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Dirty Projectors Featured on NPR’s Song of the Day

The title track from Rise Above was featured today on NPR’s Song of the Day, where you can also stream the song. NPR’s Michael Katzif said, “On the title track, as with much of the record, Longstreth neatly entangles crisp guitar playing, a chorus of female voices and a sturdy back beat, and takes the songs far away from punk and into less easily labeled territory. The song mixes the soaring vocal heroics of soul, the bite of ’60s rock and subtle allusions to the dance grooves of Afrobeat, as Longstreth’s voice channels Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley via Antony & The Johnsons.”

READ FULL REVIEW AND STREAM THE SONG

Dirty Projectors Rise Above Available For Pre-order

The wait is finally over. Dirty Projectors new album Rise Above is available for pre-order in the Dead Oceans store on CD and LP formats. Customers who prefer vinyl will also receive a coupon to download an MP3 version of the album. Also, beginning this week Dirty Projectors launch an extensive North American tour. Yacht, Vampire Weekend, White Rainbow and Ecstatic Sunshine are opening dates along the way — check the link below to see which fantastic line-up is headed to your town.

PREORDER RISE ABOVE HERE
DIRTY PROJECTORS ON TOUR

Dirty Projectors Announce Tour, La Blogotheque Posts Take Away Show

The legend of Dirty Projectors has been closely tied to their jaw-dropping live performances, so when the band announces a six week headlining North American tour, it is time to pay close attention. Their new album, Rise Above, has finally captured the band’s live energy and momentum, but there is still something undeniable about witnessing Dirty Projectors in the flesh.

For an incredibly unique take on the Dirty Projectors live show, check out their recent “take away show” videos recorded by the La Blogotheque. It’s a truly special, one-of-a-kind performance.

WATCH DIRTY PROJECTORS TAKE AWAY SHOW

DIRTY PROJECTORS TOUR DATES

Dirty Projectors Re-Imagine Black Flag’s Damaged on New Album

Following the 2006 EP New Attitude, Longstreth went to help his parents move out of the house he grew up in. Among his youthful artifacts was the cassette case from the Black Flag album Damaged. This brought back all sorts of memories – Black Flag was one of Longstreth’s first loves – but the tape itself was missing. So, like the character in the Jorge Luis Borges story “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” who sets out to recreate Don Quixote line by line from memory, Longstreth went to the nearest Guitar Center, purchased the cheapest cassette four-track he could find, and embarked on recasting Damaged from memory, without re-listening to a single note or reading any lyrics. The ten songs that make up Rise Above (titled after one of the tracks on Damaged) stem from these four-track demos, recorded at his parents house on an acoustic guitar.

All that Jorge Luis Borges-inspired jive might just be hot wind if Rise Above weren’t such a hell of a record on its own terms. It resounds with a kind of elegant simplicity: beautiful interlocking guitar parts, gorgeous three-part vocal harmonies, and some great songwriting. Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear manned the knobs, giving Rise Above the same rich sound that he brought to his own band’s acclaimed album Yellow House. Longstreth used the same musicians that appeared on the US tour on which he debuted these songs, and Rise Above captures the inventiveness and raw power of Dirty Projectors’ live arrangements at long last.

For a taste from Rise Above look no further than this MP3 of “No More”.
Pitchfork , The Fader, Gorilla vs. Bear and Fluxblog all seem as enthused as we are about Rise Above, which arrives in stores on September 11, 2007.

DOWNLOAD MP3 FOR “NO MORE”

Dirty Projectors European Tour Dates Announced

Dirty Projectors are headed to Europe for the first time this summer. They will be supporting Beirut in London, Paris and Berlin, as well as appearing at several European festivals. In addition to these shows, Dirty Projectors will also headline a handful of dates during their travels. All of the Dirty Projectors tour dates can be found here.

Dirty Projectors also have a special New York City appearance tonight, supporting Deerhoof at the David Bowie curated High Line Festival.

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