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Deleted Scenes Signs to Park the Van Records

Deleted Scenes seems to sing a lot about getting used to being uncomfortable, but it looks like circumstances have finally lined up to make life a little easier for one of the hardest working bands in D.C. indie rock. The group recently signed to mid-sized indie label Park the Van, a New Orleans-based company whose roster has included groups like Dr. Dog, The Spinto Band, and Generationals.

Coming up next for the arty, genre-tweaking mope-rockers: a CD and digital rerelease of Deleted Scenes' 2011 sophomore full-length, Young People's Church of the Air, that'll include some bonus tracks and remixes. Local label Sockets will remain the release's vinyl distributor. (Perhaps one of the new tracks will be the vaguely Occupy-themed song that frontman Dan Scheuerman performed at a Sockets listening party in January?)

For years, Deleted Scenes undertook much of the business of being a band themselves—including the booking of U.S. tours—even as their profile in the District rose and they achieved scattered national acclaim. Over the last year, a new booking agent led to new management and now a new label. The hope is to release another Deleted Scenes album in 2013, says bassist Matt Dowling, and now the band has the space to focus primarily on its artistic activities. "We realized that everything is out of our hands," he says of the band's career aspirations. "Now we're in more capable hands."

You can listen to some of Young People's Church of the Air on Bandcamp. On Arts Desk, Ryan Little and I both included Deleted Scenes in our lists of the best songs of 2011. And Ally Schweitzer reviewed the album when it dropped in September. The band's next local show is April 20 at Comet Ping Pong, along with two other Arts Desk favorites, Cigarette and The Caribbean.

Here's Deleted Scenes performing recently for Audiotree in Chicago:

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