I saw Wolf Parade two summers ago at the Boston area failed Download Festival thing. They played in a parking lot either before or after Band of Horses. They played most of what would become At Mount Zoomer. The songs that stuck immediately, like with most Wolf Parade albums, were the ones Mr. Spencer Krug would put together and lead the band on. In college when Apologies to the Queen Mary was all the rage, the first Sunset Rubdown record came in to my possession. I liked a few of its moments - "Snakes Got A Leg III," "Us Ones In Between," "Q-Chord" - but almost didn't care enough when Random Spirit Lover came out. Granted, its all I've been listening to lately in anticipation of the new Sunset Rubdown record.
But to get back to where I started about playing live. What's been keeping me alive and going is the fact that last fall the band essentially played all of their new album, Dragonslayer, save for a song. I didn't see them live but the clips are on YouTube and they make me salivate to hear how they turned out in the studio. Especially since "Idiot Heart" sounds like the most well-produced thing Krug has done yet. It's epic. The album is going to be epic. And tomorrow it can be yours.
Although it won't be out in stores until June 23rd, you can start pre-ordering Dragonslayer today, and download it tomorrow. Get your towels ready, people. Oh, and they're going on tour. I'd go to opening night here but I have tickets to see the Sox and the Yankees. Damnit!
06/11/09 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
06/12/09 Brooklyn, NY - Studio B
06/13/09 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny
06/14/09 Washington, DC - Black Cat
06/15/09 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
06/16/09 Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
06/20/09 Austin, TX - Mohawk
06/22/09 Tucson, AZ - Plush w
06/23/09 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
06/24/09 San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop
06/26/09 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06/27/09 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
06/28/09 Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
06/30/09 Vancouver, BC - Richard's On Richards
07/02/09 Calgary, AB - The Marquee Room
07/06/09 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07/07/09 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
07/08/09 Bloomington, IN - Jake's Nightclub
07/10/09 Toronto, ONT - Lee's Palace
07/11/09 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
Download: "Idiot Heart" [mp3] // [Buy Here]