In 2009, Wilco will build on their reign as one of Chicago's most high profile and widely-respected bands with their first DVD release and a brand new LP.
The DVD, dubbed "Ashes of American Flags" (the title of one of the tracks from the band's 2002 album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"), is scheduled to hit in either February or March, and will be Wilco's first live concert DVD. It was put together by Brendan Canty and Christoph Green of Trixie Films, and will include footage from the band's winter 2008 tour.
If that's not enough to excite fans, the band has announced that they will spend the early part of 2009 completing their next studio album, which will follow up 2007's "Sky Blue Sky." According to a recent Billboard article, the album is expected to stray from the performance-oriented vibe of the last record, instead allowing "a little bit more leeway in terms of sculpting the sound in the studio and doing overdubs and using the studio as another instrument." The record is scheduled for a spring release, after which the band will resume touring.
Until then, front man Jeff Tweedy is scheduled to perform solo gigs in Champaign, IL, Kalamazoo, MI and Ann Arbor, MI. Click here for more information.