Posted in music | tour dates | video on June 17, 2009

Gossip

It feels like a while since we've heard from the Gossip. The Beth Ditto-led band are releasing their fourth studio album, Music For Men, on June 22, 2009 in the U.K. and digitally on June 23, 2009 in the U.S. via Columbia Records (in stores here October 6). You can stream the whole Rick Rubin-produced LP, right now, at AOL.

[Gossip guitarist] Brace admits that the band's experience cutting Music For Men at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu marked "the first time we ever had access to a studio like that. I can see if you let a musician loose in this big studio to just ride all this stuff, I can see why somebody would just come up with this huge thing. Having restraint was so important. I hate the over-production sound."

"We wrote a lot of this album in the studio," Brace continues, again referring to Shangri-La. "The Band built it in 1976 and Bob Dylan's old tour bus was in the back. It was empty so I turned it into my own little studio with my computer with GarageBand and my guitars and stuff. I loaded up all my gear into Bob Dylan's 70s tour bus and that's where I wrote. Beth would come in and I would play her demos. All the vocal lines are hers, the lyrics are hers. I do the sounds and she sings over it. She'd come in the Bob Dylan bus and we did a lot of demoing on our own during the day because it was more comfortable. She'd come in and sing into GarageBand. I'd write some things to her vocals. 'Dimestore Diamond' was actually her humming the song and I started playing bass to it."
The band will spend the summer touring Europe to promote the release there. They return here for shows around the time the physical CD is released, and that includes an October 9th show at Terminal 5 in NYC. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presle at 11am today (general sale starts Friday).

The rest of the North American dates haven't been announed yet. European dates, new album tracklist, and their new video for "Heavy Cross", below...

Gossip - Heavy Cross from Michael Knudsen on Vimeo.

Gossip - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 3 - Heineken Opener Festival Gdynia
Jul 4 - MainSquare Festival Arras
Jul 4 - Beauregard Festival Caen
Jul 5 - Furia Festival Cergy
Jul 8 - Hultsfred Festival Hultsfred
Jul 10 - Les Ardentes Liege
Jul 11 - Musilac Festival Aix les bains
Jul 13 - Razzmatazz Barcelona
Jul 15 - Spaziale Festival Turin
Jul 17 - Melt Festival Gräfenhainichen
Jul 18 - Garden Nef Party Angouleme
Jul 19 - Latitude Festival Suffolk
Jul 21 - Paleo Festival Nyon
Oct 9 - Terminal 5, NYC

Gossip - Music for Men - Track listing
1. "Dimestore Diamond"
2. "Heavy Cross"
3. "8th Wonder"
4. "Love Long Distance"
5. "Pop Goes The World"
6. "Vertical Rhythm"
7. "Men in Love"
8. "For Keeps"
9. "2012"
10. "Love and Let Love"
11. "Four Letter Word"
12. "Spare Me from the Mold"

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Comments (38)

So is Beth Ditto now the white Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 9:53 AM

holy sh*t, marilyn manson looks like a school bus.

Posted by annie momus | June 17, 2009 9:57 AM

ricci on roids.

Posted by beast | June 17, 2009 9:59 AM

Ditto has clothes on. Suprising.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:11 AM

it would be nice if fatty just stopped.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:13 AM

Fat whatever my big toe.

The Music... It's simply shabby.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:15 AM

Fat girl!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:15 AM

You can't polish shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:18 AM

What the "F"???? Seriously!! That album is horrible..
What have they done to my dear DISCO??!!!

Disco I say!!! Where did it go??!! Rubin you blow!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:21 AM

This band looks like a HOT LUNCH.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:22 AM

Oh... No wonder the album is awesome. A lot of it was written in Bob Dylan's old tour bus...

Did I mention that a lot of it was written in Bob Dylan's old tour bus?

Dylan's tour bus.

Bob Dylan.


Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:25 AM

MEHth SHITto

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:39 AM

think these kids got beat up in school?

Posted by hammerdong | June 17, 2009 10:39 AM

dylan ? as in luke perry from 90210?.he invented the whole beatnik thing..this album will most def shred

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:48 AM

"We wrote a lot of this album in the studio"

translation: it's gonna suck

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 11:11 AM

You know the music is bad when the beginning of the song sounds like the beginning of a commercial.

The band has a lot of learning to do.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 11:24 AM

I'll pay anyone $5 to punch this "band" in the face..no joke

Posted by Jim | June 17, 2009 11:25 AM

Is the song about double cheeseburgers? I didn't listen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 11:40 AM

Beth Dildo

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 11:45 AM

this is a whole new kind of bad

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 11:45 AM

Whoa...Writing on Bob Dylans old bus, demoing into GarageBand...too corny for words.

That's the kind of shit you keep to yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 11:58 AM

the comments on this site are worse than on youtube

Posted by oliver bob | June 17, 2009 12:06 PM

Do 16-year-olds now make up the main demographic of BrooklynVegan readers/commenters or does it just seem that way? I've been wondering that for the past year or so.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 12:09 PM

How dare they let them in that Studio? They need to burn it now before their smell and kooties infect the great history there. No one cares about this band that's over 22. If you are older and you do, I believe the word is called pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 12:09 PM

it's time for these guys to pass into obscurity.

the music they make is so 2002

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 12:09 PM

its fine if people dont like the music, but the fat comments are so stupid. is there some kind of moderator on here? i am assuming the demo for bv readers is 10-16 yrs old?

Posted by charlie | June 17, 2009 12:46 PM

12:09

16 years make up a large demographic of concert goers. have you looked around at an all ages show? of course they are drawn to a blog about concerts.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 12:47 PM

i am assuming the demo for bv readers is 10-16 yrs old?


I'm Ron Burgandy?
I know how to use question marks?

You're probably just fat too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 12:51 PM

Cremaster 6?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 12:58 PM

Charlie @ 12:46...

Are you fat, too?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 1:11 PM

"Having restraint was so important. I hate the over-production sound." Is he for real? Fuck, I want to hear what he considers overproduced! This shit is one big hot pile of triggered drums, swirly synth-pads, and Beth "singing". What happened here?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 1:39 PM

Charlie is a fat loser!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 2:02 PM

Go on a diet Charlie!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 2:28 PM

Nice vinyl mumu.

Posted by robertdoosh | June 17, 2009 2:46 PM

when did they kick the dude out of the band?

Posted by yeayforplay | June 17, 2009 3:52 PM

Music for flock of pleather mustachios sugar pie cupcake men.
Three times a Dylan.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 12:59 AM

"heavy cross" is the itunes free download of the week for this week only! it's one of my favorite songs of the moment, i absolutely love it. love gossip :]

--C.

Posted by chissy | July 25, 2009 5:29 PM

mathew dear has got some serious talent.
his skills seem to outshine mathew herbert even this early in his career.
his work comes off as effortless.
in a good way

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 12:10 PM

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