Bob Mould is arguably one of the most influential musicians of the alternative rock era, first for his early work with post-punk rabble-rousers Husker Du, followed by the college-rock-defining pop of Sugar and finally for his solo albums, notably his first, Workbook, which quieted Mouldâ€™s previous ire to reveal his fine songwriting in a new light and allowed an introspective glimpse into the inner workings of an evolving artist.
2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Workbook, and also the release of Bob Mouldâ€™s latest solo work, Life and Times, set for an April 7th street date. Produced and mixed by Mould in his new hometown of Washington D.C, the album is filled with Mouldâ€™s experiences in relation to friends, lovers, the world at large and himself. It is honest and personal, his voice breaking on â€œBad Blood Better,â€ the electronic twitches of earlier work reappearing under signature blazing guitars onâ€MM17.â€ Mould appraises the perils of easy self-distraction on â€œWasted Worldâ€ and is not afraid to get explicit on â€œArgos.â€ The emotional and musical centerpiece of the record, â€œIâ€™m Sorry Baby, But You Canâ€™t Stand In My Light Anymore,â€ is an unflinching look at the sorrow and regret that comes at the end of love.
A follow up to 2008â€™s District Line, which Stephen Thomas Erlewine at All Music Guide called â€œa consolidation of Mould’s considerable strengths, an album that showcases his gifts as a writer and record-maker, one that touches upon almost every phase of his career, yet it’s filtered through a maturity that feels vital because of its unadorned honesty,â€ Bob Mouldâ€™s new release highlights an artist completing a circle decades in the making, his talent undiminished, his perspective revitalized.
Life and Times Track Listing
1. Life and Times
2. The Breach
3. City Lights (Days Go By)
4. MM 17
6. Bad Blood Better
7. Wasted World
8. Spiraling Down
9. Iâ€™m Sorry, Baby, But You Canâ€™t Stand In My Light Any More
Bob Mould On Tour
02/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall (Noisepop Festival)
03/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
03/11 – New York, CA @ Carnegie Hall (R.E.M Tribute Show)
03/29 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk
03/30 – Minneapolis, IL @ Varsity Theatre
04/05 – Charlottesville, VA @ Gravity Lounge
04/07 – Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
04/08 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
04/09 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub