by Andrew Sacher
Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) is set to release his new double album, Drifters/Love Is The Devil, on May 21 via Zoo Music. The record evokes acid western imagery through lo-fi-as-an-art recording techniques, and the whole thing is really desolate sounding. You can stream a couple of its tracks below. He's also releasing a Japan-only bonus EP, which you can stream a track from at Pitchfork, and a split cassette with TONSTARTSSBANDHT, which you can stream a track from below.
Dirty Beaches already announced a European tour, and mentioned he'd be doing a North American tour later this year. That tour still hasn't been announced, but those in NYC won't have to wait because he's coming here for two shows in June, separate from his future tour. The first is a regular Dirty Beaches show happening at Mercury Lounge on June 26, and the second is a collaborative set of new, original material with Heathered Pearls (aka Jakub Alexander) and Eola at Glasslands on June 28.
Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/1) at noon, and tickets for the Glasslands show also go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).
All currently known dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
Dirty Beaches - "Temple Street" (ft. the Offset: Spectacles) from TONSTARTSSBANDHT split
Dirty Beaches - "Landscapes In The Mist"
Dirty Beaches - "Love Is The Devil"
Dirty Beaches at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Dirty Beaches -- 2013 European Tour Dates (European date format)
5 5 - Newcastle, UK- The Cluny
6 5 - Dundee, UK - DCA
7 5 - Glasgow, UK - Nice 'n Sleazy
8 5 - Dublin, IE - The Workman's Club
9 5 - Liverpool, UK - The Shipping Forecast
10 5 - Chester, UK - The Compass
11 5 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
12 5 - Leeds,UK - Brudnell Social Club
14 5 - Brussels, BE - AB Cafe
16 5 - Amsterdam NED - OT 301
17 5 - Groningen NED - Vera
18 5 - Utrecht, NED - Le Guess Who Festival
21 5 - Drifters/Love Is The Devil Album Release
22 5 - Winterhur, SZE - Salzhaus
24 5 - Limoges, FR - ccm John Lennon
25 5 - Paris, FR - Saint-Ouen
26 5 - Lyon, FR - Le Sonic
27 5 - Turin, IT - Hotel Astoria
28 5 - Ravena, IT - Hana Bi
29 5 - Rome, IT - Circlo degli Artisti
30 5 - Milan, IT - Video Sound Art Fetival
31 5 - Berlin, GER - Festsaal Kreuzberg
5 6 - Hamburg, GER - Hafenlang
6 6 - Koln, GER - Reineke Fuchs
7 6 - Munich, GER -Gallery Kullkcu
8 7 - Frankfurt, GER - Zoom Club
Dirty Beaches -- 2013 North American Tour Dates (more TBA)
6/26 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
6/28 Glasslands Brooklyn, NY