Hold Steady and World / Inferno Friendship Society member Franz Nicolay will begin a two-week tour of Germany and Austria tomorrow with Sweden’s Moneybrother. The mustachioed multi-instrumentalist is playing shows in support of his latest solo offering, St. Sebastian Of The Short Stage.

Released on November 10th, 2009 by Team Science, the four-song EP is available in both 10-inch vinyl and digital formats. The label has pressed 500 copies (200 clear, 300 black) and each record includes a free mp3 download for all the songs, plus a pullout poster insert and an exclusive new short story by Nicolay entitled “Paraska Mikhailivna Is A Witch.”

To grab a copy of the 10-inch, go here. Or if you prefer mp3s, you can take a quick trip to iTunes for a digital version of the EP.

Featuring artwork by Nicholas Gazin, St. Sebastian Of The Short Stage comes on the heels of Nicolay’s acclaimed solo debut, Major General. The four brand new tracks include a collaboration with the Dresden Dolls on a cover of Jonathan Richman’s “New England,” a Watchmen-inspired tribute to a retired superhero, and two songs self-described as “bleeding heart weepies.”

Nicolay is currently streaming two songs from the EP on his Myspace page.

DEC 01 – Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol w/ Moneybrother
DEC 02 – Essen, Germany @ Zeche Carl w/ Moneybrother
DEC 03 – Bielefeld, Germany @ Kamp w/ Moneybrother
DEC 05 – Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof w/ Moneybrother
DEC 06 – Hamburg, Germany @ Grunspan w/ Moneybrother
DEC 07 – Koln, Germany @ Stollwerck w/ Moneybrother
DEC 08 – Munchen, Germany @ Backstagehall w/ Moneybrother
DEC 10 – Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage w/ Moneybrother
DEC 11 – Innsbruck, Austria @ Weekender w/ Moneybrother
DEC 12 – Ebensee, Austria @ Kino w/ Moneybrother
DEC 13 – Vienna, Austria @ Wuk w/ Moneybrother

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