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Hear Meat Puppets’ Original Lineup’s New ‘Nine Pins’

Album ‘Dusty Notes’ will come out in the spring ahead of tour

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Hear the Meat Puppets' original lineup's new song, "Nine Pins," which comes off their upcoming 'Dusty Notes' album. The band will also tour.

Joseph Cultice

The original lineup of the Meat Puppets – vocalist-guitarist Curt Kirkwood, bassist-vocalist Chris Kirkwood and drummer Derrick Bostrom – have recorded a new album, Dusty Notes, and set tour dates for a run of U.S. shows this spring. “Nine Pins,” the first track from the new LP, which is due out March 8th, is a country-rock rave-up with rattling acoustic guitar, an upbeat rhythm and Curt’s lyrics about the moon shining down on a little piece of ground. The group previously released another country-tinged number, “Warranty.” It’s the first time this lineup has recorded together since 1995’s No Joke!

The album will be available in a variety of formats. On March 1st, the band will release a “bootleg” version of the record on black vinyl in a white jacket, limited to 300 copies. Arizona and Las Vegas record chain Zia will be offering a pressing of the vinyl with “swamp and olive” splatter coloring on March 8th, a date that will also see the regular swamp and olive release.

The lineup first reunited in 2017 for a performance at the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, where they played “Lake of Fire” – the song they played with Nirvana on that band’s Unplugged episode – as well as “Plateau” and “Backwater.” “It was so intense that even I couldn’t deny it,” Bostrom, who stopped playing with the band after their 1996 breakup and did not participate in further reunions, said in a statement. “I remember why we did this. It was magical.”

The group will be hitting the road in April for a month and a half of gigs. Tickets go on sale on January 18th.

Meat Puppets Tour Dates

April 4 – Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall +
April 5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent +
April 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour ^
April 7 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar ^
May 8 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge #
May 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl #
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
May 11 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes #
May 13 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony #
May 14 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom #
May 15 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall #
May 16 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall #
May 17 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace #
May 18 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Music Hall #

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