Tuesday Tunes: Wilco – Jolly Banker

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

We are pretty excited about the upcoming, 7th studio album by Wilco – called Wilco (The Album). We loved their last, Sky Blue Sky and their new one is due from Nonesuch in June.

The official Wilco site has posted a new mp3, but it’s not from the new album. It’s the cover of a Woody Guthrie track, and their is an option to donate money to the Woody Guthrie Foundation And Archives. Wilco’s association with Guthrie goes back ten years to the Mermaid Avenue albums, where the band recorded new music for existing but forgotten Guthrie lyrics.

It’s a laid-back, lo-fi recording by Wilco standards. We can’t imagine it allows us any hints to what their new record sounds like. But we love the donation idea – much better than Radiohead’s self serving indie-ism.

The song itself is right for the times. Wilco did not choose a random song out of the hat. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy talks about the song choice here –http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/30/pm_jolly_banker_q/

We cannot wait til June for Wilco (the Album).

Download Jolly Banker here –http://beta.wilcoworld.net/guthrie

Wilco official site –http://www.wilcoworld.net

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