MTV - December 2, 1996
R.E.M.'s Peter Buck Collaborates With Mark Eitzel
Author: Gil Kaufman.
Date: December 2, 1996
Even if he doesn't put up Snoop-like numbers, there's one artist who seems destined to make his mark next year. Former American Music Club crooner Mark Eitzel already has a full schedule of releases planned for '97: two solo albums for two different labels and a soundtrack for an independent movie for starters.
The first solo release will be a still-untitled collaboration with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck that the duo will record later this month in Seattle. Buck, a fan of Eitzel's, called the singer out of the blue to suggest they get together. He flew out to San Francisco for a week during October to co-write 13 songs with Eitzel, and will produce the album...
Eitzel's second solo record, slated for release "sometime in 1997" according to a source at his label, Warner Brothers, might also end up with some as-yet-unnamed extra star support courtesy of the Seattle supergroup (Buck is a member), Tuatara. Buck and Eitzel will show off some of the compositions on December 17 at the Crocodile (managed by Buck's wife), where you can also expect some "special guests" according to the source.
Eitzel is also literally just wrapping the sessions for his other 1997 album, this one for indie Matador, on which he is joined by Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, Yo La Tengo's James McNew and Kid Congo Powers. According to a Matador source, the album will be half solo acoustic numbers and half "more rockin'" numbers with Eitzel's guests. Eitzel also recently wrote and recorded a mostly instrumental soundtrack to the indie film No Easy Way, although that album doesn't have a label yet.
As if all this wasn't enough, Warner Brothers also has plans to re-issue three classic American Music Club albums in 1997 (although they haven't decided which ones yet), each one fattened-up with some previously unreleased tracks.