TWO WILCO COLLECTIONS – ALPHA MIKE FOXTROT: RARE
TRACKS 1994-2004 AND WHAT’S YOUR 20?: ESSENTIAL TRACKS - RELEASED ON NONESUCH RECORDS
BAND OFFERS STREAM OF “BLASTING FONDA” FROM
ALPHA MIKE FOXTROT
New York, NY – November 17, 2014 – Exactly 20 years ago, on November 17, 1994, Wilco played its first-ever concert (under the pseudonym Black Shampoo) at Cicero’s Basement Bar in St. Louis. Today, Nonesuch Records releases two new Wilco collections marking the band’s 20th anniversary. The first, Alpha Mike Foxtrot, is a 4-CD/4-LP/DIGITAL-box-set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives. The second, What’s Your 20?, is a 2-CD/DIGITAL compilation of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings.
Both collections are produced by Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Recordings, whose credits include Big Star’s Keep an Eye on the Sky, The Band’s A Musical History and Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972.
Wilco has made “Blasting Fonda” from Alpha Mike Foxtrot available for streaming: https://soundcloud.com/nonesuchrecords/wilco-blasting-fonda
Written by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy in 1996 for the soundtrack to the movie Feeling Minnesota, the song, as Tweedy recalls in the liner notes, “was probably the first time it was just [mulit-instrumentalist] Jay [Bennett] and me in the studio – which ended up happening a lot – just basically kind of seeing if we could make some sort of song happen with just the two of us.”
Alpha Mike Foxtrot features 64 pages of liner notes that include track-by-track recollections from Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt and reflections from members of Wilco’s extended professional family. The booklet also showcases dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos from a wide array of photographers chronicling all phases of the band’s career.
What’s Your 20? gathers songs from Wilco’s eight studio albums plus two songs from Mermaid Avenue, the collection of Woody Guthrie-penned tunes set to music by Wilco and Billy Bragg.
Wilco timeline available here.