[photogallerylink id=53254 align=left]Is not a big surprise to followers of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wilco[/lastfm] to learn that they have decided to leave the world of major label record companies and form their own label. Their label will be called dBm records and they will be affiliated with the Silver Lake, L.A. label Anti- Records for distribution and marketing purposes. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jeff Tweedy[/lastfm] said recently via his publicist, “This is an idea we’ve discussed for years. We really like doing things ourselves, so having our own label feels pretty natural to me. And, to be working with Anti- — a label that was started by a punk rock guy to sell his own records — seems like a perfect fit for us.”
The band already has their own studio known as The Wilco Loft where Jeff produced the latest record by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mavis Staples[/lastfm]. That record was released by Anti- Records which is also home to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Neko Case[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tom Waits[/lastfm], among others.
As for concert dates, no Chicago dates have been announced but it seems likely that something is in the works. One of the dates that has been announced is May 5 when Wilco returns to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the second weekend of that event. Also, the second annual Solid Sound Festival will take place at North Adams, Massachusetts from June 24-26. The festival is headlined and curated by Wilco as a collaboration with MASS MoCA, American’s largest center for contemporary art. There will be two headlining sets by Wilco and a number of sets from the band members’ extended family of projects.