Got lots to report this week as I haven’t posted in a bit (been covering Elvis Costello’s Revolver tour and way too many summer movies) so let’s get right to it.
First up, you can pre-order Wilco’s upcoming album “The Whole Love” (releasing September 27th) at the wilco store.
This was posted on Wilco’s official Facebook page earlier this week: “The album is available in 180 gram double gatefold vinyl, cd, deluxe cd box & digital. The Pre-Order has other exclusive goodies (shirt, slip mat, sticker, yo-yo, etc.
All orders in The Whole Love Pre-Order Store are entered to win one of our 3 weekly drawings including this one of a kind single speed Wilco Bicycle. (Made in Chicago, of course). The sooner you pre-order, the more chances you have to win.”
Next, the A.V. Club’s entertaining Pop Pilgrims feature, a web-video travel series that visits pop culture landmarks, presented a segment about Marina City – the 2 towers in Chicago that graced the album cover of Wilco’s classic 2002 disc “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.”
An excerpt from the text that accompanies the video: “(Lawrence) Azerrad removed the neighboring buildings from the image to keep focus on the towers, and ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ had its cover. Paste ranked it number 18 in its list of the decade’s 25 best album covers, and nearly 10 years after the album’s release, Marina City is still called ‘the Wilco towers’ by fans.
It’s an interesting piece and funny that in the comments more than one Chicagoan remarks that they’ve never heard Marina City referred to as “the Wilco towers.”
There are tickets still available for shows coming up, including the Raleigh, N.C. show on Sept. 27th (the same day the new album drops) that I’m going to. My wife and I got decent tickets and I’m very excited about opening act Nick Lowe – one of my all time favorite songwriters.
Wilco covered Lowe’s “I Love My Label” for the B-side of their new single “I Might”, which you can hear here.
You can order the single from the wilco store. They are sold out of the blue vinyl version, but the black one is still in stock.
I was able to obtain a copy of the blue vinyl, and it joins the Wilco 7 inches “I’m A Wheel”, and “You Never Know” in my collection (see photo on the left).
Stay tuned to this space for more info, including setlists, ticket news, and a guide for Wilco fans unfamilliar with the excellent music of Nick Lowe.
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