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Song of the Week: Iggy & the Stooges

Posted in News with tags , , , on March 6, 2013 by 30daysout

Right before the week of SXSW, let’s start a new regular feature here: Song of the Week. Each week we’ll offer up a listen to a new, upcoming song from an album and/or artist we like. Kind of the same thing we do with those endless “Video Du Jour” things we use to fill space and kill time – only now we’ve figured out how to use Soundcloud on the blog.

Ahem. OK, legends Iggy and the Stooges are back this spring with a studio Iggy-and-the-Stoogesalbum, Ready to Die, and “Burn” is the first single.

On the new album Iggy is joined by guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott Asheton, with Mike Watt filling in on bass for the late Ron Asheton.

The group will take their new music on the road this spring, with a March 13 show for the House of Vans showcase at The Mohawk  in Austin for South by Southwest kicking things off. Aside from the SXSW festival, the only other North American appearances currently on the itinerary are a headlining set at the Free Press Summer Fest June 1-2 in Houston, and the Ink-N-Iron Festival June 8 in Long Beach.

Ready to Die is due in stores April 30 on Fat Possum Records. You can pre-order the disc here.

Video Du Jour: Iggy & the Stooges

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , on February 26, 2013 by 30daysout

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After about 40 years, the second album by Iggy & the Stooges is coming out – Ready To Die, the new studio album from the band under this name (the first was, of course, the 1973 masterpiece Raw Power), is coming out April 30.

The band is Iggy Pop with guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott “Rock Action” Asheton, with Mike Watt filling in for the late Ron Asheton on bass.

For a bit of context: they were the Stooges first, with the great Ron Asheton on guitar, and released the punk classics The Stooges (1969) and Fun House (1970). For Raw Power, Iggy and producer David Bowie hired Williamson on guitar and relegated Ron Asheton to bass.

Williamson rejoined after Ron’s death in 2009; as Iggy put it then “although ‘the Stooges’ died with Ron Asheton, there is still ‘Iggy and the Stooges’.”  As far as the decision to record and release a new Iggy and the Stooges album for the first time since 1973, Iggy recently commented:

“My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal.  It’s just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they’re an older group they also make fucking records.  They don’t just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money…”

Bonus video: Iggy Pop interview