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Premiere: James Williamson 'Re-Licked' Entire Album Stream
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THE STOOGES' GUITAR LEGEND JAMES WILLIAMSON FEATURED ON NPR'S WORLD CAFE WITH DAVID DYE ! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
 
WILLIAMSON'S NEW SOLO ALBUM "RE-LICKED" OUT THIS WEDNESDAY ON VINYL, CD & DIGITAL! MORE HERE
 
OUT MAGAZINE PREMIERES JAMES WILLIAMSON'S NEWLY RECORDED TRACK "C**K IN MY POCKET" WITH THE DICKS' GARY FLOYD! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN [NSFW]

THE STOOGES' GUITAR LEGEND'S NEW SOLO ALBUM "RE-LICKED" OUT OCTOBER 29TH ON VINYL, CD & DIGITAL!

ALONG WITH THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES, JAMES IS JOINED ON "RE-LICKED" BY A NUMBER OF GREAT GUEST VOCALISTS RE-INTERPRETING LESSER-KNOWN STOOGES RARITIES
 

While on a break from touring this year, the members of the live touring version of The Stooges (James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt & drummer Toby Dammit) got together and recorded songs that were originally penned by Iggy Pop and James Williamson in 1973/74 as the follow-up to their quintessential album Raw Power. While a number of these tracks have found their way onto inferior-sounding bootlegs and unofficial releases over the years, they were never properly recorded since the band didn’t have a record deal at the time.
 
Williamson always wanted to revisit these songs and has done so with a powerhouse lineup of musicians and singers who don’t disappoint on his forthcoming solo album entitled Re-Licked.
 
The vinyl & CD versions of this album will also feature a deluxe package including an in-depth 24-page booklet with liner notes & photos, as well as a fascinating ‘making-of’ Re-Licked documentary on DVD, giving the viewer a fly-on-the-wall experience of being in the studio with all of these great musicians. The mp3 version of the album will also include this deluxe package in digital format. 

Re-Licked will be available worldwide Oct. 29, 2014 on CD, vinyl & digital formats worldwide via Leopard Lady Records. 
 
RE-LICKED TRACK LISTING
01. Head On The Curve (w/ Jello Biafra)
02. Open Up And Bleed (w/ Carolyn Wonderland)
03. Scene Of The Crime (w/ Bobby Gillespie from 
Primal Scream)
04. She Creatures Of The Hollywood Hills (w/ Ariel Pink)
05. Til The End Of The Night (w/ Alison Mosshart from
The Kills, Dead Weather)
06. I Gotta Right (w/ Lisa Kekaula from The BellRays)
07. Pinpoint Eyes (w/ Joe Cardamone from 
The Icarus Line)
08. Wild Love (w/ Mark Lanegan & Alison Mosshart)
09. Rubber Leg (w/ Ron Young from Little Caesar)
10. I’m Sick Of You (w/ Mario Cuomo from The Orwells)
Bonus Tracks:
11. Gimme Some Skin (w/ Caroline Wonderland) 
12. C*ck In My Pocket (w/ Nicke Andersson from 
The Hellacopters) 
13. Heavy Liquid (w/ Lisa Kekaula) 
14. Wet My Bed (w/ The Richmond Sluts)
15. C**k In My Pocket (w/ Gary Floyd from The Dicks) 
16. Rubber Leg (w/ J.G. Thirlwell aka Clint Ruin, Foetus) 

 

HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE ALREADY SAYING ABOUT RE-LICKED:

 
"An avalanche of raw riffs… and Williamson playing white-knuckled leads like he absolutely refuses to let the Stooges’ music go gentle into that good night." - PREMIER GUITAR
 
“Unsurprisingly brilliant.” - NME
 
"'I Gotta Right,' the second single from Re-Licked, is a manic, guitar-blazing rocker featuring belter Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays." - USA TODAY
 
"… hard-charging, fast-paced punk" - EXCLAIM!
 
"... a karmic correction" - Author/journalist HARVEY KUBERNIK
 
“James Williamson is on a mission. Revitalized after a reunion with The Stooges and further stoked by interest in his career he has been working hard on keeping The Stooges beating heart alive. Iggy may be having a break from this thing called rock and roll but James is having none of it. The results... a new album of re-recorded songs from the catalogue of Iggy Pop and James Williamson. Songs that never made it into the studio, some known from live shows, some not. Re-Licked is kicking itself out of the garage with an intent to seek and destroy all naysayers, and along for the ride are some very special guest stars.” – ARTROCKER
 
“... gruff and propulsive” - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
 
“Properly recorded and no longer mired in sub-bootleg mire, the songs do indeed shine through.” - BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS
 
 
 
James Williamson (standing) and Iggy Pop (not standing) circa 1973, when the majority of the tracks for Re-Licked were originally penned by the two 
(photo credit: (C) 1973 HEATHER HARRIS)
 
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Premiere: Stooges' 'I Gotta Right' by James Williamson

Guitarist/producer James Williamson, best known for his frenetic fretwork with Iggy Pop and The Stooges, will release solo album Re-Licked in the fall. Meanwhile, he's serving up I Gotta Right, a manic, guitar-blazing rocker featuring belter Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays.

The song, penned by Pop circa 1970, will be released July 29 as a seven-inch vinyl and digital single, backed by Heavy Liquid, which Williamson wrote with Pop in 1973. It can be pre-ordered here.
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James Williamson opens up The Stooges vault for Record Store Day
by Josh Daunt
abc12.com
Update: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:12 AM ED
D-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -

(04/15/14) - "For us, it's kinda like doin' some victory laps, really, at the end of the game. But we're havin' a good time with it."

James Williamson is trying to make the most of his "victory laps" by revisiting some lost gems from his past. The guitarist of Iggy & The Stooges seminal 1973 album Raw Power is working on a project of unreleased songs written during the Raw Power tour, but put aside after The Stooges broke up in 1974.
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The Stooges rocker James Williamson resurrects lost album
http://www.express.co.uk/
THE STOOGES rocker JAMES WILLIAMSON has resurrected a collection of songs he wrote with IGGY POP four decades ago. READ MORE HERE


The Stooges - The Stooges Rocker James Williamson Resurrects Lost Album by WENN | 02 by WENN | 02 April 2014April 2014
Contactmusic READ MORE HERE

James Williamson of The Stooges (Interview)
Glide Magazine
March 24, 2014 by

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City Slang: Listen to James Williamson’s Gimme Some Skin
Detroit Metro Times, March 20, 2014
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MESSAGE FROM JAMES WILLIAMSON:

To all my friends.

Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts around the passing of our friend and bandmate Scott Asheton last night. My only comfort is that he reached out to me in an email about a week or two ago saying that he was thinking of me and the good times we had together and that he would like to make some music with me. I responded but he never got back to me again. I guess that was his way of saying goodbye for now….

Anyway, my heart goes out to his immediate family Liz, Leanna Raquel Asheton and Kathleen Asheton. He was one of the good guys and a friend of mine.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Here is the New York Times obit
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/arts/music/scott-asheton-drummer-in-the-stooges-dies-at-64.html?_r=0


SXSW Panel: From Riffs to Bits
This is your life James Williamson, you Stooge you
By Tim Stegall, 11:15PM, Fri. Mar. 14, 2014
read more from the Austin Chronicle here
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JW pix from the Austin Chronicle's coverage of the Austin Music Awards 2014 here.

Many photos from James's "Riffs To Bits" panel at SXSW
http://jessicaklima.zenfolio.com/ieeeriffs

Music premiere: James Williamson – Gimme Some Skin
Grab an exclusive listen to a brand new version of The Stooges’ chestnut here at Classic Rock!

The track will be featured on James Williamson’s forthcoming 2014 Record Store Day exclusive 7″ vinyl single Open Up And Bleed / Gimme Some Skin with Texas blues singer and guitarist Carolyn Wonderland.


Articles about and reviews of Open Up And Bleed are coming in!

Rolling Stone: Stooges Guitarist James Williamson Talks 'Raw Power'-Era Rarities
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/stooges-guitarist-james-williamson-talks-raw-power-era-rarities-20140307#ixzz2vNdXM9Q6

Still Bleeding: James Williamson Adds Raw Power to Long-Lost Stooges Tunes
http://www.joelgausten.com/2014/03/still-bleeding-james-williamson-adds.html

James Williamson Re-Recording Rare Stooges Songs For New Album
http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2014/03/james-williamson-re-recording-rare.html#ixzz2vNeqAruv

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THE STOOGES' GUITAR LEGEND JAMES WILLIAMSON ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW  EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY VINYL SINGLE "OPEN UP AND BLEED"/"GIMME SOME SKIN" ON APRIL 19TH!
 
THESE TWO NEW TAKES OF EARLY STOOGES' TRACKS FEATURE THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES & VOCALS FROM TEXAS BLUES SINGER & GUITARIST CAROLYN WONDERLAND
 

THIS LIMITED SINGLE IS AN EARLY TASTE OF JAMES WILLIAMSON'S FORTHCOMING "RE-LICKED" STUDIO ALBUM, WHERE HE'LL BE JOINED BY STEVE MACKAY, MIKE WATT & TOBY DAMMIT OF THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES & WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF GREAT GUEST VOCALISTS RE-INTERPRETING LESSER-KNOWSTOOGES GEMSN S

Stay tuned for more info about this release here at the JW Store.
YouTube video preview here.

Friday, March 14 2014
12:30PM - 1:30PM
SXSW: From Riffs to Bits: James Williamson and Buzz Osborne
read more here from the SXSW wesite

James Williamson of Iggy & The Stooges to be in Cal Poly Pomona Engineering Hall of Fame read more here from the Inland Vallry Daily Bulletin

Buzz Osborne Added as a SXSW Music Speaker
read more here from the SXSW website

Raw Power: James Williamson of The Stooges this week on ‘The Pharmacy'
read more here from dangerousminds.net

SXSW: From Riffs to Bits: James Williamson and Buzz Osborne
Friday, March 14th at 12:30pm in Austin Convention Center Room 12AB.

Follow the rock-to-tech-to-rock journey of American composer, guitarist, producer and electronics engineer, James Williamson. Trace his roots as a young Detroit musician to lead guitarist for the seminal protopunk band The Stooges. Discover how he made the transition to become a top technology evangelist for AMD, Sony Corporation and IEEE.  We'll discuss the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and his current tour with Iggy and The Stooges promoting the new album “Ready to Die.”  Probe into Williamson’s punk past, musings on the present and perspective on the future of music and technology. Part of the IEEE Technology for Humanity Series.  it will be moderated by Jack Boulware and James will be joined by Buzz from the Melvins, who will participate in the James Williamson "Love Fest"  


Iggy and the Stooges concert dates 2013


13 March  2013:        Austin, Texas, SXSW 2013 at House of Vans at the Mohawk
23 March  2013:        Perth, Australia,  Blues 'n' Roots Festival
25 March  2013:        Adelaide,  Australia,  Thebarton Theatre
27 March  2013:        Melbourne,  Australia,  Festival Hall
30 March  2013:        Byron Bay,  Australia,  Byron Bay Bluesfest
02 April    2013:        Sydney,  Australia,  Hordern Pavilion
01 June    2013:        Houston, Texas, USA, Free Press Festival
08 June    2013:        Long Beach,  California, USA,  Ink'n'Iron Festival
20 June    2013         Douthbank Centre, London, UK,  Yoko Ono'.s Meltdown
22 June    2013:        Czech Republic, Frydek-Mistek, Areal Slezan
24 June    2013         Zagreb, Croatia,  Inmusic Festival
26 June    2013:        Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene
28 June    2013:        Borlange,  Sweden,   Peace and Love Festival

30 June    2013:        France, Marmande,   Garorock Festival
04 July     2013:         Italy, Rome, Rock in Rome,  Ippodromo delle Capannelle
06 July     2013:         Albi, France. Pause Guitar Festival
09 July     2013:         Argeles, France, Deferalantes Festival
11 July     2013:         Italy, Milano, City Sound 2013,  Ippodromo del Galoppo di S.Siro

03 August 2013:       Lokeren, Belgium, Lokerse Festival
06 August 2013:       Berlin, Germany, Zitadelle
09 August 2013:       Vienna, Austria, Open Air

17 August 2013        South Korea, Seoul, Hyundai Card Super Concert 19 CITYBREAK
25 August 2013:       Toronto. Ontario, Canada, Riot Fest 
21 Sept 2013:            Denver, Colorado, May Farms
28 Sept 2013:            San Jose, California, C2SV Conference, James is keynote speaker at 12 noon

28 Sept 2013:            San Jose, California, C2SV Festival, St. James Park. Stooges perform at 7:30 pm


From Vegas Pool Party: a good video version of DOG

Iggy And The Stooges - Live in Sydney
FULL CONCERT PREMIERES on YouTube: AEST: Friday May 17th 9am / UK: Friday May 16th midnight / US EST: Thursday May 16th 7pm SEE FULL CONCERT HERE




Iggy Pop: James Williamson is a 'brutal' guitarist
15 May 2013 contactmusic.com

Iggy Pop describes James Williamson as a ''brutal'' guitarist.

The Stooges frontman notices distinctive differences between his bandmate's instrumental skills compared to original guitar player RON ASHETON, who passed away in 2009, and feels there is more ''control'' in James' performances - unlike the late rocker's ''intuitive'' approach.

He said: ''With early Stooges, half of Ron's contribution was intuitive in that he just let the guitar and the amp talk in the spirit of [Brison] Gysin and [William] Burroughs' cut-ups.

''He was a volume player, but didn't control it like Blue Cheer or Ted Nugent. He found some beautiful places to go. James was a very controlled, brutal player

''Later in life, Ron became a terrific live player, because he never stopped playing, but he also became a lot more like everybody else.

''Williamson had 37 years off so he still has a lot to say - and he's articulate about what he wants to do. My contribution to this record is mostly in melodies.''

The band have recently released their new album 'Ready To Die' and the final song on the record, titled 'The Departed', makes references to their journey over the years as well as reminiscing about former members they have lost.

Iggy, 67, added to Mojo magazine: ''[It wasn't written] so much Ron as for a group of people. In Ann Arbor and Detroit in the late 60s, early 70s, some of us were more 'us' than others, with some dying a little on the young side.

''This was the first new piece James sent me after we started touring as Iggy & The Stooges again, and it was a giant pain-in-the-ass bitch m**********r epic to do! It started out as an instrumental, just James on dobro, and he called it 'Ron's Tune'.

''I didn't wanna write a personal song, so it's more like, 'The party's over,' or, 'It's getting late'.''

 


On the first episode of Guitar Moves, Matt Sweeney heads to Berkeley, CA to meet the Stooges' James Williamson. He learns about the history of the Stooges, the "Nashville Tuning," and how to achieve the bone-crushing guitar tone on "Search & Destroy." May 13 2013

 




The Washington Post - Age no obstacle as Iggy & the Stooges drop new album, continue late-career victory lap

May 7 2013 READ ARTICLE HERE


Iggy and the Stooges live on the Colbert Report April 29, 2013
SEE VIDEO OF FULL SHOW HERE


Iggy Pop - Super-human Iggy Pop
April 30 2013 contactmusic.com

Iggy Pop is ''almost super-human'' according to his bandmate James WIlliamson, who is impressed by the performance the singer gives on a nightly basis. Iggy Pop is ''almost super-human''The punk rock singe ris still giving his all at every performance, despite being 66, and astounds even his own band, The Stooges, with his energy.

Guitarist James Williamson told FasterLouder.com.au: ''He is almost super-human. This will be about the 10th year that I've worked with him personally, on stage that is.

''I think the similarity between then and now is that he will do anything to go over with an audience, anything. He can't stand it if he's not getting to the audience. There is some power within him that draws on the energy of the audience, so if you have a better audience you get a better show.

''I don't know any human being who I've ever met who is willing to do what he does.''

Iggy and The Stooges have just released a new album, 'Ready to Die', and James - who is also joined in the band by Scott Asheton, Steve Mackay and Mike Watt - found it interesting to go back into the studio with Iggy, as he hadn't worked with him on a studio album since the 70s.

He added: ''I wasn't sure we could write anymore, you know it's been a long time. But we sat down a couple of years ago and started out playing bits and pieces. And then started saying let's try to write some new material.

''We have kind of a chemistry writing together, and we can write really quickly. ''I'll sit down and try to come up with a guitar riff that I like, and if I like it I'll try to sell it to Ig. If he likes it then he'll start putting some lyrics to it and we start going back and forth. That works very well for us.''

''I'll sit down and try to come up with a guitar riff that I like, and if I like it I'll try to sell it to Ig. If he likes it then he'll start putting some lyrics to it and we start going back and forth. That works very well for us.''

'Ready to Die' is out now.

RTD

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Iggy & The Stooges, Live In Concert

April 28, 2013: NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck present a First Listen Live concert from proto-punk band Iggy & The Stooges, broadcast from New York City. Watch the group rip through songs from its new album, Ready to Die, as well as a handful of old favorites SEE CONCERT HERE

 

from the archives...


James interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) October 19, 2010

When James Williamson took an early retirement offer from his job as a Vice President at Sony Electronics he went back to an earlier career that his bosses knew nothing about … and one James never expected to repeat.

James is profiled in Fortune Magazine August 2010 "Silicon Valley's secret rock star" article, CNN clip.
For more than two decades James Williiamson worked at high-level jobs at places like Sony. Then his old boss Iggy Pop called again.  MORE HERE

American Way's September 15th issue article "Punk Rock Exec" tracks James
Forty years after he helped form what is arguably one of the most influential punk rock bands ever, James Williamson begin has returned to his roots and is once again the guitarist for Iggy and the Stooges. Talk about a lust for life.
MORE HERE

IGGY POP & JAMES WILLIAMSON - New Kill City release
Restored, re-mixed and remastered DIGIPAK Edition with 24 PAGE BOOKLET!
DIRECT BOMPSTORE.COM LINK HERE

Alive Records purchase LINK HERE


The Stooges are inducted into The Rock Hall of Fame

NY Times, LA Times, Detroit News, pix, video
SEE NEWS

Sony "Raw Power" rerelease site: http://www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com/us/news

Rock Hall, 'Raw Power' To Start New Three-Year Stooges Cycle
http://www.billboard.com/


Jam for Ron Asheton: A Tribute to the late guitarist of the Stooges:
LA TImes review and Heather Harris' coverage including live pictures of the show here

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