Tortoise – New MP3, 2009 Tour Dates

Tortoise live

Tortoise has put out a new mp3 from their upcoming album, Beacons of Ancestership, and Stereogum has the exclusive first-listen from the album. I’m definitely not hearing anything familiar in this track — and yet it sounds so much like Tortoise it really couldn’t be anybody else. I’m hoping to discover some of the tracks on the album that I may have heard live back when I saw them in Chicago a few times over the past couple years. They were definitely debuting and road-testing some of this material, which always makes me excited to hear an album to see how the live stuff converts to a studio package.

Sample the track below and let me know what you think. This band continues to make music that will challenge their audience even further, which is exactly what we, the heady audience, demands.

Tortoise – High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In [mp3]

Read on for their current set of 2009 tour dates…

Tortoise 2009 Tour Dates

Sat. July 11 — Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Mon. July 13 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Wed. July 15 — Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Fri. July 17 — Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun. July 19 — Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Mon. July 20 — Philadelphia, PA @ Sanctuary at First Unitarian Church
Tue. July 21 — New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fri. July 24 — Tokyo, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Fri. Aug. 14 — St. Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock
Sat. Aug. 22 — Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Tue. Sep. 29 — St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Wed. Sep. 30 — Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Thu. Oct. 1 — Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Fri. Oct. 2 — Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sat. Oct. 3 — Dubuque, IA @ Voices Warehouse Gallery