"MOLE", the brand new official video from Dear Reader's 'Idealistic Animals', is a dreamy journey through the stages of a love affair, from the first touch of hands, to the first dance, to the first kiss, to the altar.

The video premiered internationally today, led by Clash Music and Tape.TV -- more info after the jump, but you can watch the whole video right here via YouTube: 

Echoing the 'tunnel' in which, in the song's lyrics, the eponymous mole collides blindly with his lover, Cherilyn MacNeil floats passively through the winding tunnels of a nightclub, surrounded by mementoes of the past and unknown lovers in various stages of intimacy.

Shot by Rob Savage, prodigious filmmaker and avid Dear Reader fan, and produced by Ben Burdock, in London in mid-April 2012, the film boasts a cast and crew of 50, and it was shot in only two takes.... a round of applause please!!

Dear Reader will be concluding their summer tour with the German dates below - see our tourdates section for more details!

06.07 Leipzig - Geyserhaus
10.08 Hamburg - Dockville Festival
26.08 Hannover - Bootboohook 

The amazing Dan Mangan is to return to Europe in August for another run of shows!!  All dates after the jump...

But until then, why not take a gander at this characteristically gorgeous new video for "About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All":

07.08                  Stuttgart - Schocken

08.08                  Sibenik - Terraneo Festival                                   

10.08                  Rees - Haldern Pop Festival

11.08                  Bad Windsheim - Weinturm Openair

12.08                  Dudingen - Bad Bonn

13.08                  Zurich - El Lokal

14.08                  Berlin - Burning Eagle Festival                 

17.08                  Leicester - Summer Sundae Weekende                 

19.08                  Groningen - Noorderzon Festival


CITY SLANG is absolutely thrilled to announce the release of CALEXICO’s new album ALGIERS, out on September  10th 2012. Recorded in New Orleans, Joey Burns’ and John Convertino’s sixth album is arguably the most exciting and accessible CALEXICO record to date: if you don't believe us, check out the beautiful first track, "Para", available for free download after the jump...

And to celebrate the release of ALGIERS, we’ve got a special treat for you.  Not only are we premiering the first song off the record as a free download but also a beautiful video of the same track, shot and directed by the wonderful Zack Spiger (who recently worked with LAMBCHOP on their "Gone Tomorrow" and "2B2" videos)

The feel of ALGIERS is recognisably classic CALEXICO, but their style has been revitalised and reborn through the experience of recording in the magical city of New Orleans. Their work has spoken of dusty deserts and the loners that inhabit them, mixing America’s country music heritage with that of a Latin persuasion. In other words, it isn’t obviously affiliated with the sounds that have made New Orleans one of the premiere tourist destinations in the US. The choice of New Orleans was largely down to long time collaborator/producer Craig Schumacher. “We were talking about wanting to go to Europe and record,” Burns says, “but we never get our stuff together in time to make plans that far in advance. So where do you go that is nearby and has a European feel? New Orleans.”

You might think that after the 22 years since they first met, six studio albums and a suitcase of tour CDs, collaborations with the likes of Victoria Williams, Iron & Wine, Willie Nelson, Roger McGuinn and Nancy Sinatra, and soundtrack work to boot, there wasn’t much more they could achieve. But you’d be wrong. New Orleans clearly inspired them to make an album that sees them stretch out more effortlessly than ever before. Yes, you can take the men out of CALEXICO, but you can’t take CALEXICO out of the men… 

ALGIERS will be available on CD (Slang50022), limited 2CD Digipak (Slang50022LTD), 180g LP in a heavy, embossed, tip-on cover (Slang50022LP) and of course digitally.

A limited ‘Super Deluxe Edition’ box set will be available exclusively on the City Slang/Calexico web shop. 

CALEXICO will be on tour in September as well as November 2012 - check our tourdates section for more details.