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Joan of Arc, Tim Kinsella's Esoteric Indie Enterprise, Unveils Brief Fall U.S. Tour

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Aug 30, 2016 10:58 AM EDT | Philip Trapp

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Joan of Arc, ca. 2000 (Photo : Andy Mueller/The Quiet Life, exclusively provided from photographer's archives)

Artist Tim Kinsella's longstanding Joan of Arc outfit are embarking on a short U.S. tour this fall. As reported by BrooklynVegan, the brief jaunt stays mostly within the region of Kinsella and company's Midwestern base of Chicago before ending up at New York City's Knitting Factory in October. See the list of show dates below.

Joan of Arc's most recent full-length album, Testimonium Songs, was released in 2013. Since then, Kinsella has been keeping busy with other projects like his recently-reactivated Owls quartet and experimental one-off recordings such as Tim Kinsella Sings the Songs of Marvin Tate featuring former Wilco sideman Leroy Bach and up-and-coming indie songstress Angel Olsen.

As we previously reported, Joan of Arc's watershed 2000 album, The Gap, remains the band's high point of abstruse jazz-rock and acousmatic experimentation. Never one to rest on his laurels, Kinsella told The A.V. Club that he now hardly identifies with such distant works like The Gap or his early material as Cap'n Jazz:

"I'll meet people who have responded deeply to something I've done eight or 12 years ago that's totally foreign to me now. I don't know if they want me to high-five them or if they want me to grab them by their ears and sing Cap'n Jazz lyrics."

Regardless, Kinsella has endured as a prolific recording and touring artist for over 20 years. In an interview with The Quietus, Tim told the publication that he and his band members soldier on despite seeming disadvantages like their trifling income and broken musical equipment:

"[M]ost of us have lifestyles that aren't very common to people of our ages. Like, we all kinda live on a lot less money. Nobody would ever confuse any of us for middle class, y'know? Like sometimes I just look at the equipment that other bands have and I just think, where do you possibly get the money for that equipment?"

Joan of Arc tour dates:
09/24
: Champaign, Illinois @ Pygmalion Festival
09/25
: Cincinnati, Ohio @ Midpoint Music Festival
10/01: Chicago, Illinois @ Chicago Cultural Association
10/07: Brookyln, New York @ Knitting Factory

Below, listen to "Questioning Benjamin Franklin's Ghost" from Joan of Arc's seventh album, Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain..., released in 2004.

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