Why I love Wilco, part umptybillion

Fleet Foxes and Wilco covered Bob Dylan's "I Shall be Released" at a recent live show, and they're giving it away online if you promise to vote. Wilcoworld (via James Home on Twitter; photo of guitar rack on-stage at Wilco's set during Outside Lands via Crowdfire; image by John Battelle).


  1. I saw Wilco with Sleater-Kinney and the Flaming Lips on New Years Eve 2004-2005 at Madison Square Garden, 5th row.

    Wilco closed the set, and played Wilco songs up until midnight, when they did the countdown-confetti-balloon magic. After midnight, though, Tweedy & Co started a set of covers that included this one, with a slideshow behind them, the lyrics projected large so the entire stadium could sing along. It was easily one of the best concerts I have ever been to, and nothing’s lived up to it since. And I’m an ardent Death Metal fan.

  2. Socially and politically aware musicians. Nice.
    Not so adept at being socially and politically aware that they realise that this thing called the internet extends beyond the national borders of the country they are in. FAIL. (Or perhaps they really are asking foreigners to promise to mess about in US domestic politics illegally?)
    I did like their version of Woody Guthrie’s California Stars.

  3. I can has it too?

    Over here in Australia we always want to vote in the US elections, claiming “no domination without representation” but we are not allowed to yet. I would vote if I could.

  4. I agree with #2, Fleet Foxes is a very very wonderful band, and even if they only get mentioned for working with Wilco, they deserve all the attention they can get. Simply beautiful.

  5. 10 years ago, I first came to Stockholm and was greeted with a huge poster “Wilco is in town”.
    – How did they know I was coming?
    – Oh there’s a band that has my name, I see.
    So I checked them out and they’re pretty good indeed.

    Still, wish that poster hadn’t been behind glass…

    Wilco Burghout

  6. #11 – it’s shorter because you downloaded from Canada. The metric version is only 28 seconds. International listeners can order the standard full-length song, but Europeans will require an adapter plug.

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