Published Feb 06, 2009In an effort to give back to the little guy, Wilco have announced their upcoming concert DVD will come early at all participating Record Store Day retailers on April 18. The Nonesuch-released film, dubbed Ashes of American Flags, will not go on sale officially until two weeks later, Billboard reports, meaning the flick's proper release date appears to be May 5.
"My introduction to a lot of great music and to the 'music business' came from hanging around and eventually working at independent record stores in Belleville, IL, and St. Louis many years back," Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy told Billboard. "It's the life I know. Nothing beats browsing in your favourite store, listening to music, finding something new or old that you've been searching for, being ignored by the store clerks, all that. And without these stores, there's just no way Wilco would still be around. They've been with us from the very beginning, through thick and thin. Even if I wasn't in a band, I'd still support Record Store Day. It's a great thing and I'm glad we could do something special with them for our DVD."
As previously reported, Ashes of American Flags was filmed during Wilco's February '08 tour and was made with the help of Brendan Canty and Christoph Green of Trixie Films. It will serve as teaser to the band's forthcoming new album, which is expected to be released sometime this summer.
This latest Record Store Day exclusive follows news that Matador also has several releases lined up for the April 18 celebration. These so far include a split Sonic Youth/Beck seven-inch, another SY split with Jay Reatard, a previously unreleased Pavement live album and a special fan-drawn version of Belle and Sebastian's The BBC Sessions.
Other notable Record Store Day releases involve a split Thermals and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down seven-inch, a special ten-inch pressing of My Morning Jacket's Evil Urges and, according to Billboard, a series of Radiohead EPs on vinyl.
Wilco "Radio Cure" (live)