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September 13, 2010

DC's The Dismemberment Plan Reunite for Short Tour

Broken-up DC punks The Dismemberment Plan are reuniting for a short tour in 2011 to promote a re-issue of their most well-known album, "Emergency & I."

The band formed in 1993 and split up a decade later. In that time they played Baltimore at least twice, in 1997 and 2004. In the 90s, they performed at WHFS' HFStival, a zombie version of which, by the way, is happening this weekend after a four-year hiatus. 

And in 2004 lead singer Travis Morrison performed solo at the closed The Talking Head Club. At the time, The Sun interviewed him for a story on the lack of star power at the Republican National Convention where he said celebrities didn't want to lend their names to a president, George W. Bush, who was not "cool."

"George Bush has done all right work with AIDS in Africa. He's really tried, but no [celebrity] is going to give him credit for that because it just doesn't feel cool," he said then. He chastised musicians for playing only to their audiences, rather than reaching out to other cultures, but also criticized the Democratic and Republican parties' "reactionary politics."

Though "Emergency & I" gave the band a degree of underground notoriety, they were best known for their high-energy, raucous shows and generally being spitfires on stage. 

The five-stop tour will promote a vinyl re-issue of that well-known album. Morrison tells The Washington Post's Click Track there's no immediate plan to reunite beyond this tour.

They have  done something similar before. In 2007, they reunited for a one-time charity show at DC's The Black Cat. 

Tour Dates, via The Post:
Jan. 21 at the Black Cat, Washington DC
Jan. 22 at the 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Jan. 27 at the Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia
Jan. 28 at the Paradise, Boston
Jan. 29 at Webster Hall, New York

Photo: The Dismemberment Plan at the Black Cat in 2007, by flickr user kampers

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Posted by Erik Maza at 6:26 PM | | Comments (1)
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Hmm. I want to get excited for this. I really do. D Plan and Juno at Fletchers was one of the more memorable shows of that decade.

The most recent Morrison appearance at the new talking head though was downright disappointing.

Bottom line, its just not the 90's anymore, and the ninties aren't coming back, no matter how much disposable income we have now. Reissues are irrelevant in the age of itunes.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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