Lambchop's new double album, FLOTUS (For Love Often Turns Still), was released November 4 via Merge, and finds Kurt Wagner heading into somewhat uncharted sonic territory, employing vocoder and electronics to his warm, wry songwriting style. It's another winner in Lambchop's 20-year existence and you can stream it via NPR below.

Kurt will take Lambchop on the road in 2017 (currently only EU dates have been announced) but there's a special free event, "The Films of FLOTUS," happening at NYC's Rough Trade on Sunday, November 13. Kurt, along with filmmakers Bill Morrison and Elise Tyler, will show two short films inspired by songs on the new album. Following the screening will be a discussion and Q&A with the artists moderated by Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan. The event is at 6 PM and, again, is free and open to the public. More details are below.

The Dockworker’s Dream, a visual collaboration with New York-based filmmaker and artist Bill Morrison, is soundtracked by “The Hustle.” Like much of Morrison’s work, The Dockworker’s Dream is constructed entirely from archival footage—specifically, material collected at Cinemateca Portuguesa, with music co-written by Wagner and Ryan Norris. The film premiered online at NPR Music who wrote, “Find eighteen minutes out of your day and take this journey. The faces, the landscape and even the hunt, from that not-too-distant past, offer perspective on who we are and how we’ve changed.”

Nashville filmmaker Elise Tyler and Wagner came together to highlight the complexities of a rapidly growing city and the dehumanization so often faced by impoverished people. The upbeat track “NIV” helps to contrast the dilemma and pose an uplifting tone for this film about a young homeless couple. “There are very few affordable housing options in Nashville, and many are on waiting lists for months before being approved,” Tyler writes. “Kurt and I agreed—these were stories rarely heard in Nashville, but so deserving of an audience. All we can do as artists and communicators is to pass the microphone and allow someone else to tell their story.”

The Films of FLOTUS
Sunday, November 13 @ 6pm
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
FREE

Lambchop - 2017 Tour Dates
01/17/17 Lisbon Portugal Teatro Maria Matos
01/18/17 Espinho Portugal Auditorio
01/19/17 Madrid Spain Joy Eslava
01/20/17 Vigo Spain Auditorio Mar de Vigo
01/21/17 Gijon Spain Teatro de la Laboral
01/23/17 Barcelona Spain Barts
01/25/17 Reims France La Cartonnerie
01/26/17 London United Kingdom Roundhouse
01/27/17 Saint-Lô France Le Nomandy
01/28/17 Brest France La Carène
01/30/17 Paris France Trabendo
02/02/17 Nimes France Paloma
02/03/17 St. Etienne France Le Fil
02/05/17 Erlangen Germany Markgrafentheater
02/06/17 Luzern Switzerland Sudpol
02/07/17 Geneva Switzerland TBA
02/08/17 Zurich Switzerland Schauspielhaus
02/09/17 Utrecht Netherlands Tivoli/Vredenburg
02/10/17 Groningen Netherlands Oosterpoort
02/11/17 Brussels Belgium Botanique
02/12/17 Mainz Germany Frankfurter Hof
02/14/17 Vienna Austria WUK
02/15/17 Munich Germany Kammerspiele
02/16/17 Mulhouse France Festival Génériq
02/17/17 Dortmund Germany Konzerthaus
02/18/17 Berlin Germany Heimathafen
02/20/17 Hannover Germany Capitol
02/21/17 Cologne Germany Gloria
02/22/17 Hamburg Germany Elbphilharmonie
02/24/17 Malmo Sweden KB
02/25/17 Stockholm Sweden Fasching
02/26/17 Oslo Norway Parkteatret
02/27/17 Copenhagen Denmark Vega
02/28/17 Leipzig Germany Felsenkeller
03/01/17 Mannheim Germany Capitol
03/02/17 Linz Austria Posthof
03/03/17 Ravenna Italy Bronson Club
03/04/17 Avelino Italy Auditorium del Conservatorio D. Cimarosa
03/05/17 Rome Italy Sala Petrassi