Intelligent Design of Joan of Arc

The Intelligent Design of Joan of Arc

by Joan of Arc
     
 
Joan of Arc issued two albums in 2006 to celebrate the band's ten year anniversary. The album of new material, Eventually, All at Once showcases the sound developed after 2004's beatifically dark In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust. This one,

Overview

Joan of Arc issued two albums in 2006 to celebrate the band's ten year anniversary. The album of new material, Eventually, All at Once showcases the sound developed after 2004's beatifically dark In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust. This one, The Intelligent Design of Joan of Arc (these guys have never exactly been humble) collects rare tracks from singles, compilations, split 12" tracks, and Japan-only comps. There are 19 selections here going all the way back to the beginning with the three-song Method & Sentiment single issued on Jade Tree in 1996. This trio of songs pointed toward the fully blown abstractions Joan of Arc would develop on their full-lengths in the years to come. It doesn't really work, but it is interesting in retrospect. Way more fun are the fully constructed tunes "Busy Bus, Sunny Sun" and "Stemingway and Heinbeck," which were issued on the Southern label in the same year. The electronic blow-out tracks these yobs were spitting out like "I'm Sorry I Got So Drunk Before My Solo Set in Tokyo," and "My Girlfriend Dropped Me After the Free Trip to Japan" -- bonus cuts on a limited-run Japanese EP -- just bend the brain around the corner a little too far. It's good they're here. The giddy little accusation-filled cabaret ballad "Please Don't Mistake My Arrogance for Shyness," which was part of a split 7" with Rabbit Rabbit, is here too. The five cuts which make up Joan of Arc's half of Joan of Arc/Bundini Brown [Split Single] are the highlights, though. This is the fractured, meandering kind of post-rock experimentalism that has seen full flower on their last couple of albums with songs like "For a Half-Deaf Girl Named Echo," "George Oh Well (Stand Up and Clap)," "For the Skinheads and Hippies," "You Say Tornaydo and I Say Tornahdo," and the wonderfully titled "Kissinger's Lament When Some Young Bunny or Bildeberg Whore Kicks Him Out of Bed for Snoring (In the Key of Me)." Those fans who were not fortunate enough to get these tracks when they first appeared may not have the packaging they came in, but at least they have the music now. But let's face it, this is a for-fans-only deal -- that's why Joan of Arc issued two records simultaneously -- give 'em something new as well as something old. It works. The fact remains that a slab like this is terribly useful in seeing how a group evolves, distills, explores and just flat out blows it in the process of becoming a band with its own way of doing things. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Polyvinyl Records
UPC:
0644110010223
catalogNumber:
102
Rank:
190921

Tracks

  1. Didactic Prom
  2. Please Sleep
  3. Trial at Orleans
  4. Busy Bus, Sunny Sun
  5. Stemingway and Heinbeck
  6. A Picture Postcard
  7. Forensic Economics
  8. You
  9. I'm Sorry I Got So Drunk Before My Solo Set in Tokyo
  10. My Girlfriend Dumped Me After the Free Trip to Japan
  11. Please Don't Mistake My Arrogance for Shyness
  12. For a Half-Deaf Girl Named Echo
  13. George, Oh Well (Stand Up and Clap)
  14. For the Skinheads and Hippies
  15. You Say Tornaydo and I Say Tornahdo
  16. Kissinger's Lament When Some Young Bunny or Bilderberg Whore Kicks Him
  17. Violencii or Violencum
  18. The Evidence
  19. Song for Josh

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan of Arc   Primary Artist
Tim Kinsella   Guitar,Vocals
Jeremy Boyle   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,electronics
Scott Adamson   Drums
Mike Kinsella   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Liz Payne   Track Performer
Ben Vida   Track Performer
Todd Mattei   Track Performer
Sam Zurick   Guitar,Drums
Nathaniel Braddock   Trumpet
Joe Tricoli   Track Performer
Erik Bocek   Drums
Amy Cargill   Track Performer
Bobby Burg   Vocals
Nate Kinsella   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Casey Rice   Engineer
Promise Ring   Composer
Elliot Dicks   Engineer

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