It’s safe to say that the current lineup Wilco, which has remained solid since 2006, has become the definitive lineup (with all respect to to the late great Jay Bennett). I was lucky enough to catch the band at Prospect Park Bandshell the other day, and not only did they play a lengthy, varied set that spanned the band’s entire career, but they completely mesmerized the audience with their energy and chemistry throughout.
Much like that performance, their appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night found the group in top form, playing the opening track from their latest album “The Whole Love,” the suspenseful “Art of Almost.” Watching the action of the song unfold is a truly marvelous sight, especially when you fix your gaze on the seemingly possessed Nels Cline as he looks like he’s going to pass out from exhaustion by the song’s end.
The band also played another one for “Late Night”‘s web-exclusive series. “Laminated Cat” is actually not a Wilco song, but the opening track off Loose Fur’s debut album, the band Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche formed with Jim O’Rourke in 2003 (sort of the Grinderman of the Wilco family). Hearing the full band flesh out the spacious track is also pretty amazing.
Check them both out below.
Wilco — “Art of Almost”
Wilco — “Laminated Cat”