Wilco (The Irresistible Journalistic Construct)

Jul 1st, 2009 // 8 Comments

Yesterday Wilco’s new album was made available for purchase, and the double-whammy of it being titled Wilco (The Album) and having its first single be called “Wilco (The Song)” proved to be too much for some writers out there to resist. After the jump, a selection of Wilco (The Parenthetically Assisted Reactions) that have appeared over the past few days, rated on a scale of zero to two camel humps in honor of the album’s cover:


Dorothy Hernandez, Red Eye: “For those who want lunch, they can try Wilco the sandwich. It’s not typical Denny’s fare but how about a prosciutto sandwich for the alt-country band? Get it? Prosciutto is an alternative to the typical ham. Hahahaha, I slay me.” If only forgetting the parentheses was this non-joke’s biggest problem. ZERO HUMPS.


Relix: “Wilco (The Sit-In).” Sadly, it’s about a Feist guest appearance, not a Jeff Tweedy-led protest. HALF A HUMP.


Anonymous copyeditor at the Associated Press: “Wilco (the article): Jeff Tweedy and co. celebrate rock with self-aware Wilco (The Album)” Obvious, but I’ll be nice because the story’s lede is actually not as cheesetastic as the headline. ONE HUMP.


Simmy Richman, The Independent: “So what, then, is Wilco (The Verdict)?” Have to be honest: I probably would have said something similar, appositive “then” and all. ONE HUMP.


Michael Saba, Paste: “Wilco (The Gas Station).” Sample line: “Wilco (The Gas Station) runs on a series of clumsily executed pop-philosophy clichés that reflect the sensibilities of a once-great truck-stop empire in its twilight, struggling for relevance in a world it no longer understands.” Made me want to read more cultural criticism of roadside service stations by this guy, which is saying something. TWO HUMPS AND AN EXTRA CANTEEN.

  1. Awww….Paste does know Wilco is their physical embodiment, right?

  2. Nevermind. I just read the thing. So, yeah, Paste is still VERY aware Wilco fans keep them in beer and skittles.

  3. @Joe Gross: trial-size bags, though.

  4. I endured the hassle of taking my two week old son out to buy it yesterday. LOVE this album more than words can say (the kid seems to dig it as well).

  5. Great article title, Maura.

    I am in no way a Wilco fan. I don’t straight-up hate them- they’re no Linkin Park- but I was once front row at a Wilco concert and sufficiently bored to the extent that I left after half an hour. I understand their appeal, but they’re not for me.

  6. I’m really frustrated with the critical response to the last two Wilco albums. It seems once Yankee Hotel came out, writers decided that Wilco was first and foremost a groundbreaking experimental band interested in deconstruction and “pushing” the “sonic” “envelope.” And all that shit. It seems that everyone completely ignored why YHF was actually successful: great songs. That’s it. So suddently with Sky Blue Sky (my favorite of their records, incidentally), everyone’s like “Sounds like a boring old rock band! Where’s the tape loops? Where’s the static and cut up field recordings!?”, as if Wilco had suddenly turned into Fennesz or Wolf Eyes or something. And I’m noticing the same stuff on this new album. As if being a exceptionally talented rock and roll sextet suddenly isn’t good enough anymore. Yes, this album isn’t as good as their older albums. But it has nothing to do with innovation or experimentation or what music writers have convinced themselves Wilco is supposed to be. The songs just aren’t great. There’s nothing more to it than that.

    Best live band in America still, as far as I’m concerned.

  7. @NeverEnough: Congratulations on your bebe!! (Where did that time go?)

    And I’m seeing Wilco next Fridayin the baseball farm team stadium across the parking lot from my office WOOOOOT.

  8. @ObtuseIntolerant: Thanks! Should you want to be bored silly by a million baby pics, go here: http://www.benjaminbaby.com :)

    Enjoy Wilco! I actually had tickets to that show but it soon became clear that it’s a bit early to embark on a 4 hour road trip just yet.

    A friend of mine dragged me to see Wilco 6+ years ago. I knew nothing about them and had even less interest. They absolutely blew me away and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. Prepare for your mind to be blown.

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