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Dirty Projectors playing 2005 album The Getty Address in full w/ orchestra @ NYC & LA shows

Getty Address

Back in 2005, an earlier iteration of the Dirty Projectors released their concept album The Getty Address, which Pitchfork’s Jason Crock called “a modern opera about post-9/11 America, the destruction of our natural wilderness, the confrontation between Hernan Cortes and the Aztecs in the early 16th century, and a protagonist named after Don Henley.” An ambitious album, to say the least.

Dirty Pro frontman Dave Longstreth has come a long way since that album, but he hasn’t forgotten it. And at two forthcoming shows in New York and Los Angeles, the band will play the album in full, with the 15-piece ensemble Alarm Will Sound and conductor Alan Pierson helping out. They’ll also play songs from last year’s Bitte Orca at both shows.

The New York show will go down February 19 at Lincoln Center, as part of the American Songbook concert series. The L.A. show is scheduled for February 27 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the band will co-headline with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During the first half, the Philharmonic will play orchestral pieces that Longstreth picked out. The band will take over and play the album during the second half. [Pitchfork]

The NYC show is already sold out, though tickets are still available for the one in LA. I can only imagine how much preperation needed to go into all of this (and for only two shows), so it’s not a surprise that the Dirty Projectors will not be one of the artists playing the Tibet House Benefit show this year.

A letter Dave Longstreth wrote to Don Henley as well as the source of the above picture, at A recent free digital 7″ the band released, is in a previous post.

Other upcoming DP shows include the Big Ears Fest and Coachella.

Dirty Projectors’ last NYC shows took place at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. David Byrne showed up at one of them. David Byrne more recently showed up at St Vincent’s show just this past Friday night at The Allen Room which is the same location and part of the same ‘American Songbook’ series that the Dirty Projectors are playing on February 19th. All dates and two Getty Address videos below..

Dirty Projectors
Getty Address – Tracklisting:
# “I Sit on the Ridge at Dusk” – 4:55
# “But in the Headlights” – 1:50
# “Warholian Wigs” – 4:32
# “I Will Truck” – 5:17
# “D. Henley’s Dream” – 4:18
# “Gilt Gold Scabs” – 5:27
# “Ponds & Puddles” – 3:50
# “Not Having Found” – 4:43
# “Tour Along the Potomac” – 4:13
# “Jolly Jolly Jolly Ego” – 5:34
# “Time Birthed Spilled Blood” – 3:03
# “Drilling Profitably” – 4:29

Gilt Gold Scabs

The Getty Address | MySpace Video

Time Birthed Spilled Blood

The Getty Address | MySpace Video

Dirty Projectors – 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 19 – The Allen Room @ Lincoln Center New York City, New York
Feb 27 – Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, California
Mar 3 – Montechristo Room Auckland, New Zealand
Mar 4 – San Francisco Bathhouse Wellington, New Zealand
Mar 6 – The Lost Weekend Brisbane, Australia
Mar 7 – Golden Plains Festival Meredith, Victoria
Mar 9 – The Hi Fi Melbourne, Australia
Mar 10 – The Metro Sydney, Australia
Mar 13 – The Rosemount Hotel Perth, Australia
Mar 16 – Shibuya Club Quattro Tokyo, Japan
Mar 26 – Big Ears Festival Knoxville, Tennessee
Apr 17 – Coachella Indio, CA

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