New wave/post-punk pioneers Blondie recently released Panic of Girls in the UK, their third album since reuniting in 1997, and ninth overall. The album includes the single "Mother," which they recently performed live and acoustic from Abbey Road. Check that video out, which includes an interview below. The music video, which B-52 Kate Pierson makes a cameo in, for the track is below too.
Panic of Girls now has a US release date of September 13 via the band's own imprint. They will head out on a North American tour in September and October in support of the album's stateside release. The tour hits NYC on September 12 and 13 at Highline Ballroom. Ticket info is not available yet, but check ticketweb for updates.
Beirut, whose track "Sunday Smile" is covered by Blondie on Panic of Girls, also has a North American tour around that same time. Beirut's tour hits NYC on September 21 and 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both of those shows go on Amex presale Wednesday (7/6) and general sale Friday. Listen to the cover below.
Speaking of Blondie covering indie bands, Debbie Harry contributed a cover of Franz Ferdinand's "Live Alone" to their Record Store Day Covers EP with help from the band themselves. LCD Soundsystem offered their take on the same song, though their cover is twice as long (obviously). Stream the entire EP below, which also features covers by Stephin Merritt, ESG, and Peaches. The Record Store Day release was a limited edition colored 12" vinyl. A few are available on ebay. The EP is also now available as a CD and black vinyl. CD versions are on sale at Amazon.
All Blondie tour dates, video, and the EP stream below...
Blondie - "Mother" Official Video
Blondie - "Mother" Live Acoustic From Abbey Road + Interview
Blondie - "Sunday Smile" (Beirut Cover)
'This is an EP of covers of our songs by people whose music we love.' - Franz Ferdinand
Blondie -- 2011 Tour Dates
September 4th Prior Lake, MI @ Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
September 5th Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah's Stir Cove
September 7th Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 9th Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
September 10th Orillia, ON @ Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 12th New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
September 13th New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
September 14th Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
September 16th Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Spa & Resort - Music Box
September 17th Clark, NJ @ Oak Ridge Park
September 18th Westbury, CT @ Theatre at Westbury
September 21st Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
September 23rd Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 24th Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
September 26th Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
September 28th New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theatre
September 29th Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
October 1st Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
October 2nd Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
October 4th Phoenix, AZ @ The Foundry
October 5th Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
October 7th Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
October 8th Las Vegas, NV @ The Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino