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Joan Of Arc
So Much Staying Alive And Lovelessness
Jade Tree

There's a new Joan of Arc album. And maybe that's okay, because that electro-noodling dude has gone and taken his crap famous-guitar-solos-as-glitch-music with him. And they've stopped doing some cheap and whorish impersonation of Gastr del Sol, and stopped cutting in and out of songs, so maybe now it's okay for the emo-kids. And maybe now it's just the Kinsella brothers and their friends, anyway, and Joan of Arc the band is dead. And maybe born-again like this it's OK, but probably not OK to like, even though they've bunkered down with Califone, just like half the SubPop roster, and even though Tim Kinsella is still funny and wordy and breaks out this spoken-word near the record's conclusion that is just beautiful. The song's called "Staying Alive and Lovelessness," no less, and this disc'd be beloved if it was just so much of songs like this. On this song, it might just be Tim Kinsella, because the credits list "Mr. Joan of Arc." Is that him? I really don't know. But I guess so. What I do know is that Joan of Arc, to me, have been symbolic of a whole group of boys I know. The kind who as teenagers loved Pavement, then moved into their first-year emo phase, went from Joan of Arc to Gastr del Sol, and soon were listening solely to, like, Morton Feldman and Francisco López. Maybe the Kinsellas went through this themselves, and by the time they were soundtracking their uneasy relationship to the color palettes and materialistic imperialism of chaintastic American clothing stores, they'd grown so sick of their own songs that they defiled anything representing their popular-enough-to-be-sold-in-chain-stores past. Now, after that pseudo-Cap'n Jazz-reunion, they've embraced the earliest part of that past, and that's buried that guilt, and they're free to build not just a new Joan of Arc record, but a new Joan of Arc, on that foundation of freshly tossed soil. Guilt's ghosts are still lingering, of course, as any band walking forward still has their pasts trailing behind them. But, for Kinsella(s), maybe this past is no longer so heavy.

by Anthony Carew

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