Broken Social Scene announce new album + tour

Broken Social Scene @ Outside Lands (by gussifer |

My one concert regret of 2009 was missing Broken Social Scene at the Wanderlust Festival. I can put that regret more easily behind me now as I look forward to a May tour kick-off here in San Francisco at The Fillmore.

Via press release:

The new album features guest turns by Broken Social Scene alumni:
Leslie Feist
Amy Millan and Evan Cranley of Stars
Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric
Jason Collett
Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Years
John Crossingham
Marty Kinack
Leon Kingstone
Julie Penner

If that weren’t enough, the new album also includes contributions by John McEntire, The Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop, Tortoise’s Doug McCombs, Pavement’s Spiral Stairs, Sebastian Grainger and Poi Dog Pondering’s Susan Bells.

While there are a lot of special guests, it’s our understanding that the core six-piece wrote all the songs on the album, ” [it’s] more cohesive, melody-driven compositions than previous BSS output.” It’s out 5/4 via Arts & Crafts. We don’t have a track list yet, but they are doing a mini-world tour around the collection, so we’ll get to hear some of the new stuff live in the next few months:

05/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
05/07 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
05/13 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy #
05/14 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/17 – London, UK @ Heaven
05/18 – Amsterdam, NE @ Melkweg
05/19 – Cologne, GR @ Burgerhaus Stollwerck
05/21 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
06/19 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Island %

# w/ Pavement
% w/ Pavement and Band Of Horses