The band dropped a new Woody Guthrie-written song today, in exchange asking for a donation to the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. I have to confess that I hit the link marked "Sorry, I'm unemployed / underemployed or otherwise broke. I'll download the track and I'll make it up to you later, I promise."
"Jolly Banker" - download here - is a pitch-perfect tune for this here worst economy of my lifetime. It's pure Woody Guthrie - the big banker taking all he can from the little guy, a smile on his face the whole time:
Unlike the Mermaid Avenue songs, this is one that Woody recorded himself, in March of 1940 during some sessions with Alan Lomax that turned into the Library of Congress Recordings album.
If you show me you need it, I'll let you have credit,
I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
Just bring me back two for the one I lend you,
Singin' I'm jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
Wilco stays faithful to the Woody tune, giving it a light bounce that sounds like it'd be right at home on Sky Blue Sky moreso than on the more country-sounding Mermaid Avenue discs.
Next up, the Rialto Theatre is hosting tonight a big-screen celebration of Wilco's new concert film, Ashes of American Flags. It's just $2, which kicks major ass, and I hope that this is the start of a regular rock 'n' roll film series down at the Rialto.
And the band just announced the release date and title for the new record - Wilco (The Album) will be out June 30, and hopefully the band will keep up their tradition of streaming it well in advance, so I can get fully aquainted with it before the June 18 show at Tucson's Centennial Hall.
Here's the track list:
Wilco (the song)
Bull Black Nova
You And I (with Feist)
You Never Know
Wilco - Ingrid Bergman (live)