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Chicago indie band Wilco is offering its ninth studio album Star Wars for free download for 30 days through its website wilco world, and anti.com as well as through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Digital. It is also available through traditional streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music and Rdio.
Wilco has made its music available for free since its 2001 breakthrough release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
“Why release an album this way and why make it free? Well, the biggest reason, and I’m not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun,” Tweedy said. “What’s more fun than a surprise? Enough of this 20th anniversary already, here’s something fresh.”
The new album was recorded at the band’s Chicago loft and features 11 original Wilco-penned tunes. Wilco is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, and its label dBpm has recently released two anniversary-related collections: Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a box set of rarities and What’s Your 20?, a compilation of studio tracks from the band’s first eight albums.
“We’ve been feeling very fortunate lately being reminded of how long we’ve been able to do this,” Tweedy said. “We believe one of the primary reasons for our good fortune has been our audiences reaction to our impulse to be heard and our habit of erring on the side of that desire to override financial ambition. Not that we don’t enjoy getting paid. We do. But this is a recommitment to the idea that music is more important to our lives. Art is more worthy of our striving. And fun is more sustaining than cash. It’s not intended to be a comment on the music business, just one band’s wish to give our fans a jolt of joy: a fun surprise. In that spirit we hope you will accept this gift and if not, well, maybe next time.”
Star Wars Track Listing:
3. Random Name Generator
4. The Joke Explained
5. You Satellite
6. Taste the Ceiling
7. Pickled Ginger
8. Where Do I Begin
9. Cold Slope
10. King Of You
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy [Wilco] will tour this summer with a newly-formed band. He’ll play songs from a soon-to-be-released solo album as well as songs from Wilco/ Uncle Tupelo catalog.
The band features Tweedy’s 18-year old son Spencer Tweedy (The Blisters, Mavis Staples) on drums, Jim Elkington (The Horse’s Ha, Eleventh Dream Day) on additional guitars, Darin Gray (On Fillmore, Brise-Glace) on bass and Liam Cunningham (Marrow) on keyboards.
June 5–Masonic Temple–Detroit, MI
June 6–Three Rivers Arts Festival–Pittsburgh, PA
June 7–Mountain Jam–Hunter Mtn, NY
June 9–Meyerhoff Symphony Hall–Baltimore, MD
June 10–Lincoln Theatre–Washington, D.C.
June 11–The Brown Theatre on Broadway–Louisville, KY
June 16–The Pabst Theater–Milwaukee, WI
June 17–Missouri Theatre–Columbia, MO
June 18–Cain’s Ballroom–Tulsa, OK
June 21–Texas Union Ballroom–Austin, TX
June 22–Majestic Theatre–Dallas, TX
June 24–Ryman Auditorium–Nashville, TN
July 4–Ottawa Bluesfest–Ottawa, ON
July 6–Toronto Urban Roots Fest–Toronto, ON
July 12–Taste of Chicago–Chicago, IL
July 27–Newport Folk Festival–Newport, RI