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Songs of God and Whiskey

Good morning,

We’re happy to announce that tomorrow we will be releasing not one, but two records. The first is a mostly electronic/synth-driven/beat-driven record called Dope Machines, and it will be available everywhere. The second is an acoustic and rock and roll record, called Songs of God and Whiskey. That record will only be available on our website beginning at midnight tonight.

If you’re receiving this email, it’s because you’re on our email list which means you’ve probably been to a show or maybe even that we’ve met you at some point in the past eight years out on the road. After all, that’s how this email list was made—culled over endless hours in venues around the world meeting people, covered in sweat, the room stinking of beer. For that reason, we felt it was only appropriate that we announce this news to you first (it’s not being announced anywhere else for a while) and to tell you that we’re so glad that we’ve gotten to meet you through these years, to see the cities where you live, to share the moments we’ve shared in those sweaty, beer-soaked rooms.

The songs from _Songs of God and Whiskey_ are taken from 10 years of songwriting. Some are quite new, some are quite old. All were recorded by us as a group in a small studio on a hill in Los Angeles (Mount Washington, to be exact). We’re not doing any tricky chicanery on the tracks to make them hard to copy or send or reproduce. We’re quite aware that makes them easy to be traded on file-sharing sites, but hey I guess that’s the world we live in. We trust you’ll be cool and buy it if you want it. It’s seven bucks—the same amount we would get from iTunes if we sold it there.

It would be fashionable to say we decided to forego the long process of promotion and distribution of the modern music industry as a way of doing our part to attempt to realign the music world to be a more artist friendly environment in which the blah blah blah… But it’s not really true. (Even though we very much agree with those principles).

With this, we just had a simple idea in mind: make it and put it out.

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Here are two tracks from the album:

Songs of God and Whiskey

1. Poor Isaac
2. Cocaine and Abel
3. A Certain Type of Girl
4. Change and Change and Change and Change
5. April is the Cruelest Month
6. The Lines of the Cars
7. Strangers
8. Why Why Why
9. California
10. The Fall of Rome

The cover art is a painting by artist Mike Stilkey. Mike is a decorated artist and Los Angeles native. His paintings and installations can be found in museums and private collections around the world. We were honored to have him collaborate with us for our 2009 Walt Disney Concert Hall show.

We’ll see you out on the road..

UK/Europe Tour Dates ANNOUNCED

Photo Credit: Alexius Tan

U.K. and Europe, it’s been far too long since we’ve wandered your streets, stomped on your stages, and gazed out on your sweaty faces. Let’s do it again, shall we?

We’re incredibly excited to announce our return across the pond this April, in support of our brand-new fourth studio album, Dope Machines. Tickets for Germany are on sale NOW. Sale starts for the U.K. on Friday, and for Amsterdam this Saturday. Can’t wait to see you in a few months…

Tue Apr 7 – Munich, Germany – Muffathalle – GET TICKETS
Wed Apr 8 – Berlin, Germany – C-Club – GET TICKETS
Thu Apr 9 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan – GET TICKETS
Sat Apr 11 – Cologne (Köln), Germany – Die Werkstatt – GET TICKETS
Sun Apr 12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord – ON SALE SAT@10AM
Tue Apr 14 – London, UK – KOKO – ON SALE FRI@9AM
Wed Apr 15 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control – ON SALE FRI@9AM
Thu Apr 16 – Leeds, UK – Stylus – ON SALE FRI@9AM
Sat Apr 18 – Glasgow, Scotland – The Garage – ON SALE FRI@9AM
Sun Apr 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy – ON SALE FRI@9AM

Songs for Kids Benefit Show + Vancouver Charity Concert on Sale TOMORROW

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Tickets go on sale this Friday morning for our very special intimate show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Friday, January 30th, raising money and awareness for the Songs for Kids Foundation.

This awesome organization integrates musicians into the lives of kids facing illness and hardship—working with kids both in and out of children’s hospitals through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances, and the Songs for Kids Records songwriting and recording program.

Seriously, here’s an amazing group of people who do truly amazing things. We hope you can find time to learn more and support the foundation however you can.

Tickets for the show will be available starting at 10:00 a.m. HERE (link will go live then).

▪ NOTE: There will also be 20 VIP tickets available, which include dinner with the band, before the show. It’s all for charity!

You can also win tickets to this event. To qualify for the drawing, here’s what you need to do:

1) Tweet us proof via screenshot that you’ve picked up our song, “Wrong”—be it on iTunes, Amazon, or wherever (@Airborne_Toxic).
2) Make sure to include the hashtag #TATEinLA

Do that, and we’ll make sure to add you to our list of potential winners joining us at the Troubadour in January.

Download “Wrong” on iTunes HERE.

Vancouver also on Sale TOMORROW at 10 AM

From L.A., we’ll be heading straight to Vancouver to lend our support to both the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and A Better Life Foundation</strong>.

Both these organizations are committed to hugely worthwhile causes, and we encourage you to learn more about what they do for people in need.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you at this special engagement—at the Fairmont Pacific Rim on Saturday, January 31st.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 a.m. You can get them HERE.