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"Stranded (On My Own)" - Titus Andronicus

I didn’t watch the 2-hour Patrick Stickles press conference. Maybe I will later - Stickles is a prickly guy who proves fascinating, even when I find his a rant or rambling abrasive. From the sound of it, we get a fair insight into Stickles as he talks about his favorite 7”s and goes number 23 on the numbers 7 and 14.

Life is short, though, and that press release is longer than a properly succinct film. For now, I’m good with the highlights: a 7-week 7” subscription series kicking off on 7/7/14 with a rerelease of Titus’s 2007 debut “Titus Andronicus” b/w “Fear And Loathing In Mahwah, New Jersey,” complete with a bonus disc of 2005 material.

Some more info dump (no wonder the thing took so long): the other 7”s will be splits with Titus friends. There’s this new song up above - it’s off an August 25 split with Wicked Kind, a band featuring Titus members.

Four hundred subscriptions are available on the previous mentioned 7/7/14 - those are apt to fly off the proverbial webstore shelves. There’s also a release party at Shea Stadium, for those who are within a not-absurd distance of Brooklyn.

Also, 7+7=14. Jesus, that’s a lot of information. Just wake up early on July 7 to buy stuff. This news is pretty cool, unique in its scope and the spin it puts on a recent trend (small-scale subscription series). It’s similar to Joyful Noise’s one-a-month flexi-disc series. I’m just glad Stickles has the beard back. His beard game is too strong to be wasted. 

- Tyler Hanan

"To Have and to Have Not" ft. Ted Leo, the So So Glos (Billy Bragg cover) - Titus Andronicus

Binge tweeters Titus Andronicus have taken to pummeling the feeds of followers with all caps and a number of retweets again. The bombardment is welcome, as it comes with good news of great tour for those Americans and Canadians ranging more towards their respecitve countries eastern halves. 

 goes the call, as Titus Andronicus and the So So Glos will be embarking on “the sequel to 2009’s legendary BRING ON THE DUDES tour" (this, it should be noted, is happening shortly after the So So Glos release "Blowout"), Dates are below. Oh, and yr friend Patrick Stickles turned up this little recording from a Bring On the Dudes soundcheck, apparently - enjoy the audio that gives me a reason to post tour news.

4-28 - Hamden, CT - The Space
4-29 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
4-30 - Montreal, QC - Lambi
5-1 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
5-2 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
5-3 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
5-4 - Chicago, IL - Metro
5-5 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
5-8 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
5-9 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
5-10 - Houston, TX - Walter’s
5-11 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
5-12 - Oxford, MS - TBA
5-13 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox
5-14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
5-15 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater Rooftop
5-16 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone
5-17 - Durham, NC - Motorco
5-18 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
5-19 - Washington, DC - Black Cat

- Tyler Hanan

"In A Big City" - Titus Andronicus

This post was inevitable, as is the following flood of random observations I have concerning this new Titus Andronicus video and all the semi-related subjects. I’ll try to control myself.

The Isaac Ravishankara-directed video itself: pretty great. Beardless Stickles looks more grown-up, and, after the initial shock of  the beard loss, I find it quite fitting. Also, the man still looks super-serious and more than a little prickly and pissed off. He sells the face shot-heavy video. The video really picks up at the end, when the quick-switch between face shots ties itself to the song’s beat, when the song itself is subtly gearing up for its excellent climax. 

As for the aptly-titled, toned-down (compared to The MonitorLocal Business, it’s similarly sneaky; a smartly stark departure from The Monitor, it could be said. A review of that possibly coming soon. Also, apparently Grantland is in the business of premiering music reviews. As I quite enjoy Steve Hyden’s music reviews (including one of this very album), I am quite okay with that.

Minimal tangents and rambling. 

- Tyler Hanan

"In a Big City" - Titus Andronicus

Ah yes, the highly-hyped, dirty punkers Titus Andronicus return. Though it’ll be curious to see how they follow up an album as ambitious as The Monitor, first single and album opener “In a Big City” is a fun first taste of Local Business (out October 22nd on XL). Paired with a lyric video surpassing the low bar set by most others, the track seems to be just that - a taste. Though we have two (great) songs now, is there really any way we can predict what else Stickles and Co. will do on the other eight tracks? “The Monitor” was a whole even greater than the sum of its (also great) parts - it’ll be interesting to see how different, how new, Local Business will be. For now, this is pretty awesome. 

Edit: Also, check out the just-announced fall tour dates with the similarly excellent punkers Ceremony. The tour will include an exclusive split 7” featuring this song and the Ceremony track “Everything Burns.” [link]

- Tyler Hanan

"Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With the Flood of Detritus" - Titus Andronicus

This is much more appetizing news than an LDR video - if only I had been batted over the head with this bit first. Patrick Stickles decided to “#FUCKTHEBULLSHIT” and reinforce the love between Titus Andronicus and their fans, posting to the band’s Tumblr the Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Vol. 1, featuring demos, covers, knick-knacks, doo-dads, and, most importantly, the new single that we heard played on WMFU a while back. If you haven’t heard it, it wastes no time in starting off with a homey, endearing strum before promptly inundating you with a cacophony of vocals (and I mean that as a compliment - messy, gritty, and loud are synonymous with TA).

The rest of the mixtape is filled with gems as well. The following track, an “Arms Against Atrophy” demo dated 2005, is a gloriously raw, grainy take, and the “Riot Squad” cover is one I especially enjoy. It’s good, free material for all Titus Andronicus fans - definitely check it out. [link]

- Tyler Hanan

Nothing Sounds 1: A Spotify Playlist

A weekly Spotify playlist is something I’ve meant to start up for a while now, and I’ve finally taken the time to put something together. It will come out every Monday. Some weeks there will be themes. If there is interest, we may have guest playlists. This is a very flexible, laid-back venture, just meant to spread some of the music we love. So enjoy, and feel free to leave us feedback, advice, complaints, or - most importantly - let us know if something is screwy with the playlist. [link]

Tracklist:

  1. St. Vincent - Chloe in the Afternoon
  2. Okkervil River - Wake and Be Fine
  3. Fair to Midland - The Wife, The Kids, and The White Picket Fence
  4. Fucked Up - Black Albino Bones
  5. Titus Andronicus - No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future
  6. Propagandhi - Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
  7. Broken Bells - Vaporize
  8. Kavinsky - Nightcall
  9. M83 - Midnight City
  10. Sparklehorse - Hundreds of Sparrows
  11. mewithoutYou - Every Thought A Though of You

- Tyler Hanan

"Breed" - Titus Andronicus

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s landmark albumNevermind. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. To celebrate, Spin has compiledNewermind, an album of covers of each song off of the original, each from a different band. The list is impressive; contributors include Titus Andronicus, The Vaselines, EMA, Surfer Blood, and other superbly talented acts. Best of all, they’re giving the compilation away for free over on their facebook page - after you “like” it, of course. [link]

- Tyler Hanan

"No Future Part III: Escape From No Future" - Titus Andronicus

I’ve always had a fondness for New Jersey. I’m not a resident, but the state has always had this gritty allure; mayhap that makes me a poser. I hate the Jersey Shore and all that nonsense that gives Jersey a bad name. I may not hold a candle to a real Jersey native, but my desire is no less intense to be at some of these hometown Titus Andronicus performances portrayed  in the second video off of one of the best albums of 2010, The Monitor. Check out Titus’ Jersey love while enjoying ”No Future Part III: Escape From No Future.”

- Tyler  Hanan

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