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Wilco return with Ode to Joy, out October 4th via dBpm Records. Ode to Joy comes three-plus years after the release of the “world-weary, wheezy – and wonderfully warm” (The Guardian) Schmilco, and encourages the act of finding joy in a dark political climate. The album presents a unique rhythm track and a minimalist instrumentation, with lyrics at once observant, hopeful, morbid, tolerant, and abstract. “Love is Everywhere (Beware),” the album’s extrospective lead single, is an upbeat, guitar-driven track that explores the dual joy and threat of a community focused on love. Jeff Tweedy discusses it below.

“There MUST be more love than hate. Right?! I’m not always positive we can be so sure. In any case, I’m starting to feel like being confident in that equation isn’t always the best motivation for me to be my best self – it can kind of let me off the hook a little bit when I think I should be striving to contribute more love outside of my comfortable sphere of family and friends.

So. . . I guess the song is sort of a warning to myself that YES, Love IS EVERYWHERE, but also BEWARE! I can’t let that feeling absolve me of my duty to create more.”

Following his two solo albums, WARM and WARMER, and memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), Tweedy gathered Wilco to The Loft in Chicago. While all six members of the band can be heard on every song, Tweedy and Glenn Kotche were the launching pad from which most of the songs on Ode to Joy materialized – Kotche’s percussion propels the music forward while Tweedy’s measured words flesh out the cleared paths. As a result, the album is comprised of “really big, big folk songs, these monolithic, brutal structures that these delicate feelings are hung on,” as described by Tweedy. Across the entire album, drums pound and plod with a steady one–two pulse, meant to mimic the movement of marching—a powerful act utilized on both sides of the authoritarian wall. There’s also a sense of comfort that comes with the rhythmic marching sound.

Whether our joy is measured by sparks felt when clutching old sweaters to our chests, by the number of tiny digital hearts earned from a shared photograph, by a guitar solo or a drumbeat or a piece of cotton on a stick in your ear, or by something even greater, Wilco wants to sincerely remind us to wear that feeling loud and proud. This is Ode to Joy: pick it up, hold it tight.


Video & Press
  • Wilco Haven’t Just Endured, They’ve Gotten Better

    ‘Ode To Joy’ cements their legacy as the greatest band of our time. [Vice] By Josh Terry Jeff Tweedy is currently in one of the most impressive creative streaks of his career. The last five years for the Wilco frontman and Chicago artist have been astoundingly prolific. In 2014, the band he formed with his son […]

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  • Wilco Review – Alt-Country Classics Sound Stronger Than Ever

    [The Guardian] By Graeme Virtue Jeff Tweedy’s troupe return after a two-year break, with new songs holding their own among frazzled classics Two decades ago, Wilco were a band on life support. Their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, was so emphatically rejected by their label that they streamed it for free on their website – in 2001, […]

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  • Wilco Shares New Song, Video For ‘Everyone Hides’

    [NPR] By Robin Hilton Wilco has always had a gift for pairing sunny day reflections with late-night jitters, shifting subtly over the course of a single track from breezy pop and rock to brooding minor keys. On “Everyone Hides,” the latest track from the band’s upcoming album Ode to Joy, the shuffling rhythms and skipping guitar line suggests […]

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  • Wilco Announce New Album Ode to Joy, Share New Song

    “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)” leads the record Wilco have announced their 11th studio album. It’s called Ode to Joyand it arrives October 4 via their own dBpm Records. In addition to the album announcement, Jeff Tweedy and co. have shared a new song. Listen to lead single “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)” below. Physical editions of Ode to Joy are available to pre-order […]

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  • Wilco Expands Fall Tour 2019

    [Jambase] Wilco added 13 dates in November to the tail end of their fall tour of the U.S. The band also announced a second concert in New York City. Jeff Tweedy and company will follow a previously announced performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 12 with a show at Brooklyn Steel […]

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  • Jeff Tweedy Talks AND Sings on Colbert

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  • Wilco Shares New Song, New Album Details

    [NPR All Songs Considered] By Robin Hilton Wilco shared cover art for the new album, Schmilco, on its web site. Courtesy of the artist When Wilco surprise-dropped last year’s Star Wars album, the band said it already had another full-length ready to go. Today they’ve confirmed that album is called Schmilco (possibly a reference to […]

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  • Jeff Tweedy Sings Stephen Colbert a Lullaby and Wilco Performs ‘Random Name Generator’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    [Pitchfork] By Matthew Strauss and Jazz Monroe Wilco were the musical guests on last night’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” They played “Random Name Generator” from their 2015 album Star Wars. Jeff Tweedy also sang Colbert a lullaby. Watch it below. Following Star Wars’ release last year, Wilco created an actual random […]

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