While on holiday in Australia, recovering from the crazy year that 2006 became, the most unexpected happened: I got a call from Snoop Dogg's manager... "Snoop wants to lay down some tracks, can you do it?"
Snoop had come to Australia to make a special guest appearance at a large outdoor festival along with the Beastie Boys... "He just wants to do one or two songs. It will be like an 8 hour thing. We are on our way to the studio right now. Can you meet Snoop there in 30?
Nick Launay just finished mixing The Arcade Fire's New Album called Neon Bible. It was mixed with the band on a desk with NO automation in their studio in a church near Montreal. The results are extremely uplifting to say the least. The first song called Intervention went to radio just before Christmas, and the LP is due out in April. Just before The Arcade Fire, Launay was in London with Mr. Cave putting finishing touches to the very raw Grinderman album.
Self-proclaimed, foul-mouthed, noisy, hairy, and damn well old enough to know better, Grinderman is: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The first track available to the public is No Pussy Blues which can be heard on the band's Myspace Page. Here's a quick review:
"Set over a throbbing pornographic bass line, the world holds its breath for the onslaught of the wah's shriek of frustration and dirty water," counters Casey. "No Pussy Blues continues in the blues tradition and its timeless fascination with getting laid... or not."