Tweedy: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

  • Published: 23 September 2014
  • There's something heartwarming about a family making music together. I'm especially sentimental when I see a father with a son, because my son and I made music in contra dance bands and Irish sessions as he grew up.

    Years ago, while interviewing Jeff Tweedy before a Wilco concert, I asked him if he'd made music with his kids. He told me about going to his son Spencer's preschool class and writing a tune with all the kids; "Monkey Mess" was their final creation.

    Now, all these years later, he and Spencer have put together 20 songs as Tweedy for a new record called Sukierae; the material is strong, personal and bare. Spencer is a great drummer who grew up playing in the basement of a Chicago bar called Lounge Ax (which his mom, Susie Miller, co-owned), and he's got a group of his own called The Blisters.

    The father and son usually perform together with a full-band lineup. But here at the Tiny Desk, we've stripped it down to just the men who bear the Tweedy name — and share the family bond that helps make their music together beautiful.--BOB BOILEN

    Set list:
    "Wait For Love"
    "New Moon"
    "Low Key"
    "You Are Not Alone"

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Editor: Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Maggie Starbard; Production Assistant: Nick Michael; photo by Nick Michael/NPR
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Comments • 165

  • todd fischer
    todd fischer  3 weeks back

    I want to be 32 again and listening for first time

    • Adam Herman
      Adam Herman  1 months back

      That guitar is amazing!

      • grimble
        grimble  3 months back

        Wish the glitzy showbiz world of the pop charts could be more like this once in a while.

        • Andrea Picchi
          Andrea Picchi  5 months back

          Tweedies or Tweedys?

          • vinni granato
            vinni granato  7 months back

            what a shame.absolutely mainstream and obvious lyrics

            • Dan T
              Dan T  8 months back

              Jeff i talked shit about you. But you could have done more to stop the war. Don't say it like your career is over. But saying it like you would walk through an actual battlefield to smell a flower. The last flower on earth.
              Find direction you old fuck.

              • Old Man Zappi
                Old Man Zappi  9 months back

                Great stuff, loved everything about it.

                • Liam Gallagher
                  Liam Gallagher  12 months back

                  Drumming is really nice here

                  • ecirprman
                    ecirprman  1 years back

                    Metta. :-)

                    • Timothy J. Roberts
                      Timothy J. Roberts  1 years back

                      I like Tweedy's guitar.

                      • Evan Maines
                        Evan Maines  1 years back

                        Apparently it’s from the 30’s or something... very fragile and I think that’s why he has switched over to playing Waterloo acoustics. Similar in build and sound.

                    • Bond Miller
                      Bond Miller  1 years back

                      This is so great, you know he's having the time of his life playing with his son.

                      • Tweedy Naima50
                        Tweedy Naima50  1 years back

                        I'm Tweedy

                        • The Bible Christian
                          The Bible Christian  1 years back

                          Jeff Tweedy is the greatest artist of our time. He doesn't just do rock or alternative or whatever. It everything. He dabbles in all genres just a little. Alt rock, krautrock, alt country, soul style rock, folk rock, Americana, Americana rock, and others. This man blows my mind away.

                          • Will Vallarino
                            Will Vallarino  1 years back

                            Love this! Can't wait to do the same with my boys.

                            • Samuel Gist
                              Samuel Gist  2 years back

                              The second song is everything I've hoped for and expected from Tweedy, myself having been out of time lately to explore his works. I'm not even done listening to this set yet. I always enjoy hearing him on MPR(Minnesota Public Radio), having been a fan his work since 2001.

                              • MrJBMarston .Brooks Marston

                                Love the set......Spencer can really play....what a joy to play with your dad

                                • Paul Eliot
                                  Paul Eliot  2 years back


                                  • Jiggly Carollo
                                    Jiggly Carollo  2 years back

                                    Huh, Jeff Tweedy's son is Spiderman.

                                    • MrJBMarston .Brooks Marston

                                      That first tune is just beautiful.....

                                      • kinky won
                                        kinky won  2 years back

                                        Moments that never come back exept through dreams and memories. Very loverly

                                        • imark t
                                          imark t  2 years back

                                          reminds me of Pedro The Lion

                                          • Debra Poole
                                            Debra Poole  2 years back

                                            Seeing Tweedy & Wilco on October 1. Cannot fucking WAIT.

                                            • Michael Toussaint
                                              Michael Toussaint  2 years back

                                              Let's face it the guy is really good. He is just cool.

                                              • sera tu la Petit
                                                sera tu la Petit  2 years back

                                                la traduction en français serai cool svp

                                                • Sara Gomes
                                                  Sara Gomes  2 years back

                                                  reminds me of rodriguez.

                                                  • Brian Geis
                                                    Brian Geis  2 years back

                                                    Even Tweedy's kid has the "so lame to play in my dads band" look on his face. Love it, it's a universal truth. Great set regardless.

                                                    • NorthWriter
                                                      NorthWriter  2 years back

                                                      I have been blessed to have been playing music with my dad since I was a teenager. Eventually my younger brother joined us, and we recorded some songs. It's pretty special to have had that experience. Now I'm pushing 40, and we still love sitting down with some guitars whenever we're all in the same room (which isn't that often anymore). And now my own teenage son and daughter are musicians, and sometimes we'll jam together. It's a treat every time. There's much joy to be shared in playing music together.

                                                      • kipperfeast
                                                        kipperfeast  3 years back

                                                        Wow! Spencer is his son? What great playing from such a young lad and especially in such a naked and intimate setting such as this!! As a drummer myself, I was surprised to hear such nuances and dynamic details coming from a lad playing on a 3-piece kit covered with towels! Try getting audible action out of that!(Especially using double-stroke rolls). On one of the songs, I was reminded a bit of the drummer on one of the first two Tom Waits albums...

                                                        • Kevin C
                                                          Kevin C  3 years back

                                                          His son is a chip off the ol' block.

                                                          • Mark Wright
                                                            Mark Wright  3 years back

                                                            Spensor is a songwriters drummer. His little touches are amazing.

                                                            • Matthew Gaffney
                                                              Matthew Gaffney  2 years back

                                                              Perfectly put. He's like a very very calm 60's era Wyatt or Levon! So tasteful, such a focused listener...

                                                          • Debra Poole
                                                            Debra Poole  3 years back

                                                            I'm a latecomer to Mr. Tweedy's music (both solo and with Wilco) and I have become one of his most ardent fans in the past year. *sigh*

                                                            • Mutualist
                                                              Mutualist  3 years back

                                                              Fuck, this makes me want to create music in a two piece ensemble. A simple and minimal expression of music.

                                                              • Mark Wright
                                                                Mark Wright  3 years back

                                                                Its handy if your father is Jeff Tweedy though bit Spencer is a great drummer and talent can't be bought. Two pieces are a great personal ensemble

                                                            • Vidmantas Sakalauskas
                                                              Vidmantas Sakalauskas  3 years back

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                                                              • MsAdesio
                                                                MsAdesio  3 years back

                                                                holy shit ! with that talent and handsomeness, Spencer will be breaking hearts left and right

                                                                • Nora Vázquez
                                                                  Nora Vázquez  3 years back

                                                                  • Jesse Watson
                                                                    Jesse Watson  3 years back

                                                                    You can get some really nice sounds from just drums and an acoustic guitar and voice. Sounds nice! (Would have used a larger guitar myself, not that you need to, but the man does own several nice dreadnoughts and super jumbos.)

                                                                  • paul anderson
                                                                    paul anderson  3 years back

                                                                    brilliant work mr tweedy wilco

                                                                    • Live Nation Clubs and Theaters
                                                                      Live Nation Clubs and Theaters  3 years back

                                                                      Hey Paul! We think you'll enjoy our never before seen interview with Jeff Tweedy & John Stirratt of Wilco from the early 2000s! Check it out here:

                                                                  • Michael Strickand
                                                                    Michael Strickand  3 years back

                                                                    Really nice, guys. I envy the idea of a father and son performing together. Way to go.

                                                                    • Live Nation Clubs and Theaters
                                                                      Live Nation Clubs and Theaters  3 years back

                                                                      Hey Michael! We think you'll enjoy our never before seen interview with Jeff Tweedy & John Stirratt of Wilco from the early 2000s! Check it out here:

                                                                  • ERNIE S.
                                                                    ERNIE S.  4 years back

                                                                    Proud Papa :)

                                                                    • Zdrohce Chordz
                                                                      Zdrohce Chordz  4 years back


                                                                      • Shroud NZ
                                                                        Shroud NZ  4 years back

                                                                        Can't wait to see J.T + Son down here in NewZealand soon

                                                                        • Shane Haney
                                                                          Shane Haney  4 years back

                                                                          What a great father/son relationship they have!

                                                                          • Oliver Betts
                                                                            Oliver Betts  4 years back

                                                                            Hats off to Spencer. So musical

                                                                            • Shawn Tracy
                                                                              Shawn Tracy  4 years back

                                                                              LOVE this man!

                                                                              • Baek Lee
                                                                                Baek Lee  4 years back

                                                                                You rarely see him play his signature Martin....

                                                                              • Matt Wales
                                                                                Matt Wales  4 years back

                                                                                It's good to see parents putting their kids to work.

                                                                              • American Pancake
                                                                                American Pancake  4 years back

                                                                                So FREAKING AWESOME--!!!

                                                                                • Darunee Senal
                                                                                  Darunee Senal  4 years back

                                                                                  Could not agree more... Love the Tweedys

                                                                              • Clément Gaudet
                                                                                Clément Gaudet  4 years back

                                                                                Just caught myself singing the missing vocals during the chorus of "Low key", haha.
                                                                                Gotta love the Tweedys ! :)