Wilco streams new album for free, weeks ahead of release

05.13.09 8 years ago

Wilco won’t let a little leak ruin its fun. The Chicago rock band has decided to stream its entire new record, the cryptically titled “Wilco (The Album) ,” through its website after an illegal version had a heyday on the torrent sites last night.

The 11-track Nonesuch album is currently slated to arrive “in stores and on the nets June 30, at the latest,” according to the site.

Keen listeners will hear contributions from Feist on “You and I” and may recall cheeky opening track “Wilco (The Song)” being performed on “The Colbert Report” last October (see video, below). This album comes on the heels of Wilco’s last set “Sky Blue Sky,” which topped out at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart in 2007.

The free stream concept isn’t a new one: the band has utilized the ploy since the controversial release of critically-acclaimed “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” in 2002, in order to discourage listeners from trading low-quality mp3s.

The band starts off on a 39-date international tour on May 23. Dates below.

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Here is the tracklist to “Wilco (The Album)”:

Wilco (the song)
Deeper Down
One Wing
Bull Black Nova
You And I
You Never Know
Country Disappeared
I’ll Fight
Sonny Feeling
Everlasting Everything

Here are the tour and festival dates:

May 23: Tenerife, Spain (Tenerife Auditorium)
May 25: Malaga, Spain (Teatro Cervantes)
May 26: Madrid, Spain (Teatro Calderon)
May 27: Granada, Spain (Congress Palace)
May 29: Seville, Spain (Territorios Festival-La Cartuja)
May 30: Braga, Portugal (Teatro Circo)
May 31: Lisbon (Lisbon Coliseu)
June 1: : Santiago De Compostela-Galicia, Spain (Palacio De Congresos, Sala Braque)
June 3: : Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain (Kursaal)
June 4: Barcelona, Spain (Auditori Barcelona)
June 12: Cincinnati (Aronoff Center)
June 15: Oklahoma City (Bricktown Events Center)
June 17: El Paso, Texas (Abraham Chavez Theatre)
June 18: Tucson, Ariz. (Centennial Hall)
June 19: Las Vegas (The Joint)
June 20: Pomona, Calif. (Fox Theatre)
June 22-24: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
June 26: Saratoga, Calif. (The Mountain Winery)
June 27: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre)
June 28: Stateline, Nev. (Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena)
June 30: Jacksonville, Ore. (Britt Pavilion)
July 3: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
July 8: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap)
July 10: Wilmington, Dele. (Frawley Stadium)
July 11: Lowell, Mass. (LeLacheur Park)
July 13: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Keyspan Park)
July 17: Portland, Maine (Maine State Pier)
July 18: Wappingers Falls, N.Y. (Dutchess Stadium)
July 19: Lewiston, N.Y. (Art Park)
July 21: Royal Oak, Mich. (Royal Oak Theatre)
July 23: Detroit Lakes, Minn. (10: ,000 Lakes Festival)
Aug. 13: Oslo, Norway (Oya Festival)
Aug. 14: Gothenberg, Sweden (Way Out West Festival)
Aug. 21: Erfurt-Hohenfelden, Denmark (Highfield Festival)
Aug. 23: Brecon Beacons, England (Green Man Festival)
Aug. 25: London (Troxy)
Aug. 27: Dublin, IE (Vicar Street)

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