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NEW YORK (Billboard) -- Reconstituted punk pioneers the Stooges have spent the past week recording their first album since 1973 with producer Steve Albini in Chicago.
The as-yet-untitled set is due next year Virgin, home of Stooges frontman Iggy Pop.
Pop, drummer Scott Asheton and guitarist Ron Asheton are joined by bassist Mike Watt, who is subbing for Dave Alexander. Watt is chronicling the sessions in explicit detail on his Web site.
Among the tentatively titled tracks scheduled to appear, Watt describes "ATM" as "the most what I'd call 'riff-oriented' of all the tunes," and says Brendan Benson may add harmony vocals to "End of Christianity." "O Solo Mio" is said to be "the real ballad ... of the bunch, but way more driving than any kind of 'ballad.' "
"It's neat to see how they all three work," Watt writes. "The best I can do is help them let me help do what I can with the bass, follow their direction and keep my head together. Anything else is crazy. I like the way Iggy and Ron get everything they can for the tune right after me and Scotty record with them, so each tune can live in world that's pretty whole and unto its self."
The Stooges are planning an extensive tour in support of the new album, but currently the lone date confirmed is an appearance during Britain's Nightmare Before Christmas festival, set for December 8-10 near Glastonbury.
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