Gift of Wilco
By now you’ve heard all about the shipping problems happening across the world. To ensure you get your Wilco goodies in time for Christmas (or whatever it is you celebrate), check out the following shipping guidelines.
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 drive in show from earlier this year. These are the first live recordings we’re sharing of songs from Love Is The King. Download and listen here.
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).
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 Jeff (+full band) shows in Chicago and San Francisco are on sale now.
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
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.
Photo by Alexa Viscius
“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
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.
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.
Sun, Sand and Sky Blue Sky
The second edition of the festival is now SOLD OUT.
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
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
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:
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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…”
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.
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
Photo credit: Huckberry
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get an inside look into the recording sessions for Ode to Joy via new video for “Before Us,” filmed by Zoran Orlic.