From The Desk Of Garbage’s Duke Erikson: “Catherine The Great: Portrait Of A Woman”

Garbage is back. And the band’s sound is the same—but different. Not Your Kind Of People (StunVolume) is the quartet’s first album since 2005, and the distance has got Garbage’s creative juices flowing in exciting ways. First single “Blood For Poppies” has the same driving drums, ripping guitars and biting lyrics as earlier LPs but a poppier hook, while “Battle In Me” is much angrier and, well, Garbage-ier. Not Your Kind Of People is a great fusion of the old and the new—and after seven years of waiting, we are pretty psyched the band is back. The quartet will be guest editing for two weeks, but for those of you who need more Garbage, read our 20 Questions feature with Shirley Manson and Butch Vig.

Erikson: Catherine The Great is a biography of Empress Catherine II of Russia. Robert Massie‘s writing makes this read like a novel. Catherine brought Western art and philosophy to her country. She began her life as an obscure princess in Germany and went on to become Catherine The Great. Incredible story told very well. Timely reading for me since we just played Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Video after the jump.