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Jemina Pearl played Brooklyn w/ Harlem, stormed off stage (pics), playing SXSW w/ Thurston, J. Mascis, Andrew WK

by Andrew Frisicano

Jemina Pearl @ Union Pool…
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The audience was left to wonder exactly what happened when Jemina Pearl walked off stage less than 30 minutes into her headlining set Saturday night (2/13) at Union Pool. The question wasn’t the shortness itself, but the abruptness of her departure: after getting increasingly frustrated with something, she kicked the drum set, gave the one-finger salute to her band and left, to the stunned then embarrassed faces of her supporting trio. The show was really just getting started. “As long as everyone had fun, that’s what matters,” said the bass player sheepishly before getting a lit cigarette thrown at him by the singer, in a brief return to the stage.

They did manage to get through “I Hate People,” a cover of “Band on the Run” and a handful of others (though not “Heartbeats” which one of the most enthusiastic fans requested as a not-to-be encore). It was an awkward hometown end to nearly a month of touring.

Openers Harlem were admirably sloppy and enthused (it’s hard not to think of a less manic Black Lips). Their animated, banadana-ed singer/guitarist and more straight-laced drummer swapped roles halfway through the set, which brought out a different dynamic for sure – round two was cleaner with more of a focus on pointed guitar riffs and less on effusive vocals. The Austin band’s second album is due this summer on Matador, and they’ll be touring the West Coast for the next few weeks.

Jemina’s next scheduled show/shows are SXSW. The full Ecstatic Peace SXSW showcase lineup (Thurston Moore, J Mascis & Andrew WK included), more Union Pool pictures, a video and Harlem tour dates are below…

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Jemina Pearl “I Hate People” Live @ Union Pool Feb 15th

Ecstatic Peace showcase
Friday, March 19, 2010
Red 7, 611 E. 7th Street – Austin, TX 78701

Inside Stage
Thurston Moore Solo Acoustic
Lord Jeff
Servile Sect
Nancy Garcia
Talk Normal
Viv Albertine

(Listed in order of appearance)

Outside Stage
Black Helicopter
Awesome Color
Violent Soho
The Entrance Band
Jemina Pearl
Society’s Ills (Thurston Moore, J Mascis, Don Fleming, Andrew W.K., Awesome Allison)

Harlem – 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 18 trunk space phoenix
Feb 19 l’keg gallery los angeles ^
Feb 20 spaceland los angeles
Feb 21 casbah san diego !
Feb 23 the blank club san jose #
Feb 24 cafe du nord san francisco $
Feb 26 dantes portland
Feb 27 the funhouse seattle
Mar 03 the crepe place santa cruz %
Mar 04 detroit bar costa mesa
Mar 05 club congress tucson
^ with audacity
! with thee make out party
# with hnx and hs pnktts and shannon and the clams
$ with the sandwitches

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