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Wilco (1999)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1999

The Chicago boys talk about the making of Summerteeth, and life on the road.

File format: mp3; file size: 32.8mb, interview length: 35' 47" sound quality: ****

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Wilco: A.M. (Reprise/Sire) ***½

Review by Holly George-Warren, Rolling Stone, 6 April 1995

GRAM PARSONS had a vision back in the '60s. With his International Submarine Band, Flying Burrito Brothers and later as a solo artist, he blazed ...

Wilco: Being There (WEA/All formats)

Review by Stuart Bailie, New Musical Express, 1 February 1997


Being Here: Wilco

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

WITH THEIR SECOND album, Being There, already being hailed as the record of the year, and flattering, if fanciful, comparisons to such as Exile On ...

Wilco: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, April 1997

WILCO'S SINGER-SONGWRITER Jeff Tweedy was maimed by rock 'n' roll, tamed by rock 'n' roll, named by rock 'n' roll, according to the most wistful ...

Wilco: Last Twang in Town

Interview by Keith Cameron, Vox, May 1997

THE WAITRESS next door to the Blue Note desperately wants to come, but she couldn't get the night off work. "Oh, it'll be fantastic!" she ...

Wilco: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, June 1997

"WE SAW all those teenage girls outside and we assumed they were here for us. Hey, man, what gives?" ...

Songs For Woody: Billy Bragg & Wilco's Mermaid Avenue

Review by RJ Smith, The Village Voice, 7 July 1998

WOODY GUTHRIE bequeathed us his jumble. Willing in life to play straight man for many right causes, in death he left a tangle of words ...

Wilco: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 1 April 1999

SUMMERTEETH, THE THIRD instalment in Wilco's quest to distil the early 1970s moment when American rock's explosive prime was replaced by pretty pop melodies is ...

Wilco's Winning Ways

Interview by Ben Thompson, The Independent, May 1999

WILCO MAINSTAYS Jeff Tweedy (twinkly, weatherbeaten) and Jay Bennett (burly, dreadlocked) are savouring a momentary pause between engagements. A beleagured two-man colony of battered denim ...

Wilco: 4.00 - 5.00pm: soundcheck/5.00 - 6.00pm: local press/6.00 - 6.05pm: cigarette break

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, July 1999

IT'S DARK IN an alley just off Hamburg's notorious Reeperbahn, a faint neon glow filters in from the street to reveal a gaggle of noisy ...

Chicago: Indie City

Report and Interview by Eric Weisbard, Spin, September 2000

Sick of a world ruled by Britney and Backstreet? Visit Chicago: a salt-of-the-earth midwestern town where old-world pleasures like community, cheap rent, cheap beer, gritty ...

Lost Highway Blues

Report by Jason Cohen, Slate, 14 August 2001

The dirty little secret about Ryan Adams and his record label. ...

Wilco: Taking Control in a Crisis

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, 28 March 2002

ROCK AND ROLL is not the first place you would look for a new form of patriotism. Yet Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the latest album by ...

Hi, My Name's Jeff, and I'm a Wilcoholic

Interview by Toby Manning, Q, May 2002

LIKE ALL LAS VEGAS hotels, the Mandalay Bay is a self-contained city, comprising restaurants, bars, even a "beach," complete with electric waves: anything and everything ...

Wilco's "Basement Tapes"

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2002

THE INK THAT says Wilco YHF Demos is slightly smeared on the home-printed white cover of the CD that arrived the other day. The 21 ...

Yancey Strickler's Favorite Recordings Of 2002

Retrospective by Yancey Strickler, Neumu, 31 December 2002

In terms of great music, 2002 is as good a year as I can remember. It says a lot that when making this list, and ...

Wilco: A Ghost Is Born

Review by Steve LaBate, Paste, 1 June 2004

SO HOW DO YOU follow the dense, experimental, critically worshipped Yankee Hotel Foxtrot? The latest version of Wilco answers with an overwhelming, at times postmodern ...

Wilco: A Ghost Is Born (Nonesuch)

Review and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, July 2004

Album five from Chicago-based soul-seekers. Release delayed following Jeff Tweedy's spell in rehab. ...

Wilco: Troubled troubadours

Interview by Tim Cooper, The Evening Standard, 9 July 2004

After a decade of crises that would have finished off most bands, Wilco are back ...

Free the Spirit: Wilco

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, The Wire, August 2004

"IF I PLAYED you all the Wilco songs in chronological order on an acoustic guitar, they probably wouldn't sound that different," declares Wilco leader Jeff ...

Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Paste, 15 May 2007

JEFF TWEEDY has never been much of a lyricist, but his cryptic words do provide occasional clues to his rich, puzzling music. On Sky Blue ...

Jeff Tweedy

Interview by Alan Light, Mother Jones, 17 May 2007

Wilco, beautiful not stoned ...

Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

Review by Andy Gill, Uncut, June 2007

Tweedy and Co.'s Surprising Soft-Rock Therapy. ...

Ahead of the Curve: Jeff Tweedy on Barack Obama, 9 May 2005

Interview by Bud Scoppa, Rock's Backpages, 5 November 2008

I FIRST POSTED the following in February, but the occasion demands that I pull it out of the archives and put it up again. What ...

Wilco: Forum, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 10 November 2009

"WHERE YOU BEEN?" responds an amused Jeff Tweedy to a punter's call to "play the hits", midway through Wednesday's show at the Forum. "These are ...

Wilco: The Whole Love

Review by John Robb, Louder Than War, September 2011

THE LAST TIME I wrote a review cautiously praising a band for a slow return to form, that band was R.E.M., who shocked the music ...

Wilco: The Whole Love

Review by Bud Scoppa, Uncut, October 2011

Self-released, and self-assured. Tweedy and co's redemptive return. ...

Wilco: The Whole Love (dBpm)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rock's Backpages, December 2011

WILCO FANS ARE AS polarized as the US congress. Some revel in the band's eardrum-pulverizing forays into the sonic unknown, introduced on 2000's art-damaged Yankee ...

Wilco — The Bigger Picture

Interview by Rob Hughes, The Word, March 2012

MUSIC, POP-UP STORES, all-ages art, cabaret: Wilco's Solid Sound Festival is "what we can't get across in a live two-hour show" ...

Wilco: Star Wars ****

Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 17 July 2015

The Chicago band's ninth album successfully blends Bowie space-glam, Beatles psychedelic singsong and Captain Beefheart weirdness ...

Wilco: Schmilco

Review by Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, October 2016

IF MOST BANDS were to announce that their 10th album, 21 years into their career, will be a largely acoustic affair, it would cause all ...

Wilco: O2 Academy Brixton, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 21 November 2016

CAPABLE OF BEING as sombre as a Sunday night in with Bob Dylan or as wild as a Friday night out with the Pogues, Wilco ...

Jeff Tweedy: At Least That's What He Said

Interview by Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, February 2019

The recent publication of his autobiography and the release of his first solo album, Warm, have seen Wilco man Jeff Tweedy reflect on a remarkable ...

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on clashing with Billy Bragg, being insulted by Diddy, and why bands don't need record labels

Interview by Ian Winwood, Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2019

IN 2001, WILCO fired the first shot in a war against an industry that had done them wrong. When Reprise Records rejected their fourth album, ...

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