Shabazz Palaces to release ‘Black Up’, playing Pitchfork Festival (plus an ‘Aftershow’), & other 2011 dates
Black Up LP Cover
Shabazz Palaces have joined forces with Sub Pop Records to release their newest LP, Black Up on June 28th. The somewhat secretive MC, and collaborators will see their first proper release with Black Up; having self-released two mini-albums in 2009 via their website.
Sub Pop offered:
Black Up is the new sonic move from Shabazz Palaces. Like rich velvet hijabs or gold threaded abayas. Luxury as understood by the modest. Shabazz Palaces. If Bedouins herded beats instead of goats and settled in Seattle instead of the Atlas Mountains, this would be their album. Forward thinkers but nostalgic for a sparer time when ancient astronomers only recognized five planets. Hip hop. Black light uses electromagnetic radiation to eradicate microorganisms, but shabazz didn’t come to kill a sound, just to shine their own incandescent lamp on this. Hear. Hard and clear. Fifty thousand years in the making. Honorable.
You can stream Black Up it its entirety via NPR; and download two album tracks at the top of this post.
Shabazz Palaces will be performing on Sunday of the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival, and oddly enough will be opening up for Moonface (aka Spencer Krug) at Lincoln Hall the night before. Tickets are still available.
You can view Black Up‘s track listing, and all 2011 tour dates below..
Black Up Track List:
01. free press and curl
02. An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum
03. Are you… Can you… Were you? (Felt)
04. A treatease dedicated to The Avian Airess from North East Nubis (1000 questions, 1 answer)
06. Endeavors for Never (The last time we spoke you said you were not here. I saw you though.)
07. Recollections of the wraith
08. The King’s new clothes were made by his own hands
09. yeah you
10. Swerve… the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)
SHABAZZ PALACES – 2011 TOUR DATES
6/28: Seattle, WA @ Easy Street Records – In-store
6/30: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
7/01: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
7/15: Sitka, AK @ Sitka Alaska – Home Skillet Festival
7/16: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Moonface
7/17: Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
9/03: Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
9/11: Portland, OR @ Music Fest North West
9/24: Beirut, Lebanon @ Beirut Indie Sessions Music Festival