Hospitality – “Friends Of Friends” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Class of ’09 BTW Hospitality didn’t rush out an album upon first internet mention, and that uncommon patience has paid off: the NYC trio landed an enviable slot on Merge Records’ roster last year, and will release their debut LP next week. To celebrate that, their first single “Friends Of Friends” has a video directed by Scott Jacobson starring some comedic notables that have been on our pages a bit of late: The lead role of the jilted girlfriend who finds peace in NYC is played by Alia Shawkat, aka Arrested Development’s Maeby Fünke, who just released her cover of “Wicked Games” with Rewards. And opposite Alia is’s own Gabe Delahaye, who plays a handsome man who is also a dick, a role for which Gabe has been preparing all his life. Just kidding Gabe is very nice! (Full disclosure: I have emailed with Gabe IRL. Jealous?) Gabe, too, was just on our page, for his role starring as a Real Estate’s street-teamers in the “Easy” video. He was a very nice guy in that video also. Additionally popping up in this clip is the comedian Kurt Braunohler, and the band Hospitality. You may view this, as well as some new Hospitality tour dates, below:

Take it:
Hospitality – “Friends Of Friends”

Tour dates:
02/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery (Record Release Show)
02/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall+ (Noise Pop)
02/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour+
02/29 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern*
03/02 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
03/03 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
03/04 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
03/09 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
03/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl*
03/11 – Orlando, FL @ Orange You Glad Festival

+with Archers of Loaf
*with Tennis

Hospitality is out 1/31 via Merge. Business plan for Stereogum ’12: Have Gabe star in all the music videos, get all the premieres. So far so good.