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Details Emerge on New Stooges Album

The band have been recording with producer Steve Albini at his Chicago studio, and bassist Mike Watt is journaling about it.

The reformed Stooges are working on their follow-up to 1973’s Raw Power and plan to have it in stores by April 2007. The band have been holed up in Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, recording new material, according to Billboard.com.

Bassist Mike Watt, formerly of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE, has been writing about the recording sessions on his website. He’s been describing songs (“[Iggy is] singing out of a Fender twin reverb guitar amp” on the song “Trollin'”), giving exact details of the scene in the studio (“I’m standing erect as I can, trying to imagine a rod going right up my spine and out the top of my head”), and complimenting Pop’s studio persona (“Ig runs these pracs great. He never makes anyone feel small and inspires everyone to give their best”).

Watt also describes recording tracks like “Greedy Awful People,” “Can’t Have Friends,” “Sounds of Leather,” “ATM,” “Claustrophobia,” “O Solo Mio,” which Watt calls the “real ballad…of the bunch,” and “End of Christianity,” for which Brendan Benson might provide harmonies.

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On SPIN.com:
Iggy & the Stooges: Reunited, Recording

On the Web:
Mike Watt’s recording journal at hootpage.com
iggypop.com

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