by Andrew Sacher


Conor Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos are finally just one week away from releasing Payola, the followup to their 2002 debut, and they're now streaming the entire thing. If you've been following the band's reunion, you may know that six of these songs were previously released as singles, and they fit perfectly in the context of the album with the remaining eight new ones. Joining previously-released politically-charged anthems like the hacktivism ode "Anonymous" and racism critique "MariKKKopa" are new ones like the So So Glos-assisted attack on slacktivism, "Slacktivist" ("just 'like' this and the problem is solved"), and the commentary on racial profiling during stops and searches, "Search the Searches" ("turns out my friend's brown, they had to pat him down"). It's the most passionate Conor has sounded on a record in years, and just a truly excellent album. Listen below, and pre-order it from Epitaph if you like what you hear.

Desaparecidos also have tour dates coming up, including three in NYC: June 25 at Shea Stadium with The So So Glos (sold out), June 26 at Rough Trade NYC with Bandroidz (sold out), and Webster Hall on August 6 with both of those bands (tickets). They also play The Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Riot Fest (Chicago and Denver), and other festivals.

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...


01. The Left is Right
02. The Underground Man
03. City on the Hill (Ft. Tim Kasher)
04. Golden Parachutes (ft. Laura Jane Grace)
05. Radicalized
06. MariKKKopa
07. Te Amo Camila Vallejo
08. Ralphy's Cut
09. Backsell
10. Slacktivist (Ft. So So Glos)
11. Search the Searches
12. 10 Steps Behind
13. Von Maur Massacre
14. Anonymous


Desaparecidos -- 2015 Tour Dates
Jun 25 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (SOLD OUT)
Jun 26 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade (SOLD OUT)
Jul 16 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre
Jul 17 St. Louis. MO - The Ready Room
Jul 18 Louisville, KY - Forecastle
Jul 19 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
Jul 29 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Jul 30 Rochester Hills, MI - Meadowbrook Music Park
Jul 31 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Aug 01 - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival - Montreal, Canada
Aug 02 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
Aug 04 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Aug 06 New York, NY - Webster Hall
Aug 07 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Aug 08 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Aug 09 Atlanta, GA - The Wrecking Ball
Aug 29 Denver, CO - Riot Fest
Sept 10 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Sept 11 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
Sept 14 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
Sept 11-13 Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
Sept 17 Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
Sept 18 Toronto, Canada - Toronto Urban Roots Fest
Oct 23 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
Oct 24 Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct 28 Ybor City, FL - Pre FEST at the Orpheum
Oct 30-Nov 1 Gainesville, FL - The FEST
Nov 05 Houston, TX - Numbers
Nov 06 Dallas, TX - Trees
Nov 6-8 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 11 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
Nov 12 Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom
Nov 13 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Nov 14 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Nov 15 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Nov 17 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Nov 18 Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
Nov 20 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot

Digital Leather supporting Jul 16-17
Supporting Gaslight Anthem Jul 19
Supporting Brand New Jul 30
The So So Glos supporting Jun 25, Jul 29, Jul 31 & Aug 2-8
The Banddroidz supporting Jun 26, Jul 29, Jul 31 & Aug 2-8
Joyce Manor supporting Sept 10, Sept 11, Sept 14 & Sept 17

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