In recent years, John Lurie has been known more for his artwork and entertaining Twitter feed than his music career. An ongoing battle with Lyme disease has kept the former Lounge Lizards leader sidelined. In fact, his last formal release was 1999's The Legendary Marvin Pontiac. That changed on Friday when Lurie emerged with a brief statement announcing a new digital release:
The Asylum Tapes marks the return of Lurie's Marvin Pontiac alias. Lurie sings on the album and his stream-of-consciousness style is a direct compliment to his artwork. Pontiac is a fictitious, deceased mental patient that Lurie cultivated and even went as far to write a full biography for:
According to later tweets by Lurie, there are no plans for a physical release for The Asylum Tapes or any live appearances, but it sure is great to have him active in the music realm again.
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