The former Wilco guitarist and Titanic Love Affair founding member passed away in his sleep Saturday night. Bennett was a key contributor to the first half of Wilco's discography, and his contentious relationship with frontman Jeff Tweedy was famously chronicled in the film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.
With all the hype surrounding Wilco right now, I wonder how they are handling it. I feel horrible. He was such an amazing singer/songwriter; and I, ironically, watched Wilco's documentary a few days ago.
Jeff Tweedy released a statement: "We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy. We will miss Jay as we remember him -- as a truly unique and gifted human being and one who made welcome and significant contributions to the band's songs and evolution. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in this very difficult time."
read more in The Chicago Sun Times
from the desk of ryan o'keefe @ 5/27/2009
For three months, I waited patiently/impatiently for this bike. But it's here. Aaron and I rolled around downtown looking for a good spot to take photos. We ended up in a back alley behind AT&T, set up, and I let him do his thing. I'm still tweeking it around and seeing what set-up/parts I like best. I can not wait to race on it...
mad props to Aaron!
mad props to Aaron!
from the desk of ryan o'keefe @ 5/26/2009
Wilco's seventh album, titled Wilco (the album), is due to be released on June 30th on Nonesuch Records. The Chicago rock band is letting their fans listen to the album a good month in advance. They continue to put out amazing, simple, catchy, rock and roll...and hey...Feist makes a vocal appearance on "You and I". I can not wait to see them play June 19th at the Joint.
from the desk of ryan o'keefe @ 5/15/2009
17 hours in LA. Raced last Saturday @ ADT Velodrome. Very, very fast paced race. Stopped at Ikea and got an amazing record shelf! Next Omnium race isn't until September, I have some time to train. The weather is turning against me and it's making my throat dry.
from the desk of ryan o'keefe @ 5/11/2009