On September 17th, Yoko Ono will release her fourteenth solo album, and first since 2009's Between My Head and the Sky. Titled Take Me To The Land Of Hell, the disc will feature numerous guest performances, including ?uestlove, Wilco's Nels Cline, Lenny Kravitz, and Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt.
At Pitchfork.com, here, two tracks are available to stream: "Bad Dancer", which features Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad-Rock, and "Tabetai", featuring tUnE-yArDs. The Beastie Boys contributed to one of two new tracks on 1996's Rising Remixes, under the moniker ABA All Stars (a name as far as I know they only used one other time, when re-mixing Bjork's "Army of Me"). Earlier this year tUnE-yArDs released their cover of Ono's "We're All Water" (originally on the Lennon/Ono record Sometime In New York City).
Take Me To The Land Of Hell also features Cornelius and Cibo Matto, whose collaborations with Ono date back to 2009, and 1996, respectively. The disc is produced by Ono, Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon. Sean has performed in his mother's backing band on every record since 1995, when he was twenty. Ono's recorded collaborations with John Lennon spanned from 1968's Two Virgins to 1980's Double Fantasy, meaning she's been recording with her son for longer than she did with her husband.
Ono, who turned 80 in February, has had a prolific year: campaigning against Fracking, releasing the book Acorn, and curating the Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre in London earlier this summer. The latter featured performances by Iggy Pop, Siouxie and the Banshees, Patti Smith, Cibo Matto and a version of Ono's performance art classic Cut Piece, performed by Peaches.
No word yet as to whether Ono will tour to support Take Me To The Land Of Hell, but there will be an album launch concert on September 15th at the Bowery Ballroom, and Ono will perform alongside Thurston Moore in Poland, Germany and Finland later this month.
Peaches photograph by Holger Talinski