Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Junior Boys Are Back In Town

Begone Dull Care, the remarkable new album from the duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus, professionally known as Junior Boys, was released Tuesday here in the United States.

After a well-earned break after nearly two solid years of activity around the band's last album, the group spent most of 2008 focused on the completion of a new album, with Greenspan working in the band's new studio/HQ/bar complex in Hamilton, Ontario as well as a couple sojourns to Berlin, where the recently-married Didemus had settled. The only distractions from the task at hand were a DJ mix for Get Physical, an indirect Grammy nomination with Carl Craig for his incredible remix of "Like A Child" and Greenspan's many vocal contributions to the latest Morgan Geist album, Double Night Time.

Begone Dull Care is the band's third album, following the critical and commercial successes of Last Exit (2004) and So This Is Goodbye (2006). The title is a reference to a short film by the pioneering Oscar-winning Scottish-Canadian animator and electronic composer, Norman McLaren, who was a big influence on the conception and creation of this album. McLaren may not be as well-known today, but his influence has been seen by nearly anyone whose been raised on the early works of the Children's Television Workshop.

Junior Boys are currently undertaking an extensive six-week tour of the Americas, which runs through the 2nd week of May. Joining them on the tour will be Domino label mate Max Tundra, he of a recently released and excellent album in his own right. The remaining tour dates are as follows:

THU 4/9 - The Warehouse - Calgary, AB
SAT 4/11 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC,
SUN 4/12 - Neumos- Seattle, WA
TUE 4/14 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
THU 4/16 - Bimbo's 365 Club - San Francisco, CA
SAT 4/18 - Coachella - Indio, CA
SUN 4/19 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ,
WED 4/22 - The Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
FRI 4/24 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
SAT 4/25 - Billiken Club - St. Louis, MO
MON 4/27 - Canopy Club - Urbana, IL
TUE 4/28 - Southgate House - Newport, KY
WED 4/29 - Skully's Music Diner - Columbus, OH
THU 4/30 - The Dame - Lexington, KY
FRI 5/1 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
SAT 5/2 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
SUN 5/3 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
TUE 5/5 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
WED 5/6 - 1st Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
THU 5/7 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
FRI 5/8 - Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
SAT 5/9 - Le National - Montreal, QC
SUN 5/10 - Babylon - Ottawa, ON

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