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JG Thirlwell Loves The Stooges

Relicked1JG Thirlwell contributes vocals to the new James Williamson (of The Stooges) album Re-Licked. Williamson was Iggy’s guitarist and collaborator on the classic Iggy And The Stooges Raw Power album, and returned to the live Stooges fold a few years ago. Re-Licked features “lesser-known Stooges tracks (written after Raw Power and before Kill City) properly recorded and mixed for the first time” with guest lead singers including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Mario Cuomo (The Orwells), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Ariel Pink and others. James is backed by live Stooges members Steve Mackay, Toby Dammit, and Mike Watt (also of The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, etc) and that dog.’s Petra Haden provides backup vocals. The album’s due out on October 29 via Leopard Lady Records.

Thirlwell performs the song “Rubber Leg”.

“As far as the singers who come closest to mirroring Iggy’s snarl and charm, full marks go to Thirlwell” says Joel Gausten.

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JGT on board for pirate-themed "Son of Rogues Gallery"

Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys, produced by Hal Willner, will be released February 19 on Anti Records. Executive produced by Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski, the compilation two-disc recording of sea shanties features Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Sean Lennon and many more. Thirlwell mixed the track “Barnacle Bill The Sailor” by Kembra Pfahler (of The Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black infamy), on which she was joined by Antony Hegarty, who sings the refrains, and Joseph Arthur.

While working on the two “Pirates Of The Carribean” films, Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski became fascinated with the lore and fable of the pirates and sailors who ran the high seas. Enter legendary producer Hal Wilner, who brings his knack for matching maverick musicians with extraordinary material. The “Rogue’s Gallery” albums offer a look at the hardships, the horrors, the lusts and lurid depths, and the crystal beauty that led men to the sea in ships for hundreds of years.