Song of the Week TITUS ANDRONICUS – “ABOVE THE BODEGA (LOCAL BUSINESS)”

Last month, Titus Andronicus released the revelatory “Number One (In New York),” the opening track from the forthcoming album A Productive Cough (available March 2), as the door was kicked open to an intriguing new era for one hell of a unique and unpredictable act in contemporary rock music. Today “Above the Bodega (Local Business).”

Listen to & share “Above the Bodega (Local Business)” by Titus Andronicus now

Patrick Stickles and company boldly sashay into previously uncharted territories, digging deeper and grooving harder than ever before. Driven by a propulsive engine of shakers and congas, zesty horns and funky clavinet lift “Above the Bodega (Local Business)” into a soulful sphere worthy of the Stones in Memphis, further illuminating the sprawling aesthetic universe of A Productive Cough.

“All the songs on [A Productive Cough] deal with the realities of life, as I understand them, in my adopted hometown of New York City,” explains Stickles, “and one quality that does much to define New York City life is the access to 24-hour consumption. The first floor of the apartment building in which I live is occupied by a deli-grocery, to which I give my patronage several times a day. As a result, I have developed a particular understanding with the staff there which I have not so far heard articulated in song. Thusly, I took it upon myself to write the ‘ultimate’ song explicating the bodega clerk-patron relationship.”

Pressed to elaborate further, Stickles darts his eyes left to right and back again, then down to the floor, exhaling, and expands, “More and more, we are defined by the things which we consume, and those who facilitate that consumption may glimpse a more truthful view of ourselves than the carefully curated image we share with our loved ones. No one knows the depths of my vice better than they who oversee the transactions which make it possible—in this way, the deli clerk knows me better than my own mother.”

When visiting A-Productive-Cough.com, check out +@’s first ever “acoustic” tour, in which Patrick Stickles will perform in a duo configuration with pianist Alex Molini, commencing March 7 in Kingston, NY, with direct support on all dates by Rick Maguire from Pile.

A Productive Cough is available for pre-order on blue-gray Peak Vinyl which includes a jukebox-inspired 7-inch of “(I’m) Like a Rolling Stone,” a track that does not appear on the physical LP except as part of the download, its nearly 9-minute length split across both sides of the single. Explore all pre-order options including an exclusive $10 t-shirt add-on in the Merge store (where all purchases come with a free temporary “Crass[-inspired] Tattoo” while supplies last), at your favorite participating independent record store, or via these digital music providers.

Titus Andronicus on tour:
Mar 07 Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
Mar 08 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Mar 09 Providence, RI – AS220
Mar 10 Burlington, VT – Arts Riot
Mar 11 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz
Mar 13 Toronto, ON – Great Hall
Mar 14 Detroit, MI – El Club
Mar 15 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Mar 16 Madison, WI – The Frequency
Mar 17 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Mar 18 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Mar 19 Denver, CO – Globe Hall
Mar 20 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Mar 22 Boise, ID – Treefort Festival
Mar 23 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
Mar 24 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Mar 27 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Mar 28 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Mar 29 Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
Mar 31 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
Apr 02 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Apr 03 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Apr 06 Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Room
Apr 07 Austin, TX – Barracuda
Apr 08 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Apr 10 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Apr 11 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Apr 12 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
Apr 13 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA – UArts Black Box
Apr 15 Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr TheatreTitus

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