Wilco Weekend Recap

UPDATE January 25th Wilco’s “Dawned on Me” and iTunes Session promo continues with today’s unveiling of a new music video on youtube.com/wilco and at popeye.com.  To promote the “Dawned on Me” Popeye video and the iTunes live EP they’ve also created a new website: wilcospinach.com. 

According to the press release, the “new video combines song from America’s foremost rock band with a return to classic animation in the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 25 years…Well, Blow Me Down! [The] King Features and dBpm Records … video is directed by Darren Romanelli, the fashion and pop culture innovator who conceived the collaboration between Wilco and King’s flagship character…As one of the earliest animated characters, introduced in 1933 by Fleischer Studios, Popeye has become one of the most enduring and iconic cartoon characters of all time and is forever entwined in the evolution of animation. The music video marks the first new Popeye cartoon since “Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy,” the 3-D CGI primetime TV special and deluxe DVD release produced by King Features Syndicate for Popeye’s 75th Anniversary in 2004. In what has become a primarily digital world, this new video marks the first hand-drawn, frame-by-frame rendering for Popeye cell animation since the Popeye and Son series from 1987…In this new video, Popeye vies for Olive Oyl’s affections with his usual nemesis, Bluto, and with a new challenger, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy.”

This is Wilco’s second music video for their latest album, the Grammy-nominated The Whole Love.  In advance of the album’s release, Wilco released their Mark Greenberg-directed “Born Alone” video on September 6, 2011  – their first video since the ’90s (watch it here) – but it was overshadowed by a clip of Tweedy covering the Black Eye Peas uploaded that same day.  Additionally, Jeff’s adolescent son Spencer Tweedy directed an unofficial video for the album’s (almost) title-track – watch that here.

Original post (January 23rd)…

Wilco Weekend Recap

Leading up to Wilco’s appearance on TBS’ Conan tonight and their new iTunes Session live EP release tomorrow@FutureHeartDay hosted Wilco Weekend – posts and tweets of the finest Wilco videos, articles and full show downloads.

Among the downloads – one each for every year of the past decade:

Other Wilco News as of late:

  • After two succesful years, Wilco’s self-curated and self-headlined Solid Sound Festival will take a year off in 2012.  Instead Wilco will perform a benefit for Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – the site of the fest. According to wilcoworld.net, Solid Sound will return to the North Adams, Mass venue on June 21-23, 2013.  The exact date of the benefit this summer hasn’t been announced but will be revealed first to MASS MoCA members. More info and how to donate to become a member here.
  • iTunes Session was recorded at Wilco’s Chicago loft a few weeks ago (circa their “Incredible Shrinking Tour of Chicago“), the 8-song digital EP was mastered by Bob Ludwig with iTunes sound quality especially in mind.  Pre-order and more info here
  • Nels Cline, John Scofield and Derek Trucks are joining Warren Haynes’ Tommy Bolin Tribute
  • Wilco is on a wish list reportedly created by Obama’s campaign to support his re-election 
  • As it turns out Popeye isn’t just strong because he eats spinach, but also due to it being Wilco brand:

Five months after releasing their turning point masterpiece Summerteeth, Wilco played their first of four concerts for the Austin City Limits studio audience.  Only five songs from this show aired on the 2000 ACL episode, which was split with Bela Fleck: I Got You (At The End Of The Century), Misunderstood, Can’t Stand It, Christ For President and California Stars (season 25, episode 10). The uncut 70 minute performance – full of Summerteeth tracks – was among the videos tweeted for Wilco Weekend.  For comparison, check out Wilco’s return to the Austin City Limits studio in 2004 (aired ’05) and 2007

On November 30, 2011 Wilco filmed their last ACL show – yet to air.  Watch “Dawned on Me” from that show below, check out muzzleofbees’ Instagram pictures here and here, and dig photos by Brooklyn Vegan.  The full program will air February 4th.

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