The cover of Wilco's seventh album, "Wilco," streaming now on the band's site.
Update, 7:20 p.m. Stream of "Wilco" seems to be flowing again and the band releases a statement on the album leak.
Ahh, rainy days in Chicago. Perfect for zoning out at work and listening to some chill music, right?
What? You say you don't have any music for the day? Bored with all your current stuff? Well, lucky you.
It looks like Wilco's new album, Wilco (the Album), is now streaming for free on the band's Web site - though be patient as the whole world is trying to log on at this writing.
Wilco has long been a pretty fan-friendly band, but this is not a stream born of altruistic fan appreciation, apparently. It seems that the band is trying to thwart an overnight leak of the new album, controlling the release in a brilliant, lightning move that has them in charge of their content.
Late Wednesday they released this statement on the incident and their response:
Well, we made it nearly a month with copies of Wilco (the album) floating around out there before it leaked. Pretty impressive restraint in this day and age. But the inevitable happened last night. Since we know you're curious and probably have better things to do than scour the internet for a download (though we do understand the attraction of the illicit), we've posted a stream of the full album at http://wilcoworld.net/records/thealbum/ . Feel free to refer to it as "wilco (the stream)" if you must.
We also have our usual guilt abatement plan for downloaders. If you have downloaded the record, we suggest you make a donation to one of the band's favorite charities, the Inspiration Corporation -- an organization we've supported in the past & who are doing great work in the city of Chicago. Information and donation button here: http://inspirationcorp.org/.
That's all. Enjoy the stream. Tickets for summer shows, etc. http://wilcoworld.net/tours/ Note that we'll be holding a free online midnight screening of the "Ashes of American Flags" film this Friday night (at both midnight US Central time and again at midnight Pacific). So get the popcorn or whatever together and be sure to log on and tune in on Friday.
The physical album release is still tentatively scheduled for June 30 on Nonesuch and features a collaboration with Leslie Feist.
Here's the track listing, released Friday by the band for its seventh full studio album, 10th if you count the Woodie Guthrie-inspired "Mermaid Avenue" disks and the live "Kicking Television: Live in Chicago" album.
Wilco (the song)
Bull Black Nova
You And I
You Never Know
If you're having trouble getting the streaming album to load in the deluge of interest, here's a little 5-song set shot live at the Riviera in Chicago in December of 2007 as part of a benefit concert for then-candidate Barack Obama.