04.10.08

NEW PORTISHEAD ALBUM: THIRD

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The new Portishead album entitled, ‘Third’ drops April 29th. You can view the video from the latest release off the album entitled, ‘Machine Gun.”

I am a long time fan and I have no doubt there will be something worth listening to on the new album. It’s been 10 years since their last album. They will also be playing a series of live shows in the UK, throughout Europe and the U.S. to promote it’s release.

The album is being released on Island Records. It weighs in at 11 tracks and 49 minutes and 13 seconds. Portishead was one of the most influential British bands of the 90’s. Their album ‘Dummy’ released in 1994 and 1997’s self-titled album defined a new music genre dubbed ‘Trip-hop’. Other than a charity event in 2005 and a secret show mid-2007 there has been little seen of the band. They are coming out of hiding in a big way now, as you can see by the show dates below:

March Tour Dates
26 – Porto, Portugal (Coliseum)
27 – Lisbon, Portugal (Coliseum)
30 – Milan, Italy (Alcatraz)
31 – Florence, Italy (Sashall)

April Tour Dates
2 – Munich, Germany (Tonhalle)
3 – Berlin, Germany (Columbiahalle)
4 – Copenhagen, Denmark (KB Halle)
6 – Cologne, Germany (Palladium)
7 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands (HMH)
9 – Manchester, England (Apollo)
10 – London, England (Hammersmith Apollo)
11 – Edinburgh, Scotland (Corn Exchange)
13 – Wolverhampton, England (Civic)
17 – Brixton, England (Brixton Academy)
26 – Indio, California (Coachella Festival)

May Tour Dates
5 – Paris, France (Zenith)
29-31 – Barcelona, Spain (Primavera Sound Festival)

The band will be webcasting a performance of eight tracks from the new album on their website tomorrow. Current TV has scheduled to air the performance eleven hours after the debut on Portishead’s website. You will be able to view it there until after the official U.S. release on April 29th. It’s an interesting idea and presents good fodder for the already circulating argument as to whether the band is still relevant after a decade long hiatus.

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