Car Seat Headrest's very good new album Teens of Denial is out next week (5/20). Unfortunately it will only be out digitally as a little legal hiccup has caused the LPs and CDs -- which were all pressed and printed -- to be recalled, and then destroyed. It's all because of the song "Just What I Wanted/Not Just What I Needed" which incorporated parts of The Cars' hit "Just What I Needed." We'll let main man Will Toledo take it from here:

Life happens and sometimes not in ideal ways. If you’ve heard anything about the new album, then you’re probably aware that one of its songs made use of The Cars song “Just What I Needed.” Now, obviously, when we called the record ‘done’ and sent it off to be printed, we were working in full confidence that we had the legal side of it all worked out. We found out last week that this was not the case. I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of email chains and invested parties; suffice it to say that Matador (and I) were neither pulling a Banksy nor operating in ignorance of the law, but that we truly believed we had the issue resolved months ago, until last week.

As you may have heard, vinyl is being pulled from stores right now. There’s a total recall out, and all copies with the original version of the song will be destroyed. Nevertheless, Teens of Denial WILL COME OUT ON MAY 20TH, at least digitally. I spent the last 48 hours working on an alternate cut of the track, which is now called “Not What I Needed”. It’s not merely an edit - it is its own thing, about half a minute longer than the original track, and goes in a much different direction. Honestly, despite the apparent clusterfuck, I had fun doing it, and I think it’s a stronger song now. In any case I’ve grown up accustomed to working on an album right up to its drop date, so this is not a freak-out scenario for me. The album is going to come out on time and it’s going to be good.

The physical release will not come out on time, obviously. We’ll likely see a street date of sometime in July. I’m very sorry to everyone who was anticipating a preorder (it does sound GREAT on vinyl). It will be in your hands eventually. But it was very important to me that we keep the digital release for May. We’ve all been waiting long enough. Most of my music only exists online anyways, so it makes sense that this album should start the same way.

Thanks for your continued support, and I am very excited for this fucking record to come out already.

-Will Toledo aka Car Seat Headrest

Well that is a bummer. Look for the Cars-free physical version of Teens of Denial later this summer.

As mentioned, Car Seat Headrest will play a sold-out Teens of Denial record release show at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on Saturday, May 21. The band have added an early show the same night at Rough Trade (6 PM doors). This was a buy-the-record-get-a-wristband in-store but now you'll need to pre-order the LP or CD to get a wristband into the show.

Car Seat Headrest will also play this year's 4 Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport on July 9. Updated tour dates are listed below.


Car Seat Headrest - 2016 Tour Dates
Sat 21 May 2016 Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY, US (early and late show)
Sun 22 May 2016 The Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA, US
Mon 23 May 2016 Black Cat Washington, DC, US
Sat 28 May 2016 London Calling Festival 2016 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sat 28 - Sun 29 May 2016 Big Next Festival 2016 Gand, Belgium
Mon 30 May 2016 L'Espace B Paris, France
Wed 01 - Sun 05 Jun 2016 Primavera Sound Festival 2016 Barcelona, Spain
Fri 03 - Sun 05 Jun 2016 This Is Not A Love Song 2016 Nîmes, France
Sun 05 Jun 2016 Mattatoio CultureClub Carpi, Italy
Wed 08 Jun 2016 Connexion Cafe Toulouse, France
Thu 09 - Sat 11 Jun 2016 NOS Primavera Sound 2016 Porto, Portugal
Tue 14 Jun 2016 Privatclub Berlin, Germany
Thu 16 Jun 2016 Fluc Vienna, Austria
Sat 18 Jun 2016 Molotow Hamburg, Germany
Mon 20 Jun 2016 The Hope & Ruin Brighton, UK
Tue 21 Jun 2016 100 Club London, UK
Wed 22 Jun 2016 The Deaf Institute Manchester, UK
Thu 23 Jun 2016 Broadcast Glasgow, UK
Tue 28 Jun 2016 Mejeriet Lund, Sweden
Wed 29 Jun 2016 Debaser Strand Stockholm, Sweden
Sat 09 Jul 2016 4Knots Festival 2016 New York, NY, US
Fri 15 - Sat 17 Jul 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival 2016 Chicago, IL, US
Sat 16 Jul 2016 The Empty Bottle Chicago, IL, US
Sun 17 Jul 2016 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI, US
Mon 18 Jul 2016 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN, US
Fri 22 - Sun 24 Jul 2016 The Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 Seattle, WA, US
Thu 28 Jul 2016 Eventide Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada
Thu 08 - Sat 10 Sep 2016 Hopscotch 2016 Raleigh, NC, US

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