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Peter Bjorn and John’s new album, an MP3, Kanye West, Primal Scream, SXSW & other tour dates

Peter Bjorn and John

“…Europe’s finest musical 3-piece, Peter Bjorn and John, release their new album Living Thing on Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International on March 31st 2009. Produced by the band and Lars Mårtén, who also had the control of the mixing dials, the album was recorded in 2008 in Stockholm, New York City and Los Angeles with an unprecedented level of input from the band and reflects the musical tastes, influences and personality of each individual member more than any previous PB+J album. The first taster “Lay It Down” sets the stage for an album full of perfectly crafted gems, all of which carry the distinctive sound that has come to define the trio. From the moment the album opens with the minimalist groove of “The Feeling” to the childlike hook of “Nothing to Worry About,” PB+J have created a thoughtful, finely tuned follow-up to Writer’s Block that combines the unique strengths and talents of each musician to ultimately find the band at their most adventurous and cohesive.

In addition to recording Living Thing last year, PB+J released a low-key and mostly instrumental album Seaside Rock and lead singer Peter Morén released his solo album The Last Tycoon. Björn Yttling was also quite busy producing other artists, including Lykke Li, Sahara Hotnights, The Feeling and Primal Scream.

Primal Scream will play Webster Hall in NYC on March 28th, and since that show was announced, it has come out that Primal Scream will also appear at SXSW in Austin a few days earlier. Also appearing at SXSW this year: Peter Bjorn and John, and it can’t be long before they also announce a NYC show.

I posted that new Peter Bjorn and John track, and its accompanying funny video, last month. That “Shut the Fuck Up” song is actually called “”Lay it Down” and will be track #8 on the album (thx japple26). The MP3 Kanye West posted on January 6th is also on the new album. Kanye modestly wrote:

WORLD PREMIERE … THEY SENT THE SONG TO ME FIRST! PETER BJORN & JOHN… SHIT IS DOPE!! DRUMS ARE CRAZY AND I LIKE THE KIDS ON THE HOOK. THERE NEW ALBUM IS CALLED “LIVING THING” ….. WITH ALL THAT SAID I DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF THE SONG… LOL!!!… I’M GONNA ASSUME IT’S CALLED, “NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT”

“NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT” is the name of track four. Full tracklist, and all tour dates, below…

Living Thing:
1) The Feeling
2) It Don’t Move Me
3) Just the Past
4) Nothing to Worry About
5) I’m Losing My Mind
6) Living Thing
7) I Want You!
8) Lay It Down
9) Stay This Way
10) Blue Period Picasso
11) 4 Out Of 5
12) Last Night

Peter Bjorn and John – 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 25 – Strand (fd. Street) Stockholm, Stockholms län
Feb 26 – KB Malmö, Skåne län
Feb 27 – Storan Göteborg, Västra Götalands län
Mar 5 – Scala London, London and South East
Mar 6 – Academy 2 Manchester, Midlands
Mar 7 – The Button Factory Dublin, Dublin
Mar ?? – SXSW, Austin, TX
Mar 23 – Estragon Bologna
Mar 24 – Nouveau Casino Paris
Mar 25 – Botannique Brussels
Mar 26 – Melkweg Amsterdam
Mar 27 – TBA Cologne
Mar 28 – Kesselhaus Berlin

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