Alejandro Escovedo unleashes Live Animal, tours

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Rock needs its veterans, if only to keep this latest generation of blog-entitled bands in check. Much as he has since his Nuns/Rank and File/True Believers days, Alejandro Escovedo continues to grit out a career on record and on the road, Hepatitis C be damned. Dude's a throwback in every sense of the word, the kind of guitar-slingin' professor that the kids ought to take notes from.

Okay, 'nuff respects paid. Now the news: Prof. Escovedo is releasing a second look at several of the songs off of his latest release, the Paste-approved Real Animal. The new project, entitled Live Animal, is an EP of material recorded live at Sirius Satellite Radio studios in New York. Material includes tracks "Always A Friend," "Sister Lost Soul," "People (We're Only Gonna Live So Long)," "Chelsea Hotel '78," and, of course, the Iggy Pop tribute "Real As An Animal."

The EP arrives Nov. 11, right smack in the middle of another extended Escovedo tour. Dates follow below:

- Memphis, Tenn. @ Hi-Tone Cafe
29 - San Antonio, Texas @ Majestic Theatre *
30 - Houston, Texas @ House of Blues *
31 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues *


1 - South Padre Island, Texas @ South Padre Island Festival
2 - Corpus Christi, Texas @ Concrete St. Amphitheater *
7 - Blacksburg, Va. @ Lyric Theatre
8 - Easton, Md. @ Avalon Theatre
9 - Alexandria, Va. @ Birchmere
11 - Boston, Mass. @ Museum of Fine Arts
12 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Cafe Live
13 - New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
15 - Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse
21 - Austin, Texas @ Antone's
22 - Austin, Texas @ Antone's

* w/ Los Lonely Boys

Related links:
Dear Diary: Alejandro Escovedo at the Democratic National Convention
Speed of Dark blog: Escovedo @ Austin City Limits
YouTube: Escovedo plays "Always A Friend" w/ The Boss

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