After what seems like ages of griping about a lack of new material from one Mr. Robert Zimmerman, Rolling Stone just broke what may be the best music news of the year: Bob Dylan is back in the studio, with plans to release a new record this year.
On January 31st, Dylan arrived at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his current touring band. For the next four days, according to Bardavon's executive director, Chris Silva, the band rehearsed new material. "It was experimental, all kinds of different licks," Silva told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "They would get into one thing, and they would go over it and over it. Then they would change gears."
Dylan -- whose first announced tour date of 2006 is a performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late April -- then moved the operation to Manhattan to lay down his new tunes. His previous studio album, 2001's acclaimed Love and Theft, was also cut in New York, in just two and a half weeks at Sony Music Studios, with Dylan producing under the name Jack Frost.
Oh, and there's something in there about a new Springsteen record, but c'mon... does anybody really care about that guy when Bob Dylan is in the studio?!