Seth of Akron/Family does his best Ron Burgundy (more by Leia Jospe)

Akron/Family will hit the road in the tail-end of February for the first of a two-legged tour with Delicate Steve. The first leg kicks off on 2/17 at Knitting Factory (tickets on sale 12/10 at 10AM) and conclude at Bowery Ballroom on 3/5 (tickets on sale 12/10 at noon). Full tour dates are below.

Meanwhile, you can catch Delicate Steve at Glasslands on December 9th with Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic (solo), Emil & Friends, Bear In Heaven (DJs), but not Liturgy.

The A/F dates coincide with the release of S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, the band's new LP on Dead Oceans due 2/8. Get ready America, Akron/Family intend to "transcend the internet":

"Finally, after over a month of unanswered emails and text messages, blown deadlines, and pleas to finish and turn in their new album, last week, a large brown cardboard box showed up at the Dead Oceans doorstep.... Opening it revealed a sincere but poorly made diorama of futurist swirling spaces filled with toy astronauts and dinosaurs, four blown out song fragments on a TDK CDR in a ziplock bag, three pictures, a track list written in crayon, and a typewritten note from Akron/Family. A post-it on the bag declared the band refused to send the full album to anyone but the vinyl pressing plant, for fear of leaking and possible lost revenues.

From the note and a short video that arrived days later, we've pieced together that the album was written in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It was recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with the blackest white dude we all know, Chris Koltay (Liars, Women, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, No Age). Chris, on tour after finishing the record, commented: "this album will transcend the internet." [Dead Oceans]

While you try and figure that out, dig on snippets "retrieved from the TDK CDR" from the forthcoming LP, in Internet MP3 format, above.

In related new, guitarist Seth Olinsky has developed an iPhone/iPad app for his company, New Signal Process, that integrates the Apple device with professional recording equipment. The Breakout is on sale now for all you gear hounds.

New album art, tracklisting, a video teaser and all dates are below.

Akron/Family S/T II Teaser


Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT Tracklisting:
01. Silly Bears
02. Island
04. So It Goes
05. Another Sky
06. Light Emerges
07. Cast a Net
08. Tatsuya Neon Purple Walkby
09. Fuji I (Global Dub)
10. Say What You Want To
11. Fuji II (Single Pane)
12. Canopy
13. Creator

AKRON/FAMILY & Delicate Steve- 2011 TOUR DATES
02/17/11 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
02/18/11 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
02/19/11 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
02/20/11 Toronto, ON - Horeshoe Tavern
02/22/11 Detroit, MI - Lager House
02/23/11 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
02/24/11 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02/25/11 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
02/26/11 Iowa City, IA - The Mill
02/28/11 St Louis, MO - The Billiken Club @ St. Louis University
03/01/11 Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
03/02/11 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for Arts at OSU
03/03/11 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03/04/11 Philadelpia, PA - The Blockery Pourhouse
03/05/11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03/24/11 Seattle, WA - Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
03/25/11 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
03/26/11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
03/28/11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Loung
03/29/11 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
03/31/11 Dallas, TX - The Loft
04/01/11 Austin, TX - The Parish
04/03/11 Santa Fe, NM - Corazon
04/04/11 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04/06/11 Los Angeles, CA - Echo
04/07/11 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
04/08/11 San Francisco, CA - Independent
04/09/11 Oakland, CA - The New Parish

Other Delicate Steve tour dates
Thu 12/09/10 Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY
Wed 02/09/11 BAR Nightclub New Haven CT