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Pre-Sale and On Sale dates are here for the West Coast North American leg of the tour!

We asked for it, and here it is! The pre-sale and on sale dates for the first leg of the 2012 Whole Love tour have been announced!

Check out Wilcoworld.net for all of the dates so far.

The option to request a song is back! Just click on the link next to the venue, and request your favorite Wilco tune!

19 Jan 2012 / Denver, CO / Fillmore Auditorium|request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM MDT
On sale: October 29 at 10:00AM MDT
21 Jan 2012 / Tempe, AZ / ASU Gammage|request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM MST
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM MST
22 Jan 2012 / San Diego, CA / Copley Symphony Hall|request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
24 Jan 2012 / Hollywood, CA / Hollywood Palladium|request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
28 Jan 2012 / San Jose, CA / San Jose Civic| request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
29 Jan 2012 / San Francisco, CA / The Warfield| request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
31 Jan 2012 / Oakland, CA / Fox Theater| request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
01 Feb 2012 / Davis, CA / Mondavi Center|request a song| view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
03 Feb 2012 / Eugene, OR / Hult Center|request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
05 Feb 2012 / Vancouver, BC / Orpheum|request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
06 Feb 2012 / Spokane, WA / INB Arts Center|request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
07 Feb 2012 / Seattle, WA / Paramount| request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
08 Feb 2012 / Portland, OR / Arlene Schnitzer Hall|request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT
10 Feb 2012 / Santa Barbara, CA / Arlington Theater| request a song|view details
Pre-sale: October 26 at 10:00AM PDT
On sale: October 28 at 10:00AM PDT

Also, if you haven’t seen Wilco’s performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, I implore you to take a gander. Dig Glenn Kotche’s drumming instruments!

 

It’s been quite a few weeks since the last update, so I figured I’d give you guys a kind of Wilco News Lightning Round (patent pending).

The moment we’ve been waiting for since it was announced almost four months ago has finally come. The result? The Whole Love is pretty awesome.

Many of us were treated to a 24-hour streaming party of the album a few weeks ago, but as many Wilco fans know, every album requires a few listenings to really get into it; now that it’s been out for a couple of weeks, I’m surprised that my vinyl copy of The Whole Love isn’t just a pile of string by now.

I thoroughly dig the new album (it goes without saying), as does almost everyone else, apparently.

  • Rolling Stone gives The Whole Love 4 Stars, picking it as the editor’s pick of the week two weeks back.
  • Spin gives it an 8/10, saying “Whoever has been dismissing Wilco as “dad rock” must have pretty complicated relationships with their fathers.”
  • The LA Times gives The Whole Love 3.5/4 Stars. “Nearly every song contains some tangential surprise, odd hook, sonic back flip or midsong redefinition.”
  • Reuters claims that The Whole Love shows shades of Beatles, stating that “[The Whole Love] thoroughly [summarizes] the disparate sides the beloved band has developed over the last 16 years.

Critics’ opinions are always welcome, but what really matters is what the band thinks of the record.

Jeff Tweedy, the Wilco frontman himself, discussed a select few tracks from The Whole Love in a recent interview:

“I Might”— The music that always feels the most like home to me is ’60s garage band music, “Pebbles”- and “Nuggets”-type (garage band compilation albums) of one-hit-wonder garage band music. That’s just the stuff that’s the most deeply ingrained in my DNA and my blood. It’s kind of weird that it doesn’t shine through that much. But it seems like it does on this record. That Farfisa (organ) sound is a pretty major part of that. It wasn’t even directed, actually. Mike (keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen) is just a big fan of that sound too. So that’s what he went for.

Art of Almost”— It was always the first track, from the second we started working on it. It opened the door the widest to the rest of the record. I think it’s the least categorizable song. We’ve had a string of records that have really hammered home this theory that whatever you put first on a record basically becomes the shorthand that that record has to endure critically. “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” would be talked about very differently if “Heavy Metal Drummer” was the first song on that album. “Either Way” was the first song on “Sky Blue Sky,” and of course that’s the “really mellow” record. I thought this was a chance to say, “What is this? You tell me.”

I also thought (it) would be interesting to start a record with hard drives starting up. The way it was described in the studio is the sound of data dying. The record kind of moves from that to the opposite end of the spectrum, to the most organic and pastoral kind of sound that you can put on a record.

“One Sunday Morning (For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)” — “Art of Almost” is a collage, and “One Sunday Morning” is one long performance. We never really played it again. That was just the one time we played it.It really doesn’t have much to do with Jane Smiley. I have met her boyfriend. The best I can do to explain it is I really like the guy, and we had a really poignant conversation for two guys that don’t really know each other. I did my best to reflect what I thought was powerful about that discussion.

You certainly know how to cut to the core of us, Tweedy.

In other Recent Tweedy-related interview news, The AV Club put out an outstanding interview with J. Tweed (I imagine he’d be cool with me calling him “J. Tweed”) last week. In it, he discussed the new record, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Wilco’s success and stability as a band, and the idea of “monoculturism.”

It seems like we have very fractured perceptions of reality. People shop for their own realities to reinforce the way they feel already, politically or—I don’t know. I guess there is a sense that you can kind of use the way the media works now to just build your own little universe. – Jeff Tweedy

Check out the whole interview here.

WilcoTube

Yeah, that’s right. Last week, the boys from Wilco curated YouTube. Just nod and pretend you know what that means.

Basically, the guys picked bunch of cool YouTube videos from around the interweb and put them in a sweet playlist.

Here’s a little taste of the selections:

Os mutantes – Fuga Nº 2

Reggie Watts – Big Ass Purse

Rock Vocals, Part 2 – May

Want to see more? Of course you do! Check out Wilco’s playlist, “Wilco Says: Watch!

Hipstamatic Cassette Contest

Because vinyl is getting “too mainstream” for most hipsters, Wilco has announced a limited edition cassette release of The Whole Love. In fact, they have partnered with Hipstamatic on a contest to create the cover art for said cassette!

All anyone has to do for this contest is submit photos to Hipstamatic titled with the song from The Whole Love. The top five pictures, selected by members of Wilco themselves, will be on the cover of The Whole Love’s limited edition cassette!

I’m not much of a photog, but I call this one “Art of Almost”

See, because I had to wait a long time for UPS to get here. Never mind. It’s a “think-piece.”

Anyway, to submit a photo, or for more info on the contest, check out Hipstamatic.

Also, if anybody is interested in entering the cassette contest, send me your pictures on Twitter @WilcoNews, and I’ll retweet the best ones!

Other tidbits:

  • Didn’t get tickets to see Wilco in concert this year? The good folks at NYCTaper were kind enough to record these incredible quality bootlegs of the New York gigs at Summerstage. Download them here!
  • ‘Art of Almost’ one of the (many) standout tracks from The Whole Love has quite a history. Check out the band members’ thoughts on the track here.
  • Check out Tweedy and the gang on “Talk Stoop,” just in case for some reason you doubted their talent or wit.
  • Here’s another excellent article from The AV Club, discussing Wilco’s label as “The American Radiohead.”   “If anybody wanted to model themselves after us, they better be fucking be patient,” says Tweedy.
  • Dig the artwork for The Whole Love? Check out this sweet interview with Joanne Greenbaum, the artist behind the album artwork on wilcoworld.net.

Tour Updates!

Wilco has announced yet another (!) Chicago performance, bringing their grand total to 4 shows at 4 different venues in Chi-Town this year. Tickets for their show at The Metro go on sale at 10 AM this Saturday, October 16th. Get ‘em here!

Another leg of the North American tour has been added: West Coast dates for the  early 2012 have been announced. More info about tickets will be provided as it becomes available. For now, here’s the dates so far:

1/19 Denver, CO – Fillmore

1/21 Tempe, AZ – Gammage

1/22 San Diego, CA – Copley Symph. Hall

1/24 Hollywood, CA – Palladium

1/28 San Jose, CA – Civic Aud

1/29 San Francisco, CA – Warfield

1/31 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
2/1 Davis, CA – Mondavi Center

2/3 Eugene, OR – Hult Center

2/5 Vancouver, BC – Orpheum

2/6 Spokane, WA – INB Performing Arts Center

2/7 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater

2/8 Portland, OR – Schnitzer Theater

2/10 Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater

And the remaining shows for this year:

10-24 Glasgow, Scotland – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
10-25 Manchester, England – Manchester Academy
10-27 Bristol, England – Colston Hall
10-28-29 London, England – Roundhouse
11-01 Madrid, Spain – Teatro Circo Price
11-02 Barcelona, Spain – Palau Musica Catalana
11-03 San Sebastian, Spain – Kursaal Auditorio
11-04 Vigo, Spain – Pavillon das Travesas
11-07 Basel, Switzerland – Kaserne Basel
11-08 Frankfurt, Germany – Alte Oper
11-09 Munich, Germany – Circus Krone
11-11 Weissenhauser, Germany  – Rolling Stone Weekender
11-12 Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
11-13 Utrecht, Netherlands – Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn
11-14 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
11-29 Dallas, TX – The Music Hall at Fair Park
12-01 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
12-03 Kansas City, MO – The Uptown Theater
12-04 De Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
12-06-07 Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre
12-09 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater
12-10 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
12-12 Chicago, IL – Civic Opera House
12-13 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
12-15 Chicago, IL – The Vic
12-16 Chicago, IL – Metro

Well, that’s enough out of me. I now leave you with this clip of Nels Cline playing Duane Allman’s ’57 Les Paul  during a performance of California Stars on 9/29/11. Enjoy it.

Die Rolling Stone Die! That's German for "The Rolling Stone. The," because it's a German Rolling Stone. See how that worked out?

Man. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I apologize for my inconsistencies with updates, but between moving, setting up internet in a new apartment, problems with said internet set up, and starting classes (and the work that goes into them) I haven’t had a whole lot of time to update the site.

Anyways, as many of you probably already know, much has happened in the world of Wilco lately.

  • Last Saturday, September 3rd, Tweedy and the boys were cool enough to let all of us stream The Whole Love in its entirety on the WilcoWorld site. General consensus, at least from The Twitter (that’s what the kids are calling it now), is that it’s everything we could have hoped it would be and more. Don’t believe me? Check out these handy Twee-views (whether I made that word up or not, let’s please never use it again.):

I think it’s their White Album. Weird and pop in the best ways. Jeff’s best singing since Ghost. – @MHarrell

What we’ve all been waiting for. Awesome! - @tclarke34

One Sunday Morning (for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend) might be the best song Tweedy has ever written. And by might be I mean is. – @AlexMcCourt19

Listening to new Wilco. It’s nice. Some of it has sort of an OK Computer meets ELO vibe. @CYMBLS_EAT_GTRS  (From Cymbals Eat Guitars – an outstanding new band.)

I’ve listened three times now. No holes in this album. Tweedy & Co. are the non-sports equivalent of Mariano Rivera. – @JoeCheckler

Amazing!! Very solid. I felt like there was a little bit of Jay reincarnated. Can’t wait to hear it live in less than 2 weeks! – @sayumsme

New Wilco is excellent! Awesome. – @rpecknold (Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes)
  • Also, not surprisingly, Wilco has announced an extension on their North American tour! After traveling overseas, the boys will be back in the States playing 9 more dates in cities from Dallas to…wait for it…Chicago! It’s a good thing, too; now those of us from Chi-town have time to let our forehead bruises heal from constantly bashing our heads against the wall, cursing our Moms for not letting us hitchhike to St. Louis to see the show at The Pageant. What? Don’t give me that look. Like I’m the weirdo. Anyway, here’s what the late fall is going to look like for Wilco (the band):
Details on tickets and pricing will be posted as they become available. Stay tuned!
  • Need to brush up on your Wilco history before the release of The Whole Love? Amazon’s got deals on the the entire Wilco catalog, throughout the entire month of September, with some MP3 albums starting at $5. Check it out here.
  • Wilco has joined with Farmer Foodshare, Triangle Local Businesses and Ten Farmers Markets in the “Farmer Foodshare Challenge.” Read about it here.
  • Some awesome videos for new tunes have surfaced

Wilco - I Love my Label (Live in Studio)

Jeff Tweedy –  Dawned On Me (Acoustic version of song on The Whole Love)
**UPDATE: NEW MUSIC VIDEO ALERT! In characteristically surprising fashion, the boys have released a video for Born Alone, a track off The Whole Love today. Check it out!
  • Also, there’s this. If this video signifies the end of the world, I think I can die happy. Don’t ask, just watch.
Jeff Tweedy - I Gotta Feeling (At Dan Sinker’s “The Fucking Epic Twitter Quest of Mayor Emanuel,”  book launch party, September 6)
What more could one ask for? Jeff Tweedy reciting the lyrics to My Humps, William S. Burroughs-style, you say? Good call.
Jeff TweedyMy Humps
In case you couldn’t get enough (and who can?) Tweedy-Peas covers, here’s another!
Jeff TweedyRock That Body
Can somebody please get Tweedy to play “TiK ToK” Next? Maybe get Nels to lay down some tasty licks on the Theremin in the background?
  • For those of you who missed the stream on Saturday (what were you busy doing, working?), the songs from The Whole Love have been uploaded to YouTube. Check ‘em all out here while you can, before Jeff Tweedy comes to your house and kicks you in the head.
Well, I suppose that about wraps ‘er all up for now. I’ll keep you posted with any new info on tour dates, etc, as they become available.
By the way, does anyone have a favorite song off of The Whole Love so far? For my money (which I spent on the pre-order), Art of Almost is quite an achievement.

@Paintmeawar designed this promo for The Whole Love. I, for one, can dig it.

(Check out Paint Me A War’s site here, and follow them here.)

OK. Here’s what we know.

  1. “I Might”, Wilco’s latest single, is awesome.
  2. “I Love My Label”, The B-Side to “I Might”, and cover of a Nick Lowe song, is awesome as well.
  3. The Whole Love, Wilco’s forthcoming album, comes out September 27.
  4. You can pre-order it and win a chance to get a bunch of awesome stuff.
  5. Wilco is touring in North America and overseas this fall.
  6. Wilco released this trailer for The Whole Love in which they play a segment from “Almost”, a new track.
  7. It is awesome.
  8. Nels Cline is wearing a Plastic Ono Band T-shirt (which I only know because @ThisBoyJakeD tweeted it)

For those of you who haven’t checked out the new single, stream it here:

Wilco – I Might

Wilco – I Love My Label

Also, here is another (early acoustic version of a) new tune called “Open Mind”

Jeff Tweedy – Open Mind (Early version of song to be on The Whole Love)

Also, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the tracklist for The Whole Love is as follows:

The Whole Love

01 Art of Almost
02 I Might
03 Sunloathe
04 Dawned on Me
05 Black Moon
06 Born Alone
07 Open Mind
08 Capitol City
09 Standing O
10 Rising Red Lung
11 Whole Love
12 One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)

These are songs that Wilco has covered, not the other way around. Nevertheless, I couldn’t not use this photo when I found it.

You may remember a few months ago when I posted 6 covers by and of Wilco. You may not. Either way, I recently stumbled onto some other excellent covers that Wilco has done, and felt I would be remiss (I’m pretty sure I’m using that correctly, right? I just remember my English teacher saying it a lot, and thought it worked well here)  not to share them with you all. Watch ‘em, love ‘em, hate ‘em, vote for ‘em below:

*Note: some of these may be repeats from the previous ‘covers’ post, but that’s because they were too good to pass up. Tweedy doing Single Ladies? C’mon!

Wilco  – Love And Mercy (Brian Wilson Cover)

Wilco - Any Major Dude Will Tell You (Steely Dan Cover)

Wilco - Color Me Impressed (The Replacements Cover)

WilcoI Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones Cover)

Wilco - We Will Rock You (Queen Cover)

Wilco - Burned (Buffalo Springfield Cover)

Wilco – Broken Arrow (Another Buffalo Springfield Cover)

Wilco - Thirteen – (Big Star Cover)

WilcoI’m Only Sleeping (Beatles Cover)

Jeff TweedyAll The Single Ladies (um, Beyonce cover)

Jeff Tweedy - Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead Cover)

Jeff TweedySimple Twist of Fate (Bob Dylan Cover)

Wilco & Fleet FoxesI Shall Be Released (The Band Cover)

More Fuji Rock videos have surfaced. Now you can really regret not moving to Japan when you had the chance.

Missed Wilco’s set at the Fuji Rock Fest July 31st? Me too. I’m totally bummed about it. Or at least I would be if I couldn’t live vicariously through those who were there with more of these excellent videos!

For more pictures and videos of the performance at the Fuji Rock Fest, put your cursor over here and click….now!

Here’s the set list for those of you interested (all of us):

Fuji Rock Festival Set list

  • I Might (new song)
  • Bull Black Nova
  • Side With the Seeds
  • I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
  • One Wing
  • Ashes of American Flags
  • War on War
  • Via Chicago
  • Impossible Germany
  • Born Alone (new song)
  • Handshake Drugs
  • Jesus Etc.
  • Dawned on Me (new song)
  • Shot in the Arm
  • Heavy Metal Drummer
  • I’m the Man Who Loves You
  • Late Greats
  • Red Eyed and Blue / I Got You (At the End of the Century)
  • Outtasite (Outta Mind)
  • I’m a Wheel

And here are some videos from the set for your viewing pleasure:

WilcoVia Chicago

WilcoI Might

WilcoSide With The Seeds

WilcoAshes Of American Flags

WilcoI Am Trying To Break Your Heart

WilcoHandshake Drugs

Wilco - Impossible Germany

Wilco, Tinariwen, Tom Waits, Neko Case, Man Man, Dr. Dog. Free. All you need to know.

Still haven’t heard Wilco’s latest single, “I Might” from their forthcoming album The Whole Love? Well, your laziness has finally paid off! ANTI-Records (home to Tom Waits, Neko Case, Dr. Dog, Nick Cave, and now Wilco’s independent label, dBpm) and 170 Million Americans For Public Broadcasting are offering a free, 16-track compilation of music from ANTI- artists to advocates for public broadcasting. It’s for a very cool cause, one that I think all of us can get behind (especially because it involves excellent free music!):

From the ANTI- site:

“The 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting campaign is a collaboration of public radio and television stations, national organizations, producers, viewers and listeners throughout the country who understand the critical need for a strong public media in the United States.”… “Public broadcasting offers millions of hours of free music, arts and cultural programming to American audiences, thanks in part to federal funding. From national music programs such as public television’s Austin City Limits and public radio’s Mountain Stage to the diverse local programming on public radio music stations throughout the country, public broadcasting is a vital part of our nation’s musical landscape. “

Read the whole announcement here.

Raise Your Voice is the title of the compilation, and features music from ANTI- artists like Tom Waits, Booker T Jones, Tinariwen (playing with Nels Cline of Wilco, in addition to Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on The Radio), Wilco (0bviously) and, well why don’t I just show you the track list so you can kick yourself for not having downloaded it already:

Raise Your Voice!

  1. Tom Waits – Make It Rain
  2. Wilco – I Might
  3. Lost In The Trees – Song For The Painter
  4. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
  5. Marketa Irglova – Go Back
  6. Booker T Jones – Progress
  7. Tinariwen – Tenere Taqqim Tossam
  8. Man Man – Life Fantastic
  9. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
  10. Jolie Holland – Gold and Yellow
  11. William Elliott Whitmore – Everything Gets Gone
  12. Sean Rowe – Wet
  13. Dr. Dog – Mirror, Mirror
  14. Joe Henry – Odetta
  15. DeVotchKa – All The Sand In All The Sea
  16. The Swell Season – Low Rising

Anyone who signs up to join the campaign can download the compilation, but hurry up guys, it’s only available for a little while!

Hop to it and sign up here!
Want more free Wilco and Wilco-related tunes? Check out our past articles here and here.
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