Avi Buffalo will release At Best Cuckold on CD / LP / DL September 5th in Ireland, 8th in Europe and 9th in North America via Sub Pop. The album is the long-awaited follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut, and features the highlights “So What,” “Memories of You,” “Think It’s Gonna Happen Again” and “Oxygen Tank.”
At Best Cuckold was produced by bandleader Avi-Zahner-Isenberg, and recorded at various locales in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, with engineering assistance from Jay Pellicci at Tiny Telephone and mixing by Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room Studio. You can listen to lead-off track “So What” now (see Pitchfork news story June 3rd).
Avi Buffalo has scheduled a European tour in support of At Best Cuckold, which begins September 23rd in Gothenburg, SE at Pustervik, visits Whelans in Dublin on 5th October and ends October 17th in Berlin, DE at Privatclub. There will be a North American tour announcement soon. Please find a current list of tour dates below.
Avi Buffalo’s At Best Cuckold is now available for preorder from Sub Pop Megamart & iTunes. Vinyl preorders from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited edition “Loser” LP on clear vinyl and a fold-out poster (while supplies last).
Avi Buffalo’s eponymous debut hit the ground running in 2010, and for good reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids their age, the Buffaloes celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.
And thus began the three-year journey that led to the creation of At Best Cuckold, a stretch of time that resembles the one that framed its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twenty-something and traversing the interpersonal wilds that accompany that age, Avi kept playing music (even picking up a new instrument every now and again), collaborated with and produced many friends (including Kevin Litrow’s N.O.W. project and Douglas James Sweeney’s Arjuna Genome), started DJing, and listened to a bunch of good music. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks…The end result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain (read more at Sub Pop).
At Best Cuckold
1. So What
2. Memories of You
3. Can’t Be Too Responsible
4. Two Cherished Understandings
5. Overwhelmed with Pride
6. Found Blind
7. She Is Seventeen
8. Think It’s Gonna Happen Again
9. Oxygen Tank
10. Won’t Be Around No More
Sep. 23 – Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik
Sep. 24 – Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
Sep. 25 – Oslo, NO – John Dee
Sep. 26 – Lund, SE – Mejeret
Sep. 28 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega / Ideal Bar
Sep. 29 – Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
Oct. 01 – Paris, FR – Le Divan du Monde
Oct. 03 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Oct. 05 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Oct. 06 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Oct. 08 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Oct. 10 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Oct. 14 – Amsterdam, NL – Tolshuistuin
Oct. 15 – Brussels, BE – Botanique / Witloof Bar
Oct. 16 – Koln, DE – Luxor
Oct. 17 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub