Rise Above

Dirty Projectors' Rise Above is one of my favorite albums of 2007, and I fell in love with it within 30 seconds of first putting it on. That was a few months ago, and it still sounds great now. My first reaction was something like "Yes, this is exactly the album I've been waiting for!" - something like when I first heard Antony & The Johnsons. It doesn't even matter that the album is a "reimagining" of Black Flag's Damaged - it's just great at what it is, which is a complicated, emotional up and down all over the place, yet melodic something or other. I'm not good at describing albums, so download the MP3 above, and for a more detailed analysis check out Pitchfork, Stylus, and Tiny Mix Tapes. Purchase at Insound.

Dirty Projectors are playing a free show at Sound Fix in Brooklyn @ 7pm tonight (Sept 28). Later tonight they play Mercury Lounge with Ecstatic Sunshine. They won't be at CMJ because it's the same time they're starting a tour overseas. All dates below....

Dirty Projectors - 2007 Tour Dates
Sep 28 - mercury lounge (w/ecstatic sunshine) manhattan, New York
Oct 15 - cargo w/ the blow london
Oct 16 - barden’s boudoir london
Oct 17 - academy 2 w/ battles manchester
Oct 18 - liquid rooms w/ battles edinburgh, Scotland
Oct 19 - stage 2 w/ battles newcastle
Oct 21 - sonic city festival w/ deerhoof kortrijk
Oct 22 - le grand mix w/ deerhoof tourcoing
Oct 23 - grrnd zero lyon
Oct 24 - Conforte Moderne (w/ Deerhoof & 31 Knots) poitiers
Oct 25 - Olympic (w/ Deerhoof & Numbers) Nantes
Oct 26 - L’Epicentre Cherbourg
Oct 27 - BB Mix Festival @ C.C. Georges Gorse (w/ Deerhoof) Paris
Oct 28 - Bad Bonn Düdingen
Oct 29 - Palace St. Gallen
Nov 2 - Tanned Tin Shows Castellon
Nov 3 - Festsaal Kreuzberg (David Shrigley "Worried Noodles" Release Party) Berlin
Nov 5 - Manufaktur Schorndorf
Nov 6 - Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg
Nov 7 - bastard berlin
Nov 8 - Westwerk w/ O’death hamburg
Nov 9 - Doornroosje (w/ Deerhunter) Nijmegen
Nov 10 - tivoli utrecht
Nov 11 - worm rotterdam
Nov 12 - recyclart brussels
Nov 14 - Dynamo Turku, Keski-Suomi
Nov 15 - Kuudes Linja helsinki
Nov 16 - Berg211 Göteborg
Nov 17 - spasibar oslo
Nov 18 - loppen copenhagen
Nov 19 - stadtgarten koeln
Nov 21 - Louisiana Bristol
Nov 22 - Whelans Dublin
Nov 23 - KroBar Manchester
Nov 24 - NiceNSleazy Glasgow, Scotland