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Revered roots-tinged rock act Wilco has parted ways with Reprise Records after the label rejected the group's forthcoming album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," according to sources. The split was reportedly predicated around Reprise's insistence that the new material was not "commercial" enough; "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" was self-produced and mixed by indie-rock producer Jim O'Rourke, known for his work with Sonic Youth, Stereolab, and his own band, Gastr Del Sol.
Calls to the band's manager were not returned at deadline, and the band's publicist had no comment. The future of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," which was intended for a mid-September release, remains unknown.
This is not the first time Wilco has butted heads with Reprise over its musical direction. After the completion of 1999's "Summerteeth" album, the label reportedly insisted on additional recording sessions in hopes they would yield a radio single. The new track that resulted from those sessions, "Can't Stand It," wound up as the first track on the finished album.
As previously reported, the sessions for "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" were filmed for a documentary to be released early next year. The film, directed by L.A. filmmaker/photographer Sam Jones, is titled "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," and chronicles the entire process of recording the album.
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