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June 24, 2009

Tour Dates Added

I’ll be brief. Yes, yes I can.

Below are the rest of the US dates on Joe Pernice’s upcoming tour, along with the previously announced East Coast shows. To this, we will add a Toronto date at some point, and that’s going to be it for now.  Tickets for the East Coast are on sale now (and selling well, so don’t delay) and all other shows go on sale Friday.

Wednesday, August 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. (two shows)
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Tickets:, (617) 876-4275

Friday, August 7, 9 p.m.
Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Saturday August 8, 7:30 p.m.
Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets:, (215) 928-0978

Sunday, August 9, time TBA
Iota Club, Arlington, VA
Info: (703) 522-8340 (they don’t do advance tickets)

Tuesday, August 25, 9 p.m.
Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Tickets:, (206) 789-3599

Wednesday, August 26, 9 p.m.
Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR

Friday, August 28, 7:30 p.m.
Café du Nord, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, August 29, 8 p.m.
McCabe’s, Los Angeles, CA

Friday, September 11, 7 p.m.
Schuba’s, Chicago, IL

Saturday, September 12, 9 p.m.
400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN

I know. I can hear your disappointment all the way over here in the People’s Republic. But it could be worse.  I actually wanted to limit the tour to states in which it’s legal to put tomatoes in clam chowder, which would have eliminated my beloved Commonwealth at the very least.  I think it’s wrong to limit tomatoes in clam chowder. Some people are just born liking tomatoes. To deny those people tomatoes in their clam chowder is wrong.  I mean, I’d rather have all my teeth pulled than have tomatoes in clam chowder, but I’ll defend your right to do it every time.  Anyway, Joe doesn’t like my geopolitical games.  He’d prefer to have people at the shows, and maybe sell some books and records.  He doesn’t beat the joke to death in order to preserve the punch line.  That’s one way we differ. And he’s the one with the talent.  So, these are the states he will visit.

Comedy duo The Walsh Brothers, who I told you about last time, open the East Coast dates.  I thought this was a good idea when I thought of it, but since then, they and Joe have gotten kind of friendly, and begun to gang up on me. I find this particularly disturbing, since Joe is Italian, and the Walshes come from my people.  If you hear them say anything at all disparaging about me while they’re out there together in the world. Feel free to tweet me, and I’ll take it from there.

Those of you on the West Coast are in for a REAL treat.  One of Joe’s (and my) very favorite artists has agreed to make the trek across the pond and then across to fly over states. John Cunningham, NOT NOT NOT the Celtic fiddler, will be doing his first-ever solo appearances in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  He’s released four criminally unknown albums, but don’t take my word for it.  Search John Cunningham music on myspace and listen for yourself.  His records have been pretty hard to find in the US, but he tells me he’ll be carrying some for sale, so bring cash! Cunningham’s presence is such great news that I even thought about flying out for the west coast dates, leaving the Route 128 interior and returning to my vagabond ways, when I roamed the country from one four star hotel to another in the service of indie rock.  I’m not doing it, but I thought about it.

On this tour, as I’ve told you before, Joe will be playing solo acoustic and also reading some of the passages from his book.  Now, some people, when they hear “solo acoustic,” think “Oh, great, I’ll bring the kids! It won’t hurt their ears.” (When I hear solo acoustic, I actually think, “Oh great! I wonder how many people I’ll have to hurt by beating them about the head with their own birkenstocks.”) Anyway, people are right – this WON’T hurt their kids’ ears.  It will, however, damage them beyond repair emotionally, leaving them with thousands of dollars in therapy bills, give them very wrong ideas about how men and women can and should relate to one another, and expand their vocabularies in ways the parents of their classmates won’t appreciate.  Even I am offended by the material, and being Irish-American, raised Catholic and a lifelong Bostonian, and can offend and be offended with the best of them.  In the hopes of getting the book into some “family” bookstores, I actually tried to redact all of the offensive material from a galley with a magic marker. The ink ran out halfway though, and I was left with nothing but prepositions and the names of towns on Cape Cod.  In other words, don’t bring the kids.

If you missed my last missive, there were lots of details about the book (out August 4) and the record (out August 6). I won’t repeat it. You can read it here: But you should know that you can pre-order the book at, and in the coming weeks I will be writing again to offer you an extra-special fan-only pre-order deal on the CD.

Until then,

Dorchester, Mass.

Joyce @ 2:46 pm