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August 8, 2011

“tour” and new record “release date”

My Dearest Friend:

If you’re just joining us, first let me apologize for being so familiar right off the bat. I hope you can keep up, but if you can’t, please feel free to stop me at any point and ask questions. If you’ve been here before, I apologize for our relative silence lately. We’ve been busy making our Google+ circles and then not using them. It’s a full time job. Anyway, we’re soon setting sail, in the lezmobile, on a whirlwind 5-city, 6-show Joe Pernice solo “tour” that will take us from the farthest corners of New Haven, Connecticut to the lowest point (sea level, by the looks of the map) of Easton, Maryland. Go ahead, you can say it: Sadly, he’ll wake up in Connecticut.

August 24, 9 p.m.
BAR, New Haven, CT
Special guests include our pal Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone
FREE show! You’re all on the guest list!

August 25, 2011, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Special guests Paul Melancon (early show) and John Brodeur (late show)

August 26, 2011, 7 p.m. (EARLY SHOW)
Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
Special guest, our good friend Frank Padellaro of King Radio

August 27, 2011, 7 p.m. (EARLY SHOW)
Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Special guests Warren Zanes, Golden Bloom

August 28, 2011, 7:30 P.M.
NightCat, Easton, MD
Special guest Frank Padellaro

Apparently it will be just Joe and me in the car (inexplicably, everyone else politely declined), but we’ll keep ourselves occupied by workshopping our new play, which consists of him and me acting out the recent U.S. debt ceiling negotiations, with puppets. We’re hoping to get an NEA grant to develop the piece further, if, of course, their budget doesn’t get eliminated. At the shows, Joe plans to play every single song of his except for the one song you most want to hear. That’s not true, though it IS bound to happen to someone, somewhere. And that someone, somewhere will feel compelled to tell me about it. And I will listen sympathetically, because the customer is ALWAYS right. Except when the customer wants to hear Joe play Pega Luna Manny. Then the customer is silly. Joe will actually be playing some old songs as well as some new ones, from the upcoming album. If you come, you’ll be the first to hear.

Speaking of which, in news for people who don’t live in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland or Virginia (as well as people who do), there IS a new Pernice Brothers record. Joe is upstairs as I write, doing vocals. OK, not EXACTLY as I write, since he just this second texted me from the third floor, telling me to make some coffee. (Which I won’t do.) But, GENERALLY, he’s upstairs doing vocals, with Other Pernice on the controls. This one features Menck on drums, Peyton on guitar, and James on guitar and every other instrument known to man. It also has some special guest vocalists that you’re going to be all excited about, but I can’t tell you who yet. You can try to torture me, but I’ve spent a lot of time with Joe, and am immune. The record is being mixed by our pal TW Walsh, who has done fine work with many bands, and also lives in Massachusetts, so we’re stimulating the local economy. Or we would be if we were paying him what he’s worth. But we have the best of intentions. I am pleased to announce that the new record has a firm release date of “someday” and it’s called “TBA.”

This week, Joe did an extended interview about writing and music on The Current, which is on Minnesota Public Radio. It also features our friend Steve Almond, and the writer of my very favorite recent book, Jennifer Egan. It is archived here:, if you’d care to listen. Please note that despite what the host says, Joe has not moved to Vancouver. He’s still in Toronto. That’s how rumors get started.

That’s all I have for now. I need to go retrieve Charlie Ashmont from the doggie day spa. And I want you to know that if I liked people, I’d like you most of all.

Yours truly,

Dorchester, Mass.

Joyce @ 8:55 pm