As we’ve previously reported, Obits’ triumphant return to public activity will officially be September 10th, the release date of their third and, honestly, best damn record yet, Bed & Bugs. Listen to track one, side one of B & B, “Taste the Diff”, in the accompanying player.
We’re beyond pleased to present to you the album trailer for Bed & Bugs not only because it’s a compelling, sales-driving marketing device, but also because it means for you, discerning music connoisseur, that a new record from the always fabulous (and handsome, and talented, and just very kind) band, The Obits, is not far behind. That’s right, on the eve of Summer, 2013, on September 10th, specifically, the new Obits record will be available for your turntable’s platter.
And listen, guys—we have a couple of cool limited-edition-y types of things to tell you about regarding this latest, and, we’re not going to mince words about it, greatest Obits record. Firstly, if you pre-order Bed & Bugs on CD or LP, you’ll receive, at no additional cost to you, a ltd-ed Obits single featuring three songs performed live, and very well, mind you, by The Obits. Another thing we’d like you to know about regarding this new record is that if you’re a person who prefers the vinyl format as their sound delivery device of choice, we’re pressing a small amount of this record on limited, colored, Loser Edition vinyl, which will only be available on SubPop.com (conveniently located right here), as well as select independent record retailers in America (call your local record store for availability). And we don’t have to tell you, but just in case, the limited nature of limited-edition things is limited by nature, so order quick to claim yours!
Originally released on the Spanish label La Castanya to coincide with the band’s recent Spanish tour, this new Obits single features two excellent new songs available exactly nowhere else. Which is to say, in order to hear them, you have to own the single.
Pick up the new Obits single, “Refund” b/w “Suez Canal,” right here.
Today, Tuesday, May 15th, marks the release of Obits’ latest 7" single, “Let Me Dream If I Want To,” which features the band’s interpretations of well-loved, near-standards by Mink DeVille and The Kids.
In further Obits news, the band will be heading overseas soon with a few stateside shows to follow. We’ve listed the most current confirmed dates for Obits below for you.
Obits on Tour
May 17 – Gothenborg, Sweden -Pustervik
May 18 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
May 19 – Malmo, Sweden – Debaser Malmo
May 20 – Aalborg , Denmark – 1000FRYD
May 21 – Germany – Hafenklang, Hamburg
May 22 – Berlin, Germany – Magnet
May 23 – Prague, Czech Republic – Klub 007 Strahov
May 24 – München (Oberföhring), Germany – Kafe Kult
May 25 – Torino, Italy – Spazio 211
May 26 – Verona (VR), Italy – Interzona
May 27 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland – Tap Tab
May 28 – Avignon, France – Les Passagers Du Zinc
May 29 – Freiburg, Germany – Slow Club
May 30 – Lyon, France – Sonic
May 31 – Toulouse, France – Lieu Commun (Toulouse)
Jun 01 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
Jun 02 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
Aug 03 – Austin, TX – Red 7 Patio
Aug 04 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
For more information on Obits, please look to the band’s Sub Pop artist page for the band
A few months back, the very good rock band Obits welcomed Alexis Fleisig as their new drummer. (Previous drummer and all-around excellent human Scott Gursky, decided to hang it up a few months before that.) Alexis is in or has been in about 500 bands (Girls Against Boys, Paramount Styles, Bellini, Soulside…) so it’s understandable that he did not realize that as a part of his employment at Obits Music, Filmworks and Probate, Inc., he is now contractually required to make music videos for the band as well. He is, after all, a busy guy. Owing to his respect for a legal, binding contract (it’s all right there, in black and white) and what turns out to be a genuine knack for making music videos, Alexis made a video for the song “Killer” from Obits’ 2011 album Moody, Standard and Poor (which, by the by, Exclaim! recently featured as one of their best punk records of 2011).
And the thing is, this video is really good! See for yourself.
Also! The following items of related note…
—Obits will be performing live at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday, December 30th. This, of course, is New Year’s Eve Eve, the new and much cooler celebratory event that is, we are right now pretending, ALL THE RAGE among many of the trend-setting young people of that borough.
—After that, Obits will be playing still more live shows on the east coast of these United States in March. Specifically, these:
March 14 – Washington, DC at the Black Cat Backstage
March 15 – Philadelphia, PA at Johnny Brenda’s
March 16 – Cambridge, MA at TT the Bear’s
March 17 – New York, NY at Cake Shop.
—We recently received and are now offering for sale some more of the popular Les Obits t-shirts!
—Did you know that these same Obits participate in and are very funny in the use of the internet’s seemingly quite popular social media thingamajigs? While that former thing might be surprising and the latter not at all, they do! Like this:
Obits on Facebook
Obits on Twitter
Thank you for what we might as well assume to be your time and indulgence here.
It’s possible that you are already aware of the very nearly right upon us Romance Awareness Month Tour 2011. This, of course, is a real mouthful of a title. It is also, of course, the tour which will bring both Obits and Disappears to 7 (seven) cities on the west coast, starting tomorrow, August 18th in Vancouver, BC and ending August 25th in San Diego, CA. Mind you, this is the first time Obits have toured on the west coast since their most recent record, Moody, Standard and Poor was released and also the first shows they’ll be playing with their new drummer, Alexis Fleisig. You should totally go.
Here’s the complete list of dates!
bq. Aug 1- Vancouver, BC (Canada) at the Biltmore Cabaret
Aug 19 – Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
Aug 20 – Portland, OR at the Doug Fir Lounge
Aug 22 – San Francisco, CA at Bottom of the Hill
Aug 23 – Visalia, CA at the Cellar Door
Aug 24 – Los Angeles, CA at the Satellite
Aug 25 – San Diego, CA at The Casbah
Related to Obits’ Romance Awareness Month Tour 2011, we at Sub Pop are right now selling, here on our internet concern, a poster the band caused to be made specifically to commemorate (and, okay, maybe promote) these dates. It’s a handsome piece of printed material. See for yourself and then please buy one for yourself or a loved one. We also still have available a few of the also very handsome posters the band had made for their April record release show in NY.
You should know as well that these Obits have made and will have with them, available for sale on these same tour dates a new and really terrific t-shirt. We understand this to be one of the ancillary, though substantial, benefits of attending live music performances: the opportunity to purchase, from the band themselves, unique merchandise that may well be unavailable elsewhere, ever.