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.

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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!