Wilco Gets Busy On New Album

Wilco is in a New York studio recording the follow-up to its acclaimed 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," Billboard.com has learned.

Wilco is in a New York studio recording the follow-up to its acclaimed 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," Billboard.com has learned. As with that set, which was released by Nonesuch after Wilco parted ways with Warner Bros., the band is working on the sessions with producer/multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke. Chris Shaw, best known for his work on Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft," is engineering.

The album, tentatively titled "W*lco Happens," will most likely not be released until late spring. Tracks include "We are Finished Waiting for You Now" and "Hell Is Chrome."

Last month, the band made its maiden appearance at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit, but currently has no live shows on its schedule. However, bassist John Stirratt will play tonight (Nov. 18) in New York with his side project, the Autumn Defense, which also features multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone.

The group will then appear Thursday in Hoboken, N.J., Dec. 5 at the Apple Store in Chicago and the following night at Schuba's in the Windy City. The Autumn Defense's sophomore album, "Circles," was released in October by Arena Rock and features a guest appearance by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Wilco, which also includes multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach and drummer Glen Kotche, will soon be heard on "Monsoon," the upcoming album from former Pavement principal Scott Kannberg's Preston School Of Industry. The group contributed to the cut "Get Your Crayons Out" for the set, due Feb. 17 via Matador.