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Barry Jenkins Brings the Yeehaw Agenda to Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’

Barry Jenkins has remixed Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in the style of a chopped-and-screwed Houston mixtape, dubbing it Yankee Purple Foxtrot.

The Moonlight director remixed the band’s 2001 breakthrough with the help of the Chopstars’ DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C. “NOBODY asked for this BUT… in a world where Jeff Tweedy and the boyz was from Houston, TX…” he tweeted. “Some Americana for the timeline given recent events. The #YeehawAgenda is alive and well.”

Jenkins’ Wilco remix follows his 2017 reworking of Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest and Painted Ruins. He directed If Beale Street Could Talk in 2018, and is set to direct a sequel to Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King.

Tweedy recently released his new book, How to Write One Song, and a new solo album Love Is the King, which he recorded at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic with his two sons, Spencer and Sammy. Last week, Wilco released a deluxe edition of their 1999 album Summerteeth. 

“I feel overwhelmingly grateful that there are any records still being listened to by anybody,” Tweedy told Rolling Stone last month. “I could never have imagined that. Or maybe if I had imagined, it would have been at the highest end of my aspirations my whole life, to have something that stays relevant to some people over time. And it’s not just that record [Yankee Hotel Foxtrot]. There are a lot of records, even Uncle Tupelo records, that have maintained some presence in the minds of music listeners for much longer than I would have anticipated. It’s really beautiful.”

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‘Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins Made A Screwed-And-Chopped Wilco Remix

For the unfamiliar, the “screwed-and-chopped” style of remix was pioneered by the late DJ Screw and is when a song/album (usually hip-hop) is slowed down and edited so it sounds like the original version trudging through cold molasses. Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is a fan of these productions, and he included a screwed-and-chopped version of Jidenna’s “Classic Man” in the aforementioned film. Now, in a year that has been full of unexpected news, Jenkins has made a screwed-and-chopped version of the classic Wilco album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (in collaboration with The Chopstars).

The album has been renamed Yankee Purple Foxtrot, and as one would expect, the whole album has been made to sound like a much woozier version of the original. Jenkins wrote on Twitter, “NOBODY asked for this BUT… in a world where Jeff Tweedy and the boyz was from Houston, TX… @candlestickem, @OGRONC and me present YANKEE PURPLE FOXTROT. Some Americana for the timeline given recent events. The #YeehawAgenda is alive and well.”

While this wasn’t exactly on anybody’s 2020 bingo card, it’s not entirely unprecedented. In 2017, Jenkins teamed up with Chopstars’ DJ Candlestick on screwed-and-chopped versions of the Grizzly Bear albums Veckatimest and Painted Ruins.

Listen to the screwed-and-chopped version of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot above.

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