Turns out the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner is getting tired of just playing guitar, looking sullen and snapping artsy, out-of-focus photos — he also wants to get behind the mixing board.
That's according to YYY frontwoman Karen O, who over the weekend posted a massive update about her band's upcoming album on fan site Bang; the update was so massive, in fact, that it crashed the site. She not only gave details about Zinner's newfound mixing prowess but also spilled the beans on the album too, leaking a few song titles in the process.
"YYY's finished recording on the 24th of August, Nick has been mixing in London with Alan Moulder [U2, Nine Inch Nails] and the album should be mixed and mastered by November of this year, and should come out some undetermined date in the first half of 2006," O wrote. "There is no record title yet and we've been busy getting our new Web site and merch store up. Everything should start coming to place and revealing itself in the fall and winter months of this year."
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have spent most of the past year working on various side projects, as Zinner played on a host of his friends' albums (including Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, and Har Mar Superstar's The Handler) and released a book of his photography called "I Hope You Are All Happy Now" (see "Yeah Yeah Yeahs On Display, Bruises And All, In Photo Book"), while O kept busy writing new material for a rumored solo project, some of which ended up in an Adidas commercial directed by her boyfriend, Spike Jonze (see "Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Tackles Folk Music, Porn"). Drummer Brian Chase, meanwhile, maintained a lucrative career as a Max Weinberg look-alike (ok, not really).
O went on to write about a few of the tunes that will be included on the new album, some of which the band has actually been performing on the road for the better part of a year now. And she even got in a plug for an EP which might appear along with YYY at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England, in May 2006 (now that's forward thinking at its finest).
"Songs to be included on the new album include 'Cheated Hearts' and 'Honey Bear,' all the rest are new tracks," she wrote. "Some older tracks such as 'Down Boy,' [might be] used in a special EP but only MAYBE. YYYs at all tomorrows parties May 2006."