Back in 2009, El Michels Affair -- the NYC instrumental/soul band with members of The Dap-Kings, The Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band, and more -- released Enter the 37th Chamber, an album of live-band Wu-Tang Clan covers. Now they're following it with another one, Return to the 37th Chamber, on April 14 via Big Crown Records (pre-order). The one and only Lee Fields provides guest vocals on "Snakes" and "Tearz," the latter of which also features Shannon Wise of The Shacks. Lady Wray appears on their version of Method Man's "All I Need."

The cover of "Tearz" premieres in this post. El Michels Affair said they paid as much homage to the song's sample of Wendy Rene's "After Laughter (Comes Tears)" as they did to the Wu-Tang song, and that comes across loud and clear. Check it out below. That song also comes out on a 7" single (backed by "Verbal Intercourse") on February 20 (pre-order).

Both The Shacks and Lee Fields are touring this year, including Boston, Philly and DC shows together. The Shacks have several NYC shows coming up (including the Brooklyn Bowl stop of Khruangbin's tour). Lee doesn't have any at the moment (he played here last month though), but he is playing Coachella. Wu-Tang Clan are playing NYC's Governors Ball.

All Shacks and Lee Fields dates are listed below.

4th Chamber
Iron Man
Shaolin Brew
Pork Chop Express
Snakes feat Lee Fields
Drums For Sale
Shadow Boxing
Sipped Up
Tearz feat Lee Fields and The Shacks
Verbal Intercourse
Wu Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F Wit
All I Need feat Lady Wray
The End


Lee Fields -- 2017 Tour Dates
02/03/17 Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France
02/04/17 La Belle Electric, Grenoble, France
02/16/17 Royale, Boston, MA
02/17/17 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
02/18/17 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
02/23/17 ArtsRiot, Burlington, VT
02/24/17 L'Astral, Montreal, QC
02/25/17 Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON
02/26/17 Majestic Cafe, Detroit, MI
02/28/17 Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
03/01/17 Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN
03/03/17 Record Bar, Kansas City, MO
03/04/17 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center, St Louis, MO
03/05/17 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
03/09/17 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
03/10/17 Savannah Stopover, Savannah, GA
03/11/17 Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
03/12/17 Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC
04/16/17 Coachella, Indio, CA
04/23/17 Coachella, Indio, CA


The Shacks -- 2017 Tour Dates
Feb 02 Bar Matchless (w/ Paul and the Tall Trees, Holy Hive) Brooklyn, NY
Feb 04 Baby's All Right (w/ Cut Worms, Purr) Brooklyn, NY
Feb 08 Knitting Factory (w/ Goodman, The Misters) Brooklyn, NY
Feb 14 Union Pool( w/ 79.5, Nymph) New York, NY
Feb 16 Royale (w/ Lee Fields) Boston, MA
Feb 17 Union Transfer (w/ Lee Fields) Philadelphia, PA
Feb 18 Rock & Roll Hotel (w/ Lee Fields) Washington, DC
Feb 21 Ottobar (w/ Krhuangbin) Baltimore, MD
Feb 22 Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Krhuangbin) Brooklyn, NY
Feb 24 The Garrison (w/ Krhuangbin) Toronto, Canada
Feb 25 Rex Theater (w/ Krhuangbin) Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 26 El Club (w/ Krhuangbin) Detroit, MI
Feb 28 The High Watt (w/ Krhuangbin) Nashville, TN
Mar 01 The Mothlight (w/ Krhuangbin) Asheville, NC
Mar 10 Neon Reverb (w/ Chicano Batman) Las Vegas, NV
Mar 11 Downtown Phoenix (w/ Chicano Batman) Phoenix, AZ
Mar 13 Launchpad (w/ Chicano Batman) Albuquerque, NM
Mar 18 RBC (w/ Chicano Batman) Dallas, TX
Mar 19 The Studio at Warehouse Live (w/ Chicano Batman) Houston, TX
Apr 08 The Firebird (w/ Chicano Batman) St Louis, MO
Apr 10 Bluebird Theater (w/ Chicano Batman) Denver, CO
Apr 11 Meow Wolf (w/ Chicano Batman) Santa Fe, NM
Apr 12 The Perch at Tricky Falls (w/ Chicano Batman) El Paso, TX
Apr 13 191 Toole (w/ Chicano Batman) Tucson, AZ

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