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TEXICALI RELEASE DAY!

June 5, 2012 by User 27 Comments

Today is the day!! Texicali, a four track digital collection from ZZ Top that offers the first new studio recordings from “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” in nine years, is available nowThe four new songs, available from iTunes and all digital retail outlets, offer a preview of the group’s full-length album, as yet untitled, that will be released on American Recordings late this summer or early fall. Those purchasing the four songs will benefit from a pro-rated discount on the purchase of the full album when it is released.

The four tracks that comprise Texicali, like the forthcoming album, were produced by Rick Rubin and the band’s Billy F Gibbons and include “I Gotsta Get Paid,” “Chartreuse,” “Over You” and “Consumption.” The first of these is heard in a just-launched campaign for the Jeremiah Weed line of malt beverages that has generated tremendous on-line buzz for the video (youtube.com/jeremiahweed) that depicts Billy, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard performing -- to the delight and amazement of the patrons of a convenience store -- in a walk-in cooler. “I Gotsta Get Paid,” based on the underground 1990s rap song “25 Lighters,” is also heard on the soundtrack to the international box office hit Battleship. The title of the collection is a reference to the locations where the album was recorded. founding of ZZ Top more than 42 years ago and an acknowledgement that the band’s line-up has remained constant ever since.

“Based on the visibility of the ‘Gotsta Get Paid’ song, we decided to make available more of a taste of the album than just the one song,” said American’s Rubin. “That’s the beauty of the new digital landscape; we can put out what we want when we want, in the best service of the artist.”

Notes Gibbons, “We were itching to get some new music out before the full album release; making available these four tracks seems like a good way to accomplish that most expeditiously. Dusty, Frank and I are happy with what’s been accomplished in the studio so we figured we’d provide some hot and tasty ‘hors d’oeuvres’ before the main course is served this fall.”

The band embarks this week as the headliner for a six-week “Gang of Outlaws” tour that includes bills shared with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson. Thereafter, ZZ Top departs for Europe where they will be playing concert and festival dates in Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Norway in July. Additional North American dates are planned for August and September. All of this activity underscores the fact that ZZ Top continues as a vital force in music today, more than 42 years after its founding and with its ever-enduring line up totally intact.

  1. stratblu3s avatar

    i'd definatily buy it, if sold international (vinyl preferred) at least on cd. crap digital stuff. good music requires a good container

  2. Trillbrill avatar

    Love being n America! Texas made Dallas raised w 25 lighters

  3. Squally avatar

    Today, it's avaiable on Itunes Belgium.

  4. Steve CANT avatar

    Phantom Top tunes!! Like other European fans I'm very disappointed not to be able to download the new EP. Why send out emails to fans promoting the new stuff when it is not really available?

  5. ZZ_Loco avatar

    Spaceship Baby, I'm lovin the new tunes :)))

  6. Magnus Allguren avatar

    I have been waiting for this moment to come for the last 30 years! If this is how the rest of the album will sound, I think it'll be the best album since 1979! I just LOVE the song Over You, that really takes you back to Rio Grande or Tres Hombres! Good job, Boys!

  7. ZZSeeker avatar

    THANKS FOR -NOTHING- YOU OLD FARTS.

    YOUR EX-FAN FROM FINLAND

  8. mkzz avatar

    If you announce in the world wide web, live up to it and release to the world.
    There is a world east of the US East Cost and west of the US West Coast....

    At least amazon.com now says they'll have it starting June 12, maybe they are better in transferring this to their non*.com business units than iTunes.....if you didn't know, people without an US-itunes idea can not buy in the US store.

  9. mkzz avatar

    [...]...The four new songs, available from iTunes and all digital retail outlets...[...]

    And your marketing and sales management is great! Man, what a joke......

  10. brunozz avatar

    mauvaise nouvelle effectivement, au moins je ne suis pas le seul français a le déplorer lol, armons nous de patience la sortie de l'album n'en sera peut être que meilleure (et puis ça va peut etre finir par arriver sur le itunes français qui sait ....)

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