by Wyatt Marshall
Destruction Unit at 285 Kent in June (more by Lukas Hodge)
Arizona's Destruction Unit just returned to the US from a massive European tour. They'll be doing a couple hometown shows before the year ends (including one with the Meat Puppets), and if you're in Austin, you can catch them at a last-minute $3 show tonight (11/22). In January, they'll be doing a West Coast run with Parquet Courts, but just before that, they'll head on over to the East Coast to hit NYC for a Noisey-presented show at Saint Vitus on January
11 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: The show was moved to January 10. All tickets will be honored.
Parquet Courts play NYC in January too.
Destruction Unit's been busy in 2013, releasing a couple of albums -- Deep Trip and Void -- plus the Two Strong Hits 7", so if you've missed 'em, get up to speed by streaming a few tracks below. Get ready for some noisy psych rock and guitars for days.
In other Destruction Unit-related news, the band appeared in the 2012 Jay Reatard documentary Better Than Something: Jay Reatard. Jay Reatard was initially a member of Destruction Unit when the band was starting out, and Destruction Unit frontman Ryan Rousseau used to play in The Reatards. An LP companion to the Jay Reatard documentary featuring 13 unreleased live tracks previously sold out, but is now available again in a second pressing. The LP comes with a copy of the documentary and a 50 page book with essays by Jay's fellow artists, an unreleased interview, and previously unpublished photos. Trailer and tracklist below. Check out our interview with Jay Reatard from 2010, one year before he passed away.
All D Unit dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
Better Than Something: Jay Reatard Trailer
Better Than Something: Jay Reatard Tracklist:
01 - Such A Shame - Jay Reatard - TV Rennes 2008
02 - Bummer Bitch - Reatards - Gonerfest 2005
03 - No One Stands Me - Reatards - Gonerfest 2005
04 - I Get Nervous - Lost Sounds - VPRO 2005
05 - Tyrants Head - Lost Sounds - VPRO 2005
06 - You Call It Love - Angry Angles - Gonerfest 2005
07 - Let It All Go - Jay Reatard - SXSW 2007
08 -Better Than Somethings - Lost Sounds, 1998
09. Fading All Away - Studio Brussel, 2009
10 - Death Is Forming - Jay Reatard - Crystal Ballroom 2008
11 - Not A Substitute - Jay Reatard - Stuy Town NYC 2009
12 - Waiting For Something - Jay Reatard - Walter's 2009
13 - Nightmares - Jay Reatard - Studio Brussel 2009
14 - Let It All Go - Jay Reatard - France 2008
Destruction Unit -- 2013/2014 Tour Dates
Nov 22, 2013: Austin, TX, North Door
Nov 30, 2013: Phoenix, AZ, The Crescent Ballroom w/ Meat Puppets, Father Figures
Dec 19, 2013: Phoeniz, AZ, The Crescent Ballroom w/ Deep Pill, Mallevs
Jan 11, 2014: Brooklyn, NY, Saint Vitus
Jan 17, 2014: Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda (w/ Parquet Courts, White Fence)
Jan 18, 2014: San Diego, CA, Che Café (w/ Parquet Courts)
Jan 19, 2014: Pioneertown, CA, Pappy (w/ Parquet Courts)