On October 22nd, Titus Andronicus will release their third album, Local Business via XL Recordings. The band today has revealed the album cover to Local Business as well as a new song. Check out “In A Big City” below:
“In which the pressures of urban life are addressed, as our narrator wonders if he can remain an individual whilst being a component piece of an entity much greater than himself.”
The band will embark on a lengthy tour, and dates will be announced soon. Titus Andronicus is comprised of: Patrick Stickles (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Eric Harm (drums), Julian Veronesi (bass), Liam Betson (guitar) and Adam Reich (guitar). Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings; there is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band. While the first two albums were elaborate concoctions, Local Business is of the earth.
Here’s more about the album from the band’s blogspot (yes, blogspot)
While the first two albums were elaborate concoctions, Local Business is of the earth. Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings; there is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band. This is to say, it was recorded primarily live with precious few overdubs, with an elite squad of musicians.
The lineup is: Patrick Stickles (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Eric Harm (drums), Julian Veronesi (bass), Liam Betson (guitar) and Adam Reich (guitar). The album was recorded in New Paltz, New York’s Marcata Recording with producer/engineer/mastermind Kevin McMahon. They recorded it in April and May of 2012 along with some special guests including longtime Titus session keyboardist Elio DeLuca, universally acclaimed violinist Owen Pallett, and Eric Harm’s father Steven on
harmonica. This tight-knit group is just one of the meanings behind the phrase “Local
While abandoning the linear narrative of their last album The Monitor, the songs on Local Business aim to make explicit the implications of the first two LPs, that the inherent meaninglessness of life in an absurd universe gives the individual power to create their own values and their own morality. Along the way, we witness a devastating automobile wreck, a food fight (that is to say, a battle with an eating disorder), an electrocution, a descent into insanity, and ultimately, a forgiveness of the self for its many faults. Titus Andronicus even finds time to broaden its emotional palette to include
moments of pure positivity, brief respites from the usual doom and gloom.
Local Business Tracklisting
1. Ecce Homo
2. Still Life With Hot Deuce And Silver Platter
3. Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus
4. Food Fight!
5. My Eating Disorder
6. Titus Andronicus VS. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)
7. In A Big City
8. In A Small Body
9. (I Am The) Electric Man
10. Tried To Quit Smoking
It wouldn’t be a proper NYC music festival without Titus Andronicus. Performing right before headliners the Black Angels, Titus Andronicus did a great job of pumping up the crowd. Fans weren’t the only ones crowdsurfing as Titus’s frontman Patrick Stickles found his way into the audience. Check out photos of their set below thanks to our photographer Patrick Eves (HippieDeathBed.com)
The POPPED! Music Festival is back with a vengeance this fall in Philadelphia, PA. To take place Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, this is the first year the festival will be held outside on the lush grounds of FDR Park. The confirmed local and international artists to perform include: The Shins, Pretty Lights, Cage The Elephant, and Girl Talk, as well as Panda Bear, Elbow, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Company of Thieves, Foster The People, Rakim, Cults, Kreayshawn, Black Thought & J.Period Mixtape, Charles Bradley, Titus Andronicus, The Vaccines, The Budos Band, Patty Crash, Mates of State, Zee Avi, Black Landlord, and more!
In just its fourth year, POPPED! Music Festival 2011 is bringing something new and exciting that Philadelphia has never had before – a 2-day outdoor destination festival showcasing intriguing and diverse artists on three stages of live music, DJ’s, and stand-up comedy. Produced by Electric Factory in conjunction with Alexis Rosenzweig of POPPED! Festival, Inc., POPPED! Music Festival is a testament to showcasing Philadelphia as a prime destination for live music.
“POPPED! has come back this year bigger than ever! We have an exciting line-up, and in our new home in FDR Park, POPPED! is truly bringing the festival experience to Philadelphia,” says Alexis Rosenzweig, Executive Producer of POPPED! Music Festival, ”A festival like this has never been done in this city before.”
In addition, the festival wouldn’t be complete without recognizing Philadelphia’s definitive stake as one of the country’s most impressive culinary destinations and home to celebrity chefs and notable restaurants. POPPED! Music Festival will feature a unique Food Bazaar curated by celebrated Philadelphia chefs, CityPaper’s Mealticket & Philly Homegrown, along with local and sustainable food options from the area’s restaurants, gourmet food trucks, and markets. POPPED! Music Festival also aims to bring awareness to Philadelphia’s green efforts through recycling programs, local fair, partnerships with local businesses, and strongly encouraging the use of public transportation.
“Bryan Dilworth, Alexis Rosenzweig and our team have put together an exciting festival that is just the right size in just the right place. Popped! Music Festival is bringing some amazing talent to Philadelphia, and anyone who attends is going to have an incredible experience,” says Larry Magid.
A limited number of Early Bird 2-day passes ($90) and limited Early Bird 2-day VIP passes ($175) are on sale Monday, June 20th at 10am through Thursday, June 23rd at 10pm. Use the code: POPPED (2-day pass) and code: VIPOPPED (2-day VIP Pass) on PoppedPhiladelphia.com or Ticketmaster.com. VIP passes include a special viewing area near the stage, separate entrance & bar/food/restroom areas. Regular price 2-day passes ($110) and 2-day VIP passes ($200) go on sale Friday, June 24th at 10am at PoppedPhiladelphia.com, Ticketmaster.com, ElectricFactory.Info, charge by phone at 800-745-8000, or the Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street (No service fees for cash purchases!).
LINE-UP IS AS FOLLOWS:
Friday: Gates @ 2 pm
Saturday: Gates @ 11 am
THE SHINS • CAGE THE ELEPHANT •
PANDA BEAR • ELBOW •
THE HOLD STEADY •
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.
COMPANY OF THIEVES • & MORE!
PRETTY LIGHTS • GIRL TALK •
FOSTER THE PEOPLE • RAKIM • CULTS • KREAYSHAWN •
BLACK THOUGHT & J. PERIOD MIXTAPE •
CHARLES BRADLEY • TITUS ANDRONICUS • THE VACCINES •
THE BUDOS BAND • PATTY CRASH
MATES OF STATE • ZEE AVI • BLACK LANDLORD • & MORE!
About POPPED! Food Bazaar
The POPPED! Food Bazaar is an essential element of the Festival experience and we are committed to providing our concert-goers our city’s best restaurants and markets as well as fresh, local, and vegetarian/vegan friendly options. Our vendor selection process favor eateries that will bring the Philly flavor to the Festival with offerings that go far beyond the standard street fare.
About FDR Park:
FDR Park is a green oasis in South Philadelphia. With its beautiful natural resources including fields and lakes, and easy accessibility, FDR Park is the ideal location for the POPPED! Music Festival. From walking trails to golfing, to a world famous skate park that has been featured on many video games, and now a music festival. FDR Park has it all! FDR Park is located directly across the street from the Sports Complex (Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, Wells Fargo Center).
The Village Voice is excited to announce the final band line up for the inaugural 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16th at South Street Seaport. Titus Andronicus, Obits and Eleanor Friedberger will join scheduled headliner The Black Angels and performers Davila 666 and Oberhofer at the free, all day, all ages music festival.
Bud Light is the title sponsor of the 4Knots Music Festival along with additional sponsors of the event: XL Energy Drink, Metro PCS, Dialogue in the Dark, Bodies the Exhibition, Pop Chips, Institute of Audio Research and The New York Times.
Running between every borough of New York City and culminating near the South Street Seaport, the East River runs at a speed of 4 knots. The Seaport and Pier 17 have a rich and diverse history as profound to New York City as Wall Street, Central Park or even Times Square. Historically, the lower portion of the East River has been one of the busiest and most important channels in the world. This summer, there will be a new reason for people to flock to the area, which was once also known as the banks of the Sound River.
The neighborhood where 4Knots Music Festival will be held offers attractions, shops and restaurants for every taste. It is easily accessible by subway, car, ferry or bus.
A full run down of the day, including other on site activities will be announced shortly.
It’s pretty safe to say that TITUS ANDRONICUS are easily one of the hardest working bands out there! They’ve toured tirelessly since the release of their epic second album, The Monitor (which came out in March 2010 via XL RECORDINGS).
A couple of weeks ago the band participated in the “Our Concert Could Be Your Life” 10 year anniversary live tribute to Michael Azerrad’s seminal book about the American DIY underground music scene of the 1980′s. Titus played incredible covers of songs by The Replacements! You can check out streams of that via NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/23/136503845/our-concert-could-be-your-life
In early May, Sound Opinions (http://www.soundopinions.org/) aired their fantastic segment on Titus during their last stop in Chicago, complete with an interview and live performances (they’ll next hit Chicago in August as part of this year’s Lollapalooza Festival).
Not too long before that, they had the State of New Jersey premiere their Tom Scharpling directed video for “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future” http://www.beggarsgroupusa.com/news/NJ-outlets-and-people-hosting-the-Titus-Andronicus-premiere/
Just when everything seemed to be looking up, Tom Scharpling had to throw everyone a curveball!
Last week, the band alerted us via their blog (http://titusandronicustheband.blogspot.com/2011/05/tom-scharpling-strikes-again.html) to the fact that Tom holds in his possession a never-before-seen version of “A More Perfect Union” which he will make available for everyone’s viewing pleasure if, and only if, the clip for “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future” gets to 100,000 views by the time the band return to NYC on June 7th amidst their current tour!
If the “No Future” video doesn’t reach that goal, then not only will Tom Scharpling fail to unveil the “A More Perfect Union” video, but he will delete, that’s right, DELETE, the existing one for “No Future” because Tom Scharpling is JUST THAT CRAZY!
DON’T LET THIS MADMAN DELETE THIS VIDEO ON JUNE 8TH!
* w/ Okkervil River
# w/ Future Islands
& w/ Julianna Barwick
$ w/ NewVillager
6/01 Cat’s Cradle Chapel Hill NC* #
6/02 930 Club Washington DC* #
6/03 Trocadero Philadelphia PA*#
6/04 Toad’s New Haven CT* #
6/07 Terminal 5 New York, NY #
6/08 Royale Boston MA* #
6/09 Town Ballroom Buffalo NY* #
6/10 Phoenix Theatre Toronto ON* #
6/11 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH* #
6/12 First Ave Minneapolis MN* #
6/14 Slowdown Omaha NE*
6/15 Bluebird Theater Denver CO*
6/16 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City UT*
6/17 Egyptian Theatre Boise ID*
6/18 Neptune Theatre Seattle WA*
6/20 The Vogue Theatre Vancouver BC* &
6/21 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR* &
6/22 Fox Theater San Francisco CA* &
6/23 The Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles CA* $
6/24 Belly Up Tavern San Diego CA* $
6/25 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ* $
6/27 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque NM *
6/28 Jake’s Lubbock TX*
8/5-8/7 Lollapalooza Chicago IL
Do you ever need a reason to look at Titus Andronicus concert photos? They’re perhaps one of the best bands you can watch while you’re drinking. All you need is them, some Guinness and maybe the Dropkick Murphys and you’re set for the night. Titus played a late afternoon set on Saturday at B.O.M.B. Fest. Was it too early for drinking? Hell no! Fortunately for you, our photographers Jennifer Murtha and Phil DeSimone (FromThePhotoPit.com) were there to get some great shots of the band while you were downing your beer and enjoying the show. Check out the photos below:
Titus Andronicus have finished their new video for “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future” and you’re going to be ONE of the first to see it! Directed by Tom Scharpling, the video is Patrick Stickles and the band’s tribute to the GREAT STATE OF NEW JERSEY. Shot in three locations in one day in February, the video features the band and some of their most devout fans having a great time in the Garden State from Little Egg Harbor to Asbury Park to Jersey City. We’re proud to be one of the Jersey centric sites to ld premiere the brand new Titus Andronicus’s “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future”.