Discovery: Jay Bennett

The unwritten mission statement of the “Discovery” series is to turn you on to something I’ve recently been turned on to. There, it’s written now, prepositions and all. Jay Bennett isn’t a new discovery: He was, of course, a major player in Wilco and the insufficiently sung imagination behind the greatness of Summerteeth and Mermaid Avenue. His solo records since being thrown under the Wilco bus (that’s a metaphor) are uneven but sometimes brilliant.

Somehow I missed late-2008′s Whatever Happened I Apologize, despite it being available as a complete and free download at Rock Proper and issued under a Creative Commons license. It’s a much more modest record than 2006′s excellent, Imperial Bedroom-esque Magnificent Defeat, but the songs, acoustic and demo-like, are more personal and emotional, especially the sweetly guitar-slid “Without the Benefit of Sight.”

Jay Bennett on Myspace

Without the Benefit of Sight

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  • toby weiss

    Jay was also the songwriter and guiding force behind the excellent full-on rock band Titanic Love Affair. They recorded a full album and an EP back in the early 90s, and that’s when I fell in love with Bennett’s sound. Even saw them live in the Cicero’s Basement Bar, where – from the stage – the drunken bass player gave me crap for being a big fan (only wankers take out their self-esteem issues on the fans!).

    Here’s their MySpace page for some Titanic Love Affair tunes: