Jumping between mathy ballads, acoustic meanderings, minimalist experimentation, and post-rock-indie-epics, Joan Of Arc have exhibited a fearless artistry in their 14 years of existence. A seemingly inseparable appendage of the group's only consistent member Tim Kinsella, JOA is, in our humble opinion, one of the most unapologetically prolific bands of our generation - both in output and artistic vision.
From the Califone-produced "In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust" to the sleezy rhythms of "So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness" to the trendsetting "How Memory Works" and the eclectic "Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain" - JOA is a band that is not averse to excessive growth and one that is not afraid to baffle their audience. The perfect example may be 2000's "The Gap" which prompted a 1.9 Pitchfork rating ("Joan of Arc make unlistenable faux-art records") and a glorious example of JOA's inherent divisiveness.
Their records are inconsistent in genre, perspective and purpose, yet consistently challenging, unadulterated, and honest. As their current label Polyvinyl says, JOA possesses "a mentality that embraces contradictions and tears apart common musical structures, only to rebuild them without a blueprint."
Contained in this collection are the 10 full-length albums from JOA, beginning with 1997's "Portable Model Of" (Jade Tree) and ending with 2009's "Flowers" (Polyvinyl). Over a decade of JOA material, released here in the formats of the people for both 1997 and 2009: Cassette and Digital. Don't know where to start in their catalog? Start here. With all of it.
ALBUMS INCLUDED IN THIS BOX SET: Portable Model Of How Memory Works Live in Chicago, 1999 The Gap So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain Eventually, All at Once Boo! Human Flowers
ABOUT THIS BOX SET:
The collection is housed in a custom-built wooden box, elaborately screen-printed, hand-numbered and limited to 100 copies. Each cassette, individually wrapped and featuring the original album art, will also be available for individual purchase and includes high-quality MP3s and lossless audio. This is the first time any JOA albums have been available on Cassette.
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