The Raincoats announce reissue of “Odyshape” and tour

The Raincoats announce reissue of “Odyshape” and tour (photo)

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Inspired by The Slits and the raucous London rock scene, Gina Birch and Ana da Silva started The Raincoats in the late 1970s. They released their first full-length album, the self-titled The Raincoats, in 1979. The record featured a sonic cavalcade of off-kilter rhythms and eclectic melodies that clashed and careened all over the place. Their sound was peculiar, yet urgent and infectious. The album is infused with a DIY punk sensibility, which mostly means that the band members didn’t exactly know what they were doing, but it sounded great anyway. The album and the band have made a lasting impression, not only as pioneers in girl-driven post-punk, but in the grunge, punk and emo worlds as well. Bands ranging from The Gossip to Nirvana all count The Raincoats as an influence. In fact, Kurt Cobain himself got the band to reunite in the 1990s after they broke up in 1984.

The Raincoats haven’t stopped playing since their reunion. Now, The Raincoats are reissuing their 1981 sophomore album “Odyshape” on CD and vinyl via their own We ThRee label. The album is due out September 13th and has been remastered. Appropriately enough the re-issue will include liner notes by another woman who rocks, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. In support of the album, The Raincoats are hitting the road and playing shows in a select number of cities. (Dates are below.) As Birch and da Silva are in their late 50s, you should grab this opportunity to see this iconic band.

Here are the dates:

09-16 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
09-17 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
09-19 Chicago, IL – Double Door
09-21 Detroit, MI – Museum of Contemporary Art
09-23 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar
09-24-25 Montreal, Quebec – Pop Montreal
12-03 Minehead, England – ATP

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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