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Swans at Warsaw in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Swans

NYC experimental rock vets Swans have a new album featuring St. Vincent and others on the way titled To Be Kind (due 5/13 via Young God), and though we're still waiting on a full tour, the band have just announced two hometown shows following Michael Gira's solo tour. The NYC shows happen on May 18 at Bowery Ballroom and May 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening both of those shows is Norway's Jenny Hval, who in addition to also having a song called "The Seer," is sure to be an excellent prepper for Swans' earth-shattering set. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/12) at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.

UPDATE: More dates announced, all of which are listed below.

In addition to the new Swans album, the band's 1989 goth/baroque/folk album, Burning World (that Gira is not a fan of), is being reissued on vinyl via the 1972 label on March 4. You can pre-order it now via Midheaven.

All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

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Swans - "To Be Kind" at Primavera Sound 2013

Jenny Hval - "Innocence Is Kinky"

Swans -- 2014 Tour Dates
Wed. May 14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
Thurs. May 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %
Sat. May 17 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub %
Sun. May 18 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom %
Mon. May 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg %
Thurs. May 22 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 2 %
Fri. May 23 - Newcastle, UK @ Hoults Yard %
Sat. May 24 - Glasgow, UK @ The Arches %
Sun. May 25 - Aberdeen, UK @ The Lemon Tree %
Tues. May 27 - London, UK @ Brixton Electric %
Wed. May 28 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity Community Arts %
Thurs. May 29 - Reading, UK @ Sub89 %
Sat. May 31 - Birmingham, UK @ Supersonic Festival
Sun. June 1 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit %
Mon. June 2 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2 %

% - w/ Jenny Hval

Michael Gira (solo) -- 2014 Tour Dates
1 March - Lyon, FR @ Les Abattoirs
4 March - Porto, PT @ Passos Manuel
6 March - Madrid, ES @ El Sol
7 March - San Sebastian, ES @ Andia Kuxta
8 March - Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo
10 March - Paris, FR @ Église Saint-Merri Church
11 March - Amsterdam, NL @ MC Theater
12 March - London, UK @ Church of St John-at-Hackney
14 March - Copenhagen, DK @ Hofteatret
15 March - Oslo, NO @ Blå
16 March - Oslo, NO @ Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum Museum
18 March - Warsaw, PL @ Pardon, To Tu
19 March - Warsaw, PL @ Pardon, To Tu
21 March - St. Petersburg, RU @ Dada
22 March - Moscow, RU @ Teatr Club
24 March - Odessa, UA @ Bernardazzi Wine Club
26 March - Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
27 March - Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
28 March - Milan, IT @ Bloom
29 March - Berlin, DE @ Kantine @ Berghain

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Comments (143)

Philly - May 15th - Union Transfer

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:27 PM

That 1972 label sucks. Don't buy from them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:28 PM

5/14 Black Cat, DC

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:37 PM

SWANS live = something you must check out at least once! Seriously so crushing and driven with each performance. This lineup is really tight and not to be missed. Enjoy!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:38 PM

Swans live = a baby crying for his bottle

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:44 PM

Gira is like a bratty little punk who throws a screaming fit when his mother won't let him go outside with his friends after he faked being sick all day to miss school

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:50 PM

Ever seen an extremely self involved rich kid before? Want to see that kid at 50 throwing a tantrum?

Yeah, me neither.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:52 PM

Saw swan twice. They are seriously not as loud as people claim.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:53 PM

^ like a snotty punk, never as effective as he thinks he is

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:54 PM

Michael Gira is the kind of person that screams at the checkout kid at the supermarket for not being fast enough

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:56 PM

Keith Morris should have a scowl-off with Gira. That would be like a pussy vortex. Grrrrr.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 3:58 PM

LOL "me Thor, GRRRR' LOL

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:00 PM

Gira is the biggest douchebag in music today, slightly ahead of that jerkoff from Chicago, Albini.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:02 PM

Revised headline: Swans playing NY shows

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:05 PM

^straight up TRUTH

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:05 PM

4:02 nailed it. There is nothing worse than old men desperately doing anything they can to hold onto relevance and some semblance of a career. Talk about white knuckling it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:10 PM

^ yeah, about 3/4 of the posts here are saying the exact same thing as 4:02. so they all "nail it", frodo

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:13 PM

Gira and Thor are both incredibly nice dudes who continue to push the boundaries of experimental music.

You guys suck at trolling and suck at life. Your jabs aren't funny, witty or accurate. Idiots!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:14 PM

"Gira and Thor are both incredibly nice dudes who continue to push the boundaries of experimental music."

you sir are a fucking moron

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:17 PM

LOL at any grown man named Thor

What, does Aquaman play the bass for them too?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:18 PM

OMG you guys and your horrible taste are railing against Swans now?!?!

Swans aren't loud! Gira is an a-hole! Desperately holding onto relevance!

Guess what - whatever you are listening to right now is probably not a quarter as good as The Seer. But hey! The meggings crowd was never going to be Swans' target market.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:18 PM

4:17 listens to Dawes and brags about being into the Lumineers before they got big.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:19 PM

LOL @ 4:18, hard

Yeah dude, if we don't like this dogshit we must listen to bad music, be dweebs and dress funny.

One of these days you should put down the pipe and go get some sunlight. It'll do you a world of good.

And, at least I'm not named after a Marvel franchise

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:23 PM

thud thud thus MOMMY! MOMMY! thud Mommy!


There you go. I've accurately recreated the Swans lives experience for you.

lol, some 48 year old dude in a rent controlled apt in the E. Village is super mad that someone is dissing Swans.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:24 PM

3:38 Nostalgic for the 80s. Swans today are a sad spectacle. This is Gira solo, branding itself as Swans for a pathetic sellout cash grab. Swans 2014 = Black Flag 2014

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:26 PM

All you wondering what Gira's like, here you go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q5FdzHaOuE

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:27 PM

I would pay top dollar to see any of you anonymous a-holes say these things in person to Gira and Thor. Nerds!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:28 PM

wow 4:23 must be the dumbest person on the internet... seriously wow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:28 PM

Good. So, don't go.

Not that loud, lol.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:30 PM

also - wtf? out of swans discography, they reissue 'the burning world'? probably the weakest record in their discography.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:31 PM

Anyone ever know a guy named Hulk? How about Flash? I'm serious. Wolverine?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:32 PM

4:27 wins

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:32 PM

what % of the old sad fucks who show up for Swans shows do you think are on unemployment?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:34 PM

Why does everyone think that Gira is an asshole?

When I saw Swans in 2012, he seemed pretty down-to-earth and spent time before and after the show just walking around and talking to fans.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 4:50 PM

I like it when dudes grunt at the gym while lifting weights.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:10 PM

^^^ I don't trust anyone with Obama stickers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:13 PM

Thor comes home from tour, settle in

http://farleftside.com/2008/1-29-08.gif

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:18 PM

Really pathetic to see performers whose schtick is to act mad. Just bad acting.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:18 PM

to think that Swans are so divisive amongst BV trolls.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:25 PM

i'd bet every hater in this thread never even heard of the swans before they got back together. pitchfork said they were great so you went to the sold out show cause you've got your finger on the pulse.. you couldn't comprehend what you were hearing / seeing and now to make yourself feel better, you bash them on the interweb.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:26 PM

Gira's assholery is so ubiquitous that you can literally spend hours on google reading about it.
Anyone who says he's a "nice guy" hasn't ever met the man.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:27 PM

What did Swans do to get Brooklyn Vegan Comment Guy to turn on them?

Also, whenever someone uses the word 'relevance' in reference to music I discount whatever they're saying as the gibberish of a pretentious cunt. Looking at you, 4:10.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:29 PM

i do wonder what some people like...

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:35 PM

Gira touched my weenus and told me not to tell.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:36 PM

LOL yeah 5:26 keep building your straw men and I'll keep burning them down.

I heard the Swans first back in the mid 80s, Holy Money all that shit. It was shit then and it's shit now. So eat a bag of dicks, palsy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:41 PM

5:29 thinks all the facts about Gira are coming from one person. He may be the dumbest man on Earth at this moment in time.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:42 PM

"to think that Swans are so divisive amongst BV trolls."

I'm reading almost universal hate for the guy, so you may want to check your definition for "divisive" oh keen observer.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:44 PM

The concert going audience is finally so stupid that Gira is cashin' a few check now. Idiocracy was prophetic as fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 5:53 PM

I only listen to music when I can have internet proof that at the very least the frontman is not an a-hole.

Makes me feel good about myself when I'm listening to them on Spotify at my shitty job & posting on BV.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 6:09 PM

^ lol your dick sucker is open, faggot

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 6:15 PM

I like Swans. They make good noise. Take it easy, bros.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 6:16 PM

Isn't ironic?
A troll who is incessantly whining about Gira's incessant whining.

Throw a tantrum to prove to us all that Gira throws tantrum?

Well done, baby.

Back to your mother's tit!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 6:29 PM

^ lol your dick sucker is still open

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 6:54 PM

^Mom said you should stop playing on the internet and come get your dinner.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 7:29 PM

"I'm angry because the SWANS are angry. Look at me post links. LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! CLICK MY LINKS! WHAAAAAAAAA!"

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 7:40 PM

529 So true. The most relevant music to me is whatever I happen to listening to and enjoying at that particular moment. 4:10 = #1 Phoenix fan!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 8:02 PM

old people get salty when you call their stale ass music irrelevant :(

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 8:08 PM

Anger is an energy!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 8:09 PM

808 This has nothing to with age. Please list 5 artists who in your mind are "relevant" today. We are waiting.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 8:12 PM

^Grimes
Grimes
Grimes
Grimes
Grimes

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 8:15 PM

yea Gira was known for kicking people and being a prick, but he makes it a point now to meet and talk to fans after shows. dude seemed nice at Warsaw and that was a shitty rainy night too. so...

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 8:29 PM

Wow! Another link? 8:39 is going to need a nap after all this hard work. What a clever baby!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 8:58 PM

What a clever baby!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:05 PM

What a clever baby!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:05 PM

What a clever baby!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:06 PM

What a clever baby!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:06 PM

What a clever baby!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:06 PM

What a clever baby!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:06 PM

The iPods

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:06 PM

pussy galore > swans > rhcp > son volt > wilco > phish

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:22 PM

This thread is filled with glory hole sucking neckbeards. Swans were never important whether or not you love them. They were a day late and a dollar short when it came to no wave and on top of that weren't really doing anything special. They are only important to sausages trying to seem versed in other genres of music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:30 PM

Thanks for the dissertation, 9:30. You're changing a lot of minds with your powerful writing. You've got me burning all my Swans records. Thanks for helping me see the light. I owe you a Coke and a smile.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:39 PM

young Aretha Franklin > Sade > Celine Dion > old Aretha Franklin > Sheryl Crow > Snora Jones > Feist > tUnE-YaRdS > Yoko Ono having a bad acid trip > cats fucking > cats fighting > Gira's whiney ass throwing a Swans tantrum

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:39 PM

I wonder if we can drive one of these Swans fanboys into blubbering hysterics like what happened to that poor sausage man-child in the Geiger sausage thread on Monday?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:43 PM

^ It wood be fucking sweet, wouldn't it?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:47 PM

Stop talking to yourself. 9:43. aka 9:47.
"We" HA!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:48 PM

^ Hee he he, ok.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:50 PM

Now let's go meet back on the Coffins comment section! Race you there!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:55 PM

^ Hell yeah!

Ready..

Set...

GO!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 9:57 PM

nah amgoan chill here bra, I think this late night numbskull is ready to snap

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:02 PM

So funny, Swans fans are so transparent and predictable. Quite possibly more butthurt than QOTSA fans. And really, a couple egg rolls short of the Combo Plate amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:06 PM

^ You should write for Jimmy Fallon. Your sense of humor sounds like a match for his style.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:10 PM

@10:02

lol, it's probably the same faggot too. where the fuck do these dipshits even come from?

smdh

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:12 PM

10:10, you should write for Jimmy Dean. Your hillbilly sensibilities would meld well with general ignorant southern buffoonery.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:14 PM

Hey Swans toady -- I have so many questions for you. Like why do you insist on defending a guy who by all objective accounts has made a career out of being a total asshole? Or, another question -- do you honestly think that all the bad reports here are one single guy, when you know there are a couple different guys posting felatio-like comments in favor of the band? -- And really, you're gonna tell me that Thor uses that name with a straight face and you don't find that fucking hilarious and more than a little sad?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:15 PM

What prep school did Gira attend anyway? Choat? Exeter? Miss Porter's?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:19 PM

***OFFICIAL NOTICE***

Anyone who leaves a comment after this one is officially a Sausage Felching Piece of CRAP!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:21 PM

He looks like a spoiled Friends drop out

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:24 PM

I don't recognize asterix butt cowboys

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:27 PM

ya know, Armisen is really not funny but by all accounts he's not a leaky asshole towards his fans and the general public. in that way he's got Gira beat by a clean mile.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:29 PM

Even with all of their instruments unplugged, Phish is supremely more talented and compelling than Swans ever were.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:31 PM

Bradford Co(ck)x > Michael Gira

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:33 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:36 PM

I never thought I'd see the day I would be defending Springsteen, but at least Bruce was never a whiney little bitch throwing a temper tantrum I'm front of people and calling it "experimental"

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:37 PM

Even if Gira was the asshole you morons say he is - so what? Is that how you judge how good someone's music is? And if you don't like Swans why are you wasting your time here? And please name some artists we should be listening to instead so we laugh at your sad ass!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:39 PM

^ You sound like a little bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:41 PM

What's wrong with the 1972 label? They seem like a cool company.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:47 PM

LOL @ 10:39 "we"
Neck vein popping, screen spit and eye twitching, all the negative comments are from a single person, and yet you try to play off the "we" bit?

NIGGA, PLEASE!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:55 PM

I am 10:15 and I am ssssstill_waiting for a response.

oh I forgot, you asshats don't like talking, just screaming and carrying on

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:57 PM

^ So you're "s t i l l w a i t i n g"?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:59 PM

^ Yes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:00 PM

^ Me too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:00 PM

I got raped at a Swans show once by a guy who looked exactly like Conor Oberst.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:05 PM

this guy might work at my guitar center

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:06 PM

RHCP cock socks > Phish's bong water > getting raped by Conor Oberst > free tickets to a Swans show

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:06 PM

Dopes like some of you are the main reason that the NYC live music scene has become so lame these days. Just too many douchebags out there, especially in Brooklyn. You idiots come on here and put down bands but never mention what you listen to because you know we would all laugh at you!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:13 PM

I only listen to Augustines. The rollicking drums really get me pumped.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:14 PM

11:13 I dig the jacuzzzi boyz

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:30 PM

LOLOLOLOLOL @ 11:13

Please tell me your final argument is not that the reason for lame NYC music scene is because anonymous posters on a music blog don't write down the bands that they listen to .... please tell me we didn't break you yet, it would be kinda sad, you being so weak and easily broken.

WBS!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 11:54 PM

1154 How exactly did you come to that conclusion? You are a clueless idiot. WBS? How old are you 12?

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 12:06 AM

i have a RHCP cock sock that Anthony threw from the stage in 1985 that I won at an auction for $600

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 12:26 AM

I fucked 11:13 in the ass and never bother to call again. He never got over it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 12:30 AM

I listen to the iPods. You'd be surprised, they're really diverse from track to track!

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 12:48 AM

Thanks for proving my point.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 1:06 AM

Justinbieber gansterthug

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 1:06 AM

Awww, that's cute. 1:06 thinks he succeeded at something(?). That's too fucking precious.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 1:20 AM

LOL so hard that 11:13 knew what WBS meant and yet accused 11:54 of being 12 years old. This guy can't quite grasp the concept of irony.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 5:13 AM

GRRRRR ME NO NEED SHIRT, ME THOR! GRRRRR

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 5:44 AM

lol is Thor gonna swang his mighty hammer, or just get to work behind that hole in the wall?

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 8:21 AM

This influx of comments = proof that scarves are hot and bothered

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 11:43 AM

^ PIZZA UP! SAUSAGE, YOU HAVE A DELIVERY .... CHOP CHOP!

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 11:54 AM

THOR NEED LUNCH. THOR CALL RAY'S PIZZA. NO DELIVER TO THOR? GRRRRRR

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 12:26 PM

You know Gira is a Midwestern hayseed, right? Freaking transplant fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 1:06 PM

you fucking people make me sick

Posted by mike gira | February 12, 2014 3:04 PM

^ pussy

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 3:19 PM

STOP POSTING COMMENTS!

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 3:20 PM

no

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 3:31 PM

3:20 is really mad

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 3:39 PM

***This is now a Boxxy thread!***

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 3:53 PM

Well, it's snowing so that pussy Gira will probably cancel tonight's show wherever it is 'cause he's a pussy when it comes to weather and most other stuff that normal people have to roll with.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 11:11 AM

The thing about the Swans that gets my hate boner up is the kool aid drinking fans, trying so hard to seem so in the know, so edgy and "there". And they don't realize that it's all vapor. They are like the other side of the coin of hippies "sending out positive vibes, dude". Just deluded, laughable people continually on the butt end of the joke and never seeing it.

Oh, and of course the band sounds like a bunch of monkeys with pots and pans in a small hot room with strobe lights and a siren going to spur on their monkey "experimentalism".

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 11:40 AM

^more of a bore than Gira or Swans will ever be.

snoooooooooooooooooooooooze.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 3:12 PM

^ your mom was a bore last night

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2014 12:13 PM

I'm sorry 3:12, did you say something? I wasn't really listening on account of how much fail you are sending out into the universe.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2014 12:39 PM

time dubs confirm pussy cancellation

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2014 1:10 PM

I seriously think that the majority of you folks are truly limited in your perspective of the human condition and how to self-help that shit into older age. M. Gira, is not.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2014 9:16 PM

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