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Sukierae

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Tweedy, the band, is a collaboration between Jeff Tweedy, best known as the founder of the pioneering Chicago rock band Wilco, and his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy. dBpm Records in conjunction with ANTI presents Sukierae (sue-key-ray), the debut release by the aptly-monikered duo Tweedy.

Sukierae features 20 new songs penned by Jeff, performed by Tweedy father and son along with a host of musical guests. "When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing, " Jeff said. "Solo to me meant that I would do everything write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer's been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo. "
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B00LLK406S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I came across Tweedy on the soundtrack to the brilliant movie"Boyhood". The song used there, "Summer Noon", is a breezy song with dreamy vocals and a familiar feel which also appears here. Tweedy are a father/son duo comprising Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) on vocals and guitar and his teen son Spencer on drums.

"Sukierae" is an album of melancholic Folk/Rock with dashes of psychedelia. A double album of 20 tracks, everything is beautiful and makes for compulsive listening, from the cleverly titled messy-sounding garage rocker "Please Don't Let Me Be So Understood", the dark "Diamond Light Pt. 1" (with clattery percussion, a creepy piano riff and ghostly effects, with Jeff singing "Are you scared? are you frightened? Terrified of being alone?"), the tender acoustic "Pigeons", the experimental "Slow Love" (with gently crashing beats, eerie effects and a pseudo Jazz feel), "Nobody Dies Anymore" (with its wall of Ooohs), the upbeat "I'll Sing It" (with catchy Yeah yeah yeahs), "Where My Love" (with lovely piano breaks), and closing cut "I'll Never Know", with tenderly plucked guitars and accidental-sounding horns.

Inspired by Jeff's wife's battle with cancer, the album is named after her (Sukierae is her nickname), It's a beautiful collection.
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Isn't it every dad's dream to someday play in a band with his son? I know I often think about how cool it would be to have my son playing drums to some little ditty I wrote over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table. And it wouldn't have to be my son. One of my daughters rocking the Rickenbacker bass as I strum some indie rock trash on my out-of-tune Fender would be this Papa's dream, really. Well, as much as us dad rockers like to dream about the family band scenarios it rarely happens. In Jeff Tweedy's case though he's living the dream. And not only did he make a record with his son Spencer on drums, but it's a damn great record. It's the best album Jeff Tweedy has made in ten years, if you want to know the truth. You didn't? Well too bad. Sukierae is a sprawling double album that goes from Deerhoof experimentalism, to pop giddiness, to lulling acoustic tracks, all before you get to side C. In other words, Tweedy has made the White Album for the modern age.

Most of the time dad and son will buy some flowers, a box of chocolates, and a Hallmark expression of adoration when wanting to do something special for mom. In the Tweedy household they hole up in a loft and make a double album and name it after mom affectionately. Sukierae is a love letter to Sue Tweedy, as well as being a chance for father and son to bond over what they love. Most fathers and sons would rebuild an engine, or remodel a kitchen. But for Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer they bond over rock 'n roll, and rock they do. "Please Don't Let Me Be So Misunderstood" barrels out of the speakers with a snarl and a vitriol not heard from Mr. Tweedy in a very long time. "High As Hello" is simple by design but becomes something cooler, sleeker as the song rolls along.
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There was a funny moment in the 2002 Wilco documentary "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" where Jeff is egging on his then 3 or 4 yr. old son Spencer who is air-drumming to "Heavy Metal Drummer". Now years later, Spencer is 18 and Jeff has 'recruited' him to a project/form a band called "Tweedy". This is of course not the first 'solo' record (even if it's a duo) of Jeff Tweedy. Ironically the very same week that Wilco's long-delayed "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" album was released in the Spring of 2002, also saw the release of Jeff Tweedy's very first solo album, "Chelsea Hotel", an outstanding instrumental soundtrack for the movie of the same name (still available here on Amazon).

"Tweedy" (2 CDs; 20 tracks; 72 min.) starts off with a bolt out of the blue sky, the short but powerful "Please Don't Let Me Be So Understood", an all-out rocker with the clever wordplay on the song of the same name but ending with "Misunderstood". From there we go on a varied journey, where Jeff explores different moods and soundscapes. "Diamond Light Pt. 1" is a 6 min. epic, off-center tune. Then there is the touching "Pigeons", a reflection on fatherhood, where Jeff croons "Now that you're older/Now that you're grown/Now that you're getting to know the unknown". On CD2, the songs tend to be a bit shorter, and not as off-center as CD1. "Summer Noon" is about a beautiful as anything on here (sounding like classic Wilco, frankly), and the song was included appropriately in the movie soundtrack of the recent masterpiece that is "Boyhood". Jeff plays just about all of the instruments on this album, except drums and percussion of course. Spencer's drumming sounds top-notch to me.
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Admittedly I'm biased towards this collection of songs. I've been a Jeff Tweedy fan since I first heard the Uncle Tupelo album Anodyne many years ago (wish I had discovered them before their last disc but oh well!). I loved the Jay Bennett era Wilco stuff when it came out, and even more the first two albums after that (A Ghost Is Born and Sky Blue Sky are probably my favorites). I've also followed Tweedy's work with side projects like Golden Smog (Weird Tales is a top-ten album for me) and Loose Fur (with famed indie sonic experimentalist Jim O'Rourke).

This album is full of moments that draw from all of these periods, although it reminds me most of Sky Blue Sky and, at times, Loose Fur. It's mostly subdued and strummy, but with a clear production style that feels a lot like Sky Blue Sky. Some of these songs kick up the tempo (World Away is my favorite of these so far) but most are happy to march along at a steady pace (Low Key is my favorite of this type of song). Jeff Tweedy always seems most comfortable sharing the spotlight with other talented players, and it's very cool that he gives his son so much room to carry the proceedings. It's often the rhythm that propels these songs along, and Junior proves himself to be an excellent percussionist who knows how to bring out the best in dad.

This album is a subtle charmer full of rich melodies, intricate rhythms and intimately confounding lyrics. It sounds fantastic on first listen but reveals greater and greater depth with subsequent hearings. I don't give out 5 star reviews lightly these days, but this album certainly deserves it. This is easily my favorite set of songs I've heard from Jeff Tweedy since Sky Blue Sky.
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