The other ten-year anniversary party happening this week—Chicago’s Joan of Arc, whose July release of “The Intelligent Design of Joan of Arc” collects nearly twenty of the band’s rarities from out-of-print releases, seven-inches, compilation tracks and shit from Japan. It’s a weighty collection that even includes a cover of The Promise Ring’s “Picture Postcard,” plus humorously titled pieces like “I’m Sorry I Got So Drunk Before My Solo Set in Tokyo” and “My Girlfriend Dumped Me After My Free Trip to Japan.” The prettier side to Tim Kinsella is found on “Eventually, All at Once,” Joan of Arc’s companion record to “The Intelligent Design,” a quieter affair when compared to Make Believe and a fruitful, sweeping celebration from start to finish, full of acoustic guitar wandering and scattered percussion. Mike Kinsella’s Owen opens, and his brand new “At Home with Owen” is his best record under this moniker, and begins with “Bad News,” a gargantuan “fuck you” to the hipster schlock scene. A great song of its kind—beautiful and ugly, ahem, all at once. (Tom Lynch)
August 31 at Beat Kitchen.