After the Americanarama Festival of Music tour ended on August 4th this last summer, Wilco took a break from the road. They will return tomorrow night for a gig at LouFest in St. Louis, Missouri, but then they’re off again until the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.
It was just announced that Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy will play 2 nights at The Fillmore in San Francisco, on Dec. 11 & 12. Tickets will go on sale Sun. Sept. 15 at 10am.
Sadly, Tweedy’s brother Greg Tweedy passed away Sunday, September 1st, of heart and kidney failure at his Belleville, Illinois home. Maureen O’Donnell, of the Chicago Sun Times, wrote this informative obituary: “Greg Tweedy, 55, railroad man, brother of Wilco founder, dies” (Sept. 2, 2013).
Wilco pianist and keyboardist Mikael Jorgenson is releasing his first solo record, Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O’Keeffe, on October 15. You can sample one of the tracks, a cover of Spaceman 3’s “Ode to Street Hassle,” a tribute to Lou Reed’s 1978 record Street Hassle, with Graph Rabbit’s Austin Donohue, here.
Also in August, the album Wassaic Way by friends of Wilco (and Solid Sound Festival alumni) Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion was released on the 6th. It was produced by Jeff Tweedy & Patrick Sansone and is available here.
If you haven’t already, download one of Wilco’s best shows of the year: their Friday (all request) night set from Solid Sound in the Roadcase section of the Wilco Store. Their Saturday night show, without covers, is also available as are Wilco's 3 shows in Japan this past April. Here’s hoping they add some shows from the Americanarama tour, or at least a comp with the Virginia Beach premiere of the cover of the Band’s “The Weight,” in which Tweedy and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James sang with Bob Dylan!
Lastly, one of Wilco’s biggest influences (and one of my favorite bands ever), the Minneapolis band The Replacements reunited at Riot Fest on August 25th. The band, nicknamed ‘the Mats,’ plays again on September 15th in Wilco’s hometown of Chicago. I’m excited to report that I’ll be there to see it. Read more about their reunion, and listen to their first show in 22 years.
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