I had the opportunity to fly to Chicago last week to catch Wilco at The Vic Theatre, the third night of a five-night run in Chicago. What made this run special was the fact that each night was a different venue, at increasingly smaller venues: Civic Opera House, Rivieria Theatre, Vic Theatre, Metro and ending Sunday night at Lincoln Hall. It was a very cool week of hometown shows that spread the love of each venue that made each night different and a treat for fans.
The only real repeated songs were tunes off the new album The Whole Love. Otherwise, our show was filled with older songs (“The Lonely 1”), rarer songs (“A Magazine Called Sunset”) and lots of great stuff from A Ghost Is Born and Being There. A few of the other highlights were “Radio Cure,” “Art of Almost,” “One Sunday Morning,” and “At Least That’s What You Said.” You can see a full set list here.
Here’s a video of the night’s second song “Hell Is Chrome.”
I just cannot get enough of this new Wilco album. It seems like every listen reveals something new in a different song, which is something you probably couldn’t say about the last couple records. Anyway, there’s a new video directed by Mark Greenberg for Wilco’s “Born Alone” from their superb new album The Whole Love. I can’t wait to hear this song live in concert. It will be amazing.
Wilco’s new album The Whole Love is already assured to be among my favorite albums of the year, but it’s also the band’s best since A Ghost Is Born, if not Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It’s also the first record on their new label dBpm. The band released a 7″ single this summer to celebrate, with “I Might” and a great cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label.” Check out this nice video of them recording that song in their famed “Wilco Loft.”
This fall Wilco will be touring with Nick Lowe as well, so that’ll surely be an excuse for them to collaborate on stage. Should be fun.
If you heard this new Wilco single “I Might” a few weeks back and thought it showed great promise for the upcoming record, you’re not alone. It’s a great tune. Now I have now heard the new Wilco album The Whole Love, and I can say it’s absolutely great. Totally the album I had hoped they still had in them after the last two decent, but ultimately sorta boring records. The experimental fire is back and it might be the best record of theirs since A Ghost Is Born. That’s probably all I’m allowed to say for now, but more later I’m sure. In the meantime, listen to this song again. It’s great.