January 4th, 2012
Happy new year everyone! I can’t believe I’m sitting here at this dumb desk working on this dumb computer again! Around the holidays I usually step off the grid for a bit, and it’s always a nice reminder that many parts of my life can still take place in offline mode. Still, I hope I didn’t miss any pictures of cats. And now, the news.
Artificial Heart special edition packages are almost all the way out the door. Levels 2 and 3 have shipped (3 went out just before Christmas), and Level 4 packages are being assembled RIGHT NOW and the plan is for them to hit the mail this week. The planet will breathe a little easier once that happens. I thank all of you for your patience, even the people who never ordered anything from me.
In general I’m really pleased with how the album has been received. Ridiculous Billboard charting incident aside, it seems to have found its way to a lot of people who like it, which makes me happy. All those videos I mentioned last time have now been released, so if you missed any of them, you can find them here. I think my favorite has to be Je Suis Rick Springfield, which features the Baldwin Fun Machine, a nice looking suit, and some even nicer looking bare feet.
JoCo Cruise Crazy 2 is coming up fast: February 19th-26th. We’ve sold through most of our allotment of cabins, so the booking website looks barren and sad, but there may still be cabins on board that we can snag if anyone is still interested in booking. Just get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll see what we can do. In case you haven’t heard on the Twitters, last minute additions to the talent line-up include John Flansburgh (who will be DJing a couple of dance parties), Molly Lewis, Joseph Scrimshaw, and Chris Collingwood from Fountains of Wayne. You should come! There is still time, but not much!
The official JoCo Cruise Crazy 2 T-shirt is now available at Topatoco for a limited time only, until January 13th. Order now and you’ll have the shirt in time for the cruise (or whatever sad, fake cruise you’re planning to have instead). While it’s possible we may have some EXTREMELY limited quantities on board, this is really the only sure way to make sure that you get one in the size you want, so order now or risk heartbreak forever.
Speaking of shirts, did you all see this fantastic new JoCo Has Some Problems shirt? Because it truly is my new favorite thing. I am fighting zombies!
I’m out with The Might Be Giants again in February for the final leg of their Join Us tour. We start in California and head east until we get home, so it’s a big one. All these shows are with the band, and pretty short (but completely kickass) sets because I’m the opening act. Details on the Shows page as always, but here are the dates:
The Rio Theater – Santa Cruz, CA
January 27th 8pm
Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA
January 28th 8pm
Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
January 29th 6:30pm
Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
January 30th 8pm
Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
February 1st 8pm
Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
February 2nd 8pm
La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX
February 3rd 9pm
Tipitina’s (Uptown) – New Orleans, LA
February 4th 10pm
The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
February 7th 8pm
Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
February 8th 8pm
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
February 9th 8pm
Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
February 10th 8:30pm
Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
February 11th 8:30pm
Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
February 12th 8pm
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square – Charlotte, NC
February 14th 7:30pm
Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
February 15th 8pm
Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
February 16th 8pm
Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA
March 8th 8pm
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
March 9th 8pm
Terminal 5 – New York, NY
March 10th 7pm
Between now and the cruise I’ll be getting ready for the cruise. Between the cruise and the future, who knows. I’ve been invited to be a part of this new NPR puzzle quiz show called Ask Me Another (fb page) that seems like it’s going to be pretty fun, and we’ll be recording a few of those in front of live audiences in NYC and DC over the next few months. I’ll let you know more about that when I have more details. I’m working on putting together a tour for late spring/early summer where I headline again, and play full size sets the way I used to. Which leaves some time in the early Spring for me to lie about and look at pretty flowers and things. Maybe I will write some songs.
I hope your new year is already better than your old one, especially if your old one was pretty great.