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Albums Of The Week: Obits | Die at the Zoo

The New York noisemakers share a raucous live recording from the archive.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Somewhere between Having Fun With Elvis On Stage and Pat Benatar’s Live from Earth!!, we offer you The ObitsDie At The Zoo, a 12-song, rip-roaring, zig-zag-wandering pile of riff after simmering riff — just the way Bob Seger showed us how to do it at Cobo Hall.

Die At The Zoo was recorded in 2012 in Brisbane, Australia, the pint-quaffing playground of rock ’n’ roll legends like The Leftovers, The Saints and SixFtHick. We were on tour between our second and third album for Sub Pop, so you get sing-along classics like Widow Of My Dreams and I Want Results, plus 7″ jams like One Cross Apiece and Refund.

The digital download* contains four more tunes, including our covers of The City Is Dead (originally by Belgium’s The Kids) and Milk Cow Blues (penned by Lovejoy via Chicago southpaw James “Kokomo” Arnold). Each record comes with an Obits coaster** to protect your lovely, Arne Jacobsen-designed teak coffee table from a frightfully hideous ring created by that Soixante Quinze your fancy neighbor just mixed for you.

*yes, a download card is included a download card is included so you can hear all 16 tracks we played that night in digital glory — the format that both Lloyd Price and Big Joe Turner agreed best suits a well-amplified electric guitar.
**we are very sorry that we couldn’t include an actual drink with this record.”