Wilco

Don’t Let Me Down

Last month during a short break from touring, Wilco hunkered down at The Loft. Two days later the band emerged with two new recordings, both covers of The Beatles. 
 
Hear “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Dig a Pony” exclusively on Amazon Music as part of a month long celebration of the Let It Be Special Edition.
Don’t let Wilco down, listen!

Love Is The King /
Live Is The King

Jeff Tweedy’s deluxe album, Love Is The King / Live Is The King, releases Dec. 10th on digital and CD (vinyl to follow in 2022). 

Preorder now and get an instant download of the original album plus a cover of the Neil Young classic “The Old Country Waltz“: USEU | AUS | Bandcamp

In celebration, Jeff will play nine shows in Chicago, Los Angles and San Francisco alongside the album band featuring Spencer Tweedy, Sammy Tweedy, Liam Kazar, Sima Cunningham and James Elkington (plus Macie Stewart on violin).

Tickets for December 2021 and January 2022 go on sale Friday, October 22 at 10a local.

C’mon America

We know what you’re thinking. The answer is: No, Jeff doesn’t stop making music.

Which means you’re in luck, because there are two new tracks available now as part of Sub Pop’s Singles Club.

“C’mon America,” the A-side,  is from an unreleased group of songs with mostly sci-fi lyrics. Meanwhile “UR-60 Unsent,” the B-side, is a pitiful tale of an unsent lovesick mixtape, taken from a separate batch of unreleased songs with mostly pitiful lyrics.

Listen / order here.

Cover photo by Sammy Tweedy

Starship Casual

If you’re looking to get more e-mails, Jeff’s got you covered.

Subscribe to Starship Casual to receive weekly notes from Jeff directly to your inbox. He’ll be sharing loads of unreleased music, check-ins from tour, stories that didn’t make either book, recommendations, advice and more.

Subscribe now.

 

Photo by Alexa Viscius

New In
The Wilco Store

New merch? That’s something to be happy about. Get new T-shirts, totes and hats with the Wilco Smiley logo now in The Wilco Store.

Plus, a brand new puzzle designs, dog bandanas, stickers, posters and so much more.

It’s the perfect time to get a jump start on holiday shopping. 😉

Front of House
Live Recordings

Our Front of House series on nugs.net explores Wilco’s 25+ years of live catalog, past and present. The series includes exclusive recordings released on the last Wednesday of November, February, May and August.

Most recently we’ve shared Jeff Tweedy’s 2013 SLC show, and Wilco at Cain’s Ballroom in 2008. Download and listen here.

 

Recordings and photo by Warner Swain

Daniel Johnston – Chicago 2017

There is and was only one Daniel and to be able to work with him and help present his music was a huge honor for me and the band, one for which we are all very thankful.” – Jeff Tweedy 

Daniel Johnston’s final album, Chicago 2017, is available now via Wilco’s own dBpm Records: Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon Music | Vinyl

Via sales in the Wilco store, we were able to donate $7,000 to the Johnston family’s “Hi How Are You” Foundation for the study and treatment of mental illness and addiction recovery.

Solid Sound Festival
Returns May 2022

Let’s start planning for a magical return to The Berkshires. Mark your calendars; the 7th edition of Solid Sound takes place May 27-29, 2022 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

There’s nothing more to say at the moment. Our dedicated, mighty crew is digging into every detail that makes this festival special: line-up, food, activities, libations, special guests, and the vibe. If you’ve got feedback or ideas, we’d love to hear them. Follow along on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram and shoot us a DM.

Look out for info on tickets in the early Fall.

Sky Blue Sky
(The Festival)

Sun, Sand and Sky Blue Sky 

The second edition of the festival is now SOLD OUT.

Click this link to get information on the waitlist.

In addition to 3 Wilco shows, the lineup features: 
Spoon • Kurt Vile & The Violators • Thundercat • Waxahatchee • Stephen Malkmus • Jeff Tweedy • Tank and the Bangas • Mountain Man • Nubya Garcia • The Autumn Defense • Nels Cline & Julian Lage • Neal Francis • Britt Daniel (DJ Set) • With Special Guest Appearances by Mavis Staples

For a taste of what’s to come, watch the 2020 recap video and/or download full live recordings of the 2020 Wilco sets via our Roadcase Series.

Impossible Germany Recreation

Check in with Jeff from The Loft as he performs a unique take of a Wilco fan-favorite for the second installment of Fender’s Re-Creation series.

For those who are curious: In this video, Jeff uses an American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster. You can learn more about the guitar here.

Photo by Zoran Orlic
Video by Picture Show

How To
Write One Song


Jeff Tweedy’s second book, How To Write One Song: Loving The Things We Create and How They Love Us Back is out now.

Esquire hit the nail on the head: “[How to Write One Song] is one part manual for composing a song, and one part philosophical inquiry into the human desire—the human need—to create. It’s also an easy, delightful read.” 

This is the perfect gift for your kid, or your inner child. What are you waiting for? Get creating:   

US | UK | EU  | Audio book read by Jeff

Read an essay on the book by Los Angeles Review of Books

Ode to Joy
wins Grammy!

We’d like to congratulate Jeff Tweedy and Lawrence Azzerad (while thanking the Academy) for the new hardware. The Ode to Joy Deluxe Art Book took home this year’s Grammy for Best Packaging.

Created with the Wilco collector in mind, OTJ Deluxe is beautifully hand-crafted, autographed and hand-numbered. It includes a pop-up art book paired with a 180g vinyl. Copies are available here.

Wilco’s 11th studio album was released on October 5, 2019 via dBpm Records and is available now, in stores, online and on streaming services.

Ode to Joy features 11 new songs including the single, “Love is Everywhere.”

Happy Listening!

A follow up:
Racial injustice in the music industry


In June 2020, Jeff shared this statement, committing 5% of his writer revenue to organizations fighting racial injustice in the music industry.

As of 2021, that revenue will be donated to I Grow Chicago, a Chicago organization focusing on community connection, skill building, and opportunity.

Jeff spoke to CBS This Morning about the initiative, watch the interview here.

Save Our Stages

 

Watch Jeff, Spencer, Sammy, Liam Kazar, Sima Cunningham and James Elkington perform a cover of “Old Country Waltz” from The Hideout in Chicago.
The National Independent Venue Association Emergency Relief Fund is raising money for grants in hopes of enabling some of the most distressed independent venues to hold on until they can reopen safely. To learn more, go to http://saveourstages.com

Wilco Recommends

Hey, 2020 wasn’t all bad! Check out some of the band’s favorite albums from the year.  Hear a sampling of the tunes here.

A very happy new year to you all. Stay safe.

Birdy On The Moon


OUT NOW!
High and Low/The Message by Birdy On The Moon (aka Pat Sansone!).

Released for the first time since its recording in 90s, “High and Low/The Message” is available digitally on Bandcamp and to preorder on 7″ vinyl.

New From Nels

Share The Wealth, a spankin’ new, multi-faceted document played by a sublimely-expanded edition of my long-standing combo called The Nels Cline Singers is out now.

“Anyone out there hankering for a rather elaborate elucidation of sonic architecture in the jazz/rock/improv universe at this time? I hope so, but I truly understand if not. Creations get created and plans to provide these creations to you, the ardent listeners, get planned, and so here I am/we are with Share The Wealth. I am, in spite of so many concerning non-musical occurrences that assail us all at this time, truly happy and proud to announce the imminent release of this double album.” – NC

Listen to Share The Wealth

Summerteeth: Deluxe Edition


The expanded version of Wilco’s third studio album is out now.
Summerteeth: Deluxe Edition is a 5-LP / 4-CD set that includes the original album remastered, and is full to the brim with previously-unreleased outtakes, demos and live recordings.

Shop The Wilco Stores (US | EU | AUS), for vinyl, CD and digital, plus hats, shirts and masks to match!

For more details, track listing and credits: go here.

The Autumn Defense

We’re wishing Pat and John and The Autumn Defense a happy 10 year anniversary for the album Once Around!

Once Around (Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition) includes the original 11 tracks, plus one bonus track and ten, previously unreleased, live tracks – 5 recorded live for Amoeba Music Hollywood and 5 recorded at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia around the time of the album’s release.

Get it now, exclusively on Bandcamp

Wilco x Oxford Pennant

The Wilco x Oxford Pennant collection is back in stock and better than ever. Not only have we rerelease some of our favorite designs from Solid Sound and Winterlude, we’ve also added several new banners, mugs, patches, pins and more.

Available at OxfordPennant.com.

Tell Your Friends

A new Wilco song called “Tell Your Friends” is available for immediate download with a charitable contribution via Bandcamp.

Watch the band perform the song with their families here.

Donations will go directly to World Central Kitchen, an organization working across America to safely distribute fresh meals in communities that need support.

** As of July 2020 we have donated $10,000 to World Central Kitchen. **

We miss each other. So we wrote a song about it to sing with each other, to sing to each other.” – Jeff Tweedy

100 Polaroids

Previously out-of-print, Pat’s book “100 Polaroids” is now available for preorder. A portion of proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.

“10 years ago I put together this book to commemorate an exhibit at the first Solid Sound Festival… an exhibit of 100 photographs chosen from the thousands I had taken in the previous few years. I had just begun to look at preparing this reprint when COVID emerged, and was on the fence about whether or not to move forward with the endeavor. But I decided that I’d rather continue to stay involved in creative pursuits and share it with others…”

Available here.

All Lives, You Say?

Both pressings of the “All Lives, You Say?” 7-are officially sold out. Thanks! Because of you, we were able to donate $7,500 to Movement for Black Lives.

The digital version of this song was previously available via Bandcamp. Through those donations we contributed more than $30,000 to Southern Poverty Law Center and Life After Hate.

Support Local

We’d rather be at a record store, that’s for sure.

Our indie friends are taking a hit. And while we agree nothing beats flipping through the bins, we encourage you to check in with your local record store to see if you can peruse their inventory online. Many shops are even offering curbside pick-up for new, used and collectable vinyl, CDs and more. Record Store Day has compiled a helpful list to get you started. After all, “without these stores, there’s just no way Wilco would still be around.” – Jeff Tweedy

And if you already own the Wilco catalog, browse a sampling of the band’s latest recommendations featured on this playlist.

Photo credit: Huckberry

Evergreen

The Raccoonists (Jeff, Spencer and Sammy Tweedy) reunited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live From His House.

Watch the Tweedy’s sing “Evergreen” from Jeff’s album WARMER here.

Watch From Home

In December, amid Wilco’s Winterlude residency in Chicago, the band played a surprise show – followed by a Q+A with Jeff moderated by TJ Jagodowski – from the CAA’s vintage basketball court.

During these strange times, we hope this is a welcome distraction.

Watch in full here.

Download This: Wilco live from Chicago

Wilco’s 2019 Chicago Winterlude Residency was one for the books. You can relive it now via our Roadcase series in the Wilco Store.

Hide-and-Seek

Now Playing: A new music video (feat. Wilco) for “Everyone Hides,” the second single from Ode to Joy. 

Watch as the band plays the ultimate game of hide-and-seek around Chicago.

A match made in Chicago

Wilco X Field Notes

Six unique, durable, made-in-the-USA, 48-Page Graph Paper Memo Books, each one designed by a different artist in collaboration with a Wilco.

Available now and ready for your ideas, setlists and meeting notes.

Deluxe Art Book

For the Wilco collector: We created a beautiful hand-crafted autographed deluxe edition of Ode to Joy that includes and hand-numbered pop-up art book paired with a 180g vinyl. To see more of the process, watch the video below. Available for purchase here.

WARM WARMER

Bundle up with WARM and WARMER. Jeff’s latest solo albums now available together in one package.

US Wilco Store | EU Wilco Store

Read liner notes from George Saunders and watch the video for the lead single “Some Birds” now via The New Yorker.

Behind-The-Scenes

Get an inside look into the recording sessions for Ode to Joy via new video for “Before Us,” filmed by Zoran Orlic.

LET’S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK)

Jeff’s NYT’s best-selling memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), is available now on hardcover and paperback.

For the first time, Jeff takes fans into his songwriting process,  talks about his childhood, speaks in-depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and more.

US | UK

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Watch Wilco perform “Everyone Hides” live from the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater.

Streaming live from Brooklyn Steel

Take a break from the TV.

Watch Wilco’s Ode to Joy tour live from Brooklyn Steel on Oct. 13 2019.

The band is on tour now. Tickets are available here.

Photo by Zoran Orlic