Jay Brannan Announces New EP Of Cover Songs, 'Around The World In 80 Jays' (Sept 3); Features Nine Songs In Six Different Languages To Launch World Tour

Singer/songwriter Jay Brannan has announced plans to release a new covers EP, aptly titled Around The World In 80 Jays, on September 3, 2013. The EP is an acoustic collection of nine cover songs performed in six different languages. The EP begins with Sinead O’Connor’s “Black Boys On Mopeds” in English, followed by Selena’s hit Spanish single “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” From there, the listener is taken on a world voyage through Germany, France, Brazil and Italy. The EP wraps in English with a cover of the Patty Griffin-written, Dixie Chicks-performed folk song “Top of the World.”

In conjunction with the EP’s release, Jay has also announced fall world tour plans, starting with two shows in his home of New York City at Joe’s Pub on Friday, September 6 and Saturday September 7. Though Jay has captivated fans with his special blend of sweet and sad folk songs peppered with a healthy dose of cynical humor, his live audiences have also come to anticipate witty musings on daily life and an array of potential cover songs, ranging from Joni Mitchell to Nicki Minaj.


Jay has toured the world multiple times over since he started writing and recording music in 2006, and it’s these travels and a genuine interest and love of language that inspired the new EP. “One of my favorite things to do is learn a cover song in the language of the place I'm visiting. Audiences seem to really appreciate hearing you try to sing in their native language, even if you do a terrible job of it,” Jay laughs. “Truthfully I've always been fascinated by language. I’m still only conversational in English, but I've taken lessons in several different languages, and dream of being fluent in at least one other language someday.”

Jay first appeared as an actor in John Cameron Mitchell's indie film sensation Shortbus, in which his original song "Soda Shop" was the highest selling song on the film's soundtrack (released by Bright Eyes' Team Love Records). From there, Brannan released a string of albums, all of which topped the iTunes Singer/Songwriter & Billboard Heatseekers charts: goddamned, produced by Will Golden (Meiko, Michelle Branch); In Living Cover, a collection of 2 originals & 7 covers, recorded from a bedroom in his friend's apartment in Brooklyn; and his most recent album, Rob Me Blind, produced by the legendary David Kahne (Regina Spektor, The Bangles, Paul McCartney).

Brannan is simultaneously writing & recording his next album of originals, and will be previewing some of the new material at limited engagements this fall.

Tour dates (more worldwide dates to be added in the coming weeks):

Wed, July 17 Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
Thur, July 18 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Fri, Sept 6 New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub (album release show)
Sat, Sept 7 New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub (album release show)
Sat, Sept 14 Dublin, IE @ The Sugar Club
Mon, Sept 16 London, UK @ Borderline
Tues, Sept 17 Manchester, UK @ Night & Day
Fri, Sept 20 Paris, FR @ Sentier des Halles
Sat, Sept 21 Paris, FR @ Sentier des Halles
Thur, Sept 26 Köln, DE @ Luxor
Mon, Sept 30 Berlin, DE @ Roter Salon

Around The World In 80 Jays track listing:

1. “Black Boys On Mopeds” – Sinead O’Connor (English)
2. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” – Selena (Spanish)
3. “Du hast den schönsten Arsch der Welt” – Alex C. (German)
4. “Les poèmes de Michelle” – Teri Moïse (French)
5. “Nesta Rua” – Traditional Brazilian Folk Song (Portuguese)
6. “Eppure Sentire” – Elisa (Italian)
7. “Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye (English)
8. “Llorando” – Rebekah Del Rio (Spanish translation of Roy Orbison’s “Crying”)
9. “Top of the World” – Dixie Chicks/Patty Griffin (English)

Press contact: 

Danielle Romeo | romeo@nettwerk.com