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Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ 2013 in 10 Easy Steps

It’s four years since their last album, so what can we expect in 2013 from a band that’s damn good at keeping things under wraps? For me, their fourth studio album is one of the most exciting releases due this …

Fri, Jan 4, 2013, 11:12

   

It’s four years since their last album, so what can we expect in 2013 from a band that’s damn good at keeping things under wraps? For me, their fourth studio album is one of the most exciting releases due this year. So here’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ 2013 in 10 Easy Steps.

1. Their new record, their fourth studio album following ‘Fever To Tell’, ‘Show Your Bones’ and ‘It’s Blitz’ is out in Spring, according to an announcement the band made on Instagram (along with the above image) in December, saying “”DNA upgrades, spontaneous evolution and NEW YEAH YEAH YEAHS RECORD ARRIVING SPRING 2013! finally.”

2. The band’s current tour dates scheduled for January, February and March are in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and Mexico. #airmiles.

3. From whatever you read or whomever you’re talking to, James Murphy definitely is, most certainly isn’t, possibly has, and maybe has not worked on some tracks. Murphy eventually denied that he’s producing the record in a story in the Huffington Post back in October saying, “I just did a little fun stuff… Nothing really big; I don’t have time and they don’t have time. I think they’re done with their record now, I was just fussing around. I didn’t make their album. They’re just friends.”

4. Murphy and Zinner had been in Benge’s studio (this one).

5. An is-it-real-is-it-fake poster for Primavera was ‘leaked’ claiming YYYs are set for the festival. I doubt Primavera would have their poster ready in January, but here it is anyway. They’re also rumoured to be playing Coachella and Glastonbury (along with every other band in the history of time.)

6. Karen O got married since the last album was out, to this dude. Aside from her work on soundtracks, she also done loads of collaborative (music) stuff with Native Korean Rock, Flaming Lips, David Lynch, Swans, Santigold and James Iha since ‘It’s Blitz’ hit the shelves.

7. Nick Zinner has been concentrating on photography between musical breaks, shooting an advertising campaign for Lee and a couple of low-key exhibitions. The Quietus also spotted him at a Factory Floor gig in London recently enough.

8. Brian Chase has a website where he writes about music, yoga, the Torah and more.

9. They played a new track called ‘Despair’ at a Hurricane Sandy benefit show in New York in December in front of 70 people. Spin describes the track here, and you can also check out the photos of Karen O rocking a blonde bob. Karen O politely asked people in attendance not to take photos or videos.

10. Spring 2013 is the ten year anniversary of the release of ‘Fever To Tell’, an album that changed rock music. Let’s relive that record’s finest moment:
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