I am decades older now than I was on that visit to Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island but fundamentally I am the same. I am still the hopeful romantic about my city, albeit now a warmer one with different flora, mountains, tastes and accents.
New Orleans is a tale of 200,000 cities. That's how many people were left in New Orleans post-Katrina. After the diaspora, each of them became a city unto themselves. And each has lived a lifetime in the last 10 years.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 ended its first day with a bang. And a series of lightning flashes. Then torrential rain, but not before headliners from Wilco to Keith Urban to Jimmy Cliff worked in as much music as they could before the weather shut down their respective stages.
Jeff and son Spencer Tweedy join me to talk about their new album, Sukierae, as well as about autographing Dominick's receipts, a band called Sexfist and much more. Plus, they perform "You Are Not Alone," a song Jeff wrote for Mavis Staples.
"I think it's super pop. I think it's pop, I think it's modern, I think it's current and it fits right in today with all of these danceable tunes. It does all of those things, it's drivable in the car. That's always the test."
Religion is bad, no doubt, and a destructive force in human history and in world today. But that's not the whole story. I let down my guard in that bar and did not speak the truth of what I think after all these years in the study of religion.
"I'm from Texas and will always be from Texas, and if I ever break even, I'm moving back. It's a wonderful place to be from. There's a lot of history there and a lot of stuff that you know about and nobody else knows about."
This year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 13-16) is within spitting distance and, as expected, riddled with talent. And, more conceivably, there are heart-wrenching set conflicts that we must face on the farm.
If you're a Wilco fan, you know how passionate they are about their music and this festival has certainly been no exception. Held on the beautiful campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, Solid Sound is what every music festival should be.
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy stopped by The Interview Show at The Hideout -- and, as you will see, so did the Chicago Fire Department -- on Feb. 1, 2013. Tweedy talked with me about music, crime shows and ... fire codes.