Wilco mastermind Jeff Tweedy has shared a new cover of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten’s collaborative single ‘Like I Used To’. Also involved in the cover’s performance is Tweedy’s son Spencer, who plays the drums on the track.
The cover shows up in a livestream the Tweedy’s held on Instagram over the weekend, just one of many the family has done over the past year under the name The Tweedy Show. The proceedings are supremely relaxed: songs share space with stories and casual family time beamed directly from the Tweedy household. The family’s chihuahua gets prominent screen time, and when not sat behind a minimalist drum kit, Spencer can be found chilling on the couch.
Now eternally comfortable with his figurehead status as a dad rocker, Tweedy has been performing with his son in their eponymous band Tweedy since around 2014. The elder Tweedy still devotes his time to Wilco but has seen enough success that he can perform what he wants, when he wants, with whomever he wants. There’s something very heartwarming about the notion that the people he most wants to spend time with are his family.
We’ve raved about ‘Like I Used To’ twice now, both on its original release and its late night performance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Olsen and Van Etten are both great performers, but Tweedy’s version of their collaborative single illustrates the greatest asset that the two possess: killer songwriting.
Tweedy’s homegrown version feels just as emotionally resonant as the more polished and longing studio version from Olsen and Van Etten, and that’s down to the natural adaptability to both original singer’s lyrical and compositional styles. Equally at home in a full band or acoustic set up, and not reliant on certain genders to sing it, ‘Like I Used To’ is a story song that lets each performer put their own unique spin on its eminently renewable framework.
Check out the Tweedy’s cover of ‘Like I Used To’ at around the 2:30 down below.