(we will be in Canada on election day. US friends: VOTE. and Canadian friends: hold us.)
We’ve got a brand new 7″ record coming out this fall, just in time for Black Friday — because we know you’ll be doing all your holiday shopping at your local indie record shops…riiiight!? “Body of Work” is on the A-side, a new song called “In the Mouths of Wolves” is on the B-side. It comes on randomly colored vinyl and the 4-panel cover (unfolded and pictured above), which features the fold pattern of an origami design by Noboru Miyajima, can be transformed into a wild horse. (“You can be wild horses on that hill…”) Instructional video on that one coming soon. If you preorder a copy from Saddle Creek, it’ll ship out to you two weeks before the official release date. It’s limited to 1,000 copies and, as always, comes with a digital download. Can’t wait to see our colorful pony army unfold (er…um… fold?)!!
Here’s an outtake from the stripped down shows I played (with the ever-amazing Tom Hnatow on guitar and pedal steel) opening for Conor Oberst. We had a real fine time: played some b-sides and rarities, sang some harmonies with C, and even had a surprise visit from Klara from First Aid Kit onstage in Chicago. Real fine. Good times.
And if anyone was wondering, that unknown song from the set was “Cake Parade” from the Georgie James record “Places.” Digging deep.
Onstage in Chicago, under the big top. Photo by Bliss Katherine.
PSA: I can’t not say something… Over the weekend an openly gay Lincoln, Nebraska, woman was brutally attacked in a vicious hate crime. I am sick with shock that this happened at all. We cannot stand for hate and brutality against anyone for simply being who they are, for loving who they love. Whether you’ll be in Omaha or not this thursday, take a minute to light a candle (figuratively or literally) and meditate on love.
As kids we’re simultaneously taught two conflicting things: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” and “The pen is mightier than the sword.” I believe in the latter statement; the former is just plain false. Words are powerful things. Ideas, spoken into being, create our reality. And they can be absolutely hurtful and crippling when used in hateful ways. All that said, I really do believe this:
You’re mightier than their sword-sharp tongues.
You are loved no matter what.
So please — don’t give up.
today’s the day. the transit of venus AND the day you can finally get our new record in an indie record shop near you. or if you don’t have access to one of those, you can get the record from Saddle Creek, Amazon, or iTunes (where it’s only $7.99 all week long).
also, our brand new video for “Generals” is premiering over at IFC. an underground network of babes bands together to take back the power from the powers that be. it’s one part Godard’s “Band of Outsiders”, one part Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation”. you’d better believe there’s a choreographed group dance number…
the trailer for the new record! it features clips from four new songs + footage from the studio, upcoming videos, our spring tour, and other crazy amazing adventures. enjoy!