You guys remember Joan of Arc? Basically — for me, anyway — the Kinsellas were like the Baldwins of literate emo: omnipresent, with disparate levels of talent. Odds are, you've either heard of Joan of Arc and all their side projects, precursors, related acts and offshoots — Cap'n Jazz, Owls, American Football, Ghosts and Vodka, Make Believe, et al. — or you haven't heard of any of them. Anyway, William Hooker remembers. He wrote a pick:
Joan of Arc formed as an uber-literate post-project of the short-lived but highly influential Cap’n Jazz, a band that improved the accessibility of emo by trading hardcore elements for hooks and melodies. With Joan of Arc, frontman Tim Kinsella pushed his artsy inclinations even further, fusing jazz, folk and post-rock while punning like a 21st century Oscar Wilde (the song titles “Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor” and “[I’m 5 Senses] None of Them Common” exemplify his predilection). Some consider their music pun-ishment (yuk yuk), and one reviewer described their catalog as “unlistenable faux-art.” The band, however, just released their 16th album, Life Like, and their earlier release Live in Chicago, 1999 is a unique, bohemian delight. To his critics, Kinsella may borrow one of Wilde’s own retorts: “When they say a work is grossly unintelligible, they mean that the artist has said or made a beautiful thing that is new.” —WILLIAM HOOKER
Well said, Hook. Cover is $10, and it's slated to kick off at 9 p.m. — but we all know how much those Kinsellas like to change time [signatures]! Yeah, yeah ... pretty shitty joke.