Donavon Frankenreiter Covers Wilco, Nels Cline Has CHICKEN POX

Forever suckers for covers, we got wind of Donavon Frankenreiter’s take on Wilco for his Recycled Recipes EP, and despite his bro-ship with Jack Johnson, we gave it a listen. Frankenreiter attempts a Lamontagne-y version of A Ghost Is Born’s beloved “Theologians,” and it’s decent, although stripping the tune of its shuffle ‘n’ spunk doesn’t really pay off as he’d like. Have a listen at Hypem. Meanwhile, the dogmatic architects of said tune are postponing shows due to Nels Cline’s run in with the scourge of elementary schools everywhere. Via Wilco News:

We’re sorry to report that our good friend and Wilco guitarist extraordinaire Nels Cline has recently contracted a rather nasty case of the CHICKEN POX (not sure that should be in all caps… but judging from the gruesome details in email correspondence we’ve had with NC, we’ll leave it so). He is slowly on the mend but is not quite there yet…

Head over for the list of cities affected and rescheduled dates.

Donavon Frankenreiter’s Recycled Recipes is out 8/7 on Lost Highway. And if you see Nels this week, walk the other way.

[Pic of a pox-free Nels from Wilco’s set at Bonnaroo ’07]