Wilco Leaving Nonesuch, Possibly Starting Own Label

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We’ve had Wilco (The Band), Wilco (The Album), “Wilco (The Song)” and now, it looks like we’re getting Wilco (The Record Label).

In an interview with D.C. website Express Night Out, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline mentioned that Wilco’s new album would be on their own record label. “I don’t know the name of it,” Cline told Express Night Out. “Jeff was basically not wanting to be on a record label for a while—he didn’t renew his contract with Nonesuch—so we’re striking out on our own, our own label. There might be a 7-inch or something, a little souvenir when we do this Mass MoCA [Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Ma.] I’m not sure, really. Basically, Jeff and [Wilco manager] Tony Margherita are the masterminds, so I’m just cruising with what they want to do.”

In an e-mail exchange with Paste, Wilco’s publicist, Deb Bernadini mostly echoed Cline’s words: “I can confirm that Wilco’s deal is indeed up with Nonesuch Records. It has not yet been determined who will release the next Wilco record, but forming their own label and releasing future albums through it is definitely a potential scenario.”

Cline was vague on the details of the upcoming album but mentioned that the band would be recording “a lot” in October. In the meantime, the guys are keeping busy curating the Solid Sound Festival, which features the likes of Hannibal Burress, Kristen Schaal, Mavis Staples, Vetiver and Avi Buffalo.

Thanks to reader James DuBray for the tip!