Titus Andronicus Offers Free Mixtape for Download
Titus Andronicus, the Shakespeare-named, Civil War-referencing punk band from New Jersey, have compiled a mixtape to promote their new single, 'Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus.' The 23-song compilation was originally for sale for $2 as a CD-R at Consequence of Sound's concert at last week's SXSW, but it can now be downloaded for free from their Tumblr site.
In addition to the new single, 'Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Vol. 1' contains the band's four-track demos from the first three songs off its excellent 2010 album, 'The Monitor:' 'A More Perfect Union,' 'Titus Andronicus Forever' and 'No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future.' There also a handful of outtakes and some early unreleased material, including the band's very first recording, made in 2005.
Covers round out the set, with Titus Andronicus giving live takes on a diverse assortment of songs, including 'The Boys Are Back in Town' (Thin Lizzy), 'I Fought the Law' (Bobby Fuller Four), 'Undone (The Sweater Song)' (Weezer) and 'Treatment Bound' (The Replacements). Strangely enough, there's also a 54-second version of the jingle for Hot Pockets.
'Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus' will soon be included on a seven-inch single that will be split with a song by the unfortunately named Diarrhea Planet. A new album from Titus Andronicus, their third, is expected at some point in 2012. It will be their first without guitarist/violinist Amy Klein, who left in October.
Watch the Video for 'No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future' by Titus Andronicus