Wilco Checks Into 'Yankee Hotel' In July
Chicago-based rock outfit Wilco has picked "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" as the working title for its latest album, tentatively scheduled for a July 10 release by Reprise. According to Wilco's official Web sChicago-based rock outfit Wilco has picked "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" as the working title for its latest album, tentatively scheduled for a July 10 release by Reprise. According to Wilco's official Web site, the band will begin mixing the 20-plus songs recorded for the album in April. Between 12 and 15 tracks are expected to make the final cut.
The site also reports that drummer Glen Kotche has been officially added to the Wilco lineup. It was announced last month that original drummer Ken Coomer had left the band, with no reason or explanation given for his departure.
Chicago-based Kotche has recorded with Jim O'Rourke, Paul K and the Weatherman, and Edith Frost, among others, and has previously worked with Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy on the score to the Ethan Hawke film "Chelsea Walls." Wilco also performs in the feature, which documents a day in New York's famed Chelsea Hotel. Lions Gate will distribute "Chelsea Walls" for a fall release.
Of late, Tweedy has been on a solo acoustic tour of North America, peppering his sets with old Wilco favorites and new songs such as "Heavy Metal Drummer" and "Ashes Of American Flags." These cuts may wind up on "Yankee Hotel," which is Wilco's first studio album since 1999's "Summerteeth."