Why? Suffer from 'Mumps, etc.' on New Album

Why? Suffer from 'Mumps, etc.' on New Album
Why? haven't yet released their Sod in the Seed EP, but the eclectic hip-hop outfit have already announced the follow-up full-length. Curiously titled Mumps, etc., the collection is due out on October 9 through Anticon/City Slang.

Much like the EP that precedes it, Mumps, Etc. was produced by Why?'s own Wolf brothers, and mixed by Graham Marsh (Cee Lo Green, Katy Perry) and Yoni Wolf. It was recorded on two-inch tape with no loops at the Denton, TX studio owned by Centro-Matic's Matt Pence.

For the sessions, Why? recruited a slew of string and horn players, plus an eight-person choir. This resulted in what a press release calls a "meticulous work of morbid fascination and offbeat romanticism." The 13 songs are said to exhibit a "mysterious sickness (perhaps of the mind)" and offer everything from "grinning sun-warped choruses" to "confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details" and "poetic daisy chains."

The title track from Sod in the Seed re-appears on Mumps, etc., so hear that song at the bottom of the page. Just above that is the band's international tour schedule, which unfortunately doesn't include any Canadian dates.

Mumps, etc.:

1. Jonathan's Hope
2. Strawberries
3. Waterlines
4. Thirteen on High
5. White English
6. Danny
7. Sod in the Seed
8. Distance
9. Thirst
10. Kevin's Cancer
11. Bitter Thoughts
12. Paper Hearts
13. As a Card

Tour dates:

8/24 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note *&

8/25 Norman, OK - Opolis *&

8/26 Santa Fe, NM - SOL @ Santa Fe Brewing *&

8/27 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *&

8/28 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *#

8/30 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall ^*#

8/31 Arcata, CA - Arcata Playhouse *#

9/1 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *#

9/2 Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival

9/3 Boise, ID - Reef *%

9/4 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue *%

9/5 Englewood, CO - The Gothic *%

9/6 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room *%

9/7 Lawrence, KS - The Granada *%

9/8 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center ^*%

9/9 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^*%

9/10 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom ^*%

9/11 Ithaca, NY - The Haunt^*+

9/12 Cambridge, MA - Middle East^*+

9/13 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg ^*+

9/14 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^*+

9/15 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall ^*+

9/16 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle ^*+

9/17 Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^*+

9/18 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^*+
10/5 Dusseldorf, Germany - New Fall Festival
10/6 Evreux, France - L'abordage
10/7 Paris, France - Maroquinerie
10/8 Brighton, UK - Old Market
10/9 London, UK - Electric Ballroom
10/10 Manchester, UK - Central Methodist Church
10/11 Bristol, UK - Fleece
10/12 Glasgow, UK - SWG3
10/13 Oxford, UK - The Bullingdon
10/15 Berlin, Germany - Volksbuhne 
10/18 Cincinnati, OH - Lois & Richard Rosethal Center for Contemporary Art Black Box Theatre
10/20 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
10/24 Richmond, VA - Canal Club
10/25 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
10/26 Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
10/27 Orlando, FL - The Social
10/28 Tampa, FL - Crowbar
10/29 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10/30 Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
10/31 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
11/1 Houston, TX - Walter's
11/2 Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
11/3 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/5 St. Louis, MO - Luminary Arts   

* with Serengeti 
^ with Doseone
& with DJ Tony Trimm 
# with DJ Sodapop
% with Jel (DJ set)
+ with DJ Thanksgiving Brown