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Malin Mostly Interested In New Material

Of the Oakland Press

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Singer-songwriter Jesse Malin’s latest album, “Glitter in the Gutter,” is only a year old. But he notes that “by the time a record comes out, I’m itching to play some new songs,” and he’s feeling that pull back to the studio even as he continues to tour to support the set.

“I’ve got five or six (new songs) I really feel strongly about,” Malin, 40, says, “and a couple of holdovers from the other records. When I go on the road I try to carry some pens and a little cassette recorder, a Walkman thingy...

“Things always come at the weirdest times. I get in dressing rooms and sometimes after one or two beers before you’re gonna go on, you get that window, that little bit of burst. You’ve got to be ready to sing it into your cell phone if you have to. I usually don’t remember things if I don’t record them.”

Malin is releasing a stop-gap project, a live album called “Mercury Retrograde,” in June, as well as a covers album in Europe — “On Your Sleeve,” which features versions of songs by Elton John, the Kills, the Hold Steady and others. It will be released digitally in the U.S. later this year. Malin laments that “Patti Smith beat me to the punch” with her 2007 covers set “Twelve,” but right now he’s focused on brand new material, anyway.

“It won’t be much of a change for people who have known me from what I’ve done before,” he says. “I don’t think it goes into metal or total...radio pop. It’s still melodically driven and connected with the other albums. It’ll sound like me.”

Jesse Malin performs Sunday (April 6) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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