Titus Andronicus sign to XL Recordings

XL Recordings, current home to Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, M.I.A., Ratatat, The White Stripes and others has just today announced the signing of relative unknown (except to those LivingEars frequenters), but totally awesome Titus Andronicus.

For those not familiar the band one might liken their sound to a lo-fi-punk-literary explosion of goodness with a tinge of Desaparecidos era Conor Oberst whine (Just don’t make that comparison in front of lead singer Patrick Stickles).

In all honesty the bands debut album, The Airing of Grievances is one of the best debuts I’ve heard all year and will most definitely be making its way into my top 10 favorite albums of the year. The album was released earlier this year via Troubleman Unlimited and will be seeing a much wider release in January 09 thanks to XL.

I’ve featured three of their songs in previous podcasts (check volumes 2 & 3, you may remember I was the only person in attendance at the bands SLC show, which is where I took the above picture) so check those and the songs below for proof of their greatness.

  •       Titus Andronicus - Waking Up Drunk (Spider Bags Cover

The one song that really sums Titus would be “Fear & Loathing in Mahwah, NJ” which you can grab over at Daytrotter along with 2 other songs. My favorite is “My Time Outside the Womb” which you can listen to in podcast volume two.

Lyrics to “Brueghel” and “Fear & Loathing” in the comments.

Congratulations Titus!


  1. LiquidHeaven says:

    Titus Andronicus – Upon Viewing Bruegel’s “Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus”
    I was born into self-actualization, I knew exactly who I was, but I never got my chance to be young, so when you lay me inside of a coffin, bury me on the side of the hill. That’s a good place to get some thinking done. It didn’t work out the way that I planned it. They all seem to want to take it away, everything that I thought to be true, so it’s obvious to me somebody, somewhere must have really done a number on you and I know because the fuckers got me too. All the pretty horses, all flowers and trees, they will all mean less than nothing when it all has come to be.

    God sent me a vision of the future in a dream on a Saturday night and I see no reason to celebrate, for when I saw it I wept like a child. It came to me like a knife in the chest. You and me and everyone, forever, to ache and ache and ache. So Father, if it’s possible, let this cup pass me by, but if it can’t without my drinking it, then thy will be done.

    Titus Andronicus – Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ
    Why do you do the things you’ve done
    and how dumb would you have to be
    to do them again like I know you’re going to?
    If you’re the poet you say you are and beauty’s in everything you see,
    then how can love exist in a world run by people like you?
    Because when there’s suffering, you’re there.
    From southern trees, you hang them in the air.
    The world screams out in agony and you don’t care,
    but should the shit hit the fan,
    I just pray you will not be spared.
    Fuck you.

    You took a heart with so much room for love
    and filled it with hatred and rage
    until there was nothing left but for it to shrivel up and die. People will tell you that if you don’t love your neighbor, then you don’t love God,
    but no god of mine would put light in such unrighteous eyes.
    Now the way we hold each other so tight
    would look more like a noose if held up to the light because we betray each other in dreams every night.
    Now let’s never speak of it again, all right?