Ah… So *That’s* Why Wilco Gave Away Their New Album

Ah… so Wilco reveals the impetus behind offering their new album free. From a brilliant email blast today:

This message has arrived in your inbox because you downloaded Wilco’s new album Star Wars. Thanks for that and we hope you’re enjoying the new tunes.

Wilco Star WarsNow a bit of background… We consider ourselves lucky to be in the position to give you this music free of charge, but we do so knowing not every band, label or studio can do the same. Much of the “music business” relies on physical sales to keep the lights on and the mics up. Without that support, well, it gets tougher and tougher to make it all work.

With that in mind, Wilco has put together a list of some of their favorite recent releases. We encourage you to explore it (and beyond) and yep, even march down to your neighborhood record shop and BUY. There’s a lot of great music out there, lets all try to support it. After all, it’s the years of support (and purchases) of Wilco’s music that allowed us to do what we did last week.

Here’s a list of folks Wilco thinks you should listen to:

Adron – Organismo
Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine    
Empyrean Atlas – Inner Circle
Eleventh Dream Day – Works for Tomorrow
Full of Hell, Merzbow – Full of Hell & Merzbow     
Game TheoryRealNighttime
Girlpool – BeforetheWorldWasBig
Invisible Familiars – Disturbing Wildlife
LandladyUpright Behavior  
Luluc – Passerby
Ned Doheny Hard Candy
Parquet Courts – Content Nausea  
Richard Julian – Fleur de Lis  
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused 
Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer    
Steve Gunn Way Out Weather  
William Tyler –  Deseret Canyon 

Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I’ve only heard of three or four of those artists. Looks like I’ve got some new tunes to check out.

And kudos to Wilco for using their platform to highlight others!

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