Spoon Get Weird, Wilco Get Wither-ed

Whereas many artists claim their next album is sure to rock “harder,” Spoon ensure their forthcoming effort will be weirder than a sumo wrestler sporting the band’s well-worn fitted shirts, as it will be complete with harmonicas, “weird Japanese instruments,” and an electric harpsichord.

Frontman Britt Daniel, who recently performed solo at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Music Fest, dished to Billboard.com that his band is busy looking for new instruments to add to the mix on the as-yet-untitled effort.

With Mike McCarthy, who produced the band’s last three albums, behind the knobs, the album’s tentative release date is slated for the first half of 2007.

Daniel said Spoon intend to test the new tracks on the road this fall, possibly as tour support for a “big” band whose identity he neglected to reveal.

Also road testing their new material is Wilco, who have not yet set a date for the release of a still-untitled follow up to 2004’s A Ghost is Born.

The band has more than a dozen songs demoed, drummer Glenn Kotche told Billboard.com, and have been playing four or five of them on the road.

Kotche revealed the sound of a few of the tracks, including the tentatively titled “Either Way,” which he called “a beautiful soul number closer to Bill Withers,” and “Walken,” which is “a swamp rocker with total, full-on guitar.”

Listen for Wilco to play some of those songs at a gig near you when they tour in July and August.

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