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Beginning on Sunday and through the month of November, PJ Bond (New Brunswick, NJ) will be touring the U.S., covering most of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest.

The ex-Outsmarting Simon front man – fresh off a two week trek across the U.K. – is playing shows in support of his latest full-length, You Didn’t Know I Was Alphabetical … not to mention the homeless / life on the road experiment formally known as the Year Of A Thousand Roommates. You can read about PJ’s daily nomadic adventures here.

Alphabetical is being released by Black Numbers in LP and CD format on November 10th, but you can pre-order a copy now or pick one up directly from PJ on tour.

It’s also worth mentioning that Bond has hitched a ride with label mates Static Radio NJ and The Arteries as they tour their way to The Fest for the weekend’s festivities. While he doesn’t have an “official” show, you can count on PJ playing the street corners of Gainesville or making an appearance at a house party or two.

NOV 01 – Waterbury, CT @ Lil Tommy J’s
NOV 02 – Providence, RI @ Chris’s Pad
NOV 04 – Burlington, VT @ TBA
NOV 05 – Plattsburgh, NY @ The Coffee Camp
NOV 06 – Troy, NY @ Shela’s
NOV 07 – Upstate NY @ Need Help!
NOV 08 – Oneonta, NY @ Hyrle Castle Basement
NOV 09 – Ithaca, NY @ The Shop
NOV 10 – Syracuse, NY @ House Show
NOV 11 – Oswego, NY @ Raven’s
NOV 13 – Rochester, NY @ Muddy Waters
NOV 14 – Jamestown, NY @ Labyrinth Press Co.
NOV 15 – Ohio @ Need Help!
NOV 16 – Columbus, OH @ House Show
NOV 17 – Ann Arbor, MI @ TBA
NOV 18 – Rochester, MI @ The Factory
NOV 19 – Ann Arbor, MI @ ABC
NOV 20 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Josh’s
NOV 21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Kelly’s
NOV 22 – Chicago, IL @ The Elbo Room
NOV 23 – Indiana @ Need Help!
NOV 24 – St. Louis, MO @ Cicero’s
NOV 25 – Louisville, KY @ Derby City
NOV 27 – Charlotte, NC @ TBA
NOV 28 – Richmond, VA @ Need Help
NOV 29 – State College, PA @ 797 Lounge

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Black Numbers is pleased to announce that it will release You Didn’t Know I Was Alphabetical, the latest full-length from New Brunswick, NJ native and ex-Outsmarting Simon front man PJ Bond.

The album, which will be released November 10th on both vinyl and CD formats, is now up for pre-order from the label. Black Numbers will press 300 copies of the LP (100 white, 200 blue), as well as a short run (200) of hand-screened CDs with liner notes personally written by PJ. No two of these limited edition discs are alike. There is an “official” CD version of You Didn’t Know I Was Alphabetical as well. To grab a copy (or all three), go here.

Beside Outsmarting Simon, Bond has also been a member of The Color Fred, Charlotte Sometimes, Marigold and Communipaw (with brother, Brian Bond). In comparison to previous endeavors, Alphabetical is decidedly more organic, homespun affair – a heartfelt slice of creaky, back porch Americana tossed against a perfectly catchy pop backdrop. Still, the record has a little bit of everything, from rustic, uptempo alt-country rockers to haunting, melancholy acoustic offerings and sweetly infectious indie numbers. For fans of Rocky Votolato, Neutral Milk Hotel, Whiskeytown and Elliott Smith.

Listen to “You, Too” (free mp3)

On a related note, Bond has given up his permanent residence, dedicating a year of his life to living on the road, bunking with friends, family, fans and even strangers, and playing as many shows in between. He chronicles his nomadic adventures on his blog, Year Of A Thousand Roommates. Check it out!
There will be extensive touring of the East Coast and Midwest in November. Before that though, Bond will travel to the UK for two weeks of shows beginning on October 2nd.

OCT 02 – London, UK @ The Miller
OCT 03 – Wednesbury, UK @ St. Mary’s Club
OCT 05 – Nottingham, UK @ Speakeasy
OCT 06 – Leeds, UK @ The Wellington
OCT 07 – Glasgow, UK @ 13th Note
OCT 08 – Aberdeen, UK @ Cafe Drummonds
OCT 09 – Girvan, UK @ Z1 Youth Club
OCT 10 – North Berwick, UK @ The Dalrymple Arms
OCT 11 – Bradford, UK @ The 1 in 12
OCT 12 – Stoke, UK @ Harry’s Bar
OCT 13 – Swansea, UK @ Mozart’s
OCT 15 – London, UK @ TBA
OCT 16 – Folkestone, UK @ TBA

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