Quick! Name your favorite Mekons record! One… two… three. Quick! Name five Mekons records! Name 10 Mekons records! Now name 15 Mekons records! (We’re talking full-length studios, too.) The Mekons are one of those bands that, in the course of their 30-odd-year history, have recorded something for everybody — post-punk to country tribute, anyway — and this year, they’re releasing yet another album!
Their (wait for it) 26th album, perhaps self-conciously entitled Ancient & Modern, comes out September 27 on Sin Records. Listen to featured track, “Space In Your Face,” here. For all you young kids, if you’re feeling too overwhelmed to try to get into The Mekons now, don’t worry: you’re not the only person who feels like looking through a 10-page beer list and only knowing Stella Artois. A new documentary, Revenge of The Mekons, is currently in production and is vaguely slated to be released later this year, so even if you don’t entirely bone up by September, you’ll know what you’re talking about come next spring, when you see the film/finish the discography.
Check out the as-of-yet finalized tourdates after the tracklist, which come with your choice of beer or liquor, and The Mekons acoustic or electrified.
Ancient & Modern tracklisting:
01. Warm Summer Sun
02. Space in Your Face
04. I Fall Asleep
05. Calling All Demons
06. Ugly Bethesda
07. Ancient & Modern
08. Afar & Forlorn
09. Honey Bear
10. The Devil at Rest
11. Arthur’s Angel
09.30.11 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall *
10.04.11 - Evanston, IL - Space ^
10.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall @
10.08.11 - New York, NY - City Winery *
* “A quiet night in with the acoustic Mekons”
^ “Meekakucha: An evening of Pechakucha and Mekons acoustic music”
@ “A wild night out with the electrified Mekons”
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