TVD CD Giveaway:
Pere Ubu, Coed Jail!

“Do I still prefer digital audio? Yes. And, no. Any medium is flawed. A recording doesn’t, and can never, survive leaving the studio control room in which it was prepared. Have I come to a separate peace with vinyl? Yes. But the real negotiation is with failure. It’s all pointless—like hand gluing a thousand sleeves. But, that’s the deal. Love it or leave it,” Pere Ubu’s David Thomas told us earlier this month.

With the above in mind, Pere Ubu launches what’s being called The Coed Jail! Tour tonight (6/16) in Toronto which takes the band to 16 stops across the US into July. In tandem with The Coed Jail! Tour is the Coed Jail! Tour CD (digital, natch) and we have 3 copies of the limited edition tour CD to send to 3 of you.

“The Coed Jail! Tour CD contains a selection of tracks taken from the 2 Pere Ubu box sets released by Fire Records: Elitism For The People 1975 – 1978 (Dub Housing, The Modern Dance, The Hearpen Singles) and Architecture Of Language 1979 – 1982 (New Picnic Time, The Art Of Walking and Song Of The Bailing Man).”

“Having completed their European tour, Pere Ubu return to the USA and Canada for ‘Coed Jail! v.1.1,’ performing songs from the two recent box set releases. Tracks from the inaugural Modern Dance, through to what was described as “the scariest album ever recorded,” New Picnic Time, will be performed in a fast-moving set lasting 1½ hours. This isn’t a reunion. It isn’t a greatest hits tour.”

“We don’t promote chaos, we preserve it,” Thomas explained. “Now more than ever—just like Nixon said—you need the sort of utterly gratuitous mess that only men of conviction can provide.”

Enter to win a copy of the Coed Jail! Tour CD by simply citing in the comments below your favorite track from the comp’s track listing, and briefly—why. We’ll award 3 chaotic entrants with North American mailing addresses a week from today, 6/23, with a copy of the CD each.

Coed Jail! Track List:
1. On The Surface (Dub Housing)
2. Dub Housing (Dub Housing)
3. Real World (The Modern Dance)
4. Humor Me (The Modern Dance)
5. The Fabulous Sequel (New Picnic Time)
6. Make Hay (New Picnic Time)
7. Rounder (The Art Of Walking)
8. Go (The Art Of Walking)
9. West Side Story (Song Of The Bailing Man)
10. The Long Walk Home (The Art Of Walking)

Pere Ubu Coed Jail! Tour Dates:
Thu, Jun 16 – Toronto, Lee’s Palace
Fri, Jun 17 – Detroit, Marble Bar
Sat, Jun 18 – Chicago, Lincoln Hall
Sun, Jun 19 – Louisville KY, Zanzabar
Mon, Jun 20 – Nashville, Exit/In
Tue, Jun 21 – Atlanta, The Earl
Wed, Jun 22 – Knoxville, Pilot Light
Thu, Jun 23 – Carrboro NC, Cat’s Cradle
Fri, Jun 24 – Washington DC, Rock and Roll Hotel
Sat, Jun 25 – Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda’s
Mon, Jun 27 – Cambridge (Boston), The Sinclair
Tue, Jun 28 – Providence RI, Fete Lounge
Wed, Jun 29 – New York City, Bowery Ballroom
Thu, Jun 30 – Ithaca NY, The Haunt
Fri, Jul 1 – Pittsburgh, Club Cafe
Sat, Jul 2 – Cleveland, Beachland Ballroom
Sun, Jul 3 – Columbus OH, Ace Of Cups

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  • Bill Moreland

    “The work of art is a stuffed crocodile.”
    “It is one of the great joys of home ownership to fire a pistol in one’s own bedroom”
    “That’s a beautiful speech, but nobody’s listening. Let’s go.”
    – Alfred Jarry
    Bill Moreland
    1 Foxwood Sq So
    Old Tappan NJ 07675

  • David DeSmith

    Oh come on, of the songs on this list there can be no question. “Make Hay” is the epitome of merdre, its innocent essence all a-flower in its siren’s-song beat and fetching impenetrability. No one can “make” hay — EXCEPT for Pa Ubu who, calling upon all of the hysterical other-worldly powers of his horn of phynance, here has produced a track so knife-edged that you don’t need to understand English to GET it — a track so true that the uninitiated run screaming from the room as soon as it hits their eardrums, which it does with all the politeness of a finishing nail.

    David DeSmith, 141 Wharf Rd., Yarmouth, ME 04096

  • Ludger Rößner

    “Humor Me” – because it’s so funny! 😉

  • Michael Dec

    I made “The Fabulous Sequel” a thing in my old neighborhood. The kids loved it, yelling “It’s me again” whenever they saw me. Their parents blamed me for everything they did wrong.

  • Chase Stewart

    Although Dub Housing is a close second, no track on this list can beat the icy groove of *Humor Me*- Turn it up and its driving riff just rocks, while the lyrics, vocals, and synths suggest something uneasy under the surface. Bonus- “It’s just a joke man” always seemed like one of the more important Ubu lyrics; In song context it’s a message of protest, but also Pere Ubu would hate it if you got pretentious and took them too darn seriously.

    Hope you pick me!
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    Englewood, CO 80111

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