Iggy Pop: Renaissance man

Iggy PopSome rock stars lose their marbles as time marches on (see Keef falling out of a tree, etc.)—but Iggy Pop just gets brainier! Or so it seems, if you check out his latest project: Iggy's forthcoming album, slated for June 2, is titled Prliminaires, and is, we kid you not, a score inspired by French novelist Michel Houellebecq's 2005 book, The Possibility of an Island. Wha???? Or rather, Quoi???

Says the man himself, "I read the book with intense pleasure when it came out and, in my mind, I created music that would have been the music that I would hear in my soul when I read it." So Iggy spent weeks holed up in a small cabin by the river in Miami, sketching out songs, on (says his press release), "an old wooden guitar" (rather than, um, a plastic one?).

There are jazz standards (Piaf's "Les Feuilles Mortes," Jobim's "Insensatez"), as well as Iggy's own comps, plus plenty of New Orleansy arrangements. "I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music," Iggy says. "I've started listening to a lot of New Orleans--era, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz. And I've always loved quieter ballads as well." Who are we to argue? Find out more when Iggy holds an online press conference here at 6am EDT. A demain!