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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Jeff Tweedy explain how Wilco names albums, listen to the new Pixies album Head Carrier

Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

“The next time someone tells you Wilco doesn’t put a lot of work into things, just tell them…I don’t know. Something. You make it up.”
-Jeff Tweedy

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy recorded a video, (prior to last night’s appearance on The late Show with Stephen Colbert) in which he responds to critics of the band’s recent album titles. Funny stuff. Continue reading →

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Schmilco Love You, Baby: Scenes from a listening party for Wilco’s new album at Main Street Music

Wilco listening party at Main Street Music | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN
Wilco listening party at Main Street Music | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

Main Street Music in Manayunk has been a haven for local music lovers for years now, so its no surprise that it was chosen as one of the few record stores to hold a listening party for Wilco‘s new album, the humorously titled Schmilco. All around the nation at 6 o’clock p.m. last night, lucky fans got a chance to hear the new record ahead of its release this Friday, while also getting a chance to win Schmilco prizes and chat with each other about the record itself. Continue reading →

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Here’s where you can get an early listen to Wilco’s Schmilco in the Delaware Valley

Wilco’s Schmilco | via Pitchfork

Excitement is high for Wilco‘s new album Schmilco due out September 9 on the band’s own dBPM Records. For fans who can’t wait to hear the record, though — and the teaser single “If I Ever Was a Child” definitely provokes that kind of reaction — the band announced a series of in-store listening parties across the country on Tuesday, September 6th, including two in the Delaware Valley. Continue reading →

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Where the Hipster Meets the Hippie: Wilco wows a devout Mann Center audience

Wilco| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Wilco| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

How do you write about your favorite band? Do you tell your readers to take everything you are about to say with a grain (or heap, more like) of salt because you’ve been a Wilco fan since before you were born (literally)? Or do you decide to embrace your innermost fanboy and scrawl out a review brimming with those adjectives we music critics employ when we like what we hear? And when it’s your first time seeing Wilco in your home city of Philadelphia since their show at the Tower Theater in 2008? It all seems a nightmare for any modicum of journalistic integrity to me. Continue reading →