Posted in music | tour dates on April 20, 2010

Mates of State

We are happy to announce some details on our latest recording. The new album is called CRUSHES (THE COVERS MIXTAPE) and will be released this summer. This is our first full length recorded and produced by ourselves, and our longtime collaborator Peter Katis (The National, Swell Season,Interpol, etc.) mixed the record. We've been talking about doing a covers record for a long time. We'd hear a great song at 2 AM while driving the straight line from one part of Texas to the next, and all we'd want to do is play that song as if we had written it. There are so many artists we considered, some for the mere fact that they wrote a perfect song, some for nostalgia's sake, some because more people need to hear them, some for the challenge, and some to shed a whole different light on a song: Our light... make it a duet, more optimistic or maybe less traditional. [Mates of State]
That's the album's cover above. The full tracklist, which includes Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Vashti Bunyan, Daniel Johnston and others, is below. The first song, a cover of Girls' "Laura" that's rife with turntable scratches, is streaming and downloadable on their site.

Mates of State go on tour across the US this June and July. During that, they'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 15th and Bowery Ballroom on July 16th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (4/21) at noon.

Joining the pair on those NYC shows will be Nick Thune. Other shows are opened by Free Energy (who play Bowery Ballroom on May 29th and South Street Seaport on July 23rd), Todd Barry, and Suckers (who have lots of other shows coming up too).

Mates of State tour dates, flyer and tracklist are below...

Mates of State

Mates of State

6/15 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse * #
6/16 Rochester, NY @ Water Street * #
6/17 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church % #
6/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's * #
6/19 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop * #
6/21 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century * #
6/22 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall * #
6/23 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar *
6/24 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar *
6/25 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
6/26 Denver, CO @ Bluebird *
6/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue *
6/30 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall * ^
7/1 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall * ^
7/2 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo * ^
7/3 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo * ^
7/4 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
7/6 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's *
7/7 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre *
7/8 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live *
7/9 Baton Rouge @ Spanish Moon *
7/10 Birmingham @ Workplay *
7/12 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt * ^
7/13 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel * ^
7/14 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar * ^
7/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall ^
7/16 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
* w/ Free Energy
# w/ Todd Barry
^ w/ Nick Thune
% w/ Suckers

"Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)" tracklist
1. Laura (Girls)
2. Son et Lumiere (The Mars Volta)
3. Sleep the Clock Around (Belle & Sebastian)
4. Technicolor Girls (Death Cab for Cutie)
5. Long Way Home (Tom Waits)
6. Love Letter (Nick Cave)
7. Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)
8. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (Vashti Bunyan)
9. Roller Coaster Ride (Dear Nora)
10. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston)



Comments (16)

Every time I see that dude I can't help but think that he's wearing those glasses with the big rubber fake nose attached, kinda like humpty hump used to wear. Hahaaa

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 5:30 PM

i can't get over the mars volta cover.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 5:34 PM

This band.....they're so bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 5:37 PM

MEHtes of....

it's not even worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 5:48 PM

anti duck-face!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 5:52 PM

haters gonna hate, but i'm always surprised when i get a new mos record how they manage to get better and better with every album, with the same limited palette.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 5:55 PM

^^ i know, and they're glasses are just boss. i really identify with the look this band is going for. they look just like me! i am really cool. i am Bedford and Driggs! yay!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 6:10 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 6:12 PM

cool pouty faces, suck in those fat cheeks!

Posted by james | April 20, 2010 8:13 PM

Looks and sounds like a fucking LensCrafters Ad ... Give me a break

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 8:58 PM

For real, didn't the photo editor have some feedback about how ridiculously sucked in those cheeks are?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 11:59 PM

This is the worst looking album photo I ever seen.

Posted by Mustard | April 21, 2010 3:31 AM

Pucker up, assholes, your band sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 11:03 AM


Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 4:36 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...

Posted by يوتيوب القمة | March 2, 2011 3:43 AM

This is the worst looking album photo I ever seen.

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