The Philistines Jr. to Release Compilation Featuring Covers, Remixes of Their Songs

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Connecticut-based indie-rock band The Philistines Jr. may not appear to be a big name in the music scene, but they have more clout than most realize: Drummer Adam Pearce helms the group Mice Parade, while bandleader Peter Katis has produced for big-name acts like The National, Frightened Rabbit and Jónsi.

To demonstrate the pull they have in the scene, the trio’s new project, If a Lot of Bands Play in the Woods…., enlists the help of nearly 20 different acts, including the aforementioned artists plus other well-known bands with whom Katis has worked in the past (Mercury Rev, Mates of State, Tokyo Police Club, etc.). Each artist was tasked with covering or remixing a Philistines Jr. song from their 2010 album, If a Band Plays in the Woods…?, which the group released after a nine-year hiatus.

To coincide with the compilation’s release, The Philistines Jr. will play a New York City show at Arlene’s Grocery on Oct. 29—their first show in the city since opening for The National in 2007.

View the tracklist for If a Lot of Bands Play in the Woods…. and sample The National’s cover of “Twenty Miles to NH (Part 2)” below:

1. ”(Set List Title: Cableguy)” — The Kissaway Trail
2. “Bushaltestelle (The Bus Stop Song)” — Locas in Love
3. “B” — Jónsi & Alex
4. “Tarquin’s Half-Assed Mission Statement” — Mates of State 
5. “If I Did Nothing but Train for Two Years, I Bet I Could Be in the Olympics” — Dazzled Kid
6. “Hell, No! We Won’t Go!” — We Were Promised Jetpacks 
7. “My Brother Tom, the Green Beret” — Frightened Rabbit 
8. “Twenty Miles to NH (Part 1)” — Dewanatron
9. “Twenty Miles to NH (Part 2)” — The National
10. “Working Title: The Mob Song” — Nico Muhly
11. “If a Band Plays in the Woods…?” — Tapes ‘n Tapes
12. “A Trip Down the Rooster River” — Mice Parade
13. “The End of the World, Again” — Mercury Rev
14. ”(Set List Title: Cableguy)” — The Mommyheads
15. “The Bus Stop Song” — James Kochalka Superstar
16. “B” — Oneida
17. “Working Title: The Mob Song” — Golden Bloom
18. ”(Set List Title: Cableguy)” — Tokyo Police Club 
19. “The End of the World, Again” — Doveman

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