Wilco’s lead singer, Jeff Tweedy, has figured out a few things in life. In the most recent issue of Grid magazine, I profiled Tweedy the entrepreneur, examining how he’s built a sustainable, self-reliant business around Wilco’s music—a tricky proposition for any mid-sized act in the age of Spotify, as attested by the industry vets who discussed the article with the New Yorker.
Tweedy, a practiced interviewee, knows the power of a telling anecdote. When we first met in March, in Wilco’s loft space in northwest Chicago, he shared a story with me that didn’t fit in the article.
I asked Tweedy, whose band has a gold-certified album and two Grammys, how he defined success. Here is his reply: Continue reading
When Paul Krugman, the Nobel-laureate economist and New York Times columnist, recommends a music act, I take note. So I was happy last Thursday for the chance to see one of The Krug-Man’s recent picks, Brooklyn-based Lucius, play a sold-out room at Schubas.
The group’s Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, recorded in January, makes a good introduction: Continue reading
Here’s one thing to recommend the work of Maya Deren, an experimental filmmaker active in the 40s and 50s: you can watch her complete oeuvre in less time than it takes to get through The Godfather: Part II.
A fixture in Greenwich Village of the 40s, Deren mixed with the avant-garde luminaries of the time. Marcel Duchamp, Anaïs Nin, and John Cage appear in her short films, which make amorphous, allegorical explorations of dream life and the body. Continue reading