News & Reviews
- Friday, April 27, 2012
Billy Bragg Discusses "Mermaid Avenue" Across the BBC; Its "Wealth of Quality Material Is Remarkable," Says Q (Four Stars)
Billy Bragg has been featured across the BBC airwaves to celebrate the release of Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, on which Bragg and Wilco set Woody Guthrie's words to music. The Sunday Times and Details both dub it a "must-have." BBC Music says that "nobody has picked up on Woody as effectively—or unexpectedly—as this transatlantic get-together." The Mermaid Avenue project "was always an interesting idea," says a four-star Q review. "That it produced such a wealth of quality material is remarkable." Pitchfork too says: "What's remarkable is the wealth of material available to these artists and the number of gems these sessions produced." Drowned in Sound rates this "wonderful reissue" a nine out of ten. "Even for those who already have both of the previous volumes," says DiS, "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions is a fascinating look at one of America’s greatest writers."
- Saturday, April 21, 2012
Record Store Day Releases from Black Keys, Dr. John, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Sara Watkins, Carolina Chocolate Drops Out Now
Happy Record Store Day! Nonesuch Records has made a series of special releases available today in honor of the fifth annual Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Among the artists releasing albums and singles today are The Black Keys, Dr. John, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Sara Watkins, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. A limited quantity of each Record Store Day title is also available on the Nonesuch Store now.
About this Album
On its Nonesuch debut, Wilco delivers a thrillingly experimental work that scored a perfect 10 on Pitchfork, which hailed the album as “complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative, noisy and somehow serene … simply a masterpiece.” As the New York Times put it, Jeff Tweedy’s “songs about love, America, apocalypse, and self-invention unfold in richly enigmatic arrangements.” The 12" double-vinyl LP version includes the album on CD and MP3.
Wilco was Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Leroy Bach, Glenn Kotche, and Jay Bennett with: Craig Christiansen, Ken Coomer, Jessy Greene, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Jim O'Rourke.
Produced by Wilco
Recorded at The Loft, Chicago. Additional recording at CRC and Soma E.M.S., Chicago.
Engineers: Jay Bennett and Chris Brickley
Additional engineering by Jim O’Rourke and Jonathan Parker
Mixed by Jim O’Rourke at Soma E.M.S.
Mastered by Steve Rooke at Abbey Road Studios, London
All words written by Jeff Tweedy. Music written by Jeff Tweedy with Jay Bennett except
Tracks 1, 7, 11 music by Jeff Tweedy. All tracks published by Words Ampersand Music
(Warner Tamerlane Publishing Co., BMI) and You Want a Piece of This Music (Bug Music,
ASCAP), except tracks 1, 7, 11 published solely by Words Ampersand.
Horn and String Arrangements by John Stirratt and Jeff Tweedy
Photography: Sam Jones
Art Direction and Design: Lawrence Azerrad