Entries tagged with: Blake Schwarzenbach
by Andrew Sacher
United Nations member and music writer Jonah Bayer is one of the co-hosts of the ongoing Going Off Track podcast with former Steven's Untitled Rock Show host Steven Smith, SURS producer Mike Cangemi, and former member of '90s punk band The Goops, Brad Worrell. Their next taping is at Brooklyn's Union Hall this Saturday (7/25) with some pretty special guests. One is Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, and another is Jonah's sister Vanessa Bayer who you know from her Sound Advice series and SNL. Also appearing is Eddie Stern and Christopher Norris. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
While we wait for Blake to (possibly never) reunite Jawbreaker -- they have been reissuing records and made a video though -- he did put out a new solo song this week called "Sanity Is Waiting." He made it with clean guitars and electronics, but it actually sounds closer to classic Blake Schwarzenbach than that sounds like it would. Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
Jawbreaker already reissued Bivouac (+ the Chesterfield King EP) in 2012 for its 20th anniversary, and now they'll be doing the same for 1994's classic Steve Albini-produced 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, as Property of Zack points out. The album comes with alternative takes of four of the LP's tracks, plus two outtakes, "First Step" and "Friends Back East" (which both also appeared on 2002's Etc. compilation). It will be out on October 14 via Blackball Records and can be pre-ordered at Music Direct. Music Direct also mentions that a full-length documentary on the band is in the works. Tracklist and some classic 24 Hour Revenge Therapy streams below. Also below is a funny and entertaining video of a 1994 interview Jawbreaker did on Public Access TV show Sideshow, the show run by Stefanie Reines (interviewer) and her brother Richard (cameraman), who two years later founded Drive-Thru Records together.
In related news, Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfahler recently formed the band California, which is fronted by Green Day's touring guitarist Jason White, and features Dustin Clark (The Insides) on bass. (Meanwhile, Green Day's singer is currently The Replacements' touring guitarist.) The band have been working on their debut record, and while there's no music from that out yet, you can watch a live video of them playing "Woodson Lateral.: It's not the highest quality video, but it does sound promising. Check it out below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Portland punks The Red Dons are going on a tour this month which kicks off in Brooklyn on 7/17 at Death by Audio with Blake Schwarzenbach, Nuclear Spring, and Ylajali. The tour also includes three NYC-area shows with Night Birds: New Brunswick at The Alamo on 7/24, Manhattan at Cake Shop on 7/25 with Livids, and Long Island at No Fun Club on 7/26.
The band have now just announced that after the tour is done, they'll release a new EP, Notes on the Underground, in mid-August via Grave Mistake (Night Birds, Big Eyes). The first taste of the EP is the new track "Dead Ender," which is a real ripper indebted to late '70s/early '80s down-strummed punk, and with some classic "Oh-Aye-Oh"s thrown in there too. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it below. That's the EP's cover art above.
Regarding the band's Death by Audio show, Nude Beach were initially announced as part of that bill, but were quickly removed from their show, and Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil/Forgetters frontman Blake Schwarzenbach has since taken their spot. You can also catch Blake in Brooklyn on Friday (7/12) at Acheron with Fever Dream, Shady Hawkins, and Little Waist (tickets), and he was just announced for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin.
Red Dons song stream below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
Brooklyn's Forgetters (the current project of Blake Schwarzenbach, who previously fronted Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil, and Kevin Mahon, formerly of Against Me!) are set to release their new self titled album on November 13 via their own Too Small To Fail label. The album was produced by J. Robbins (of Jawbox, Government Issue, Office of Future Plans, etc), who also worked on all three Jets to Brazil albums and Jawbreaker's Dear You. You can stream some clips and pre-order the album HERE. The cover art and tracklist is below.
They haven't announced a full tour in support of the album yet, but they'll play a local show just before its release at Death by Audio on November 9 with Radical Dads (ex-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Tiny Tusks, and The Weird Fantasy Band. No advance tickets for this show.
The cover art for the new album and a video of Forgetters at Death by Audio in 2010 are below.
forgetters @ Red 7 (Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparty) in Austin - 11/8/09
forgetters, the newish trio fronted by Jawbreaker's Blake Schwarzenbach (a punk rock poet and a scholar), have scheduled a short tour down the East Coast that kicks off with a Brooklyn show at Market Hotel on Friday, December 11th with Humanbeast and Chastity Wig.
forgetters made an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year. Actually they played one of the fest's official afterparties at Red 7 on Sunday, November 8th. The two pictures here are from that stelllar and surprisingly tight show where Blake introduced and closed the set by reminding the Texas crowd that they were "forgetters from Brooklyn, NY". Two weeks earlier the group played one of their only other shows ever, an in-store at NYC's Generation Record (10/25). A video from the in-store show and all tour dates below...
forgetters @ Lit Lounge (photo by Bill Shouldis)
"forgetters were the reason for the season for me. Seven songs in just under a half-hour, with no retreads from the Thorns material. They all sounded like fast Blake Schwarzenbach songs, so if you've liked any of his musical projects, you will not find forgetters to be a drastic departure. I recorded the show. If you'd like it, and you're not going to sell it or otherwise rankle them, e-mail me and I'll send you a link. forgetters actually have a collective web presence, so keep track of their upcoming shows (and Blake's political leanings) here." [Jaded Scenester]forgetters (aka Blake Schwarzenbach's new project with Caroline Paquita. from Bitchin' & Kevin Mahon who used to drum in Against Me!) and The Bomb have scheduled an in-store appearance during the day at NYC's Generation Records on Sunday, 10/25. The show starts at 1PM and is FREE, while space is available. Videos from the Lit show below.
The show is one of two NYC shows for Chicago's The Bomb, who are also scheduled to play Europa on 10/24 with Used Kids & Basement Black. The Bomb is currently touring off of their new LP, Speed is Everything , which is out NOW via No Idea Records.
In semi-related news, the previously mentioned Iron Age day show at Generation Records is cancelled. Iron Age IS scheduled to make a pair of appearances in NYC though, including at Cake Shop on 10/16 with Mother of Mercy, War Hungry, and Thriller and at The Charleston on 10/17 with a killer diverse bill of Naam, The Banner, Brain Killer , Descender, and Dustheads. Flyer for The Charleston is below.
Naam was recently added to the FREE BrooklynVegan-BBG day party at Fontana's on 10/23.
Descender recently released their S/T EP for FREE download. Get that here, and get out to see them support Iron Age and/OR with Raise The Red Lantern/God's Revolver at Lit Lounge on 10/19.
Full tour dates for The Bomb, the Iron Age flyer and forgetters videos, below...
Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker debuted a new band, Thorns of Life with Aaron Cometbus and Daniela Sea, late last year. That band has broken up and Schwarzenbach's new trio, forgetters (who may continue playing Thorns of Life songs), with bassist Caroline Paquita and Kevin Mahon (the first drummer for Against Me!) is already slated to play a string of shows. The first of those will be this Friday, September 18th at Lit Lounge with Golden City (Eric Richter of Christie Front Drive), Solar Powered Sun Destroyer and Thought & Memory. All tour dates are below...
by Black Bubblegum
Jawbreaker in 2007, briefly reunited for a documentary
Vol. 1As the above info for tonight's event points out, Blake Schwarzenbach played in Jawbreaker. What it neglects to mention is Blake's NEW band Thorns of Life who made their live debut at The Jerk House in Sunset Park in November (photos here), and who have played a (very) few shows since then, one of which was in a Brooklyn house (videos below).
Jan. 2009 edition
A benefit for 826NYC on Jan. 17th @ Bar Matchless
Stories of the cold and from the cold.
Cold Hearts and cold coffee. Getting philosophical on the frozen expanse of our existence, or the cold, frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin. Our readers will each present their take at Vol. 1 in the middle of January.
Zack Lipez - Singer of Brooklyn band Fresh Kills, No Seats on the Party Car with Nick Zinner
Blake Schwarzenbach - Singer in Jawbreaker, Jets To Brazil
Minju Pak - Brooklyn writer. Fiction featured on Hexedjournal.com and Sleepingfish
Cristy C. Road - Bad Habits: A Love Story (Soft Skull Press), www.croadcore.org
Ryan Dodge - Dating Columnist @ Glamour.com, recently published in Slice Magazine
The new band is made up of Schwarzenbach, Aaron Cometbus (of the Cometbus fanzine), and Daniela Sea (alumnus of Bay Area bands The Gr'ups and Cypher In The Snow, and an actress on The L Word), and so far they have no recording plans. Schwarzenbach describes the band
"I can say only that it's loud and tender and we're called the Thorns of Life. Whether it's more Jetsesque or Breaker-like I honestly don't know; it sounds like a storehouse of fond hatred from the last few years and in the now."Stay tuned for any new shows as they come about.
Aaron Cometbus recently stopped by WFMU to sit in with Billy Jam and discuss Thorns of Life. Stream that audio at WFMU's site.
A documentary on Jawbreaker is in the works, and the band reunited for that (albeit briefly in 2007) to jam in the studio (pic above).
Thorns of Life videos, below...