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Listen to Cass McCombs' New Album 'Tip of the Sphere' Now Via NPR First Listen
Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Listen to Cass McCombs' New Album 'Tip of the Sphere' Now Via NPR First Listen

Cass McCombs will release Tip of the Sphere, his ninth full-length album, on February 8th via ANTI-.

Ahead of its release, the album is now available to stream via NPR Music’s “First Listen.” Additionally, McCombs shares “Absentee,” a track infused with waltzing organ and subtle saxophone. Its accompanying video, which was directed by Lydia Greer and Caryl Kientz and filmed at Dresher Ensemble Rehearsal Studio in Oakland, California, features cinematic shadows created by 3-dimensional handmade objects, cardboard instruments, masks, hand-cut paper sets and shadow puppets that illustrate the story of the Absentee Landlords during the Irish Potato Famine. In “Absentee,” McCombs ruminates on ancestral memories of British, colonialist absentee landlords during the Irish Potato Famine, on longing, hunger and untended places in the heart. Cass plays multiple characters in a play created with cast shadows, masks, puppets and analog visual effects created by Lydia Greer and Caryl Kientz of Facing West Shadow Theatre.

Stream Tip of the Sphere via NPR Music -

Watch “Absentee” Video -

Tip of the Sphere presents an artist trying to make sense of it all through a relentless, ever searching creative process. Throughout, he floats through a suite of songs driven by a journeying mysticism and dark grace. While most of his albums have been pieced together in different studios over an extended period of time, Tip of the Sphere was recorded quickly and with a strong sense of purpose at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn. This new approach for McCombs brought his songs a raw immediacy and a special balance of compassion and experimentation with the intent of making a more consistent statement. On “Absentee,” he’s joined by Otto Hauser (drums), Dan Horne (bass), Dan Lead (pedal steel), Frank LoCrasto (hammond organ), and Sam Griffin Owens (saxophone).

As previously announced, the ‘Castillo de la Esfera,’ created by fellow Northern California artist and contemporary Tahiti Pehrson as an homage to Brion Gysin’s dream machine, is featured inside the vinyl edition of Tip of the Sphere. Watch the Tip of the Sphere Instructional Video & Castillo de la Esfera Assembly, narrated by Robyn Hitchock, here.


“Sleeping Volcanoes” Stream –

“Estrella” Stream –

“The Great Pixley Train Robbery” Video –

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Cass McCombs Tour Dates:

Thu. Feb. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Amoeba Records

Mon. March 4 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage *

Tue. March 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live *

Thu. March 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr

Fri. March 8 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *

Sat. March 9 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *

  Mon. March 11 – Toronto, ON @ Horsehoe Tavern *

Tue. March 12 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*

Thu. March  14 – Nashville, TN @ EXIT/IN *

Fri. March 15 - Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi *

Sat. March 16 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *

Sun. March 17 – Milwaukee, WI @ The BackRoom at Collectivo *

Mon. March 18 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *

Wed. March 20 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre *

Sat. March 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room *

Mon. March 25  - Vancouver, BC @ St. James *

Tue. March 26 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *

Wed. March 27 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater *

Fri. March 29 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s *

Sat. March 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre *

Sun. March 31 – Las Vegas, NV@ The Beauty Bar*

Tue. April 2 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SOHo *

Thu. April 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley *

Fri. April 5 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *

Thu. April 25 – Marfa, TX@ Marfa Myths

Sat. May 25 – Madrid, SP @ Tomavistas Festival

Tue. May 28 – Prague, CZ @ MeetFactory

Wed. May 29 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz-Club

Thur. May 30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Alice

Fri. May 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher

Sat. June 1 – Gent, BE @ DOK Box

Mon. June 3 – Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso Nord

Tue. June 4 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie

Thur. June 6 – London, UK @ EartH

Fri. June 7 – Helsinki, FI @ Sideways Festival

Fri. Aug. 30 – Mon. Sep. 2 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road Festival

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