The year 1999 sees The Ex touring all over Europe and the U.S. In February, The Ex play New York and Houston, and then tour the U.S. West together with Fugazi. Back in Europe they tour Germany, followed by the release of the joint Tortoise/The Ex collaboration for the In The Fishtank series, a special studio & recording project of music-company Konkurrent, who are The Ex’ distributors.
At the end of May The Ex celebrate their 20th anniversary at a sold-out Paradiso (The Netherlands’ number one club stage) in Amsterdam, where they invite artists such as Steve Albini’s Shellac (check out his comment on The Ex below), De Kift, Kamagurka & Herr Seele, and Eritrean vocal legend Tsehaytu Beraki. The week after, they tour Scandinavia together with Shellac. In October they tour Italy for the first time in 12 years, followed by Hungary and three shows in a row (with special guests) at Instant Chavirés in Paris, France. In December The Ex head back to the U.S. to tour the East coast, once again with Fugazi.