As Color Me Obsessed documentary demonstrates, Bob Mould is still not ready to reconcile with Grant and Greg (though you can also point to Andrew Earles book on Du as an earlier proof of the same theory. Bob refused to be interviewed for the book, perhaps saving some of the tastier/nastier bits for his autobiography See A Little Light).
His relationship with his post-Du outfit Sugar, then, is tad warmer, as Bob recently gave a green light to Merge when they considered releasing a boxset of the band’s work.
Said boxset hit the shelves on July 24 and includes all three of the band’s original albums (Copper Blue, Beaster and File Under: Easy Listening), plus a plethora of live material (one is a 1992 show at Metro Chicago and the other one is a reissue of a 1995 limited-edition set called The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes – Live at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2, 1994).
You can read more at ArtCetera and/or The Second Disc. You can also check out a short promo clip here.
Speaking of Copper Blue…
Bob is currently performing an entire album to commemorate 20th anniversary of its release!
August tour stops will include Ireland, Norway, Helsinki, Sweden and Netherlands (among others). For more info check out his official site.
Finally, Bob also got a new solo album out!
Silver Age will be his first solo outing since 2009 Life And Times. Its scheduled for September 4th via Merge Records and is currently available for pre-order via label’s website.
Songs from the album will also be heard during Bob’s current solo tour, which, in addition to aforementioned dates in Europe will also features some stops in US, specifically San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities.
For more info/tour dates check out Consequence of Sound.