John Cale kicks off his West Coast tour with Cass McCombs tomorrow in support of his new album, Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood (out now on Double Six Records). This week marks the first time in over half a decade that Cale has played some of these western cities. With McCombs in tow, the two are sure to offer a pan-generational demonstration of tireless and timeless songwriting. As a teaser of this iconic pairing, both artists are sharing new tracks today. “Hatred” by John Cale was previously only available as a bonus 7″ that came with the deluxe edition of Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood. “Empty Promises” by Cass McCombs, premiered by Pitchfork today, is the b-side of the Bradley Manning 7″ released earlier this year. You can stream both below.
John Cale Tour Dates:
Tue. Dec. 4 – Portland OR @ Mission Theater w/ Cass McCombs
Thu. Dec. 6 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox w/ Cass McCombs
Sun. Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom w/ Cass McCombs
Tue. Dec. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey w/ Cass McCombs
Wed. Jan. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [Life Along The Borderline: A Tribute to Nico]
Fri. Jan. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919]
Sat. Jan. 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919]
In January, as part of the three-night Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, John Cale will perform two very special productions. On January 16, he celebrates the legacy of Velvet Underground vocalist Nico – entitled Life Along The Borderline – performing with special guests Nick Franglen (Lemon Jelly, Blacksand), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Joan as Police Woman, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Gutter Twins), Magnetic Fields, Meshell Ndegeocello, Peaches, Sharon Van Etten and previously unannounced, Yeasayer. On January 18 and 19, Cale will perform his 1973 landmark album, Paris 1919, in its entirety with his band and the 20-piece Wordless Music Orchestra, followed by music from Cale’s repertoire, including Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood.