Chicago-based pop-rock act Wilco will be releasing a new documentary chronicling its Solid Sound Festival, held at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Pitchfork reports that the film, Every Other Summer, will offer a “peek into the festival’s utopian vibe and the positive impact it had on the small rust belt town in The Berkshires where it takes place.”
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy states in the trailer that “There are a lot of really, really, really big festivals in the world now. But the big festivals, to me, are—I don’t think they’re very musical,” referring, presumably, to Coachella headliners The Girl In The Native American Headdress, Smelly Kid Selling Molly, and Dude Looking For A Fight. Tweedy adds, “The only real desire was to make a festival that we wouldn’t be miserable at.” It can be assumed that the “we” Tweedy refers to is not only himself, John Stirratt, and the other members of Wilco, but the dads who don’t go to shows much anymore but still want to partake in a little outdoor rock ‘n’ roll.
Wilco has a history of mixing music and film. 2002’s I Am Trying To Break Your Heart chronicled the frustrating period when the band was creating the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot which led to bassist and studio mastermind Jay Bennett leaving the band. Summer director Christoph Greene was also involved in the live DVD Sunken Treasure: Live In The Pacific Northwest, which featured Jeff Tweedy performing solo.
Every Other Summer also features performances from Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, Reggie Watts, and comedian Jen Kirkman. Every Other Summer will be available on Vimeo On Demand on June 18th.