Aug 252013
 

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

Forty-six years old. In some ways, it’s hard to believe that Jeff Tweedy, the songwriting genius behind Wilco, has hit his late forties. On the other hand, think back, way back through his recorded output. When Wilco released their first album 18 years ago, Tweedy was already a groundbreaker, having co-founded Uncle Tupelo with Jay Farrar eight years earlier. Together, they practically invented the genre of alt-country before their acrimonious split, when Tweedy was just 26 years old.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Tweedy assembled Wilco out of the ashes of Tupelo’s touring band and slowly built a following. The band teetered on the edge of disaster when they presented their masterpiece Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to their label, only to have it rejected. Instead of going back into the studio to record a boy-band album or whatever the hell the label wanted, they bought the master tapes back and walked. Eventually they signed to a subsidiary of the same company (go figure), and the album came out and went gold. From there on, Tweedy & Company have continued to push the sonic envelope and remain just as vital as ever.
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May 132011
 

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is honoring reggae legend Bob Marley this week to mark the 30th anniversary of his death, bringing on Chris Cornell, Ziggy Marley (both here), Jennifer Hudson, and Jakob Dylan (both below) earlier in the week to cover Marley classics. Keeping it going last night was a rare televised performance from the legendary Lauryn Hill, who is currently touring around the West Coast. Hill and her band played the funky “Could You Be Loved” as well as the less-known, posthumously released ballad “Chances Are.” Continue reading »