind nudge toward something that makes living worthwhile.You use the phrase “inviting inspiration” a lot, which counters the argument that making stuff is about sitting around waiting for divine inspiration to hit.Tweedy: Yeah. I think there is a gestation period for a lot of inspiration. And to me, opening yourself up to doing the work on a daily process allows that gestation to have a foothold in your consciousness. I don’t think a bolt of inspiration is going to have much of a place to land in your psyche if you aren’t actively seeking, on a daily basis, something that surprises you or excites you. I look at it more like you’re putting yourself in the path of inspiration consciously.I just believe that’s how it happens much more than somebody, for example, not having any intention of writing a song at all, and getting struck by a bolt of lightning, and then they have an amazing song that comes out of them. That doesn’t happen. What happens is, people who really like the idea of writing a song try it a lot, and then someday they’re walking along, and something clicks. And it’s because they did all that other workYou’ve talked about, in terms of being creative, that the stakes are super low. What do you mean by that?Tweedy: I mean that you aren’t going to hurt anybody with a bad song. I don’t see a lot of downside. The only real downside there can be is to your ego, and I think it’s good for your ego to be bruised and challenged. I think your ego works for you in a lot of really healthy ways. It helps preserve your esteem and your sense of self. But it also can really inhibit you from growing and learning more about yourself. And to challenge that protective nature of your ego, I think, is really helpful for people. So the worst-case scenario is, you figure out you’re not really good at something, and nobody gets hurt. It’s just not brain surgery,And at the same time, the irony of it is, songs can mean everything! They can have such exalted places in our hearts and our spirit. They have such enormous ability to heal and retrieve lost emotions, and to pull us into some more communal space of believing in the world. I can’t think of anything more beautiful in the world than a song that means a lot to somebody.This conversation was lightly edited for clarity and brevity. Press the ‘play’ button to hear the full episode.


13 Nov 2020

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Jeff Tweedy - Love Is The King (2020) - Reaction

Alpha Bravo Charlie - The Alphabetical Wilco Podcast

Special Episode! Jason and Kevin celebrate the release of Jeff Tweedy’s new solo album ‘Love is the King’ by doing a deep dive on the record and sharing their initial impressions on release day. Jeff Tweedy Love is The King (2020) Album Review Visit abcwilco.com to find all of the ways to support and follow the show. Please support the show by leaving a rating and review in your preferred podcatcher. Instagram - instagram.com/abcwilco Twitter - twitter.com/abcwilco Facebook - Facebook.com/abcwilco Reddit - reddit.com/r/abcwilco -------------------------------------------------------- Email - abcwilco@gmail.com Voicemail - anchor.fm/abcwilco/message -------------------------------------------------------- Merch - teespring.com/stores/abcwilco Patreon - patreon.com/abcwilco -------------------------------------------------------- Jason's Instagram - instagram.com/hessisbest Jason's Website - hessisbest.com Kevin's Instagram - instagram.com/kevinvinyl --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abcwilco/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/abcwilco/support

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24 Oct 2020

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32: Adrianne Lenker | Jeff Tweedy

Best New Podcast

A cabin album! 😱 A quarantine album! 😱 Two singers toss their Big bands to the side and get contemplative. Or remain contemplative. I dunno, just listen to the podcast. Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker Announces 2 Albums, Shares New Song: Listen | Pitchfork Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Announces New Album Love Is the King, Shares New Songs: Listen | Pitchfork

1hr 58mins

22 Oct 2020

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Podcast 556 | Featuring Kelly Lee Owens, King Creosote and Jeff Tweedy

[edit] radio - Weekly New Music Podcasts

On this week’s episode Tom, Ben and Paul meet up in Paul’s garage only to realise that the laptop they use for recording wouldn’t work. After trying many different ways of making the podcast Ben was keen to stop, saying they were throwing good money after bad and that the episode was entering a ‘sunk cost fallacy’. Before Paul found a hand-held recorder and saved the day…Artist “Track” [Album]Jeff Tweedy “Gwendolyn” [Love Is The King]Kelly Lee Owens “On” [Inner Song]LCD Soundsystem “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” [Single]Daniel Romano’s Outfit “Joys Too Often Hollowed” [How Ill Thy World Is Ordered]Shida Shahabi “Main Theme (Piano Version)” [Lake On Fire]The Go-Betweens “Spring Rain” [Liberty Belle & The Black Diamond Express]Paul Whitty “Listening To Liga Nos Behind Closed Doors” [Field Recording]Jonathan Richman “Velvet Underground” [I, Jonathan]King Creosote “Walter De La Nightmare” [Susie Mullen/Walter De La Nightmare]Gorillaz “Strange Timez (feat. Robert Smith)” [Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez][edit] radio podcast 556 – Right Click and Save As to Download

20 Oct 2020

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Revisited: Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) with Abbi Jacobson

Talkhouse Podcast

This harrowing virus and quarantine have brought infinite terrible things with them. Still, I want to take a moment to celebrate a ray of sunshine — some truly incredible live-from-their-home sets from brilliant artists. “The Tweedy Show,” the nightly show that Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy and his family stream on Instagram each weeknight is not to be missed. Jeff, his wife Susie, and their sons Spencer (The Blisters, Tweedy… um, the band, that is) and Sammy broadcast whatever they feel like: impromptu live versions of Wilco songs, Jeff’s from-a-dream lyrics for a song called “Grandma’s A Cyborg Now,” or a chat with Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Jeff Garlin. So this week, we’re re-airing a wonderful live talk between Jeff Tweedy and genius comedian Abbi Jacobson (Broad City, Disenchantment). After you listen, make sure to check out the new Mavis Staples song “All In It Together” that Jeff produced and sang on, as well as Spencer Tweedy‘s past Talkhouse Podcast episodes with NE-HI (RIP) and Whitney.  ~~~ Until catching this talk live last month, it would never have occurred to me that there could be a deep similarity between Jeff Tweedy’s songs and Abbi Jacobson’s Broad City character, but—there is! Jeff (Wilco, Tweedy) and Abbi (Broad City, Disenchantment) sat down at the beautiful Murmrr Theater in Brooklyn to celebrate the release of Jeff’s memoir Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. and his new solo album Warm. Their thoughtful and funny conversation took in a lot, including the difficulties they each had writing books after focusing their careers on other types of writing; opening up about mental health and addiction; Jeff breaking into comedy; and so much more. Check it out, and subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast. Feel free to DM me to let me know which artist(s) you’d love to see appear on a future episode. —Elia Einhorn, Talkhouse Podcast host and producer This episode was recorded by Mark Yoshizumi with Eric Lemke and Justin Hrabovski at Murmrr Theater, and at Hook and Fade Studios in Brooklyn. It was co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi. Big thanks to Brian Kelly at Murmrr. The Talkhouse Podcast’s theme song was composed and performed by The Range. Please direct all podcast-related ideas, vitriol, and compliments to elia@thetalkhouse.com.


9 Apr 2020