Ween Prepping Rarities Album, Live Dates

Ween has put the finishing touches on a rarities collection for release through its own Chocodog label.

Ween has put the finishing touches on a rarities collection for release through its own Chocodog label. According to a post from guitarist Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo on the band's official Web site, the set is dubbed "Shinola" and should be available in the next few months.

"Shinola" is loaded with "scraps, throwaways, and outtakes from our studio," the artist says. "If you thought our albums were brown, wait 'til you hear the songs we deemed too brown for a Ween record, all in one place." A band spokesperson declined to reveal the track list for the set.

In other Ween news, Melchiondo reports the group has begun rehearsing after a long break from the live stage. "Not sure what this means in terms of playing gigs anytime soon, but I wouldn't be surprised if we started playing out by the end of this summer," he says.

Melchiondo has also finished the latest album from his Moistboyz side project, which will arrive in August via Sanctuary. Live dates are expected to coincide with the release.