Jeff Tweedy – Chelsea Walls
JEFF TWEEDY’S CHELSEA WALLS
COMING ON OMNIVORE RECORDINGS;
SOUNDTRACK FROM ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED ACTOR
ETHAN HAWKE’S 2001 FILM
ON CD, DIGITAL AND 2-LP VINYL ALBUM,
OUT JANUARY 14, 2022.
Features songs written by Wilco front man, who performs score with Glenn Kotche.
Includes two previously unissued bonus tracks.
Available on CD and (for the first time) vinyl.
Wilco, Billy Bragg, Robert Sean Leonard, “Little” Jimmy Scott are among the artists.
The same year of his Oscar®-nominated performance in Training Day, Ethan Hawke made his full-length film directorial debut with Chelsea Walls, starring Kris Kristofferson, Uma Thurman, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Robert Sean Leonard. A fan of Wilco, Hawke approached Jeff Tweedy about scoring the film, and Tweedy agreed.
Around this time, Tweedy had collaborated with musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Stereolab) for a special live performance. As fate would have it, O’Rourke had been working with Glenn Kotche, and O’Rourke introducing Tweedy to Kotche would lay the groundwork for the trio’s work together on the debut album by their band, Loose Fur. Tweedy also asked Kotche to work with him on an improvised soundtrack to the movie he had agreed to score. The relationships moved past Loose Fur and the Chelsea Walls soundtrack. Wilco was in the process of a creative sea change, the result of which would be the modern-day masterpiece, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Kotche joined Wilco and O’Rourke mixed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
The soundtrack to Chelsea Walls featured improvised instrumentals by Tweedy and Kotche, as well as vocal performances by Leonard (whom Hawke met when they both worked on the film Dead Poet’s Society), Steve Zahn (Reality Bites, That Thing You Do!), jazz legend “Little” Jimmy Scott, plus contributions from Billy Bragg, and Wilco themselves.
Two decades later, this influential soundtrack returns, not only with two previously unissued bonus tracks, but for the first time as a double-vinyl LP, including an online exclusive colored vinyl variant. (www.omnivorerecordings.com). Bonus tracks include Leonard’s performance of Wilco’s “Promising” previously only available in the film, and an extended version of Tweedy and Kotche’s “Finale.” The packaging contains new photos, new and original liners from Hawke, a remembrance from Kotche, and an interview between Tweedy and Grammy®-winning set producer Cheryl Pawelski.
01. Opening Titles – Jeff Tweedy & Glenn Kotche
02. Red Elevator – Jeff Tweedy & Glenn Kotche
03. Promising – Wilco
04. Frank’s Dream – Jeff Tweedy & Glenn Kotche
05. When The Roses Bloom Again – Billy Bragg & Wilco
06. Jealous Guy – Jimmy Scott
07. The Wallman – Jeff Tweedy & Glenn Kotche
08. The Lonely 1 – Robert Sean Leonard & Steve Zahn
09. Hello, Are You There? – Jeff Tweedy & Glenn Kotche
10. Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling – Robert Sean Leonard
11. Finale – Jeff Tweedy & Glenn Kotche
12. End Credits – Jeff Tweedy & Glenn Kotche
13. Finale (Extended) [Bonus Track] – Jeff Tweedy & Glenn Kotche
14. Promising [Bonus Track] – Robert Sean Leonard