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 Mould'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 Mould's latest solo work, Life and Times, set for an April 7th street date. Produced and mixed by Mould in his current hometown of Washington D.C, the album is filled with Mould's experiences in relation to friends, lovers, the world at large and himself. It is honest and personal, his voice breaking on "Bad Blood Better," the electronic twitches of earlier work reappearing under signature blazing guitars on "MM17." Mould appraises the perils of easy self-distraction on "Wasted World" and is not afraid to get explicit on "Argos." The emotional and musical centerpiece of the record, "I'm Sorry Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Anymore," is an unflinching look at the sorrow and regret that comes at the end of love.
Mould will play a series of shows leading up to and in support of the release of Life and Times, including a performance at Carnegie Hall in tribute to the music of R.E.M to benefit music programs for underprivileged children. Other performers include Patti Smith, Calexico, Jolie Holland, Apples In Stereo and many more. Past tributes from the series include the music of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and 100% of the event's net proceeds go directly to fund music programs.
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
Life and Times Track Listing: 1. Life and Times 2. The Breach 3. City Lights (Days Go By) 4. MM 17 5. Argos 6. Bad Blood Better 7. Wasted World 8. Spiraling Down 9. I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More 10. Lifetime