Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Yesterday was a big day for Bob Mould and the fans who follow him -- not only did it bring the release of his latest full-lengther, the exceptional "Life and Times", but last night saw him play a very special show down in Alexandria, Virginia. The former Husker Du & Sugar frontman was joined on stage by friends to commemorate the 20th anniversary his brilliant "Workbook" record, performing acoustic versions of the album's best tracks alongside some from his new release, and a couple other familiar faves thrown in for good measure.
He delivered a similarly varied setlist to a sold-out room when played solo at Boston's Paradise Lounge back in 2007 as part of the tour to promote his "Circle of Friends" DVD. At the time, with the release of last year's "District Line" still a few months away, Bob shared that he'd already written the songs that would wind up on its follow-up, "Life And Times". In fact, not only did he give us an early preview of a "District Line" cut, but teased us with a very early listen to two that we'd have to wait 18 months to hear again. One of them, "I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Anymore", was truly moving (Courtney agrees), and a highlight of that set (and, as I believe Bob said from the stage, took all of five minutes to write). Understandably, when I asked about sharing that performance, Bob requested that I wait to post the new songs until the eventual album arrrived, and that time has come...
[Mp3] Bob Mould - "The Breach" (live)
[Mp3] Bob Mould - "I'm Sorry, Baby, But You
Can't Stand In My Light Anymore" (live)
live in Allston, MA
on Monday, November 5th, 2007
You can stream the entirety of "Life And Times" over at Spinner (who also offer up another new track for download), or have a listen to the album version of "I'm Sorry, Baby..." right here...
on iTunes or at Insound.
The Mr. Mould media blitz is in full swing: There's a fantastic Daytrotter Session up, with four of the new songs performed, a session for MPR's The Current, and a great interview with the New York Times that's available as a podcast. Bob was also profiled and interviewed on the new-ish ABC News Amplified web feature, and performed "I'm Sorry, Baby..." for Newsweek.
For more, stop by Bob's blog for updates, have a listen to some songs on his MySpace page, and check out his ANTI Records label page. And if you can't make it to your own local record shop, order up your own copy of "Life And Times" at Kung Fu.
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