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.”
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