Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on November 25, 2008

photos by Chris La Putt, Zach Dilgard, Leia Jospe; words by Black Bubblegum

Marnie Stern tappin away (by Chris LaPutt)
Marnie Stern

Need to get away from the family this Thanksgiving? Marnie Stern and her fingertappin' toetappers will massage your ears at TWO NYC dates supporting Gang Gang Dance over the Thanksgiving holday weekend. The first is 11/28 with Zs at Music Hall Of Williamsburg (tickets here). The second is 11/29 at Santos Party House with the reunited 18th Dye (tickets here).

It was also just announced that Marnie will be appearing at the NY Cares benefit taking place at Knitting Factory on December 8th with David Cross, Nick Diamonds and others.

Marnie's latest band of merry comrades includes guitarist Mark Shippy of the recently defunct US Maple and ex-Parts & Labor-er Jim Sykes on the kit. Those two spots were previously held at times by Zach Hill (who recently played NYC) and Robby Moncrieff of The Advantage, as well as a friggin' iPod for a short while (the version of her band that sometimes didn't get the best reviews). The Shippy/Sykes incarnation of the Marnie Stern band will be on hand for the upcoming shows this week, and were there to back Marnie Stern on the main stage of the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Oct 25th at The Knitting Factory. That's where the pictures in this post originate.

Admittedly, I never caught Marnie during her Hill/Moncrieff days, but her performance at the BV Day Party left me thinking that Shippy/Sykes added the necessary (seitan) beefy backbone to complement her uniquely cutesy-virtuosic guitar licks... much like the dichotomy of Satomi and Saunier/Dieterich in Deerhoof. Don't get me wrong though, Marnie doesn't just provide the yin to her back-up band's yang... Girlfriend came to shred, and she definitely took care of bidness. Her new album is out now on Kill Rock Stars. Check out video from the show, as well as all Marnie Stern tour dates below...

photos by Zach Dilgard

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photos by Chris La Putt

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photos by Leia Jospe

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Marnie Stern LIVE @ Knitting Factory on 10/26/08

Nov 25 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, Ohio*
Nov 26 DC9 Washington DC, Washington DC*
Nov 28 Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York**
Nov 29 Santos Party House New York, New York**
Nov 30 Daniel Street Milford, Connecticut
Dec 1 Church Boston, Massachusetts
Dec 8 Knitting Factory, NYC (NY Cares Benefit)




Comments (22)

So hot.

Posted by Eduardo | November 25, 2008 10:29 AM

There is nothing sexier than a girl who can play post modernist post punk noise rock and make it look easy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 10:37 AM

yeah, but finger-tapping isn't that hard. so there's a reason she makes it look easy, and that's because it kind of is.

Posted by dan | November 25, 2008 10:54 AM

she's talented, though, for sure.

Posted by dan | November 25, 2008 10:55 AM

she's not all finger tapping... dude she name drops plato. how can i not be in love?

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 11:00 AM


Posted by Mike D | November 25, 2008 11:15 AM

She definitely did not get her looks from her dad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 12:25 PM

"Marnie Stern Shreds"

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 12:28 PM

you little kids from the GuitarHero generation are woefully ignorant about what constitutes solid guitar chops. Marnie's technique is not original and she shows very little depth or innovation. I still don't get why she gets so much attention on this blog.

Pick up an instrument and play it people! then you will lean what is 'shite' and what's not. ~ peace

Posted by NotOriginal | November 25, 2008 12:29 PM

"NotOriginal" is totally wrong. i've played guitar for 20 years. Marnie Stern's technique is amazing and innovative. . . and she sings while she is doing it as well. Besides her technique she basically created her own genre. there is nothing quite like her.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 12:55 PM

"She definitely did not get her looks from her dad."

who is her dad?

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 1:43 PM

I find her music to be uniquely bad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 2:30 PM

i love how if she was a dude, you wouldn't get three different comments about how unoriginal she is.

instead you get those plus a bunch about how she's hot.

can't she just be a great guitar player and leave it at that?

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 2:35 PM

but she's NOT 'a great guitar player' . I think it's wrong to bring gender into the equation but since you did.... she is probably getting all this attention BECAUSE of her gender. So people think she's great because she plays mediocre guitar AND she's blonde. that, in essence, explains her hype. no need to thank me.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 3:09 PM

shes amazing

end of questioning her guitar skills. if you can do better please be my guest. if not shut the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 3:30 PM

Actually her style isn't that hard. Most of her tappings are based upon patterns rather than proper scale/mode progressions. Moreso on her first album anyway.

I can play all the songs I wanted to learn of hers anyway and I'm not that good at geetar.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 9:15 PM

If finger tapping is yer thang, you got some fucking problems. I give her a year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 10:21 PM

"who is her dad?"

Howard Stern

Posted by BABA BOOEY! | November 25, 2008 10:44 PM

She is finally getting the attention cause she is good and sounds good at what she does. Last year's album was enough proof. Try doing something like "In Advance of the Broken Arm" and get recognition. I can't.

Btw, she was not in charge of the kissing booth last night :-/

Posted by Eduardo | November 29, 2008 4:48 PM

Marnie Stern is NOT a great guitar player! I have seen her twice so far, once opening up for Lightning Bolt and again at the BV CMJ show. Her finger tapping "technique" is almost laughable. She only uses one finger on her right hand, and at most two fingers on her left. Three finger tapping, soooooo hard. NOT!

That said, technical ability is not necessary to create good music. The Ramones made classic songs with no virtuosity. But Marnie Stern's songs are no better than her chops. Her vocals are appalling and the songs are nothing to right home about.

The only reason why she is getting attention is because she is a girl doing this weird thing called tapping (and a great drummer). Gimmick gimmick gimmick. At least Kaki King is good at that gimmick.

Of course, people might disagree if her songs are good or not, but please, do not say she is a good guitar player.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2008 6:22 PM

She's a good guitar player.

Posted by QC | February 14, 2009 7:23 PM

Haters blow dick.

Posted by Uh huh | February 14, 2009 7:25 PM

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