Entries tagged with: Tim Kinsella

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by Bill Pearis


Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.

Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.

Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.

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photo: Tim Kinsella w/ Owls in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Tim Kinsella

Tim Kinsella, who fronts (or fronted) Joan of Arc, Owls, Cap'n Jazz and more, has always stayed prolific (including his new position as Joyful Noise's 2015 Artist In Residence) and now he's getting ready to head out on his first solo tour in a while.

Tim comes to NYC on June 21 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon. The solo tour comes before he heads to the UK with Joan of Arc. All dates are listed below.

In (literally) related news, Tim's brother Mike's band American Football recently added more international dates to their reunion tour since we last spoke. Those are listed below.

In sadder news, Tim's bandmate Victor Villarreal was just in town over the weekend for two New York shows and unfortunately had his guitar stolen on Saturday.

Watch video of an older Tim Kinsella solo set, with the lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "Tim Kinsella playing US solo shows before Joan of Arc's European tour (dates)"

Tim Kinsella

Joyful Noise's 2015 "Artist In Residence" will be the influential Tim Kinsella of Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls and more. The announcement reads:

Throughout his 2015 residency, Tim will be creating a plethora of new music, words, and art, including 2 full-length albums on colored vinyl, a 10" EP, a 7", a book, & a surprise art object - all featuring screen-printed artwork, packaged inside a custom wooden box.

All vinyl releases will be pressed on colored vinyl, limited to 300 copies, featuring custom screen-printed jackets, and packaged inside a wooden screen-printed box set (which is numbered and signed by Tim Kinsella). Purchase also includes MP3 and WAV download of all recorded material, and then some.
One-time purchase includes quarterly shipments throughout the year. Items & download codes will be sent approximately every 3 months, with the first release scheduled for April. The limited edition vinyl will not be sold individually apart from the box set (though non-limited editions of some of the songs may be released at some point).

You can subscribe here.

Tim's only upcoming dates at the moment are part of The Joan of Arc Gang Chicago Residency this March, which includes sets from Joan of Arc, Owls, Owen (playing Dinosaur Jr) and more.

Watch a video of Tim performing with Owls during their 2014 reunion tour below...

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American Football tracking their LP back in the day (via Facebook)
American Football

American Football (the reunited emo band, not to be confused with Everywhere Else Football which much of the world is currently freaking out about) already announced four reunion dates including three sold-out Webster Hall shows in NYC and spot at Champaign, IL's Pygmalion Festival (tickets). And it looks like their reunion tour will continue to grow because two California shows have just been added too. An updated list of their dates can be found below.

Meanwhile, American Football singer Mike Kinsella will be in NYC sooner as the drummer on the Owls reunion tour, which hits Bowery Ballroom on July 11 with Hop Along and Glocca Morra (tickets). Mikes's brother Tim (who fronts Owls) will also get to New York a day ahead of that show to support his new novel, Let Go and Go On and On, with a night of readings on July 10 at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn (126 Franklin St). That event begins at 7 PM. Here's more on the book:

In Let Go and Go On and On the story of obscure actress Laurie Bird is told in a second-person narrative, blurring what little is known of her actual biography with her roles as a drifter in Two Lane Blacktop, a champion's wife in Cockfighter, and an aging rock star's Hollywood girlfriend in Annie Hall.

Laurie Bird's story unravels in a bathtub where she commits suicide at the age of 26, and Let Go and Go On and On draws on this very American story to explore our endless fascination with the Hollywood machine and the weirdness that is celebrity culture.

Owls, as well as Tim's other band Joan of Arc and Tim/Mike's other other band Cap'n Jazz, all had releases on Jade Tree which is planning to put out records "consistently again" and recently uploaded their entire catalog to bandcamp. So head there if you need some catchup on Cap'n Jazz, Owls or Joan of Arc, or maybe some non-Kinsella stuff like Denali.

And lastly, as discussed, right before the American Football shows at Webster Hall, Mike's solo project Owen plays The Studio at Webster Hall (10/9). Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated American Football dates are listed below...

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As mentioned, the ever-influential Kinsella family are reviving their Owls project for a new album this year, their first since their 2001 debut. Owls, whose lineup includes Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, Victor Villarreal, and Sam Zurick (all of whom were in Cap'n Jazz), have now revealed more details on that album: it's called Two and will be out on March 25 via Polyvinyl (pre-order). They've also revealed its first single, "I'm Surprised...," which you can stream, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.

No dates at the moment, but hopefully that will change soon. Stream below...

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Cap'n Jazz at Brooklyn Bowl in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)

It's been discussed, but now it's official. Owls, the band whose lineup included almost every member of influential emo vets Cap'n Jazz and released only their one self-titled album in 2001, have announced that they're returning in 2014 with a second album! No title or release date yet, but we know it will be out via Polyvinyl Records, and the band just posted a teaser video with a clip of some new music that you can hear below.

One of Mike Kinsella's other bands, Their/They're/There, just played NYC at Knitting Factory last night (12/19) as part of their tour with Birthmark and Mansions. That band put out two EPs this year and Mike also released a new Owen album this year.

Meanwhile, Tim Kinsella released a new Joan of Arc album this year, and Victor Villarreal has been focusing on his solo project lately.

Owls teaser video below...

Continue reading "Owls are back, releasing new album in 2014 (watch teaser)"

by Andrew Sacher

Mike Kinsella

Owen (aka Mike Kinsella) still hasn't announced anything regarding the new material he's promising, but he did just recently reveal that he's got a few Northeast dates scheduled for this March. None of them are in NYC but he'll be pretty close when he plays Hoboken's Maxwell's on March 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Mike and his brother/ex-Cap'n Jazz/Joan of Arc/Owls bandmate Tim Kinsella recently sat down together for Alarm Magazine's 'No Journalists Allowed' segment where they interviewed each other. It gets pretty funny when Mike asks Tim stuff like, "Do you feel your age?" and "Do you think that people think you're an asshole just because your music is challenging?" You can read the whole interview at Alarm's site.

A list of all dates and a video below...

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Tim Kinsella
Tim Kinsella

Joan of Arc, the primary project of Tim Kinsella, is set to release his/their gazillionth album on November 27 via Joyful Noise (not Polyvinyl, who released most of their recent output). The album is self titled but also known as Charlie Chaplin and The Elephant Man and is made up mostly of Tim's acoustic guitar and voice. You can get your first taste of the album by watching the video for "King Song," which premiered today on Noisey, below. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.

Tim will be taking the album on a solo tour where he plans to perform in various living rooms across the US. That tour hits Brooklyn on November 5 and Asbury Park on November 7. Exact living room locations TBA. Tickets for the whole tour are on sale now.

Tim's brother Mike, aka Owen, just announced some shows too.

A list of all Joan of Arc dates, cover art, tracklist and video are below.

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Cap'n Jazz reunited @ the Empty Bottle - Jan 2010 (DrLama)
Capn Jazz

While we wait patiently for Jelly to announce this summer's lineup of seven free Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront, one of which may be a July 25th Cap'n Jazz reunion day time show, tickets have gone on sale for a July 25th night time "Tim Kinsella" show at Maxwell's in Hoboken (thanks Keith).

In related news, you can download a soundboard recording of the above pictured reunion show, for free! Updated Cap'n Jazz dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Cap'n Jazz - Oh Messy Life (MP3)

Cap'n Jazz

Jade Tree is thrilled to announce that one of our most influential and popular titles, Cap'n Jazz's seminal discography Analphabetapolothology, will be released on vinyl for the very first time on June 15th. A little over ten years have passed since the original CD release and we are proud to give the record the proper full featured vinyl issue that it deserves. As Cap'n Jazz has grown in popularity, so has the demand for the anthology on vinyl and we are more than happy to combine our efforts to put together a package well worth the wait...

There is more. As you may have heard, Cap'n Jazz played a short surprise set in January. Well, the show went so well that the band has decided to reunite again, starting at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on July 17th with select dates soon to follow. This is a one time reunion and this summer will be your one chance to see the band live, so don't miss it. We'll see you there!

Video from that reunion show, which happened Friday, January 22nd as part of Joan of Arc's Don't Mind Control Variety Show at Chicago's Empty Bottle, is below. Time Out Chicago wrote of their four-song set: "Though the group's once-spastic youthful energy was slightly tempered with age, it was replaced with noticeably improved musicianship. Die-hard fans may have missed hallmarks of the group's heyday like Tim's trumpet honking, but the capacity audience didn't seem to mind the omission, opting instead to revel in the intense nostalgia of it all."

A track off the soon-to-be-on-vinyl Analphabetapolothology is above.Cap'n Jazz's next and only currently scheduled reunion show takes place July 17th at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago (same night and city as Pitchfork Music Fest). It's already sold out. Stay tuned for more dates to be announced including a show in NYC.

Joan of Arc, Tim Kinsella, put out Don't Mind Control on Polyvinyl in January. That album is "41+ members strong -- the Joan of Arc extended family comes together for 18 exclusive songs curated by Joan of Arc frontman Tim Kinsella. Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control features new songs by Tim Kinsella, Owen, Cale Parks, Vacations (ex-Chin Up Chin Up), Ghosts and Vodka (ex-Cap'n Jazz), Euphone, The Cairo Gang, and many more. All bands feature members who have played in Joan of Arc at one time or another."

Joan of Arc will be at SXSW for a show on Saturday, March 20th at Galaxy Room (formerly Radio Room).

Mike Kinsella also has upcoming shows as Owen; dates and videos are below...

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