Last night, we webcast Wilco from the 9:30 Club. It's the third time we've done this, though it's the first time I got to sit down and talk with Jeff Tweedy.
I used to prepare for interviews -- what I'll ask, etc. I'd even write down questions. Not anymore. Now, I just go and sit down and start talking, and I trust that something will spark a natural conversation, for what's always a fairly unnatural situation.
At the moment I was walking with Jeff Tweedy toward the basement of the 9:30 Club for the interview, my phone rang, and two projects were about to collide. Chris Walla's plane came in about an hour early. The Death Cab for Cutie guitarist (and solo singer-songwriter) is in town to record a Project Song for us, and I was to give him a tour of our studios. A nice dilemma, but awkward timing.
When Jeff and I sat down to talk, I told him that Chris was in town and started to talk about Project Song -- how we have musicians come to our studios and write a song in a couple of days, given a set of pictures and words. He went on to tell me about how he would do songwriting sessions with little kids. The conversation flowed from there.
As for the concert, I'm going to let our illustrator, Ariel Kitch, tell the tale.
Click the image below for a slide show.
You can also give a listen to the entire concert and see photographs from the show. Thanks to Wilco, as always.
aren't these illustrations wonderful?