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Jack Name releasing ‘Light Show,’ touring with Dent May, playing East Coast shows in March (dates & streams)

Jack Name

Maybe I can start by saying a little bit about Jack Name. He is the only guy I know who can crush a joint by his lonesome and then look you right in the eye (and I consider myself an expert) and you would never suspect that he’s not floating right along in the here and now. He is ahead . . . the wheels are always turning unaffected by drugs, time or space. I met him first through White Fence, where he stood on a laptop generating noise along with guitar through, what is supposedly, an original homemade Grateful Dead speaker cabinet. How much good energy can one dude generate?

Jack Name is a rare entity and a genius story/songsmith and I am envious as hell that GOD? Records is putting this out and not Castleface. Whiffs of young Brian Eno, Gary Numan, Chrome, ELO, Bruce Haack . . . even Richard O’Brien (a la “Rocky Horror”) and Stefan Wul stain the sleeves of this story, but it’s still wholly original and cooked at home so it’s as honest as it is good for you. The sounds are a dense and ever-shifting beast — just an absolutely put-you-on-the-floor headphone record. The narrative holds as much significance as the sound; hopefully there will be a lyric sheet so teenagers ripe for a push in the right direction can follow along, pink-eyed, with their index fingers.

– John Dwyer [Thee Oh Sees]

White Fence cohort Jack Name will release Light Show, his “rock and roll sci fi novella,” next week (1/21) via God?, which is Ty Segall’s Drag City imprint (buy it here). You can stream two songs below.

Currently on the road with Dent May, Jack will also be doing a few shows on the East Coast in March, including one in NYC at Death by Audio on 3/15 (rest of the line-up’s TBA). All tour dates are listed below.


Jack Name – 2014 Tour Dates
January 24, 2014 San Francisco, CA Slim’s w/ Dent May, Chris Cohen
January 25, 2014 Eureka, CA The Works w/ Dent May
January 26, 2014 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios w/ Dent May
January 28, 2014 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret w/ Dent May
January 29, 2014 Seattle, WA Chop Suey w/ Dent May
January 30, 2014 Boise, ID Neurolux w/ Dent May
January 31, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court w/ Dent May
February 1, 2014 Denver, CO Hi Dive w/ Dent May
February 3, 2014 Iowa City, IA The Mill w/ Dent May
February 4, 2014 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle w/ Dent May
February 5, 2014 St. Louis, MO Biliken Club w/ Dent May
February 6, 2014 Nashville, TN The Stone Fox w/ Dent May
February 7, 2014 New Orleans, LA Tulane University LBC Quad w/ Dent May
February 8, 2014 Austin, TX Mohawk (Inside) w/ Pontiak
February 9, 2014 El Paso, TX The Lowbrow Palace w/ Pontiak
February 10, 2014 Phoenix, AZ Last Exit Live w/ Pontiak
March 6, 2014 Nashville, TN Freakin’ Weekend
March 11, 2014 Cleveland, OH Happy Dog
March 13, 2014 Montreal, QC Casa del Popolo
March 15, 2014 Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio

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