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May 25, 2006

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hile Jade Tree digitally re-released Pedro The Lion's Tour EP 2004 earlier this month, the recently broken-up band's two members have new projects of their own on the way.

David Bazan is releasing a solo EP titled Fewer Moving Parts on June 13. Two different versions of five Bazan songs will be on the EP — one acoustic and one with full instrumentation. "Backwoods Nation" is the only track that's been previously released, having appeared on the Jade Tree compilation, Location Is Everything Vol. 1.

Bazan performed and recorded Fewer Moving Parts by himself in his home studio and former Low bassist turned graphic novelist Zak Sally provided the artwork. The album is available for pre-order now through Bazan's website and will also be sold on tour.

Bazan will make two stops in Canada during his upcoming solo tour: June 17 at Toronto's Music Gallery and June 18 at Montreal's Mile End Cultural Centre.

Before returning to the studio to work on a full-length solo release that's tentatively scheduled for a spring 2007 release, Bazan will tour with his electronic project Headphones and the recently formed collective, Undertow Orchestra. Headphones, which consists of Bazan and drummer Frank Lenz, has released one self-titled album and will be playing some dates in the U.S. this summer.

The Undertow Orchestra — made up of Bazan, Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel of American Music Club and Centro-matic's Will Johnson and Scott Danbom — will tour Europe in June.

Pedro The Lion's other half, TM Walsh, will release his own EP under the band name The Soft Drugs on his new Tower Of Song Label. The Soft Drugs In Moderation includes guest contributions from Bazan, members of Crystal Skulls and Sufjan Stevens' band. It's available for pre-order through Walsh's MySpace site, where MP3 samples can also be found. It should also be available for purchase from iTunes as of June 6.

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