Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Kinsella Clan

Tim, Mike and Nate Kinsella make more music under so many bands names, I'm not sure if they know what band they're playing with on what day. Seriously, it's almost as confusticating as a soap-opera. That being said, if you're a fan of the family, then you've got a lot to be happy about right now. The trio have their various hands in a pair of albums that have come out recently.

The first album, which involves Mike and Tim, just came out yesterday and is the new one from Joan Of Arc, titled Boo Human. After the Orchard Vale Soundtrack, this album comes off as hum-drum ordinary top 40 in comparison. The group has returned to the avant-garde experimental style, but this time making it a little more digestible. Not ones to do anything by the book, they invited a whole slew of guest musicians to come in and work with them, or I should say, they posted a sign-up sheet and welcomed in whoever hopped on board. Supposedly the album was recorded in one week, and at times that's clearly evident (take for example the studio chatter that was left on the beginning of Laughter Reflected Back). The album retains a project-in-the-works kind of feel to it while still managing to feel complete.

The other album that Tim and Nate had a hand in, which came out last month, is from their band Make Believe. It's the group's third album, and at one point it seemed that Tim had bowed out for the family life. He didn't remain absent for long though, and you'll find him present on what became his 58th record, Going to the Bone Church. Unlike Joan of Arc, this line-up hits a little harder, and the texture of their material is a little more abrasive. There's still that element of unpredictability (try For Lauri Bird), but in the long run, this album will pump out a few more decibels.

So, chalk two more albums up under the family name. You can catch Mike and Tim together on tour, dates are listed below.

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Joan Of Arc Tour Dates

05.28 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
05.29 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
05.30 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05.31 Missoula, MT @ The Badlander
06.01 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
06.02 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
06.03 Portland, OR @ Holocene
06.05 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
06.06 @ Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
06.08 Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace
06.09 La Jolla, CA @ Che Cafe Collective
06.10 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
06.12 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
06.13 Fort Worth, TX @ Lola's
06.14 Tulsa, OK @ Continental
07.26 Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park
07.27 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

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