Franz Nicolay announces West Coast tour, new album, new touring gig with Against Me! Take THAT, Hold Steady!

Franz Nicolay announces West Coast tour, new album, new touring gig with Against Me!  Take THAT, Hold Steady!

As he’s made abundantly clear already, mustachioed keys-master and former Hold Steady “whoa-whoa-hoa” man Franz Nicolay is a busy, creative, fervent, funny, deep, busy, creative, compassionate, busy genius. He don’t need no flower sniffin’, kitty pettin’, corporate rock whores like The Hold Steady steadily holding him down. He’s got plans. Secret plans. Secret plans and clever tricks. So back off.

Recently, Nicolay climbed the nearest mountain and announced, in a booming voice, all of the shit that he has going on in 2010. Said “shit” includes the recent release of his short story collection, Complicated Gardening Techniques, an upcoming West Coast solo tour backing his recent Major General LP and subsequent St. Sebastian of the Short Stage EP, a summer gig as a touring member of Floridian punky anthem-pop band (yeah, kinda like The Hold Steady) Against Me!, and some plans to begin work on his follow-up record with producer Jim Keller (Muse, Laurie Anderson). The album is scheduled for a fall 2010 release, and you can check out demos of Franz’s new songs over at his MySpace.

Damn that’s a lot of announcements. And, you know, there might have even been a few more that I didn’t catch. It was actually kind of hard to hear his thunderous proclamations, on account of the Hold Steady records that I was furiously rocking out to at the time…

Franz Nicolay:

04.10.10 - Portland, OR - Millenium Music (instore)
04.10.10 - Salem, OR - Cherry City Music Festival, Mission Hill Museum
04.11.10 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
04.12.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
04.15.10 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
04.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg
04.17.10 -Silverlake, CA - Home
04.23.10 -Hoboken, NJ - Stevens Institute of Technology
05.14.10 - Brooklyn, NY - WORD Bookstore

Against Me!

06.01.10 - London, UK - Garage
06.02.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
06.03.10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
06.13.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
08.13.10 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival

• Franz Nicolay:

[Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev]

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