NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts are remarkably intimate, tightly packed acoustic shows that bring often bring out the best in performers. While everyone from legends to up-and-comers have performed for the series, no band has ever been asked back twice. But if there’s one band Bob Boilen would make an exception for in that respect, it’s Wilco. And so he did for the TDC’s latest episode, which sees Jeff Tweedy and co. returning to the NPR studios for the second time.
The band first performed back in 2011, supporting The Whole Love. This time through, they opened with “The Joke Explained” from their latest album, Star Wars. They then dug deep for a clamorous rendition of “Misunderstood” from their 1996 sophomore album Being There. The short, sweet set closed out with two tracks from 1999’s Summerteeth: “I’m Always in Love” and “Shot in the Arm”.
Watch the entire performance below, and read Boilen’s words of praise for the band at NPR.
In related news, Tweedy recently told the Guardian that “Wilco have another [album] ready to go this year.” There are no details provided, but since Star Wars appeared out of nowhere, that shouldn’t be too surprising.