Bob Mould’s forthcoming studio album, Beauty & Ruin, can now be streamed in its entirety via Pitchfork Advance. The album stream comes one week ahead of Beauty & Ruin’s June 3 release date in the States. Pre-orders for the album already being hailed as possibly Bob’s finest solo work since the classic Workbook are live now in the Merge store and iTunes. The first 400 LP pre-orders placed through Merge will receive the album on yellow vinyl. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant gratification download of “Hey Mr. Grey.”
Bob Mould is also pleased to confirm a release week performance on CONAN on June 4, airing at 11 p.m. EDT on TBS.
Additional happenings surrounding the release of Beauty & Ruin include multiple broadcasts of “See a Little Light” on Palladia throughout June. “See a Little Light” documents the November 2011 tribute to Bob at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, where many of today’s most influential artists gathered to celebrate Bob’s legendary canon. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Britt Daniel (Spoon), Ryan Adams, No Age, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Margaret Cho with Grant Lee Phillips, and Jessica Dobson (The Shins, Deep Sea Diver) all performed classic compositions from the Hüsker Dü, Sugar, and Bob Mould solo catalogues. Fortunately, the entire evening was captured in stunning audio and high-quality video by filmmaker Justin Mitchell. See specific air dates and times below.
Bob (along with Fred Armisen, who can teach us all how to do a mean Bob Mould impression) recently joined Margaret Cho on her podcast “Monsters of Talk.” Take a listen to the episode here.
Sirius XMU will also air a two-hour special celebrating Bob’s history and influence on Sunday, June 1, at 9 p.m. EDT.
Palladia “See a Little Light” Schedule (all times EDT)
Friday, May 30 at 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 31 at 12 a.m.
Saturday, May 31 at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 3 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 5 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, June 14 at 4 a.m.
Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 22 at 4 p.m.
Bob Mould 2014 Tour
(expanded North American tour to be announced shortly)
June 12 Harrisburg, PA – Stage on Herr (Solo Electric Set)
June 13 Rehoboth Beach, DE – Analog-a-Go-Go
June 14 Rehoboth Beach, DE – Dive (Punk Rock Fancy DJ Set)
June 20 Calgary, AB – Republik (Punk Rock Fancy DJ Set)
June 21 Calgary, AB – Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
June 23 Chicago, IL – Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
July 26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25 Festival)
Available for pre-order at Merge and iTunes, Beauty & Ruin will be released by Merge Records on June 3 in North America and June 9 in the UK and Europe. Bob is backed on the album by his longtime band of Jason Narducy (bass/backing vocals) and Jon Wurster (drums). The first 400 LP preorders will receive the album on yellow vinyl.