Meat Puppets: Album/Tour

The Legendary Meat Puppets Announce Spring U.S. Tour
They will soon release album of new material Sewn Together on Megaforce Records

Meat Puppets
Everyone from Nirvana to Pavement to Stone Temple Pilots cite Meat Puppets as one of the most significant American bands.

The highly influential Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but established their own unique style, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock. Meat Puppets later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. The band's subsequent album Too High to Die went gold, selling over 500,000 albums, and became their most successful release. The band reunited in 2006.

Recorded at The Saltmine in Phoenix, Arizona in winter 2009, their new album Sewn Together features brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood, with drummer Ted Marcus. Sewn Together will be released May 12, 2009 on Megaforce Records.

For the new album, Curt and Cris chose a home town studio that offered analog process to help add purity. And with production helmed by Curt, creative freedom arrived du jour. With no contrived map to follow, the best friend of artistry - spontaneity - governed. Indeed, going into the studio, only Curt knew what songs he planned to cut. The label didn't ask, and neither did the band. When the guiding minstrel is as honed and proven as Curt, it is both easy and incumbent to roll with the pitch.

With the resulting new album, the Puppets ambitiously dart the melodic spectrum between buoyant pop structures, like album-opener "Sewn Together" and the grand sweep of "Clone", two of the precision-perfect gems that will come to represent this record as a keeper. The album rides to close in pure pop fashion. The infectious "Love Mountain", a song that hearkens back better than a decade, at last weaving itself free of Curt's inner awareness, emerges taut yet jangly enough to please George Harrison and George Martin.

Looking ahead to May '09, the Puppets start the first leg of extensive road work celebrating the new record, but as with every Puppets' tour, the show will be certain to range over the course of performance afforded it by the Puppets' endearingly adventurous career. The Sewn Together tour kicks off May 12 in Los Angeles.

Tour Dates:
05.12 - The Mint - Los Angeles, CA
05.27 - Waterfront Park - Louisville, KY
05.28 - Blueberry Hill - St Louis, MO
05.29 - High Noon - Madison, WI
05.30 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
05.31 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
06.02 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
06.03 - The Summit - Columbus, OH
06.04 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
06.05 - Mr Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA
06.06 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
06.07 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
06.09 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
06.10 - Paradise - Boston, MA
06.11 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
06.12 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
06.13 - Rock n Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
06.14 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
06.16 - The Earl - Altanta, GA
06.17 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
06.19 - Cambridge Room - Dallas, TX
06.20 - The Parish - Austin, TX

[Published on: 3/25/09]

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PooDolla Wed 3/25/2009 04:23PM
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I'm a mindless idiot.

garriswh starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/25/2009 05:38PM
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Fuck yea!! Sadly, I doubt I'll be able to catch any of these shows, but psyched for the new album!

tDB get me off Wed 3/25/2009 07:25PM
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tDB get me off

weak sauce. wont be able to hit up the buffalo show cause of PheeeSH. oh well, some other time. meat puppets Rock

Badgerboy starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/25/2009 07:36PM
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Saw them on the last tour, they rocked! Def will have to try to hit this up! these guys rockkkkkkkkk

jkuss80 starstarstarstar Wed 3/25/2009 09:01PM
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2 nights in Chicago. Kick ass. I gotta catch one of those shows. Im not gonnna lie... Im one of those people who jumped on the Meat Puppets bandwagon after the Nirvana unplugged appearance. Total side note.. I think the Nirvana Unplugged concert was the defining musical moment of the 90's. Loved when it was ALWAYS on MTV when I was like 15.

OurBandCouldBeYourLife Thu 3/26/2009 05:45AM
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Yes! This and the Dinosaur Jr. is sweet, although it does suck that I'm going to miss both their NYC shows for that damn festival named Bonnaroo. Meat Puppets can shred harder than just about anyone so see them live. Can't wait as well for new albums from These United States and Cracker. What a great time for music. Oh and the Red Red Meat reissues should be great:

Old No. 7 Thu 3/26/2009 08:37AM
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Old No. 7

Jkuss... i got the Unplugged dvd for X-mas last year and I watch it all the time. Not a HUGE Nirvana guy, but I dig them as much as the next person. I just love how, from begining to end, it comepletly still holds up. Oh yea Meat Puppets are wicked pissah

Cookie starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 09:49PM
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The Meat Puppets are godz. Noone bridges the gap between Black Flag and Willie Nelson like the Meat Puppets of Love, Life and Sound. Curt shreds!!

weenhead420 Sun 3/29/2009 03:02PM
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YEAH!!!! good to see them still working on crazy ass shit