The latest leg of the Swing Lo Magellan tour ended 15 June at Bonnaroo. The band revealed scant details of their immediate plans in this interview with Fuse TV - except for the big news that Amber is going to LA this summer to make a solo record.
Want to see Dave and Amber dancing to Daft Punk? Or Haley singing Whitney Houston? See these and several other wonders of the world in Olga’s short film, ‘World Tripping’, which she shot on her iPhone whilst on tour with Chairlift and Dirty Projectors.
This is shaping up to be a very special show. Dirty Projectors will be joined by chamber ensemble yMusic, who played on Swing Lo Magellan (and Letterman). Brooklyn Vegan confirms there is to be a special guest as well as a 250-only 7″ of Offspring Are Blank, featuring previously unreleased track There’s A Fire on the b-side, on sale at the merch stall. And Dave has told the New York Post that the band will be delving “deeper” into their back catalogue. So whether you saw Dirty Projectors last year or have yet to catch them live, you won’t want to miss this unique event.
Just out, the promo clip for Swing Lo Magellan opener, Offspring Are Blank.
Did you buy a t-shirt on the 2012 tour? Well, you might just have bought it from Max Goldblatt, who manned the merch stall on most dates and who edited this clip. You can keep up with Max on Twitter @tothemaxx where he also posts about films and drops puns that will make you smile. Max, respect!
The Albums Of The Year lists are awash with Frank Ocean but the UK’s Guardian newspaper just made Swing Lo Magellan its #4 album of 2012, with writer Tim Jonze insightfully describing it as “a love letter to the joy of music”.
14 DECEMBER UPDATE - Hot on the heels of Offspring Are Blank, the video for Swing Lo Magellan is released today and The Socialites will follow tomorrow. For almost-up-to-the-minute DPs news, follow @UsefulChamber on Twitter or click the #News link to the right.
Incomparable French audio-video site La Blogothèque has published its film of Dirty Projectors' 18 October show at La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris. The clip comes in at just under an hour and features Offspring Are Blank, Swing Lo Magellan, The Socialites, Cannibal Resource, Beautiful Mother, See What She Seeing, No Intention, About To Die, Just From Chevron, Maybe That Was It, Gun Has No Trigger, Dance For You, Stillness Is The Move, Impregnable Question. (Link follows as I couldn't make the embed work.)
If you haven't already done so, I urge you to see the other Dirty Projectors performance captured by La Blogothèque - 2007's 'A Take Away Show' (aka 'Un Concert A Emporter') featuring Dave, Amber and Angel wandering the streets of Manhattan playing songs from the Rise Above era. It's really special.
Dirty Projectors - A Take Away Show (via YouTube) - Part I | Part II
Dirty Projectors release the About To Die EP on 5/6 November (Europe/US respectively) as a 12″ single (with MP3s) and digital download. There’s an official video too, featuring scenes and outtakes from Hi Custodian - see above.
Joining About To Die on the EP are three new songs from the Swing Lo Magellan sessions - While You’re Here (Dave’s tribute to Gerard Smith, formerly of TV On The Radio), Here Til It Says I’m Not and Simple Request.