Last month, Wilco invited friend of the band/Jeff Tweedy collaborator Mavis Staples and opening act Nick Lowe onstage for a Chicago show for a rousing cover of “The Weight.” Some shaky cell footage emerged, but now we have something better: a video of the impromptu supergroup rehearsing the cover backstage at the Civic Opera House.
Two months ago, we heard Wilco celebrate their new label with, appropriately enough, a cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label.” Now the band has released a video for the song. It’s basically just a studio clip of the band recording the song in their Chicago loft but, as anyone who’s ever seen them live can attest, there are worse things to do than watch these guys play.
Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
Once in a generation there comes a song so good, so perfectly written and arranged, that it transcends pure aural pleasure and becomes an anthem. The Band’s “The Weight” is one of those songs, without question – Easy Rider, anyone? If that doesn’t make you want to take a Harley across state lines, what would?
Every once and a while, an artist will love a cover so much that they will feel compelled to cover the cover themselves. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco fame did just that with Elvis Costello‘s take on Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.”
This weekend Wilco curate their second annual Massachusetts music festival Solid Sound. To celebrate the occasion, they sold a 7” of two new songs at the festival (they’ll be available digitally on July 18th). The tunes are the first on Wilco’s new label dBpm. To mark their new independence, in addition to the original A-side “I Might” (which you can hear here), they covered Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label” on the B-side.
As a veteran of grunge (Screaming Trees), rock (Queens of the Stone Age) and roots music (his brilliant collaborations with Belle and Sebastian vet Isobel Campbell), Mark Lanegan has surely used up most of his nine lives. Notoriously fiery and unpredictable, he has flown in and out of rehab several times, and now at 46 seems to have settled down a bit.