photo: Titus Andronicus at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Titus Andronicus already released "Dimed Out" and "Fatal Flaw" from their upcoming 29-song rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy (due 7/28 via Merge), and today they reeased a short film featuring six more of the album's songs (tracks 7-12). The film's called "The Magic Morning" and is described via press release like this:

"The Magic Morning" was written and directed by +@uteur Patrick Stickles in a display of artistic hubris that no buzz band today could begin to attempt. Side by side with Stickles in the Welles / Toland tradition stands Director of Photography / Editor Ray Concepcion, who brought the hyperkinetic (yet somehow supremely patient) style that made him a legendary fixture on the late '00s NYC DIY scene, his epic portrait of which stands as a powerful testament to that now-bygone era.

WATCH "Our Hero" awake to a world of wonder! GASP at the shocking secret of "The Lookalike!" MARVEL at the mysterious transformative powers of the Vernal Equinox! DANCE to those which are already being called "+@'s Greatest Hits Yet!" UNDERSTAND the underlying themes and motifs that elevate TMLT far beyond the petty constraints of a mere "rock album" and into the realm of that which the German philosopher K. F. E. Trahndorff first called, in 1827, Gesamtkunstwerk ("total art"--look it up)!!!

"People have been putting +@ in a box for too long," Stickles says, having taken a little time out and feeling a lot better. "We can do anything we decide to be our will, and I am proud to say this little movie was done entirely 'in-house,' in one day. Doubt and deny +@ at yr own peril." Then he falls asleep.

He's not done explaining himself, though! Today, the complete lyrics to TMLT, transcribed by The Artist's own keystrokes, are available for you to read on Genius, along with annotations from the master himself i/r/t the "officially released" TMLT tracks up to this point. Go ahead--name a buzz band who would drop their lyrics before the album, thereby putting the words to their ultimate challenge: standing alone. Still trying? Stop trying. Simply watch the site between now and July 28 for the complete anno+@tions and finally understand #TheTruthAboutTMLT.

"I just want to be understood," Stickles wrote on a note he'd given us in the event that he disappeared or became otherwise indisposed. "I know people are listening to TMLT somehow--I just know it--I want to share it with them, but I want them to understand it--help me--tell my story--" and then the bottom of the page is burned off.

Watch the video below. Titus' tour includes sold-out NYC shows at Shea Stadium from July 24-28 and a larger NYC show with Ex Hex and Spider Bags on October 16 at Warsaw. Tickets for that one are still available.


Titus Andronicus -- 2015 Tour Dates
Jul 24-28 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium [ALL DATES SOLD OUT]
Sep 11 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church*^
Sep 12 Washington, DC - Black Cat*^
Sep 13 Richmond, VA - The Camel*^
Sep 14 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*^
Sep 15 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade*^
Sep 16 Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox*^
Sep 18 Dallas, TX - Trees*^
Sep 19 Houston, TX - Walters*^
Sep 20 Austin, TX - Red 7*^
Sep 23 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel*^
Sep 24 San Diego, CA - Irenic*^
Sep 25 Pomona, CA - The Glass House*^
Sep 26 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy*^
Sep 27 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door*^
Sep 28 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst*^
Sep 29 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel*^
Sep 30 Petaluma, CA - The Phoenix Theatre*^
Oct 02 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*^ + in-store at Music Millennium
Oct 03 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret*^
Oct 04 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*^
Oct 05 Boise, ID - Neurolux*^
Oct 06 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*^
Oct 07 Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre*^
Oct 09 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock*^
Oct 10 Madison, WI - Frequency*^
Oct 11 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall*^
Oct 12 Detroit, MI - UFO Factory*^
Oct 13 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern*^
Oct 14 Montreal, QC - Le Ritz*^
Oct 15 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*^
Oct 16 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw *%
Nov 05 London, UK - Village Underground
Nov 06 Bristol, UK - Thekla
Nov 07 Brighton, UK - Bleach
Nov 08 Oxford, UK - The Bullingdon
Nov 10 Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
Nov 11 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
Nov 12 Liverpool, UK - Kazimer
Nov 13 Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Nov 14 Leeds, UK - Beacons Metropolitan Festival
Nov 16 Nottingham, UK - Bodega Social Club
Nov 18 Paris, FR - La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Nov 19 Opwijk, BE - Autumn Falls Festival
Nov 20 Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who Festival
Nov 22 Dublin, IE - The Hangar

* with Spider Bags
^ with Baked
% with Ex Hex