Following the path blazed by the indomitable Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish fame, earlier this month Richard Youngs announced he would be releasing his first country album, entitled Summer through My Mind. Many prominent voices in the imaginary blogosphere in my head wondered if this might indicate a permanent shift in Youngs’ approach before going on to encourage me to engage in risky behavior and steal things from my roommates.
Well, prominent voices, now you have your answer! Youngs has announced yet another full-length LP for 2013 (apparently he wants to release as much music as possible before he becomes Richard Olds). Regions of the Old School is a double LP out from MIE, and it steps back from the pastoral descriptions of God, country, and pickup trucks of Youngs’ brief “country phase.” Instead, it offers five sprawling songs with an ambitious array of instrumentation, from hand drums and gongs to the shakuhachi flute and synthesizer contributions from Neil Campbell. Out October 15 in the US and September 23 in the rest of the world, the album arrives in a limited run of 500 gatefold LPs with artwork by Madeleine Hynes (who also contributes guest vocals to the album). The album is distributed in the United States by Revolver USA and around the world by Morr Music.
Youngs is also touring North America starting in September. Though I continue to refuse to believe that calendars are a “real thing,” I’ve posted the dates below anyway, just for a laugh. I mean, what the hell, right? It’s the internet!
Regions of the Old School tracklist:
01. Insomniac Takeover
02. Another Zonal Air
04. The Thoughtlife
05. My Love Holds the Galaxy in Her Heart
09.02.13 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube Records #
09.03.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
09.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - ISSUE Project Room
09.07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival $
09.10.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
09.11.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Old First Reformed Church
09.13.13 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
# Magik Markers, Ben Chasny
$ John Cale, Pelt, Cian Nugent
% Terrence Hannum of Locrian