The answer: never, but people just didn't pay enough attention. They were a fantastic live act who released at least two spectacular albums, and I'm glad to have been able to have witnessed them more than once.
Wait, what, they broke up? I loved that last album.
2/15/15 - Horse The Band w/Taken @ Regent // 3/21/15 - Tweedy @ Theater at Ace Hotel // 3/6/15 - Viet Cong @ Echoplex // 4/14/15 - Cloud Nothings @ Echo
4/19/15 - Electric Wizard @ Roxy // 4/22/15 - Faith No More - Wiltern // 5/1/15 - Sleater-Kinney @ Palladium // 5/27/15 - Neutral Milk Hotel @ Warner Grand Theater
6/3/15 - Sufjan Stevens @ Dorothy Chandler
Am I interrupting an AV club meeting?
Their last show was February 24, 2012 in 285 Kent in Brooklyn. They played an hour and a half playing songs from every band era, with the original drummers playing along with Joe. They had live horns, someone playing bagpipes and further craziness. It was amazing; there was a lot of energy in the crowd.
Also I didn't know that Dan had solo albums! I will have to check them out.
Yeah, Dan put out his first solo album, Ghost Town, back in 2008. I listened to it like crazy back then and this makes me want to revisit it. I haven't heard the new one he put out earlier this year, but it's been getting nothing but good marks.