Matt Costa time travels on new LP, announces new tour dates

Mr. Pitiful is at it again. Despite playing sold-out shows for “Yo Gabba Gabba Live!,” working on a new Nick Drake documentary, and touring for two years behind Unfamiliar Faces, Matt Costa has announced that his third album in four years – Mobile Chateau – will hit store shelves and digital outlets on September 21st via Brushfire Records. A tracklist hasn’t been released and potential album art is nowhere to be found, but by the looks of recent press photos, Mobile Chateau looks to potentially sound like your dad’s dusty, musty, old yearbooks and journals.

Costa’s affection for old-folk acts like Donovan has been evident in his music since he released he released his debut LP – Songs We Sing – in 2006, but a press release says Mobile Chateau looks to delve even deeper into his admiration for the 1960’s psychedelic music of bands like the Zombies and the Electric Prunes. “I’ve always been drawn to that sound,” says Costa, “I’ve been hearing songs like these in my head for my whole life and [this record] is the closest I’ve gotten to getting the songs out of my head and onto a record.”

Still, getting those songs on tape was a solitary process. While the 28-year-old singer-songwriter tapped No Doubt’s Tom Dumont to produce his previous LPs and EPs, the Huntington Beach, CA native went at it alone for the recording of Mobile Chateau. He recorded the tracks at Pheasant Studios on Santa Ana, CA, and by the sound of a couple of studio sneak peeks, this self-produced affair looks to pick up where “Miss Magnolia”Unfamiliar Faces’ final track – left off. “Miracle Drug” features old-timey alternating bass notes and lyrics that read “cocaine like an aching heart/honey, why’d you start/all day you’re just looking for that miracle drug,” while “Mayor Harrison” sounds like the drunken soundtrack to a bar fight in the wild west.

If you’re interested, then Costa is giving away a track from Mobile Chateau in exchange for a Twitter or Facebook post, but you could always check out this video of him hammering out “Mayor Harrison” at Pheasant Studios if you don’t have the time. If you like what you hear, you can join in the fun at one of the tour dates below. Tickets are available via Costa’s website or

Matt Costa 2010 Tour Dates:
09/18 – Manasquan, NJ @ Algonquin Arts Theatre
10/07 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10/08 – Tempe, AZ @ The Club House Music
10/09 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubador
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/17 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/18 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar
10/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
10/20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/23 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
10/26 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
10/17 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
10/28 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/31 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Blub Theatre
11/01 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
11/03 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/04 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/07 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
11/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/10 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
11/11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft – Center Stage
11/13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
11/15 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
11/17 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room
11/18 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
11/19 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock


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