Since 2008, NPR's host of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen, has had the enviable privilege of having bands come to him, at the NPR Music offices, to play mini-concerts of three or four songs as part of an ongoing series known as the Tiny Desk Concerts. More than 150 cramped performances have gone down, including sets from bands ranging from the Avett Brothers, Rafael Saadiq, and Jimmy Cliff, to Adele, Foster the People, and The Decemberists.
This past weekend, Wilco brought their angsty, '70s-style melodies and squeezed into the office for the first-ever Saturday Tiny Desk Concert. Scruffy Jeff Tweedy and company played three tunes off their new album, The Whole Love, including "Dawned on Me," "Whole Love," and "Born Alone," and closed with "War on War," off the best-selling of all their albums, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Tweedy and the only other original band member, bassist John Stirratt, were joined by guitarist Nels Cline, keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen, jack-of-all-trades Pat Sansone shaking a paperclip holder like a maraca at one point, and drummer Glen Kotche also playing with office paraphernalia, including a padded envelope doubling as a drum head. Big ups to the Tiny Desk Concert.