Since this is Wilco we’re talking about, we’ll cut the intro and get right into the details. After all, you could probably care less about any clever opening when details of the band’s much anticipated seventh studio album are of topic…
According to a newsletter sent to fans late last night (via NME), the Chicago outfit is currently “hunkered down in the loft with Jim Scott and are just about ready to start mixing” the yet-to-be-titled followup to 2007’s Sky Blue Sky in June. If all goes as planned, the album will be released in June. All specifics, including a title and exact release date, will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
We also know, courtesy of Rolling Stone‘s Austin Skaggs, who visited Wilco and Wilco’s loft on Tuesday, that the album wll be a “blast of creativity,” or as Skaggs went on to elaborate, really, really stellar…
Let’s just say the record is sick! When we heard Wilco debut the song “One Wing” at Lollapalooza last year, we predicted that the band was consciously moving in a more experimental direction (a la Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), but the songs we heard at the Loft take Wilco in yet another new direction. Great melodies, great lyrics, great playing and great sounds. You’re gonna dig it!
No real surprise there. We’ve been raving about “One Wing” since we first took it in live at Grant Park. Need a refresher?
If a June release does come to fruition, then the album will drop right smack in the middle of Wilco’s recently announced summer tour. And we haven’t even mentioned the new DVD. Seriously, could live get any better???
Wilco Spring 2009 Tour Dates
03/26 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
03/27 – Northhampton, MA @ Calvin Theater
03/28 – Beacon, NY @ Beacon High Auditorium
04/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
04/15 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
04/16 – Bloomington, IN @ IU Auditorium
04/17 - Athens, OH @ Templeton – Blackburn Auditorium
04/18 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
04/20 – Athens, GA @ Classic Center
04/21 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
04/22 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnaces
04/23 – Oxford, MS @ Lyric Oxford
04/25 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
05/23 – Tenerife, ES @ Tenerife Auditorium
05/25 – Melaga, ES @ Teatro Cervantes
05/26 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Calderon
05/29 – Seville, ES @ Territorios Festival
05/30 – Oporto-Braga, PR @ Por Teatro Circo
05/31 – Lisbon, PR @ Por Lisbon Coliseu
06/01 – Santiago De Compostela-Galicia, ES @ Palacio de Congresos
06/03 – Donostia, San Sebastian, ES @ Kursaal
06/04 – Barcelona,ES @ Auditori Barcelona
06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/22 – Detroit Lakes, MN @ 10,000 Lakes Festival
08/13 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/21 – Erfurt-Hohenfelden, DE @ Highfield Festival