John Cale and Cass McCombs team up, reveal the most basic human emotion
In what seems like a lifelong quest to extract every granule of artistry out of the alternative rock world, John Cale is at it again. The original Velvet Underground member is teaming up with another forward-thinking songwriter, this time of the folk variety— Cass McCombs. The pair will coalesce for just four shows across the west coast, McComb’s native territory.
Both Cale and McCombs have released new tracks to celebrate the brief partnership. “Hatred,” a supplement to Cale’s Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood, and “Empty Promises,” a b-side of McComb’s Bradley Manning, reveal that songwriting can be widely different means to the same end — communicating the most basic and perennial human emotions.
In January, Cale will celebrate the legacy of another unique communicator, Nico, in a concert with songwriting pioneers from throughout the last half-century including Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and more contemproary songsmiths, Yeasayer.
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