High Places set some lofty goals for themselves on their new album, HIGH PLACES VS. MANKIND (Thrill Jockey, April 2010), but the cops almost thwarted their vaunted return to Brooklyn when they closed down Market Hotel a few days ago. Fortunately, the duo of Mary Pearson and Robert Barber, now based in Los Angeles, have found another venue for their New York album release show, heading to Bushwick’s rather makeshift Shea Stadium on April 8, on a bill with Soft Circle and Bow Ribbons. High Places’ sophomore full-length, the follow-up to its eponymously titled September 2008 debut, features ten songs built around creative percussion, mystical electronic loops, and simple but infectious keyboards, with Barber adding guitars and Pearson contributing dreamy vocals. After the Brooklyn show, High Places has two gigs in Massachusetts before heading to Europe and Scandinavia, where they’ll be playing such locales as Madrid, Milan, Zagreb, Antwerp, and Lisbon through May. In the meantime, we’re gonna head back into the new album and put “On a Hill in a Bed on a Road in a House” on repeat play.