Wilco eyeing spring '09 date for next album

Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:42pm EDT
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rock band Wilco hopes to have its seventh studio album out by spring 2009, frontman Jeff Tweedy told Albany, N.Y., radio station WAMC recently.

After opting for a highly performance-oriented recording approach on 2007's "Sky Blue Sky," Tweedy said he expects that Wilco will "allow ourselves a little bit more leeway in terms of sculpting the sound in the studio and doing overdubs and using the studio as another instrument. Last time around, it was more of a document."

At recent live shows, Wilco has played two new songs: "One Wing" recalls the melancholy, slowly building "Sky Blue Sky" closer "On and On and On," while "Sunny Feeling" has a sly main riff in keeping with loose jams from the last album.

Before the release of "Sky Blue Sky," Tweedy told Billboard that a number of unfinished songs from those sessions would potentially form the basis for the next album, but it is unknown if they remain in consideration at this point.

Wilco wraps a summer North American tour this weekend at San Francisco's inaugural Outside Lands Festival. After a one-off August 30 Wilco festival gig in Ireland, Tweedy plays four solo shows in Spain through September 6 in Murcia.


<p>Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs during the 20th anniversary "Farm Aid" concert in Tinley Park, Illinois, September 18, 2005. REUTERS/John Gress</p>