Tweedy, O'Rourke Untangle 'Loose Fur'
As first tipped here in March, a long-finished album from producer/multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke and Wilco members Jeff Tweedy and Glen Kotche will finally see the light of day early next year.As first tipped here in March, a long-finished album from producer/multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke and Wilco members Jeff Tweedy and Glen Kotche will finally see the light of day early next year. Under the moniker Loose Fur, the group will issue the self-titled set in January via Chicago independent label Drag City. O'Rourke mixed Wilco's acclaimed Nonesuch set "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"; his latest Drag City solo album, "Insignificance," featured uncredited guest appearances by Tweedy and Kotche.
"Jeff and I are huge folk-rock fans," O'Rourke told Billboard.com of the project he affectionately referred to as Nuts. "It's not studio-oriented like the Wilco record. We wrote the songs, played them live, and we limited ourselves to one overdub on each song, and then the singing. It's fairly dense considering it's only five instruments at most."
The genesis of the project goes back to the spring of 2000, when Tweedy and O'Rourke -- who had never met before -- began rehearsing for a collaborative show as part of Chicago's Noise Pop festival. "I immediately saw he and I had a lot more in common than I thought," O'Rourke says. "The next night, I brought Glen over. Jeff was immediately freaked out over Glen, who has been the secret in [Chicago] for a long time. We got together another night and wrote a bunch of stuff. We did that show, and two nights later, we started recording the album."
Meanwhile, Wilco is in the midst of a fresh round of touring in support of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." The group plays Arcata, Calif., tomorrow (Sept. 5) and has dates set through Oct. 27 in Urbana, Ill. According to the group's official Web site, Wilco will play Australia's annual Big Day Out festival plus additional shows in the region in January.
Here are Wilco's tour dates:
Sept. 5: Arcata, Calif. (John Van Duzer Theatre)
Sept. 6-7: San Francisco (Warfield)
Sept. 9-10: Los Angeles (John Anson Ford Theatre)
Sept. 12: San Diego (4th & B)
Sept. 14: Denver (Fillmore Auditorium)
Sept. 15: Kansas City, Mo. (Beaumont Club)
Sept. 25: Oxford, Miss. (Library)
Sept. 26: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
Sept. 28: Austin, Texas (Zilker Park)
Oct. 12: Grantham, Pa. (Messiah College)
Oct. 14-15: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Oct. 17-18: New York (Roseland)
Oct. 19: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
Oct. 20: Portland, Maine (State Theatre)
Oct. 22: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Oct. 25: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Theater)
Oct. 27: Urbana, Ill. (Foellinger Auditorium)