Posted in books | music on February 21, 2014

By Doug Moore

The Jesus Lizard at Irving Plaza, 2009 (more by Lori Bally)

Storied American noise rock unit The Jesus Lizard originally broke up in 1999, but reunited for a bit between 2008 and 2010, during which they played some memorable shows in NYC and elsewhere. The band are technically back together as of last year (they scheduled, and then canceled, an appearance at the 2013 All Tomorrow's Parties in Australia last October), but you wouldn't necessarily know it. When the members have engaged in publicly visible activities at all, it's mostly been oddball collaborations or solo work, like vocalist David Yow's long-awaited solo LP or guitarist Duane Denison's Unsemble collaboration with members of Einst├╝rzende Neubauten and Silver Jews.

At least now there's evidence that the band still exists in some form, in the shape of an official Jesus Lizard coffee table book. Yes, for real. The book is a characteristically cock-eyed retrospective of the band's original 12-year run. According to its publisher Akashic Books, it offers the following:

The Jesus Lizard Book is a coffee table affair of exclusive photography, art, and other imagery with written pieces by all four members of the seminal indie rock band the Jesus Lizard. The layout is stylish and elegant, particularly in contrast with the harshness of much of the band's music. Included are many Polaroids by David Wm. Sims, a delicious recipe by David Yow, a concise list of every show the Jesus Lizard played, and writings by two producers who recorded the band--Steve Albini and Andy Gill. There is biographical material of each member that covers childhood to the demise of the group. Other contributors include Mike Watt, Alexander Hacke, Steve Gullick, Rebecca Gates, Jeff Lane, Sasha Frere-Jones, KRK, Bernie Bahrmasel, and many more.
If you need further empiric evidence that the Jesus Lizard still exist, you're in luck: the band are doing a couple events around the book's release. They'll have a signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square on March 25 (more info); and then a a book release party at Greenpoint's Word bookstore on March 26. The festivities start at 7pm; entrance is free, and Brooklyn Brewery is providing refreshments for the event. Visual contact with David Yow's hairy torso not guaranteed.

Sounds a little weird, but not nearly as weird as David Yow's recent and characteristically Yow-esque book of illustrated cat puns (also an Akashic book). You can read an interview with Yow about this crowning artistic achievement on Catster.com. A brief excerpt:

What's been the strangest reaction you've had to one of your illustrations?

Well, a homeless guy came in the gallery and saw "Catnip" and started masturbating.

It's that kind of interview, unsurprisingly. Check out a few of Yow's cat pun illustrations below...

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Comments (104)

Where is Lori Bally? I liked her. She was your only non-psychotic female photographer.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 12:14 PM

will he let the lizard out of his pants?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 12:42 PM

^ creepy

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 12:42 PM

pretty sure they're doing something at the B&N in Union Square too. Seems kind of a shame for them to be all together and not play any shows

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 12:43 PM

i thought they were better on the reunion tour than when i saw them in 97.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 1:36 PM

Maybe you should have seen them in '91 then

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 3:07 PM

I had a friend was a big baseball player, back in high school...

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 3:17 PM

That bookstore is smaller than a NYC studio apartment.
should be interesting

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 3:27 PM

...he would pull out that tight n shiny,
make you look like a fool.

Well a few years later at a dive bar
I was walking in, he was walkin out.

We went sat down and had a few drinks, but all he kept talkin bout was

ALBINI Days


Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 3:45 PM

@12:43,

thanks for tip on the B&N thing, which is indeed happening. (also, weird!) updated.

-bill

Posted by bill p | February 21, 2014 4:19 PM

Jerry! It's a coffee table book, about coffee table books!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 4:27 PM

Yeah 3:08 Jesus Lizard are rich old guys laughing all the way to the bank. What's the total numbers of shows they've played? Oh yeah, somethousandsomething. How many of them did they completely destroy? Prob roughly the same number. How many shitty bands do you listen too? Wow, even more than that number.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 5:24 PM

^glory days, they passed this dude by

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 7:03 PM

Jesus Lizard was always shit. Like many of Albini's pets, they put forth that: "we're just working men who rock" schtick. I also hate Yow's drunken crazy man stage routine that became tiresome after three minutes.

Posted by Kurt Cobain | February 21, 2014 7:48 PM

gimme a fuckin break. your dick grows tiresome to women after 3 seconds, so put that into perspective while you listen to Ryan Adams and jerk off unsuccessfully.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 8:26 PM

7:48, your jaded cynical hipster routine becomes tiresome almost immediately.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 8:28 PM

The JL never said they were "working men who rock," you're just a yuppie pussy with sac-full of white guilt. Go manage your hedge fund, you fuckin shiteater.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 8:28 PM

hey 7:48 I now yr not Kurdt Kobain cuz he loved the Jesus Lizard (see "Milk It" why you suck it)

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 8:30 PM

Yeah that Jesus Lizard/Nirvana split must've been a figment of my imagination.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 8:30 PM

The Jesus Lizard was one of the best bands on the planet in the 90's.

I bet the book is a lot of fun to look through.

Sometimes I walk through these hipster neighborhoods and you know, I saw you all back in the 90's. I swear I see people I knew. Swear it and yet, I guess everyone thinks their unique and special all over again.


Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 9:22 PM

spot on 9:22
Good people do not waste their time on this stuff.

OOOPS, I guess I am a bad person.
FUCK!

Just go F'ing make good music and art you lazy appropriators!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 9:28 PM

And for god's sake stop making that art handler cardboard art, you lack of ideas-bunch of art ass kissing fakeos.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 9:44 PM

I remember jesus lizard's farewell show at msg

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2014 10:21 PM

One of the reasons the Jesus Lizard rules is cause they kill all irony. Your dumb smirk is clean wiped off.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:17 AM

8:30 - Did you actually think that anyone believed that was Kurt Cobain?

YOU

ARE

A

STUPID

FUCK.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:35 AM

Jesus Lizard were just Nirvana Ripoffs, tagging along on the coattails of Grunge.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:55 AM

12:35 is a mouthbreather

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 1:05 AM

While 7:03 did make me laugh, 3:08 is still a total fucking moron.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 1:16 AM

Jesus Lizard sold the fuck out then crumbled shortly afterward. Wanted that sweet MTV Total Request Live cash, but they just couldn't pull it off.

THEY FAILED.

Posted by Ateve Slbini | February 22, 2014 2:04 AM

1:05

IS

A

STUPID

FUCK.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 4:27 AM

10:26 thinks odd future is edgy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 11:18 AM

JL is minor grunge. Basically a cutout bin darling, with a 2010s following clinging to them like their own lost hair and lost potential

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 11:51 AM

Love the cat art! Yow is in fact a retarded, right? It would be kind of a pathetic act.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 11:53 AM

11:51 is a minor christgau wannabe.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 11:58 AM

11:58 is a Tom Gabel wannabe (in every way)

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:03 PM

@11:58
proves @11:51 as accurate

nice tell!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:06 PM

12:06 proves that 4:18 was amiss about the ramblings of 10:26, therefore negating the argument put forth by 7:09.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:14 PM

^ dumb as fuck right there

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:23 PM

JL fans thought of themselves as the 1990s version of hipsters and now face the crushing realization that they have become their parents, only without the financial spoil and stable career.

But just as uncool, just as uninformed, just as clingy regarding the halcyon days of their glory.

So sad to watch it happen. Actually, it's funny as shit!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:28 PM

12:28 owns a BMW motherfucker.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:31 PM

BMW guy is as boring as iPods guy

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:38 PM

BMW guy is as boring as iPods guy guy is as boring as dumb as fuck right there guy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:40 PM

I have man boobs and breath thru my mouth

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:45 PM

@12:40

Dumb as fuck is directed at a dumb fuck statement from a dumb fuck

BMW = iPods = yelling at leaves alone in a field

no comparison,

unless you are a dumb fuck saying dumb fuck things, and being banal is your only defense

I'm guessing that would be you, gramps

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:55 PM

Nothing worse than being a boring troll

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 12:56 PM

Does that guy really think the other guy "thought" he was Kurt Cobain? That's not real right? My reading comprehension is just taking a nosedive right? Dude, stick a shotgun in it, you're fucking done.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 1:24 PM

12:28, please regale us with the highlights of what is obviously an incredibly blessed and event filled life. no doubt your list of accomplishments is grand and you should feel free to share it anonymously on a glorified TMZ for hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 1:30 PM

People dissing the Lizard while listening to mp3s of Real Estate. So rich, so 1%.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 1:50 PM

4:27 thinks he's a concrete poet. Truth is, Ma dropped ya on yore haid on that concrete, son.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 1:52 PM

LOL @ 1:50 - Yeah everyone that dislikes this empty nonsense and its inbred fans just sits around all day listening to MP3s of Real Estate.

Clearly this clown is the guy who stayed up all night on Valentines Day arguing about vinyl. Nice life, Buttercup.

You need to relax yourself, take a deep breath, and re-read post 12:56 => http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/02/the_jesus_lizar_7.html#comment-2007332

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 2:33 PM

12:28 nailed it. The Gen Xers are as bad with the nostalgia bullshit as the boomers where.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 2:38 PM

^maybe worse

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 3:42 PM

1:24 Did this dude actually believe that the other guy believed that the other guy thought the first guy was actually Kurt Cobain?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 3:44 PM

yes

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 3:49 PM

curious to know what "lossless" files 2:33 is listening to? Deafheaven? King Dude? Prurient? LOL

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 3:51 PM

Guessing "readers" on this site listen to a lot more Real Estate than they do, say, oh I dunno, Scratch Acid?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 3:52 PM

^not familiar with this "Scratch Acid". Does it involve an attention starved drunken midget pulling on it's genitals like a petulant toddler?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 4:08 PM

^ ZING!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 4:20 PM

Guessing 3:52 hangs around schoolyards trying to pick up pre-pubescent boys when he's not reminiscing about how the Lizard killed it back 20 years ago (when music mattered) LOL

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 4:23 PM

Wow, I wasn't sure if 4:08 was describing JL or Swans.

Guess if the shoe fits ....

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 5:17 PM

***THE FINAL WORD***

Yow tried very hard to act deranged and drunken at every performance. He tried to come across as unhinged and wild, and some highs-schoolers and young college students dug it.

Now those children are all grown up and want everyone to know how cool they used to be. They can show their friends their "Jesus Lizard Coffee Table Book" to prove this.

Posted by ***READ THIS*** | February 22, 2014 5:25 PM

Fuck I hate you fucking hipsters,
Whether old or new
Here's a thought for all a yuz
"You lose! Go screw!"

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 5:54 PM

the final word
"read this" tried very hard to come across as contrarian and oh so knowledgable about what's supposedly edgy. some guidos on this thread and something awful forum rejects bought into it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 6:01 PM

6:01:

YOU

ARE

A

FUCKING

IDIOT.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 6:40 PM

Jesus Lizard was the gateway to sausagedom for many.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 6:43 PM

6:40
You
Are
A
Fucking
Guido.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 6:43 PM

"Old McDimebag Had A Sausage"

Dimebag Darrel was a sausage
E-I-E-I-O
And at St. Vitus he sucked some sausage
E-I-E-I-O

Posted by Elenidis 2007 | February 22, 2014 6:43 PM

6:43 was a guido
G-U-I-DO
And in New Jersey he dated raped teens
G-U-I-DO

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 6:59 PM

I'm not 6:43 but I am Italian, and quite frankly I feel thw need to ask you what nationality the fuck you are 6:59? This should be a much easier question to answer than trying to name a sausage hedge fund manager, so I will wait for your answer. I'm waiting on this guy to do this thing, so I have all kinds of time tonight to wait for your answer. I got a pretty good idea what you are, so I'll be testing a theory.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 7:24 PM

you waiting on three other guys to hold some 15 year old girl down while you cornhole her there, guido?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 7:29 PM

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 7:37 PM

7:29 = 3:52

Chester the molester, unsuccessfully playing the projection card

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 7:39 PM

Come on 6:59, I'm waiting for your answer

Posted by 7:24 | February 22, 2014 8:31 PM

Laughing at 8:09/8:13.
Most Midwest fucks avoid disclosing their origins, but you wear it as if it's to be proud of.

Dufus, you're from the Midwest because your forefathers saw that great windy frozen tundra with tornados, floods, no diversions like mountains or oceans and said "well, hell Maybel, it just ain't gonna git no better 'n this"

Your forefathers were dopes, and they left you a big genetic inheritance in that department too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 8:40 PM

Jeez, if many of you could convince those that you are ragging on to agree with you, then you would have nothing to write about.

How boring would that be?

You like them or you don't period.
Nothing anyone says changes that.
What moron would cave into this feeble attempt at anonymous pseudo peer pressure anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 8:47 PM

Nice deflection attempt, but I'm waiting for the guy who feels free to use racial epithets and doesn't have the balls to come on here and say what hos heritage is. I read people insult my heritage all the time, and I'm sick of it. But it's not just Italians but also blacks and women and gay people. Fucking sick of it, so I want to know where this fuck comes from.

If that's OK with you 8:47?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 9:05 PM

***ANNOUNCEMENT***

Everyone who has posted in this thread is a poop-smeared fucking moron. Fuck you all.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 10:03 PM

TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TOCK TICK FUCKING TOCK MOTHERFUCKER

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2014 11:26 PM

6:59 was a Black!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 12:02 AM

Buncha homosexual gangsters in this thread. Do ya like that? Well do ya, motherfucker?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 5:13 AM

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 8:02 AM

THE HISTORY OF ROCK

The Stooges
The Birthday Party
The Jesus Lizard

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 11:18 AM

^wow, this guy really likes bands with zany front men. So wacky and edgy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 2:38 PM

^wow this guy has a tiny penis and has never done anything fun or interesting in his entire life

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 4:06 PM

People who use the word "wacky" have no business commenting on anything, esp. the position I am currently fucking their girlfriend/wife (she wouldn't say) in.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 4:07 PM

I'm not the guy you are referring to but I will say that I understood fully his sarcasm and how the use of that word was designed to elicit a response such as yours. It's really too bad that you can't see that too, because then we could all just move on instead of you obviously getting increasingly mad over something that was essentially a playful jab in thw grand scheme of things.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 4:30 PM

We all get the jab. We all ducked it. Well, all the non-mouthbreather idiots. We're good at avoiding sloppy punches by lightweights.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 6:19 PM

Hey 4:30 you are ALWAYS the guy "we" are referring to.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 6:20 PM

Me: Hey, friends, let's go for 300 comments!!! I really LOVED the Jesus Lizard back in the day! Such great fun! I saw them in the 90s. I've seen Scratch Acid, and Big Black, too.

BV Commenter: Hey, you -----^ You're an old fuck! Why don't you go die somewhere?

Me: I'm not old! Shut up!!!

BV: Go back to the midwest you dumb old!

Me: I'm not from the midwest! Anyway, what if I was? Is being from Florida better? New England? It'd be really boring if you were 'born and raised in NYC' and stayed here all your life to find yourself yelling at people on a website. How pathetic is that? You'd think if you were from NYC and still lived here you'd have made something of yourself there, Rockefeller.

BV: The Jesus Lizard BLOOWWWWWWSSSSSS

etc.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 8:44 PM

****FINAL COMMENT****

Does it shock you to learn that I have made EVERY SINGLE COMMENT in this thread?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 8:46 PM

Jesus Lizard = Not real music

Justin Bieber = Real music

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 8:47 PM

8:46 - SUCK SOME DONGS DUUUUUUUDDDDE! GO BACK TO BALTIMORE YOU MIDATLANTIC TRANSPLANT CRAB-EATING JERK!

See? that was me again. I write ALL the comments.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 8:47 PM

8:47 - Nobody cares. Give it a rest and go back to DC, nerd. (PSST - it's still me.)

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 8:48 PM

Downton Abbey's about to start. BRB.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 8:50 PM

I'm going to eat some luxurious cookies while Downton Abbey is on.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 9:00 PM

Well, looks like the JV has taken over here. Hopefully the workweek will bring back some non boring posters.

Nighty night, fuck rags.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 9:08 PM

9:08 - Ha, yeah. Me too - I'm heading to the grown-up Internet message boards for some REAL debate about the Jesus Lizard coffee table book.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 9:11 PM

^ you and hummus guy should jump in foot face's car and join iPods guy at the reunion:

http://icanhas.cheezburger.com/

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 9:23 PM


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Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 10:10 PM

10:10 - You're hilarious! Flyover Fluffer is really funny. A Fluffer! From a Flyover state!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 10:14 PM

Downton's over; lookout, motherfuckers!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2014 10:47 PM

City folk hate cars but love bragging when they have rented a car. This makes them feel like real adults. Well you can feel like that all the time city folk.

Posted by Mr. FoootFetish | March 7, 2014 11:54 PM

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