I think I still owe John Vanderslice a box of chocolate for messing up our interview time when we interviewed him for Emerald City. If the whole album can be deduced from the sound of “Fetal Horses,” Romanian Names is full of incredible melodies, prickly parts and general JV goodness. Plus, he’s on tour with the Mountain Goats this May (show dates after the jump, but put 5/19 on your calendar if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area).
Dead Oceans would like to preview the album with an mp3 of the first song written for the album, â€œFetal Horsesâ€.
Romanian Names will be released on May 19th (18th in the U.K.).
Album cover, track list and tour dates after the jump.
Tremble And Tear
Too Much Time
Sunken Union Boat
A coast-to-coast-to-coast tour is in the works following John Vanderslice’s Gone Primitive Tour with The Mountain Goats. The tour will kick off in California mid-May. Many more tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks, and British and European fans can expect live dates in the autumn.
5/17/09 Merced, CA – The Partisan
5/19/09 San Francisco, CA – The Rickshaw
5/21/09 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
5/22/09 Seattle, WA – Easy Street
5/24/09 George, WA – Sasquatch!
5/27/09 Provo, UT – Velour
5/28/09 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
5/29/09 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
5/30/09 Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr
6/06/09 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
6/09/09 Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Museum
6/12/09 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williambsurg