6. Show (1994): Show seems less essential now than it did back in '94, when you couldn't dial up hours of live Lizard -- including the full-length reunion gig Club, which also came out on a limited-edition Chunklet LP -- with a keystroke. But it's valuable document, precisely because of how ordinary it is. The sound is honest: The band churns through a typically turbulent set (CBGB, December '93, opening for the Damned) sometimes nearly coming unglued (check out that frenzied version of "Boilermaker") as an often-hoarse Yow stumbles alongside. It's fun to imagine what might be going on during the few cues he misses: Were his pants around his ankles? Did the crowd drop him? The frontman's banter is priceless throughout ("Are you waitin' for the Damned; should we leave?"; "Mac's monitor is touring the realms of the nonexistent"; and in response to a wiseguy heckler who name-checks Nietzsche: "I Nietzsche a fuckin' mouth full of my cock"), and the setlist is a doozy, featuring faves from Goat, Liar, and the yet-unreleased Down, along with the best of the Lizard's non-LP tracks (including a winning pair from the 1993 Lash EP: "Glamorous" and "Deaf As A Bat"). Interestingly, the best single performance here might be a cover: TJL's signature version of "Wheelchair Epidemic," originally by influential Austin punks the Dicks. If you're seeking an aural document of the Lizard in the wild, you could do a lot worse than Show.
Screaming Females were the latest guest on the newly-revived version of indie-friendly kid show Pancake Mountain. They appeared with the Jesus Lizard’s David Yow, who has had his own recurring cooking segment since he first appeared on the show back in June. In this episode, the New Jersey punk rock staple helps make seasonally-appropriate Hallowee… More »
Throughout the ’90s, David Yow, frontman of the Jesus Lizard, was more famous for twisting his balls up into weird shapes onstage than for anything adorable and/or educational. He was not someone you would want to leave around your kids. And, well, I’m still not convinced that he is. But Yow did recently make a… More »
Scratch Acid/Jesus Lizard/Qui frontman David Yow, one of pigfuck’s most exhilarating nihilistic yowlers, released a solo album called Tonight You Look Like A Spider this year. The first track is a five-part, 13-minute instrumental called “Opening Suite.” For the video, five directors including Jennifer Lynch (David Lynch’s daughter), Califone’s Tim Rutili, Jared Varava, Adam Harding,… More »
Jesus Lizard fans love to swap war stories. They’ll tell you about how bassist David Wm. Sims almost impaled them with his headstock during one of his trademark gyrations, how guitarist Duane Denison stomped on some poor crowd-surfer who launched into his amp, or how vocalist David Yow — having already partially half-exposed his junk… More »
John Dyer Baizley is probably best known as the frontman of Savannah, GA’s Baroness, but his visual artwork is arguably even more famous than his music. Among his other pursuits, for years now Baizley has been producing some of the most unique, intriguing, stylish, and bizarre album covers in the world (including, of course, all… More »
In the June 2, 2012 issue of the NME, Kevin Shields said the long-awaited third album from My Bloody Valentine –- the first since 1991’s classic Loveless –- is imminent. The UK mag quotes Shields as saying the album will be released “sooner rather than later,” perhaps even this year.
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Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »
I’ve already gone on record about how amazing a live band Jesus Lizard were during their prime in the ’90s — performing maybe my favorite show ever at CBGB’s in 1992. After catching them again all these years later at ATP NY, I can say they’re definitely kinder/gentler, but still blew the majority of the… More »
Our second year at Kutsher’s was rainier than the first, but that didn’t matter so much to us or, seemingly, the other attendees: If anything, this year felt more celebratory (and debauched) than 2008. You wouldn’t be faulted for noting a certain hippie vibe. Visually, there were the tie-dyed shirts and hoodies (purchased at the… More »
This past weekend, Seattle roped off a couple of blocks on Pike Street to host the Capitol Hill Block Party, inviting everyone from Sonic Youth to Micachu to the Jesus Lizard to help fill out a strong roster of artists. And Speaking of Yow’s iconic band: 13 years ago the Jesus Lizard played the city… More »
One of the greatest live bands ever, the Jesus Lizard have reunited to play some dates in 2009. (Seeing them at CBGB’s in ’92 was maybe the best show I’ve ever witnessed.) For the first time in a dozen years, you’ll be able to witness the incomparable original lineup of Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims,… More »