Body of Song is the sixth solo album from punk/indie/alternative rock veteran Bob Mould (ex-Hüsker Dü/Sugar). It is his first studio album under his own name since 2002's controversial Modulate.
Originally meant to be a semi-acoustic record as part of an informal trilogy that included Modulate and the electronic dance album Long Playing Grooves (recorded under the pseudonym Loudbomb), the project was initially recorded in Athens, GA with former Sugar bassist David Barbe playing bass and engineering, and Mould's 1998 tour band drummer Matt Hammon, at Barbe's Chase Park Transduction studio. After recording the initial version of the album, Mould decided to put the project aside temporarily.
After settling into a new home in Washington, DC and furthering his interest in club music by forming the monthly Blowoff event with friend and dance music artist Richard Morel, Mould began writing new guitar-based material in 2004, often trying out new songs on audiences when giving solo vocal-and-guitar performances in clubs all over the United States. After reviving four of the recordings from the 2002 album sessions, Mould began writing and recording material in his home studio setup in his DC home, then went into DC's venerated Inner Ear Studio in March 2005 with Fugazi drummer/Garland Of Hours multi-instrumentalist Brendan Canty and Inner Ear's owner/engineer Don Zientara (who worked on most of the Dischord Records catalog, including Fugazi and Minor Threat) and cut several new songs. Canty's occasional Fugazi collaborator and Garland Of Hours bandmate Amy Domingues was tapped to contribute cello to two songs on the album.
Body of Song contained much of the electronic influence of its predecessor Modulate, but Mould's trademark guitar work, which had been buried in the former album's mix, was brought back to the forefront. Mould's club music explorations also influenced two of Body of Songs tracks, "(Shine Your) Light Love Hope" and "I Am Vision, I Am Sound", and featured Mould treating his voice with a vocoder-style digital effect (similar to what had been used on Cher's voice on her song "Believe").
Mould released Body of Song through a label other than directly through his own Granary Music imprint for the first time since leaving Rykodisc after the release of The Last Dog and Pony Show, signing a deal with Chapel Hill, NC-based independent label Yep Roc Records to distribute the album.
Body of Song began garnering much positive press attention in the weeks leading up to the release. An advance digital single release on iTunes of the song "Paralyzed" became an immediate hit, and a specially packaged limited edition version sold out most of its pressing through direct advance orders (shipped to customers two weeks prior to the street date) from Yep Roc's web site (the remaining stock was saved for brick-and-mortar retail sale).
In conjunction with the release of the album, Mould formed his first live touring band since 1998, with Canty on drums, Morel on keyboards and vocals, and Jason Narducy (Rockets Over Sweden, ex-Verbow) on bass, ending a "semi-retirement" from full-band performance.
*Bob Mould - guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards, loops
*Brendan Canty - drums (tracks 2-8, 12)
*Matt Hammon - drums (tracks 1, 9-11)
*David Barbe - bass (tracks 9, 11)
*Amy Domingues - cello (tracks 7, 11)
*Bob Mould - producer, mixer, engineer (Granary NYC and DC), songwriter, composer
*Don Zientara - engineer (Inner Ear)
*David Barbe - engineer (Chase Park)
*Frank Marchand - engineer (Waterford Digital)
*Steve Fallone - mastering (Sterling Sound, New York City)This text has been derived from Body of Song on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0
Bob Mould (born Robert Arthur Mould, October 16, 1960) is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s.
Born in Malone, New York, Mould lived in several places, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul area where he then attended Macalester College. There, he formed Hüsker Dü in the late 1970s, with drummer/singer Grant Hart and bass guitarist Greg Norton.
Hüsker Dü first gained notice as a punk rock group with a series of recordings on the independent label SST Records. One of the first 1980s underground bands to sign a contract with a major record label (Warner Bros. Records), Hüsker Dü found only moderate commercial success, but were later often cited as one of the key influences on 1990s alternative rock.
In the late 1980s, Hüsker Dü broke up acrimoniously amid members' drug abuse and personal problems. Mould and Grant Hart, the band's other songwriter and vocalist, still take occasional jabs at each other in the press, though the two revisited their Hüsker Dü back catalog together at a 2004 benefit concert for an ailing friend, the late Karl Mueller of Soul Asylum.
After Hüsker Dü broke up in 1988, Mould sequestered himself in a remote farmhouse in Pine City, Minnesota, quit drinking and drugs, and wrote the songs that would make up his first solo album. Signing to the newly-formed Virgin Records America label, 1989's Workbook eschewed Mould's trademark wall-of-noise guitar for a stripped-down, atmospheric sound featuring acoustic guitars and cellos. 1990's jagged Black Sheets of Rain put Mould in more familiar territory, recalling Hüsker Dü's loudest, angriest moments.
In 1993, he contributed the track "Can't Fight It" to the AIDS-Benefit Album No Alternative produced by the Red Hot Organization.
In 1994, he recorded "The Turning Of The Tide" for Beat The Retreat, a tribute album to the English guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson.
Mould also started a record label, Singles Only Label, which released singles from up and coming bands such as Grant Lee Buffalo and R. Stevie Moore.
Sugar years and afterwards
Mould then formed the group Sugar, a college/alternative radio favorite in the mid-1990s. Along with extensive touring, Sugar released two albums, an EP and a B-sides collection before breaking up.
Mould returned to solo recording, releasing a self-titled album in 1996 (which is often referred to as Hubcap because of the cover photo) and 1998's The Last Dog and Pony Show.
During a stint living in New York City in the late-1990s, Mould's tastes took a detour into dance music and electronica. Those influences were clear on his 2002 release Modulate, which featured a strong electronica influence to mixed critical reviews. To pursue this sound, Mould also began recording under the pseudonym LoudBomb (an anagram of his name). He has released one CD so far under this name.
Mould took a brief break from the music world to get involved with another passion of his, professional wrestling, when he joined WCW as a scriptwriter for a brief period. Creative differences with some of the other writers led to Mould leaving the company and returning to music. The liner notes for Modulate thank some of the wrestlers he associated with, most notably Kevin Nash and Kevin Sullivan.
In addition to his solo work, Mould is also a live DJ in collaboration with Washington DC-area dance music artist Richard Morel, under the collective banner Blowoff (frequently staged at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC). A recording under that banner was released in September 2006. Mould has been asked to do remixes for a variety of dance and alternative rock artists. A recent remix of the Interpol song "Length Of Love" has led to more critical acclaim for the veteran artist.
Bob Mould.jpgthumbleftBob Mould live in 2005.
For much of the 1990s, Mould toured playing solo acoustic renditions of his catalog (occasionally switching to electric guitar midway through his set). In 2005 his solo album Body of Song was cross-announced with his first band tour since 1998. Brendan Canty, best known as the drummer for Fugazi, and Mould's Blowoff collaborator, Morel, played drums and keyboards, respectively, for the 2005 tour.
District Line, was released February 5, 2008. Little over a year later on April 7, 2009, Mould released his next album entitled Life and Times.
Mould recently announced that he is writing a memoir with Michael Azerrad, the author of Our Band Could Be Your Life and Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. The book will be released in spring 2011.http
Mould is set to appear on the new Foo Fighters album Wasting Light to be released in April 2011, contributing on the track "Dear Rosemary."
Though his homosexuality was previously something of an open secret, Mould was outed in the early 1990s; he is now openly gay.http
In 2006, Mould contributed the song "If I Can't Change Your Mind" to the album Wed-Rock, an album to promote legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Mould's song "Dog on Fire" is the theme song for The Daily Show. They Might Be Giants perform the current version. On December 19, 1996, Mould made a cameo appearance on The Daily Show Holiday Spectacular in an homage duet of "The Little Drummer Boy" with Mould playing the part of David Bowie to Craig Kilborn's "Bing Crosby".
The song "See a Little Light" has been used more than once in various television applications: It was used in the closing scene of the original un-aired test pilot episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it became one of the principal theme songs for the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man and was also used in a television commercial for TIAA-CREF (August 2007). Mould also composed the theme for the TLC program, In a Fix.
Mould and director Cameron Crowe were rumored to be close friends. The character Bob Sugar (played by Jay Mohr) in Crowe's 1996 film Jerry Maguire possibly was named for both Mould and his former band, Sugar.
Mould also played lead guitar in the house band for the film of John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Mould also participated in a Hedwig tribute album, Wig in a Box, on which he covered the song "Nailed."
In 2000, Mould sang "He Didn't" (written by Stephin Merritt) on The 6ths' album Hyacinths and Thistles.
On September 29, 2005, Mould's song "Circles" was featured on The OC as Marissa Cooper was starting her first day at her public school in Season 3.
Mould appeared on an episode of Independent Film Channel's The Henry Rollins Show on June 15, 2007.
*Black Sheets of Rain (1990)
*Bob Mould (1996)
*The Last Dog and Pony Show (1998)
*Long Playing Grooves (Granary Music)
*Body of Song (2005)
*District Line (2008)
*Life And Times (2009)
*Poison Years (1994)
*No Alternative (1994)
*Wig in a Box (2003)
Singles and extended plays
*See A Little Light (1989)
*Wishing Well + Four Live Tracks (1989)
*Live Dog `98 (2002)
*Live At ATP 2008 (2009)
*Circle of Friends (2007)
*Man Sized Action, Claustrophobia
*Soul Asylum, Made To Be Broken
*Articles of Faith, Give Thanks and In this Life
*Magnapop, Hot Boxing
*The Zulus, Down on the Floor
*Friction Wheel, Something Tells Me/Won't Fall Down - SOL
*Impaler, If We Had Brains... We'd Be Dangerous
*Low, Tonight the Monkeys Die Remixes EP
*Half a Chicken, Food For Thought
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