Former Wilco member Jay Bennett stays busy
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
– About a year ago, former Wilco member Jay Bennett left Chicago for Champagne/Urbana, Ill. where he built a recording studio. He's also keeping busy on the recording end himself as he announced today he is releasing three albums.
"I'll be releasing three new records in the upcoming months - I've just finished writing and recording a new solo record, to be called Kicking at the Perfumed Air," he said in an email. "Also, during the move I came across some half-finished material by my previous band, Titanic Love Affair. Not only did this lead to reconnecting with the original cast of TLA, but these songs left us wondering why they never made it on earlier albums. We're going to change that, as we've now finished a whole album's worth of new TLA songs. And finally, I'll be reuniting on record with my longtime musical collaborator, Edward Burch, on a 6 song EP Tribute to a Tribute to Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds."
Bennett did not say exactly when the CDs would be released.
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After his departure from Wilco, multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett teamed up with like-minded roots pop aficionado Edward Burch for "The Palace at 4am," an exquisite basement collaboration that rivaled anything Bennett accomplished with Wilco (particularly "Summerteeth") and stood easily with similarly toned works by Beulah or Joe Pernice.
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