muzic.com news, 6 June 1998
6 June, 1998
by Greg Heller
Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan Recording Covers EP In Seattle
Fresh off the completion of his
Scraps At Midnight solo LP, sometimes Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan
has headed right back into a Seattle studio to record an EP of covers
for a Sub Pop release later this year. Lanegan has already finished up
four of the album's expected seven cuts, and they're an eclectic mix indeed.
Thus far, he's chosen tracks from seminal psychedelicans The 13th Floor
Elevators ("Slide Machine"), legendary blues man Bobby "Blue"
Bland ("I'll Take Care Of You"), Stax soulman Eddie Floyd ("Consider
Me"), and the late Oregon folk-jazzer Tim Hardin ("Shiloh Town")
whose lifelong heroin addiction mirrors Mark's (recently kicked) struggle
with the evil opiate. Lanegan has been working with a host of local players
on the album, including ex-Dinosaur Jr. bassist Mike Johnson and some
higher profile folks to be named later.
Lanegan's chosen covers may well be the same lot he'll be performing out
on the road this summer with world beat supergroup Tuatara and Johnson,
when all three acts close up the shows on stage together. Those seeking
a preview of Scraps At Midnight, due July 28, can check out the Soundcheck
compilation double-disc coming June 23 from SubPop. In addition to two
tracks, "Last One In The World" and "Bell Black Ocean"
from Scraps, the album will feature tracks from The Spinanes, Jesus and
Mary Chain and Damon and Naomi, among many others off the SubPop roster,
and can be yours, for a limited time only, at the absurdly un-corporate
price of $3.98.
One final note: With all the hub-bub surrounding Lanegan's solo album,
his tour with Tuatara and now this covers EP, the singer has of yet found
no time to record his vocal parts for the Disinformation project. Formerly
known as Mad Season, when M.I.A. Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley
was at the lyrical helm, Disinformation is Screaming Trees' (and sometimes
R.E.M., Tuatara) drummer Barrett Martin, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and
bassist John Baker Saunders. The band has all but finished up the musical
section of the new album and are waiting for Lanegan to record his vocal
tracks, something that now appears stalled indefinitely. Disinformation
had originally hoped for a fall '98 release, but for the time being its
members will have to content themselves with their 429 other projects.