So, the Spin has been alerted to a mistake in this week's issue and they asked me to help remedy it. Here is the correction they asked me to pass along:
The Spin here. This week's wondrous column (Jeff Tweedy, The Chili Peppers, a mosh pit at RCKTWN—who could ask for more?) contained a moment of misinformation. While describing the opener for Tweedy's show at TPAC we said:
[Wilco drummer Glenn] Kotche's kit looked like some sort of failed da Vinci flying machine—there were ropes, metal spiral things and lots of unorthodox surfaces for him to bang on. His performance grew on us, though—still, our companion did remark, "I wish I still smoked pot"—and Kotche won us over when we realized the audible rhythmic purring of crickets was coming from actual crickets in small boxes behind him.Well, we were right and wrong. The noise wasn't being made by an electronic sample but it wasn't being made by live crickets either:
I noticed your using live crickets as a backdrop to "Monkey Chant". That must be something, taking them on the road. You could of used a recorded track of crickets.Sorry bout that! It was still totally rad.
Kotche: Uhm...well...those crickets are fake but they're not recordings. They are like little sound boxes. They're from Chinatown. They have two fake crickets in there that are triggered by light and there's a little battery in there that gives them a chirping sound. It wouldn't be feasible for me to carry around all those crickets. I'd have PETA coming down on my ass. But yeah, I didn't want to play a recording because that piece particularly, is a solo drum piece. It's important for me to keep all that stuff real time and live.