Schmilco is the tenth studio album from the Chicago-based band Wilco. Wilco began in 1994, rising from the ashes of the alternative country band, Uncle Tupelo. There have been several personnel changes along the way, with frontman Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt the only original members still in the lineup. Alt-country remains a part of Wilco's sound, but they have ventured far beyond that description over the course of their career, with a definite adventurous and experimental side emerging from time to time. Schmilco is a straightforward, concise, and mostly acoustic album. Tweedy's lyrics often deal with looking back on his youth, along with his observations of modern life.
Oh, and the album's title is an homage to Harry Nilsson's 1971 album Nilsson Schmilsson.