This October, The Velvet Underground’s John Cale will release a new album.
Titled Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood (yes, really), the label, Domino’s Double Six, describe the record as a “return to John’s youth”, promising “experimenting with MPCs, pounding fists onto pianos, manipulating glitches and lots of signature viola drone.”
It also features a collaboration with hip-hop producer and DOOM collaborator Danger Mouse, who helped with ‘I Wanna Talk 2 U’. In Cale’s words, “Danger Mouse and I kept trying to find time to record together and we found a 48-hour window a few years back and ended up with something like 3 or 4 songs. When I was recording this album, I realized I’d written a few songs in a similar vein and recalled one of the songs Brian and I started but had never finished. So I thought I’d finish writing it and see if it felt as close to the album as I had begun to envisage. Then when it was done, I thought, it’s got the right opening vibe for my story!” You can stream ‘I Wanna Talk 2 U’ here, to see what he’s talking about.
Bonus: here’s the album’s cover art, and Cale’s future tour dates:
John Cale tour dates:
Wednesday 3rd October Dublin The Button Factory
Friday 5th October Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Saturday 6th October Manchester HMV Ritz
Sunday 7th October Cardiff Coal Exchange
Wednesday 10th October Cambridge The Junction
Thursday 11th October Birmingham HMV Institute Library
Saturday 13th October London Royal Festival Hall