Tuesday, April 20, 2010

[new album] Plants and Animals - La La Land Out Today!

Plants and Animals release 2nd LP today

La La Land is out today. Stop into your neighborhood record shop or download it here from the US and here from Canada. You can also buy it directly from the band over at their online store.

For those expecting Parc Avenue Pt. 2, you may find your ears a bit surprised after giving La La Land a spin. While it's still, in my opinion, of the same caliber as its predecessor, La La boasts a more top-down rock approach. Songs hit with heavier beats, and strings have been replaced with rock saxophone and clunky ragtime-y piano at times. But the same elements that made Parc Avenue one of the best albums of 2008 shine through on this sophomore effort - the complex subtleties and attention to minute details are what elevate Plants and Animals above most indie acts today. This is definitely an album that gets better with each rotation, yet it contains enough rockers to nab the casual listener. Highlights of the album include "Game Shows," "Fake It," "Undone Melody," and "Celebration." To hear the whole album in its entirety, head over to Secret City Records and judge for yourself.

And tomorrow (April 20) at 10:40pm, the band will kick off the La La Land tour with a show in Toronto. You don't live in Toronto? No worries: P&A will have a live stream of the show at their website (by Livestream). As the band claims, you can "watch us in your underwear without creeping everybody in the club out." If you want to catch their show in person, below is the rest of their North American tour.

Plants and Animals tour dates:
Apr 20 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Apr 21 Quebec, QC @ Theatre Petit Champlain
Apr 22 Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Apr 23 Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
Apr 24 Peterborough, ON @ The Red Dog
Apr 26 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
Apr 28 Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
Apr 29 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo's
Apr 30 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
May 1 Calgary, AB @ #1 Royal Canadian Legion
May 2 Kelowna, BC @ Habitat
May 4 Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
May 5 Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
May 13 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
May 14 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
May 15 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
May 16 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
May 18 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
May 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
May 20 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
May 21 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
May 22 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Frog Eyes
May 25 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
May 26 Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
May 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
May 29 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
May 31 Denton, TX @ Hailey's
June 1 Austin, TX @ Emo's
June 4 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
June 5 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
June 6 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
June 9 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom