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listen to Fischerspooner’s Michael Stipe-produced new LP, ‘Sir’

Fischerspooner‘s SIR, their first album in nearly a decade, is out February 16. Michael Stipe produced the album and if that seems like an surprising choice, he and Fischerspooner share a long history. Stipe was Casey Spooner’s first boyfriend way back when, and SIR was written in the same bedroom from that same era. Both Spooner and Stipe were going through crises, they re-bonded and began writing together. SIR record is both an examination of middle age as a gay man, and a fiery protest of Donald Trump and the current U.S. presidential administration. Spooner has said he intentionally put forth the gayest version of himself on this album to push against Trump.

SIR is also loaded with ultra-catchy electro-bangers, aided by a few guest vocalists (Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, and Holly Miranda among them) as well as additional production work by BOOTS (Beyonce, FKA twigs) on three tracks. This would’ve sounded great at Wiliamsburg’s LUXX in 2001, but it is also very now. You can stream the whole album via NPR, and you can watch the NSFW-video for “TopBrazil” and the video for “Togetherness” (ft. Caroline Polachek) below.

Fischerpooner debuted their over-the-top new live show at Brooklyn Steel back in October, and they’ll be bringing it to California in March: San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom on March 14 (tickets), Los Angeles’ The Fonda Theatre on March 15 (tickets), and Santa Ana’s The Observatory on March 16 (tickets).

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March 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
March 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
March 16 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

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