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Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994–2014

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  • Wilco made its Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot fifteen years ago today, on April 23, 2002. On the album, Wilco delivers a thrillingly experimental work that scored a perfect 10 on Pitchfork, which hailed the album "simply a masterpiece." The New York Times said that "songs about love, America, apocalypse, and self-invention unfold in richly enigmatic arrangements" on the album. Rolling Stone named Yankee Hotel Foxtrot the No. 3 Album of the 2000s.

  • Wilco has released a full-length documentary film entitled Every Other Summer, about the band's music and arts festival, Solid Sound. Directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty of Trixie Films and shot in 2013, it documents the three-day event, which takes place at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The film features appearances and performances from a number of festival artists including Sam Amidon, who returns to Solid Sound next weekend with Bill Frisell. The two give a free set in Brooklyn's Prospect Park tonight for Celebrate Brooklyn!. 

  • About This Album

    Nonesuch Records released two new Wilco collections on November 17 in conjunction with the influential Chicago band’s 20th anniversary: Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a four-disc box-set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives, and What’s Your 20?, is a two-CD compilation of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings. (Release date outside of North America: December 1.)

    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. These are the first compilations of Wilco music of any kind.  

    “Like a lot of fans, I had collected these straggling tracks over the past two decades of following Wilco’s every move,” Pawelski said. “Alpha Mike Foxtrot includes almost every unique, essential performance that appeared on soundtracks, tribute albums and B-sides—and there are probably a few surprises for even the sharpest collector. This set presents an alternate history of the band, kind of a sideways view, and ultimately, it’s a super-fun listening experience.”

    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.

    Credits

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Compilation Assembled and Produced by Cheryl Pawelski
    with Jeff Tweedy, Tony Margherita, and Deb Bernardini
    Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

    Art Direction and Design: Greg Allen for Omnivore Creative
    Cover Photography by Vivian Maier © Vivian Maier, courtesy of Vivian Maier Prints Inc.
    Book Cover Photography by Zoran Orlic
    Inside Book Cover Proof Sheets by Danny Clinch
    Label Illustrations: Lure Design (Disc 1); Voltage Design Lab (Disc 2); Florafauna (Disc 3); Brian Methe (Disc 4)
    Memorabilia, posters, and other ephemera from the Wilco archive
    Records from the collection of Cheryl Pawelski
    Editorial: Audrey Bilger
    Research and Annotation: Lee Lodyga and Cheryl Pawelski

    R.I.P. Jay Bennett 1963–2009

    Leslie Feist appears courtesy of Polydor, a Universal Music France division. Fleet Foxes appear courtesy of Sub Pop Records.

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Wilco
Release Date: 
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 14:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

In conjunction with Wilco's 20th anniversary comes Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a four-disc box set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives, plus 64 pages of liner notes, including track-by-track recollections from Jeff Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos chronicling all phases of the band’s career. 

Description: 

Nonesuch Records released two new Wilco collections on November 17 in conjunction with the influential Chicago band’s 20th anniversary: Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a four-disc box-set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives, and What’s Your 20?, is a two-CD compilation of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings. (Release date outside of North America: December 1.)

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. These are the first compilations of Wilco music of any kind.  

“Like a lot of fans, I had collected these straggling tracks over the past two decades of following Wilco’s every move,” Pawelski said. “Alpha Mike Foxtrot includes almost every unique, essential performance that appeared on soundtracks, tribute albums and B-sides—and there are probably a few surprises for even the sharpest collector. This set presents an alternate history of the band, kind of a sideways view, and ultimately, it’s a super-fun listening experience.”

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.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Compilation Assembled and Produced by Cheryl Pawelski
with Jeff Tweedy, Tony Margherita, and Deb Bernardini
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

Art Direction and Design: Greg Allen for Omnivore Creative
Cover Photography by Vivian Maier © Vivian Maier, courtesy of Vivian Maier Prints Inc.
Book Cover Photography by Zoran Orlic
Inside Book Cover Proof Sheets by Danny Clinch
Label Illustrations: Lure Design (Disc 1); Voltage Design Lab (Disc 2); Florafauna (Disc 3); Brian Methe (Disc 4)
Memorabilia, posters, and other ephemera from the Wilco archive
Records from the collection of Cheryl Pawelski
Editorial: Audrey Bilger
Research and Annotation: Lee Lodyga and Cheryl Pawelski

R.I.P. Jay Bennett 1963–2009

Leslie Feist appears courtesy of Polydor, a Universal Music France division. Fleet Foxes appear courtesy of Sub Pop Records.

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543675

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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 16:30
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34.00
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075597953633
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32.00
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075597954388
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