July 8th, 2011
Hello fans of JoCo news item updates! Here are some for you.
Artificial Heart (the new record):
Waiting on the mastering folks right now, but it’s done from my end of things. Shooting for a release date roundabout the end of August/beginning of September, but waiting for a couple of last minute things to happen before I announce any actual date. I’m really excited about it – working with Flansburgh was fantastic fun and incredibly fruitful. I think you guys are going to like it.
I will be doing presales as soon as I can get that ready, most likely sometime in August. I’m working on a kinda sorta premium superfan pack that will contain a bunch of extra exclusive goodies. The CD packaging and all those extra goodies are being designed by friend, design genius, and crazy person Sam Potts (www.sampottsinc.com). It’s going to make for a very smart looking package of stuff. I’m not even going to call it a package of stuff, I’m going to call it an EXPERIENCE, because that’s what it is. More on this soon.
JoCo Cruise Crazy 2 (the new cruise):
We quietly launched our new Scarface-built booking site on June 17th and were immediately overwhelmed with bookings. The first 250 sold in a few hours, before we even had time to figure out what was going on and promote it to anyone. Soon after we sold through our inventory of cabins, and have been waiting for gears to turn and checks to clear so that we can get more inventory up and for sale. That is happening very soon. (I know we’ve been saying that for a while, but it has always felt true – all I can say is, we’re closer to it now than every before. Believe!)
Confirmed talent onboard includes me, Paul and Storm, John Hodgman, David Rees, Paul F. Tompkins, and MC Frontalot, with plenty more yet to be announced. It’s going to be a ton of fun. Watch our various blogs and twitter feeds for the announcement about when those new cabins will go on sale, and get yourself a seat PRONTO!
Touring (the new touring):
I’ll be doing a few of my own shows, as well as an awful lot of opening for They Might Be Giants over the next few months. A complete list follows, and details and tickets for all shows can be found on the shows page. Here are a couple of highlights for you, and then a list that nobody will care enough to read all the way through.
A Smaller Boat – on August 19th I’m playing a show on The Jewel, which is apparently a boat of some kind. It’s a band show, a rock cruise in the East River starring ME.
PAX Prime – it’s confirmed, I’ll be at PAX again this year the end of August, playing with the band. Wouldn’t it be great if I could sell you the new album that weekend? What a smart business thing that would be for me to have planned.
Dragon*Con – for the first time ever, I’ll be there. Please be gentle. On Friday the 2nd I’ll be with the band at my favorite Atlanta venue, the Variety Playhouse for the incredible ALBUM RELEASE PARTY, where history will be made. Paul and Storm will be there too. I’ll also be playing acoustically as part of a larger on campus evening show on Saturday night, plus a couple of panels and things. I will also slay a dragon.
Opening for They Might Be Giants – I’m a fan, you’re a fan, listen, these are going to all be great shows. July 29th at the Williamsburg Waterfront is a free show with me on acoustic. July 30th at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park is the same, except it isn’t free or in Williamsburg. The rest of the Giants shows in September and November will be band shows all. I hope you like rock.
Complete list of shows that involve me:
July 29 Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Waterfront with TMBG (acoustic, free show!) – bit.ly/join-us-brooklyn
July 30 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony with TMBG (acoustic) – bit.ly/join-us-asbury-park
August 19 New York, NY – aboard The Jewel, under the stars on the East River (band) – tktwb.tw/qii5ci
August 26-28 Seattle, WA – PAX Prime, merch boothin’ it, big show, etc. (band) – prime.paxsite.com
September 2 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse ALBUM RELEASE PARTY with Paul and Storm (band) – bit.ly/kFAulc
September 3 Atlanta, GA – Dragon*Con, location TBD, with Paul and Storm and others (acoustic) – www.dragoncon.org/
All the rest of these are band shows opening for TMBG:
Sept 8 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place – bit.ly/join-us-new-haven
Sept 9 Great Barrington, MA – Mahaiwe Theater – bit.ly/join-us-great-barrington
Sept 10 Concord, NH – Capitol Center for the Arts – bit.ly/join-us-concord
Sept 11 Norwich, VT – Upper Valley Events Center – bit.ly/join-us-norwichvt
Sept 13 Ithaca, NY – State Theater – bit.ly/join-us-ithaca
Sept 14 Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater – bit.ly/join-us-pittsburgh
Sept 15 Rochester, NY – Harro East Ballroom – bit.ly/join-us-rochester
Sept 16 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom – tktwb.tw/join-us-cleveland
Sept 17 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater – bit.ly/join-us-detroit
Sept 18 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection – bit.ly/join-us-grand-rapids
Sept 20 Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House – ticketf.ly/join-us-cinci
Sept 22 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue – bit.ly/join-us-indianapolis
Sept 23 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre – bit.ly/join-us-chicago
Sept 24 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant – bit.ly/join-us-st-louis
Sept 25 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom – bit.ly/join-us-tulsa
Sept 27 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom – bit.ly/join-us-nashville
Sept 28 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel – bit.ly/join-us-asheville
Sept 29 Richmond, VA – The National – bit.ly/join-us-richmond
Sept 30 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts – bit.ly/join-us-philadelphia
Nov 4 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot – bit.ly/join-us-slc
Nov 5 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory – ticketf.ly/join-us-boise
Nov 6 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory – ticketf.ly/join-us-spokane
Nov 8 Vancouver, BC – Venue – bit.ly/join-us-vancouverbc
Nov 9 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo – bit.ly/join-us-seattle
Nov 10 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom – bit.ly/join-us-portland
Nov 11 Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre – bit.ly/join-us-arcata
Nov 12 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore – bit.ly/join-us-san-fran12th
Nov 13 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore – bit.ly/join-us-san-fran13th
Nov 16 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues – bit.ly/join-us-anaheim
Nov 17 San Diego, CA – Belly Up – bit.ly/join-us-san-diego