Our dear, dear, dear, wonderful, slightly crazy, crazily talented duo, otherwise known as Tartufi, have rolled their sleeves up and are putting America over their knees and giving it a spanking. But you know, it hurts them as much as it's gonna hurt America, and they are only doing it out of love. Lynne-n-Brian have booked themselves one massive tour of the US of A and they are saddling up their van and waving goodbye to San Francisco and hello to the open road tomorrow. And as if that's not enough, they also have a new video for the song "Church Of Hanging Leaders", off their stupendous album Nests Of Wave And Wire, to boot!
Wow! That was nuts, huh? I definitely want some of the drugs coffee that the director of that video was consuming! (Who btw is Emile Rosewater who is lovely.)
But THAT'S NOT ALL, FOLKS!!! Oh no! Not only do you get a tour and a new video, but you get a set of steak knives as well! Okay, that's a lie, but you do get a BRAND spankin' NEW record from Tartufi, yes you do. Entitled The Goodwill Of The Scar, this record is super special. Available on a limited pressing of 500 copies on vinyl or by download only - it's a 30 minute journey of wonderment courtesy of Tartufi. Recorded once again with everyone's favourite studio guy, Sir Tim Green (of The Fucking Champs, and back in the day Nation Of Ulysses), this record will only be available direct from the band on tour. Oh, and from our web shop for those of you unlucky enough to not be able to make it to show. Which surely must mean you're dead and don't need a record anyway. If you're not into vinyl (please stop reading our blog now and go away quietly) then you can buy The Goodwill Of The Scar on download, also from our web shop.
Okay so that's tour, video, steak knives, and new record. Tick, tick, tick those boxes. NO WAIT! There's more. Yes there is also a brand new web site. It's a true thing of beauty, it is. It's enough to bring a proud record label to tears. My favourite bit is the lyrics. You know, I always thought Lynne was just making up a bunch of nonsense - in a kind of that-mad-bird-from-Cocteau-Twins kinda way. But no! It turns out there are actually WORDS and she's got some poetry going on there. Check out this passage from the new record:
Those who flee from the fire The birds in the trees will go hungry they’ll freeze by this pyre The churches are closed from steeple to spire So much to be gathered from this west facing wire I’m sending a signal that we all have expired Have been beaten by wasps and we’re hungry we’re wounded we’re tired I will follow you through this ocean of blue
That explains a lot, doesn't it?
Okay enough rambling, the drugs coffee is starting to wear off now. It's obvious to me that Tartufi have not been getting any sleep, busy that they have been with all this activity. Going on tour will be like a holiday for them!
Tartufi Spring 2010 USA Tour in full:
Mar 24 - UCSD Che Cafe --w/ Writer and Swim Party La Jolla, CA Mar 25 - Conspire Phoenix, Arizona Mar 26 - High Mayhem Sante Fe, New Mexico Mar 27 - Bash Riprock’s In the Depot w One Wolf / Seryn Lubbock, Texas Mar 28 - KESSLER THEATER -- Raided X+ Festival w/ Darktown Strutters / Telethon / The Great Tyrant Dallas, Texas Mar 29 - Alabama Music Box Mobile, Alabama Apr 1 - Static Age Records w/ The Judas Horse & Pilgrim Asheville, North Carolina Apr 2 - The Milestone --- DUO-FEST!!!! Charlotte, North Carolina Apr 3 - Broad St Cafe -- w/ Bronzed Chorus & Maple Stave Durham, North Carolina Apr 4 - Studio B w/ The Bronzed Chorus Greensboro, North Carolina Apr 5 -The Golden West Baltimore, Maryland Apr 6 - 119 Gallery Lowell, Massachusetts Apr 7 - Armadillos w/ Giraffes? Giraffes! and Christopher Barry Keene, New Hampshire Apr 8 - University of Rhode Island w/ 14 Foot 1 Kingston, Rhode Island Apr 9 - PAs w/ Soccer Mom & Varsity Drag Somerville, Massachusetts Apr 10 - Death By Audio w/ Starring & Thunderhole Brooklyn, New York Apr 12 - TBA Cleveland, Ohio Apr 13 - McCormick’s w/ The Splanchic Ganglion South Bend, Indiana Apr 14 - Ronny’s -- w/ Jared Grabb (from Scout’s Honor) Chicago, Illinois Apr 15 - St Olaf College w/ Dewi Sant Northfield, Minnesota Apr 16 - UMINN --The Whole w/ Dewi Sant Minneapolis, Minnesota Apr 17 - Northland Studios Des Moines, Iowa Apr 18 - HI-DIVE Denver, Colorado Apr 19 - Astroland Boulder, California Apr 20 - Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado Apr 21 - College of Eastern Utah Price, Utah Apr 22 - Tonic Lounge w/ Clint Sleeper & Touques Reno, Nevada