Many JoCo News Items

By JoCo July 8, 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 ( 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!) –

July 30 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony with TMBG (acoustic) –

August 19 New York, NY – aboard The Jewel, under the stars on the East River (band) –

August 26-28 Seattle, WA – PAX Prime, merch boothin’ it, big show, etc. (band) –

September 2 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse ALBUM RELEASE PARTY with Paul and Storm (band) –

September 3 Atlanta, GA – Dragon*Con, location TBD, with Paul and Storm and others (acoustic) –

All the rest of these are band shows opening for TMBG:

Sept 8 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place –

Sept 9 Great Barrington, MA – Mahaiwe Theater –

Sept 10 Concord, NH – Capitol Center for the Arts –

Sept 11 Norwich, VT – Upper Valley Events Center –

Sept 13 Ithaca, NY – State Theater –

Sept 14 Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater –

Sept 15 Rochester, NY – Harro East Ballroom –

Sept 16 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom –

Sept 17 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater –

Sept 18 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection –

Sept 20 Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House –

Sept 22 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue –

Sept 23 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre –

Sept 24 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant –

Sept 25 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom –

Sept 27 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom –

Sept 28 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel –

Sept 29 Richmond, VA – The National –

Sept 30 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts –

Nov 4 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot –

Nov 5 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory –

Nov 6 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory –

Nov 8 Vancouver, BC – Venue –

Nov 9 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo –

Nov 10 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom –

Nov 11 Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre –

Nov 12 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore –

Nov 13 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore –

Nov 16 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues –

Nov 17 San Diego, CA – Belly Up –



Mcmax3000 says

Looking forward to the new album. The stuff I heard from it during the concert last year at PAX sounded great, when I could make out the words (the audio quality in that building wasn't the greatest last year).

If it was out in time for purchase at PAX so those of us traveling to Seattle from outside the US could buy it there & avoid the international shipping charges, that would be even more awesome.

Samuel "Iron Curtain" Abram says

I'm looking forward to get the "premium superfan" package. I'm gonna be there to support you, JoCo!

Kim says

Please come to Florida with TMBG next Spring :)

Blair says

Tickets already purchased for Norwich! I'm the guy that gave you the Space Doggity comic cover last year in MA, and since you'll be in my neighborhood, and my wife is a big TMBG fan, this was a no-brainer!

Any art you'd like this year? ;)

Autojim says

You'll love the Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa. Very historic venue, great small room to play. Kinda sad no Texas dates, though. Ah, well, have to wait for the cruise!

Missy says

Another vote for a Florida visit! The list of shows makes me wish I still lived in Seattle.

Kyle says

Oh man, I'm going to the October 30th Iowa City TMBG show! So close! I need to move to a bigger city...

Eric says

I could have sworn I read somewhere that JoCo would also be opening for TMBG at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA on July 28th.. did I get that wrong or is that happening? Anyone know?

BR says

Was hoping you'd make it out to Ithaca someday. Figures it'd be after I graduated. Guess I'll have to go back and visit.

rozwarren says

eric, you're not crazy. i got tickets to that show too because the TMBG site said he'd be opening for the whole tour -- then amended it to reflect the fact that he in fact wasn't.

rozwarren says

Speaking of which, anybody want two tickets to see They Might Be Giants in Lancaster, PA on July 28th? Free to the first person who emails me.

Eric says

Phew, roz.. I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who thought that! I feel about 3% more sane now. Oh well, there's always Philly in September.

Michael says

Throwing my support behind the JoCo needs to return to FL movement. I think us Floridians came out in quite impressive numbers the last time you graced our fine state and if I'm mistaken I promise this time there will be more of us. So please come back.

Kholdstare89 says

I'm freaking out with excitement now. I was already excited to see TMBG for the first time at the Orange Peel, but you're going to be there too. They're gonna need extra janitors to sweep up my brain chunks after my mind is blown.

McGanahan Skjellifitti says

Super extra primo good! We'll be there for the Fillmore shows in San Francisco. The Great American Music Hall is always a great place to see you but the Fillmore's gonna be especially wonderfully fantastic great.

Manda says

I agree w/Kim -- you should come to Florida ^_^ If not, I'm hoping to do the JoCo cruise in Feb

Karl says

Would like to add a request for Madison, WI - have seen a number of both TMBG and JoCo shows here and they've always been excellent and close to sold out. We'd be worth the stop!

Jorge M says

Florida! South Florida! And not for a boat thing!

My fiancee and I loved your show we had to drive six hours for in Tampa.
Months later, my WIFE and I (on our honeymoon) loved your show in New York City.

We'd like to be able to see you locally though. I promise to bring many friends and family fans we've cultivated down here and ensure you a sold-out show!


Eli K says

Aww, you're not going with them to Boulder?

Michael M says

I know i'm a bit late jumping on the reply train but i can't wait till your September 10th show in NH i actually work at the theater that you'll be playing at (i might be posting from work, but you have no proof...i hope) and i have already purchased my tickets, as well as a few for friends. Can't wait for the show!!!

Big Brotha Thunda says

Hi JoCo! I'm really sad to hear that you won't be opening for TMBG at the Lancaster, PA. I'm a really big fan and was looking forward to seeing you perform at the show. I implore to come open for TMBG if it is possible for you to make it. I as well as many others would appreciate it, and we'll buy you booze.

Lots and lots of booze.

And your merch.

Please come?


RebeccaPea says

R.E: Rock cruise on a boat.
All I am going to say is, "I told you so."
I'll try to see if I can make it.
I'm not making any promises.



rozwarren says

It would be pretty funny if everyone who bought tickets to the TMBG Lancaster PA show only did it (like me) because JoCo was opening.

Lara says

Any idea what time you will be on at the Williamsburg waterfront show for us poor 9-5 suckers?

My husband Jon and I will also be at your "booze cruise" on the 19th. It just so happens we will be celebrating our 11th Anniversary that very day. We would love if you could play Shop Vac. We live in Queens, not the suburbs but I think the Starbucks on Austin Street is better than the one on 71st Ave 4 blocks away.

TokenSkeptic says

Hello! Have written to you regarding D*C, hope you're available to be on the SkepTrack on Monday. :)