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Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King - October 23

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Someone on the Tweedy show just posted the new record is out digitally at the end of the month. They said the info was posted on WilcoWorld, but I don't see anything. 

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Someone posted the album cover in one of the threads on the Shot In The Arm group. I’d post it, but I can’t seem to upload photos from my iPhone onto VC anymore.

 

Edit: Ah! I see that RainDog found the cover. Nice!

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EDIT: beaten!

 

So was the title and cover originally leaked by Wilco World or by the web store?? My guess would be the web store, if you look at https://wilcostore.com/collections right now, has a section for "Love is the King" which doesn't go anywhere. Web store also leaked the Ode to Joy album title way in advance, IIRC. It's a leak machine.

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So far I like "Guess Again" quite a bit. The title track is probably a grower. What is one listen anyway?

 

This sounds like it will sit nicely, unsurprisingly, to the Warms. A welcome addition in my ears.

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Hurry up and give me that special edition LP to order!!!!

 

I jinxed it! Sorry everyone.

Vinyl obviously has some major delays these days. No CD is interesting, seems to me that getting a CD pressed in 2020 isn't much of an issue?? There must be factors I'm not aware of.  

If there's no physical release for a late October album now, I can't imagine we'll get one in 2020, at least for vinyl. Hopefully this doesn't end up being another Record Store Day release.  :heartbroken

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So how many of LitK songs have we heard? Links below.

 

01 Love Is the King (official release)
02 Opaline (on the Tweedy Show)
03 A Robin or a Wren (on the Tweedy Show)
04 Gwendolyn (on the Tweedy Show)

05 Bad Day Lately (on the Tweedy Show)
06 Even I Can See (on the Tweedy Show)
07 Natural Disaster (on the Tweedy Show)
08 Save It for Me (on the Tweedy Show)
09 Guess Again (on the Tweedy Show & official release)

10 Troubled (on the Tweedy Show)
11 Half-Asleep

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So how many of LitK songs have we heard? Links below.

 

01 Love Is the King (official release)

02 Opaline (on the Tweedy Show)

03 A Robin or a Wren (on the Tweedy Show)

04 Gwendolyn (on the Tweedy Show)

05 Bad Day Lately (on the Tweedy Show)

06 Even I Can See (on the Tweedy Show)

07 Natural Disaster (on the Tweedy Show)

08 Save It for Me (on the Tweedy Show)

09 Guess Again (on the Tweedy Show & official release)

10 Troubled (on the Tweedy Show)

11 Half-Asleep

 

 

This is fantastic! Thank you!

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Hopefully they are able to at least announce a physical release by 10/23 so I know if I need to purchase the digital version or not.  I had to double dip on Warm to get the Warmer vinyl and I'm not eager to repeat that!

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Looking forward to the release! How lucky are we to be fans of an artist who is so incredibly prolific!

 

So, from what I can tell, the new songs he's played on The Tweedy Show that are not on the album are...

 

1) I'd Rather Be Alone (from Episode 2 of The Tweedy Show)

 

2) Baby, You're So Miserable (from Episode 5 of The Tweedy Show)

 

3) Half-Life (which might be Half-Asleep on the new album? It's an Ode to Joy outtake played on Episode 30, and would make a great album closer.)

 

4) It's Been a Bad Day Lately (from Episode 40 of The Tweedy Show.)

 

4) Cold Water Falling (a work in progress from Episode 46 of The Tweedy Show.)

 

5) Whisper (from Episode 47 of The Tweedy Show, which was available on that recent charity album from various artists, that for some reason was only on sale for 24 hours so I missed it. Odd choice to only sell a charity album for a limited time as it would seem to limit the amount of money raised! Hopefully the song will be released --for charity-- in the future.)

 

6) Inside a Heart, Outside a Heart (very unfinished from Episode 57 of The Tweedy Show.)

 

Did I miss any?

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Great list, knotgreen! We like lists, so I had a running list on my iPhone of all of the unreleased songs that he’s done on The Tweedy Show. I reorganized it to fit the album sequencing. I placed episode numbers and a few notes here and there. And songs with quotes around them means that they are untitled. You might find them with a different title under YouTube user Todd Leopold. (Don’t mind the spacing. It looked too compressed without it.)

 

Love Is The King

 

Opaline (Ep 64/Ep 75)

 

A Robin Or A Wren (Ep 3/Ep 39/Ep 83)

 

Gwendolyn (Ep 60/Ep 61/Ep 79)

 

Bad Day Lately (Ep 40/Ep 62)

 

Even I Can See f/k/a By Her Side (Ep 42/Ep 61/Ep 83)

 

Natural Disaster (Ep 10/Ep 84/Ep 88)

 

Save It For Me (Ep 1 recording/Ep 13/Ep 15/Ep 50/Ep 56/Ep 63/Ep 76/Ep 91)

 

Guess Again (Ep 6/Ep37/Ep 64/Ep 96)

 

Troubled f/k/a I’m Troubled (But The Trouble’s Still Me) (Ep 42)

 

Half Asleep

 

Notes: Troubled was played during a solo Jeff Tweedy show in Spokane, Washington on September 26, 2018. Paul (bbop) gave it the title I’m Troubled (But The Trouble’s Still Me). According to Jeff on episode 42 of The Tweedy Show, it “cannibalizes” lyrics from An Empty Corner & Oprhan.

 

Wilco single May 2020

Tell Your Friends (Ep 29)

 

Jeff Tweedy song September 4, 2020 on Bandcamp benefit compilation

Whisper (Ep 47/Ep 72)

 

Wilco unreleased outtake from Ode To Joy

Half Life (Ep 30)

 

Jeff Tweedy unreleased poem for someone to add music to

Grandma’s A Cyborg Now [poem] (Ep 4)

 

Still unreleased

I’d Rather Be Alone (Ep 2/Ep 66)

“Baby, You’re So Miserable”(Ep 5)

“Cold Water Falling” (Ep 46 electric/Ep 48 acoustic)

“Inside A Heart, Outside A Heart” (Ep 57)

“Please Be Wrong About Me” (Ep 81)

“When You Need Me I’ll Be There” (Ep 81)

 

Ha! When I posted this, I didn’t see Freedy’s post. We must’ve been posting at the same time.

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Hopefully they are able to at least announce a physical release by 10/23 so I know if I need to purchase the digital version or not.  I had to double dip on Warm to get the Warmer vinyl and I'm not eager to repeat that!

 

The Wilco store says, "Digital Release Date: October 23, 2020. Physical product (Vinyl and CD) to follow."

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Some nice notes:

 

 

LOVE IS THE KING LINER NOTES (BY CATE LE BON)

 

It was inside Jeff Tweedy’s second home, The Loft in Chicago, that Love Is The King was recorded in April of 2020, surrounded by an assemblage of treasured instruments and loved ones in a world that felt more and more alien by the day. Not long into Wilco’s North American tour, Tweedy’s natural instinct to return home was realized when all further dates were abandoned. He escaped the anxiety and dislocation of being out at sea during a worldwide crisis and fell into the familiarity of the studio. With his sons, Spencer and Sammy, by his side, he set the task of writing and recording a song a day until they held an album in their hands.

 

Creativity/music was their comfort food. Rather than directly addressing the significant
disruption unfolding outside, Tweedy looked inwards and examined the matters that fear,
separation and vulnerability pulled focus on. The candor with which he calls upon the nourishing elements of nature, gratitude and love is effortless. His wisdom is frank and possesses a glorious wit as he accepts without resistance the inherent duality of living and loving.

 

Songs unfold with the poetic structure of short films—his language poised and concise, personal but collectively shared. Comforting country songs paint vivid scenes of escapism. Songs of separation become eulogies to the love he is apart from. He sings of the world falling apart and whistles a solo. Joy against sorrow.

 

Poetry and music animate the human struggles associated with a particular time more so when
they don’t attempt to sing to the times directly but allow them, unfettered, to permeate the process.

 

The initial impetus was to self-soothe as a family and shield in the comfort of creativity.
However, on Love Is The King, Tweedy has balanced the books and penned a beautifully honest
ode to love and hope. He has documented a time in history through the personal lens of shared human experience.

 

There is solace here for all who need it.

 

 

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RE: Half Asleep - I’ve been listening to a few of the songs and I noticed that the first line in “When You Need Me I’ll Be There” is “half asleep all your dreams come alive”. You can check out Kate Vassos’ video. Todd Leopold has the song listed as “No One But You”.

 

I’ll leave my list unchanged just in case.

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Lyrics for the new record are available on the Bandcamp app. I haven’t checked the website to see if they have them too.

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Some handsome and talented person, who probably hosts a great Wilco podcast, who knows, asked on The Tweedy Show about the vinyl release for Love Is The King, Jeff said there will be another announcement soon but due to logistics they just want to get the record out. I'd have to listen again to get the exact wording but I think that was the jist of it. 

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Thanks Freedy and u2roolz for the track analysis. Really interesting to see what did and didn't make it, based on what Jeff has been playing on the Tweedy Show. One random thing that struck me today: I really liked the song "Cold Water Falling," which Jeff described as a work in progress on the show, and was a little disappointed it didn't make it on the album. But I happened to listen to Tweedy's "Showbiz Kids" soundtrack on Spotify today, and one of the songs/fragments on there sounds a lot like the music to "Cold Water Falling." It's track 7, called "Burbank, California." Anyone else pick up on that?

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Ha! When I posted this, I didn’t see Freedy’s post. We must’ve been posting at the same time.

But yours is more up to date! (I missed episode 81, apparently!)

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