It's been another busy year for Wilco: The second volume of Mermaid Avenue, their collaboration with Billy Bragg in which they've adapted the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, was recently released, and they just finished a tour as an opener for Natalie Merchant. Plus, they're all over the soundtrack circuit: Their music is featured in Jim Carrey's new Me, Myself & Irene (they cover Steely Dan's "Any Major Dude Will Tell You") and is featured prominently in the new film adaption of Denis Johnson's great book Jesus' Son ("She's a Jar" and "Airline to Heaven").
No news yet on a follow-up to last year's fantastic album Summer Teeth, though Wilco seems to be booked on the concert circuit at least through the end of the summer, precluding much studio work. But it seems as though the only chance you're going to get to check Wilco live in the area is this show at Columbia's great Blue Note. That's actually OK in our book; it's the perfect venue for Wilco and well worth the drive.
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