The new look Dirty Projectors (sans Angel and any of her replacements)
Dirty Projectors

Pitchfork: Keyboardist and singer Angel Deradoorian is currently on hiatus from the band? Did you have any songs written for her that you had to change around?

David Longstreth: No, I had already written all the songs by then. Basically, I started writing songs on Amber's birthday, in June of last year, so we had everybody come up and it was the first time we'd seen each other in a couple months. It had been the longest time we'd been apart from one another as a band for years. So we all hung out for a week. It's like that line: "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

Angel is in the midst of the first big relationship of her life, and that's super important. Being in a band can be really toxic to being in a relationship, considering all the touring and everything. Sometimes when you're on tour, it feels like you're living the same day over and over again. She joined the band when she was around 19 and she had been in it for five years. It's important to grow. The energy was just like: Is this the best thing right now? It wasn't. We were both feeling it. It was difficult to start the conversation, but once it started, it felt clear that it was the right thing. She's got to figure out her steez as a songwriter, too.

Dirty Projectors' new album, Swing Lo Magellan, is out next week (7/10) but is currently streaming in full at The NY Times. Highly recommended!

And though they don't seem to be discussing it (like in the interview above), Dirty Projectors recently filled the void left by Angel at live shows with Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. This happened at their recent Fallon appearance and again Saturday (6/30) at The Surf Lodge in Montauk...

Dirty Projectors (with Jenn singing) in Montauk - 6/30/12 (by Snackytunes)
Dirty Projectors

Wye Oak are also opening on a good portion of their upcoming tour too, but despite this, it looks like Jenn won't keep the job. Dave Longstreth instead found another fill-in for Deradoorian to sing alongside Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle for the tour that begins tonight (7/5), and we have learned that the position goes to none other than Olga Bell of Bell (and now ex-Chairlift). Congrats Olga!

That DP tour kicks off tonight in Ottowa and includes two NYC shows: a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 9th with Dustin Wong which will  stream live on YouTube, and Prospect Park on 7/10 (tickets) with Wye Oak and Purity Ring.  A listing of all dates, and the 2:08 trailer for "Hi Custodian", "a Dirty Projectors film by David Longstreth featuring music from the band's upcoming album Swing Lo Magellan", below...

Dirty Projectors "Hi Custodian" - Trailer

07-05 Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
07-06 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall ^
07-07 Montreal, QC - Société Des Arts Technologiques (SAT), Montreal Jazz Fest ^
07-09 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
07-10 Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn &^
07-11 Millvale, PA - Mr.Smalls Theatre ^
07-12 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center For The Arts
07-13 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-15 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue &
07-17 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant &
07-18 Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre &
07-20 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre &
07-21 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue &
07-23 Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market &
07-24 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom &
07-25 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom &
07-27 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre &
07-28 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern &
07-29 San Diego, CA - HOB San Diego &
07-31 Marfa, TX - The Crowley Theatre &
08-02 Austin, TX - Emo's East &
08-03 Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theatre &
08-04 New Orleans, LA - HOB New Orleans &
08-06 Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre %
08-07 Fort. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room %
08-09 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse %
08-10 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel %
08-11 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre %
08-13 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom %
08-14 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall %
08-15 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom %
08-17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club &
08-18 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club &
08-19 Boston, MA - Paradise
09-01 Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival
09-27 Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09-28 Urbana IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
09-30 Milwaukee WI - Pabst Theatre
^ w/ Purity Ring
& w/Wye Oak
* w/ Dustin Wong
% w/ POP ETC

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