Wilco - Schmilco

APRIL 2017

For our April 2017 Record of the Month we featured Schmilco from the Chicago-based band Wilco. It is their tenth studio album and mostly acoustic, but that doesn’t mean it’s a tame one. The album was first released in September 2016.

The album name "Schmilco" is a nod to the Harry Nilsson album “Nilsson Schmilsson”. The album artwork was made by a famous illustrator Joan Cornellà in collaboration with Stefania Lusini. The record consists of stories of lead singer Jeff Tweedy, his family, and his history, told by himself.


Wilco is my favorite band. I love other artists better than them, but as a band, in my lifetime, I think they are without equal. Part Americana, part experimental rock orchestra, they are a group of ridiculous musicians centered around the songwriting genius of Jeff Tweedy. This is their tenth album, Schmilco, and sending out this record to the Magnolia Record Club is a dream come true. Their albums tend toward one of two directions, the weird rock n roll albums like Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, or the subdued Americana of Sky Blue Sky and Being There. I have seen them live probably 5 or 6 times and they never disappoint.
Schmilco finds them in probably the most subdued state of their career. Wistful melancholy melodies about growing up; without ever veering into complete nostalgia. Songs of beauty and ache, wonderfully choreographed on the production side of things. To me, this is a record you play all the way through, on a mellow day with partly cloudy skies, hopeful but somber. This record is intimate and honest. The best kind of record. I hope you enjoy Wilco as much as I do. Go see a show. You will thank me later.


1. Normal American Kids
2. If I Ever Was a Child
3. Cry All Day
4. Common Sense
5. Nope
6. Someone to Lose

7. Happiness
8. Quarters
9. Locator
10. Shrug and Destroy
11. We Aren't the World (Safety Girl)
12. Just Say Goodbye"

Drew Holcomb