Hamilton Leithauser has announced a new live album. Live! at Cafe Carlyle is out September 4 on Glassnote Records. The album collects 10 recordings made during Leithauser’s annual residency at the iconic New York City Cafe Carlyle. It includes covers of Lana Del Rey’s “The Greatest,” Big Thief’s “Not,” and Randy Newman’s “Miami.” He’ll livestream a ticketed performance at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York on September 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The Cafe Carlyle shows ended up being his only public live performances in 2020. “I’m glad I recorded one of them,” he said. “I found the tapes a few months later during this quarantine, and realized I wanted to share a bunch of them with a wider audience. The band was awesome, and it’s the closest thing to playing live I have right now, so it really was a fun thing to put together. I’ve only ever played most of these songs 4-5 times, so we were really still learning them that night. Playing live is such a big part of my life, and I don’t know when I’ll actually be able to do it again, so in the meantime, I hope this record might transport the listener for 30 minutes to a small, candle-lit cafe table in an overcrowded room while my band is ripping it up.”