We’re happy to announce that Joe will be playing one last show in Austin this year….joining Ben Kweller at the Continental Club on Thursday, October 4th. Ben will hit the stage at 10pm, and Joe will play at midnight. This show will sell out, so advance tickets are heavily recommended. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.
We are deeply proud to present you with our new album, The Great Despiser. If you ever bought a ticket to a show or stood in line to shake hands afterwards as the bartenders put chairs on tables or sat a friend down to demand they listen to one of our songs- then you contributed to its making. We’re grateful for your support, as always.
Yours in music,
Today we’re releasing a live album recorded at Lincoln Hall in Chicago last spring. It’s seventeen songs- from Nation of Heat, In the Meantime, and Messenger- played with the band to our hometown crowd. Our live show has defined us for the last three years. If you subscribe to these emails, there’s a good chance you’ve caught one yourself. So we had the whole night properly mixed and mastered, and we’re offering it up at our website for only for 5 bucks.
In a few months we’ll release our next studio album, The Great Despiser. There are plenty of new songs to come, plenty of new shows to be played, and a whole new chapter that we look forward to in its due time. But it’s been quite a wait since the last album, so here is Live at Lincoln Hall. It’s what I consider to be a proper document of our last three years. Damn it’s been fun.
Yrs in music,
1. Nobody’s Man
2. Lock the Door Christina
3. I Do My Father’s Drugs
5. In The Meantime
6. Unsophisticated Heart
7. How Good You Are
8. The Door Was Always Open
9. Disguised As Someone Else
10. Hymn #101
11. Deep Dark Wells
12. Hymn #35
13. Call It What You Will
14. Nation of Heat
15. Speak Plainly Diana
16. Leave Ruin (Strand of Oaks)
17. Dodging The Wind
For any of you who aren’t on the mailing list, here is the August newsletter:
Thanks to everyone who caught a show on our epic, two-month sojourn across the country this spring. Your support and appreciation helped us through the marathon.
I’m pleased to let you know that we just finished recording a new album. We had the great fortune of spending the last few weeks with producer Brian Deck in Chicago. I can’t wait for you to hear the fruits of our labor. We’re not sure of the exact release date yet, but we have some good surprises in store until then. More on that in next month’s newsletter.
Meanwhile, see below for a few things we’ve been up to, including some free music, a new video, and some fantastic photos of the last tour.
There’s a few festivals on our upcoming calendar, and a string of shows in the pacific northwest in September. I’ll also be playing in Austin, TX this weekend. Maybe we’ll see you there.
Thanks, as always, for your support.
Video for Speak Plainly Diana
Check out the new video for Speak Plainly, Diana, which we put together with footage we shot over the last year. It’s not a very glitzy affair, but a good snapshot of our life on the road.
If you weren’t able to catch the last tour, someone was good enough to record the show in Chapel Hill from April 11th. You can listen to the whole thing, and download it for free here.
Jim Bennett Photos
One of our favorite photographers, Jim Bennett, came out to shoot the Seattle show in May, and captured some great behind the scenes stuff, along with some gorgeous shots from the show itself. Take a peek at them here.
We’re now completely up and running on the new facebook page. Check it out, and “like” the page to keep up with the latest.
8/13 Austin, TX –Threadgills
8/26 Woodstock, VT–Suicide Six (supporting Levon Helm)
8/27, 8/28–Ottawa, ON–Ottawa Folk Fest
9/4 Seattle, WA–Bumbershoot
9/5 Bellingham, WA–The Green Frog
9/7 Spokane, WA–The A Club
9/9 Portland, OR–Music Fest NW @ The Aladdin (supporting Horse Feathers)
9/10, 9/11 Sisters, OR–Sisters Folk Festival
10/13 Houston, TX–The Mucky Duck
10/14 Utopia, TX–Utopia Music Festival
10/17 Burlington, VT–Higher Ground w/ The Low Anthem
10/21 Boston, MA–Somerville Theater w/ The Low Anthem
We’re very excited to have Strand of Oaks joining us for the spring tour this year. As a way to whet your appetite a bit, we each took a turn covering a song by the other. I recorded a song called “End in Flames”, and Strand of Oaks covered “Hymn #101”. You can download both for free below. Hope you enjoy the songs, and look forward to seeing everyone soon!