Posted in music | pictures on October 7, 2009

photos by Lori Baily

Teenage Jesus and the Jerks

LA Record (via): When Teenage Jesus and the Jerks played in New York City last year, it was always set up as a one-shot deal. Yet here we are.

Lydia Lunch (vocals/guitar): I never thought I would have done reunions--it's ridiculous to me. It's Thurston Moore that's to be blamed with his no wave book that he put out last year. A few months before it was coming out he was actually in Barcelona on my couch and he turned to me and said, 'Well, what about a Teenage Jesus reunion?' I said, 'What about the fact that they're all dead except for Sclavunos? Are you ready to take the wrath of the wire coat hanger and play bass?' And he jumped up and down and said, 'Yes!' So that's how Teenage Jesus got together in the beginning. He decided he'd go under the coat hanger so we did the New York show and then we developed All Tomorrow's Parties. I guess the final nail in the coffin for the next couple of shows was based in the fact that in Montreal there's something called a Pop Symposium--they invited me last year with my multimedia thing and then they got the snifter of Teenage Jesus and they were so kind and I said, 'Well, I'm not going all the way to the States for one fucking show--I don't even want to come there for five shows!' Also the fact that I knew Thurston couldn't do it and so my favorite bass player in the world must be Algis Kizys from the Swans and he's doing it. This is what you get in L.A.--Jim Sclavunos, the original bass player, now on drums and Algis Kizys from Swans on bass--how could I say no? Mostly to me, it's kind of ridiculous. It's absurdist and I've always been absurd anyway. I've always considered myself a Dadaist and it's the most Dada fucking music, and it must be the most Dada idea that 30 years later we're doing this. One of the reasons is there is still not enough women playing ugly fucking music as a counter to all these pop princesses.

Teenage Jesus and the Jerks returned over the weekend to headline the third and final night of the WFMU Festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/3). Drunkdriver, Sightings, and Talk Normal were also on the bill.

One night later Lydia Lunch joined JG Thirwell and a bunch of pop princesses for a benefit show at Carnegie Hall.

One night earlier (Friday), Pissed Jeans headlined WFMU Fest. Faust were the night before that (Thursday). More pictures from Saturday, below...

WFMU Fest

Talk Normal

Talk Normal

DrunkDriver

Drunk Driver

Drunk Driver

Drunk Driver

Drunk Driver

Drunk Driver

Sightings

Sightings

Sightings

Sightings

Sightings

Sightings

Teenage Jesus and the Jerks

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Talk Normal pictures from this show are HERE.

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Comments (15)

The No Wave scene is truly inspiring. Bands like Teenage Jesus and DNA had little music ability, but their artistic ambition and stage theatrics left little room to doubt authenticity. Sonic Youth were inspired, and now Talk Normal. Thurston once locked himself in his practice space in the LES and, looking at a poster of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, stroked his engorged cock while oggling Lydia Lunch. His eyes were then drawn to the bass player, as he spasmed and shot his jism all over his guitar and amp. He then picked up his axe and wrote Teenage Riot, his hands smeared in cum. But what's truly interesting is that song would influence bands of today, like Talk Normal, who will then go on to influence future artists, interested more in deconstruction and minimalism than melody and traditional song structure.

-repost from yesterday

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 2:01 PM

^^^ Yep. And still as lame as it was yesterday.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 2:08 PM

striped shirt girl at the bottom. mmmmmmmmmm....

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 2:13 PM

@2:01

WTF?! were you there?

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 2:25 PM

@2:01 get a life. YOU ARE TOTAL FUCKING LOSER

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 3:35 PM

@2:25
No I wasn't there, read about it on a blog

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 3:46 PM

It was epic. if you weren't there you probably suck....

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 4:15 PM

Note to photographers: please do not photograph Lydia Lunch from below. It opens up a gate in Hell. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | October 7, 2009 5:02 PM

Okay, next time I will just hop up on stage with her ;)

Posted by Lori | October 7, 2009 5:20 PM

eeeeee

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 6:17 PM

good show. much better than the dumb-ass "noise fest" in may. Talk Normal had a nice vibe going. i would defo check them out again. Sightings were up & down, maybe played a bit too long for me. i got a bit bored toward the end of their set, tho i sometimes have a short attention span when it coms to new stuff.

Lydia was great, very short set as expected, and tho the venue was prob less than half packed everybody in the front was dancing and head bopping to very hypnotic, albeit, minimal groove. JS looked absolutely possessed as he hammered away on his ONE drum & ONE cymbal.

Posted by old punk | October 7, 2009 6:30 PM

Fuck yeah now this is some shit Jay Reatards underwear can get behind! You sexyyyyyyy!

Posted by Jays Underwear | October 8, 2009 12:31 PM

it’s nice ,i want to get one

Posted by lv sale | October 17, 2009 10:53 AM

WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2009 5:30 PM

whoa what up tattooed merch girl?

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2009 6:22 PM

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