Listen to Iggy & The Stooges’ New Album Ready to Die — Online For a Limited Time

It’s prob­a­bly fair to say that Iggy Pop is the Kei­th Richards of punk. He’d prob­a­bly hate the com­par­i­son, but giv­en his super­hu­man sur­vival skills in an are­na that turns less­er mor­tals to mush, it seems apt. And now, at 66 years old, Pop and the remain­ing Stooges—James Williamson, Scott Asheton, and the great Mike Watt (replac­ing Ron Asheton)—have released a new album, their first since 2007’s The Weird­ness.

Unlike the Stones, The Stooges don’t rest on their lau­rels. Lis­ten to “Burn” above and tell me this isn’t as raw pow­er as Raw Pow­er. Pop’s voice has deep­ened con­sid­er­ably, his youth­ful machis­mo tem­pered into apoc­a­lyp­tic doom­say­ing. But he’s still got the cocked-hip grav­i­tas and full-frontal gri­mace that car­ried him through well over three decades of boom-bust-boom rock swag­ger. Wan­na hear more? Lucky for you, NPR streams the full album, Ready to Die, this week. Lis­ten to it below and be awed.

Relat­ed Con­tent: 

From The Stooges to Iggy Pop: 1986 Doc­u­men­tary Charts the Rise of Punk’s God­fa­ther

Cre­ative Uses of the Fax Machine: From Iggy Pop’s Bile to Stephen Hawking’s Snark

Josh Jones is a writer and musi­cian based in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Fol­low him @jdmagness

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