Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Thao: "Know Better, Learn Faster"

If you've been with us over the past few weeks, you know how excited we are for the new Thao and the Get Down Stay Down album Know Better Learn Faster. On Friday, we got our first taste of the album - the title track from the record that also features fellow N.Westerner Andrew Bird. True to rumors, this track reflects Thao's more wistful side. Whereas her stellar debut We Brave Bee Stings and All featured bubbly summer pop, this new record promises more introspective lyrics and a softer more autumnal sound. That still doesn't take away from Thao and her band's utter badassity. Know Better Learn Faster is out October 13th on Kill Rock Stars.

Elsewhere in the Thao world...

The Portland Cello Project will be opening for and occasionally playing with Thao and her band on their current string of tour dates. The PCP could be the culprits behind Thao's new laid back sound, as Thao collaborated with them on their recent release The Thao and Justin Powers Sessions, which came out in June on KRS. The cello often provokes the most introspective of moods, so it's no surprise that the PCP tracks we've heard are downright gorgeous heartbreakers. Tour dates after the jump.

October 2009
15 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo
16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
22 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
23 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ The Biltmore Cabaret
24 - Spokane, WA @ Empyrean Coffee
27 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
29 - Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club
30 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
31 - Detroit, MI @ The Cafe at the Majestic Theater

November 2009
1 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ El Mocambo
2 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ Il Motore
3 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
4 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
6 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
7 - Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club Downstairs Lounge
9 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11 - Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
12 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
13 - Ft Worth, TX @ Lola's
14 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
18 - Tucson, AZ @ Plush
19 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
20 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

All shows are with Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, David Shultz

No comments: