One of the most influential musicians in rock since his early days with the Velvet Underground, John Cale is on tour again in support of his latest solo record. Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood is the result of sessions held at Cale’s LA studio. Days were spent experimenting with MPCs, pounding fists onto pianos, manipulating glitches and creating lots of signature viola drones, while patiently waiting for songs to reveal themselves. As a producer Cale reaches a new peak on this record. At the album’s most maximal, it feels like looking at a collection of precious stones: myriads of differently colored and textured surfaces carefully placed together, each finding their own space to beckon the ear. This new record is a blend of chaos and beauty in equal measure, as well as a testament to the exploratory spirit at work. It’s that spirit that ensures that there’s always something new for the ears on a John Cale record. The same can be said of Cale’s live show, which is sure to amaze.
After the music tonight, please stick around for the FREE Late Night Comedy Show.