James Chance and the Contortions to release new album Incorrigible! possibly by the time you’ve read this, but shhh!

James Chance and the Contortions to release new album Incorrigible! possibly by the time you've read this, but shhh!

The French have been entirely too preoccupied with giving President Nicolas Sarkozy the figurative boot to his derrière lately. It’s one thing to wax poetic about the dangers of economic austerity in the midst of a crisis; it’s quite another to let that concern for the future of your country prevent you from informing your English-speaking friends around the world about a brand new release from one of the most well-known bands to represent New York’s No Wave scene during the late 1970s.

Actually, who knows what their rationale is, but here are the facts: on May 9 (this week), James Chance and the Contortions are releasing Incorrigible!, a full-length follow-up to their EP of the same name released back in 2010, and their first album in more than a decade. Why the short notice? It seems that the French promotional company that works with James Chance has focused their efforts entirely inside their home country. At the time of writing, a quick Google search reveals that there is almost zero information about this album written in English. We didn’t receive a press release; instead, we’ve had to rely on the skills of our in-house French translator, Chaton, to decipher pages like this one. It’s about time Chaton put in some work around here. He’s always laying about and obsessively cleaning himself.

Curiously, according to its listing on Rate Your Music, Incorrigible! also, apparently, received a promotional release way back in November. So much for the “promotional” aspect, I guess. The album itself was recorded between Rennes, France, and New York during the summer and fall of 2011. Also, you can preview the entire album for free here, which is good, since it looks like the initial release will be limited to Europe and Japan. The whole thing sounds pretty jazzy.

Incorrigible! tracklisting:

01. Dislocation
02. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
03. The Splurge
04. It Depends on the Amount
05. Pull the Plug
06. Yesterdays
07. Oz
08. Terminal City
09. Incorrigible

• James Chance and the Contortions: http://www.facebook.com/james.chance.and.les.contortions.incorrigible
• LADTK: http://www.ladtk.com

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