Like a fine wine, Joan of Arc get better with age; unlike a fine wine, Joan of Arc go on tour

Like a fine wine, Joan of Arc get better with age; unlike a fine wine, Joan of Arc go on tour

Say what you will about Joan of Arc, but those guys have kept it going. Fifteen years in the business of experimental rock with a short breakup as their only real hiccup. Even with the ongoing reunion of frontman Tim Kinsella’s original band, Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc are still going strong with a lengthy fall tour. And while they haven’t quite been on it enough to release a new record this year, they do have a new 7-inch called Meaningful Work coming out. It’s a release that finds the band concerned with themes of money, environmental devastation, and economic collapse. Sounds peppy!

Joan of Arc dates:

10.27.10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
10.28.10 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
10.29.10 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.30.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
10.31.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall
11.02.10 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
11.03.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
11.17.10 - Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik *
11.18.10 - Brussels, Belgium - VUB-KK *
11.19.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - ACU *
11.21.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang Ticket *
11.22.10 - Berlin, Germany - Bang Bang Club *
11.23.10 - Dresden, Germany - AZ Conni *
11.24.10 - Nurnberg, Germany - K4 *
11.25.10 - Wien, Austria - Arena *
11.26.10 - Graz, Austria - Forum Stadtpark *
11.27.10 - Milano, Italy - Leoncavallo *
11.28.10 - Roma, Italy - Init Club *
11.29.10 - Pescara, Italy - Mono Spazio Bar *
11.30.10 - Umbertide, Italy - Cinema Metropoli *
12.01.10 - Genova, Italy - La Claque / Teatro della Tosse *
12.02.10 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn *
12.04.10 - Würzburg, Germany - Cafe Cairo *
12.05.10 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlacthof *

• Joan of Arc:

Andrew Bird releases instrumental album, leading thousands to wonder if whistling is considered “instrumental” or “vocal”

If you’re the proprietor of a coffee shop, you probably went all-out and bought the deluxe edition of Andrew Bird’s 2009 album Noble Beast (TMT Review), just for the bonus disc of latte-companion instrumental music titled Useless Creatures that came along with it.

But for everyone else that thought that Useless Creatures was just the most clever title for an ancillary collection of non-essential junkers since The Shitty Beatles, Andrew Bird’s got a surprise for you. On October 25, Fat Possum (and Bella Union in the UK) is releasing said album on its own for the first time, thereby elevating the thing from “throwaway sketchbook tracked with his buddies” to “ambient experimental record featuring Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and jazz-trained bassist Todd Sickafoose.” So we all have to run out and reckon with it this new way now, I think. Sorry, coffee shop proprietors.

Bird is also playing more than a handful of shows before the year is out, including a few European dates and several solo US winter dates, once again based around the Dutch concept of Gezelligheid. Yes, he’s done this before. Why? Because re-contextualizing things is what artists DO, man.


10.07.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
10.09.10 - Puerto de Sta Maria, Spain - Monkey Week Festival
10.14.10 - Granada, Spain - Teatro Isidoro Maiquez
10.19.10 - Rome, Italy - Parco Della Musica
12.06.10 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue
12.07.10 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue
12.10.10 - Boston, MA - Converse Hall at Tremont Temple
12.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Fourth Presbyterian Church
12.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Fourth Presbyterian Church

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• Fat Possum:
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[Photo: Cameron Wittig]

The Soft Boys make themselves relevant again, and by relevant I mean they reissue their best album

What does an aging critically-acclaimed musician/band do when their time in the sun is long past but still want to be relevant? Well, they could go on a reunion tour, do something tragic to force fans to think about the good days (suicide is a good example), or do what most bands do: reissue a great album.

That’s just what The Soft Boys are doing, as Underwater Moonlight is going back to the presses! The album (which falls into the category “Great Albums That Had Influence But, Strangely Enough, Not Many Listeners,” along with company like Big Star) will once again see the light of day with the helping hands of Yep Roc. This time around, Underwater Moonlight will be reissued in its 10-song original format on both CD and 180 gram vinyl.

The bonus material included on past reissues, which took up the majority of space, will only be available as digital downloads, but the big news of this reissue is the fact that this is the first time that the original form of the album has been reissued on LP, ever. And because The Soft Boys know that the true worth of an artist is based on their entire catalog and not just one release, they’ve also announced the reissue of their first release, A Can of Bees. Similar to Underwater Moonlight, the album will be available on both CD and LP (this being the first time that the album has been repressed to vinyl) and will feature downloadable bonus tracks.

On a side note: did you know that The Soft Boys’ guitarist, Kimberley Rew, wrote “Walking on Sunshine” for Katrina and the Waves? I hate that song, but it makes me so happy!

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Minus the Bear is a band who some people like and some people don’t and who is touring this fall and that’s about it, okay?

Alright, kids. Why even screw around here when it comes to a veteran band like Minus the Bear? At this point, you either like them, or you don’t, right? I mean, I could do some sort of tie-in to their latest album, Omni, released this past spring on Dangerbird; but even that seems to matter little. You’ve either got it already, or you don’t really give a shit.

Or, I guess I could mention that they’re touring the U.S. this fall, followed by a bunch of European dates opening for Jimmy Eat World. But… let’s face it, is it really doing Minus the Bear any good to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jimmy Eat World? Not around these parts, it ain’t.

Well, it seems as though the least I could do is list the dates for you below, though even that seems kinda arbitrary to me. You’re either “so totally going,” or you’re not even reading this. Right? Right. But, hey, now that I think about it, I guess I can say one thing definitively about Minus the Bear: they are a band who is touring this fall. Yup. Sure as shootin’.


09.30.10 - Seattle, WA - Pablove Foundation Benefit @ The Crocodile
10.16.10 - Mexico City, MX - Festival Corona Capital
10.18.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
10.19.10 - San Francisco, CA - Regency
10.20.10 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brew
10.21.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
10.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10.23.10 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10.24.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
10.25.10 - Lubbock, TX - Jake’s
10.26.10 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
10.27.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
10.28.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.29.10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.31.10 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Festival
11.03.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg *
11.04.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique *
11.05.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks *
11.07.10 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk *
11.08.10 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys *
11.09.10 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle *
11.13.10 - Norwich, UK - UEA *
11.14.10 - Bristol, UK - Academy *
11.17.10 - Belfast, Ireland - St. George’s Market *
11.18.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Tripod *
11.19.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands *
11.21.10 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute *
11.22.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy *
11.23.10 - London, UK - Brixton Academy *

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[Photo: Erin Tate]

John Vanderslice releases a new digital EP? Guess it must be my birthday!

Shucks, John Vanderslice, mighty thoughtful of you to put out a new digital EP for free. And just for my birthday, you ol’ dog! Granted, my birthday is in March, so I might be misinterpreting things just a bit. Whatever the case may be, the veteran indie-pop songwriter is giving the people of the world Green Grow the Rushes, a brand-new digital EP follow-up to 2009’s Romanian Names (TMT Review). The whole affair is available over at Vanderslice’s website and comes in both 320 kbps MP3 and uncompressed WAV formats. It even comes with artwork and a lyrics/credits sheet! Now, if only there were a handful of Vanderslice live dates in the near future. Wait, there are. Nevermind.

Green Grow the Rushes tracklist:

01. Thule Fog
02. I’ll Never Live Up to You
03. Pony Express
04. Streetlights
05. Lay Down
06. Penthouse Window

John Vanderslice dates:

10.19.10 - Philadelpia, PA - Tin Angel
10.20.10 - Washington, DC - The Rock and Roll Hotel
10.21.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10.23.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Entertainment Group

• John Vanderslice:

The Legendary Pink Dots are still alive and releasing stuff

The Legendary Pink Dots are, in many ways, a very unforgiving band. Unforgiving in their stark, haunting lyricism. Unforgiving in their dense, post-industrial rhythmic onslaughts. Entirely and especially unforgiving in their approach to recording and touring over the past 30 years. This trend will now be even more exaggerated with the impending release of Seconds Late for the Brighton Line, the band’s 40th-something release (if you count all the CD-Rs and such).

The album is set to be regurgitated onto the populace on October 5 via ROIR, with the first 500 CDs displaying a deluxe cover, and the double-vinyl version sporting a bonus side. They, being the super (or non)-humans that they are, are of course running through the states too beginning October 15. As many of you LPD heads are well aware, longtime band members Neils Van Hoorn and Martjn have departed, forcing the band to bring on some guest players for this upcoming tour. Let that be no reason to think that they won’t bring the pain, because I can assure you they will.

Seconds Late for the Brighton Line:

01. Russian Roulette
02. Endless Time
03. Leap of Faith
04. Radiation Day
05. Gods and Machines
06. No Star Too Far
07. Someday
08. Hauptbahnhof 20:10
09. Ascension

30th Anniversary dates:

10.15.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
10.16.10 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
10.18.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
10.19.10 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
10.21.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
10.22.10 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
10.23.10 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Café
10.24.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.25.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.26.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10.28.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
10.29.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10.30.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
11.01.10 - Philadelphia, PA - M Room
11.02.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Café
11.03.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.04.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11.05.10 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Theatre
11.06.10 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
11.09.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
11.10.10 - Austin, TX - Elyslum
11.14.10 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Rhythm Room
11.15.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11.16.10 - Echo Park, CA - Echoplex
11.17.10 - Hermosa Beach, CA - Sainte Rocke
11.18.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Detroit Bar
11.19.10 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
11.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
11.22.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

• The Legendary Pink Dots: