(We have two pairs of tickets to this show. Read bottom of post for more info)
Quasi at Backspace
April 3, 2009
Shot by Julian Chadwick
This video is from the last performance I saw Quasi at Backspace (and the last they performed I believe). They are playing a pretty cool show on Thursday @ Disjecta.
From Website and Press Release:
Tin House and Disjecta present
Arty Words Vol. 2
Zak Smith w/ special guest Jon Raymond
w/ music by Quasi
Thu. June. 18th / 7:30 pm / $7 (purchase from Paypal below)
Disjecta and Tin House return to a winning formula for the next installment of Arty Words, the literary/art/music sensation too unwieldy to be called an event. Vol. II features Los Angeles artist and writer Zak Smith, Portland's own Jon Raymond and a very special musical performance by Quasi.
Zak Smith does for alt porn what Hunter S. Thompson did for motorcycle gangs and Tom Wolfe for psychedelica.
Punk artist and icon Zak Smith made a name for himself by visually re-creating Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and drawing pictures of girls in the “naked girl business.” His artistic pedigree and acute observation landed him in high-profile exhibits at the Whitney and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Somewhere along the line, Smith went from the observer to the observed, from the guy with a sketchpad to the guy on-screen doing the unnamable for anyone eighteen or older to see.
We Did Porn follows Zak Smith (aka Zak Sabbath) from the New York art scene to Los Angeles 's seedy, yet colorful, underbelly—the world of alt porn. Through memoir and more than one hundred drawings, Smith narrates his foray into pornography and gives his readers a new understanding of the industry, its players, and its audience.
Jon Raymond is the author of The Half-Life, a novel, and Livability, a collection of stories, two of which were made into the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy. He is an editor at Plazm magazine, a former editor at Tin House, and his writing has appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, the Village Voice, and other publications. He lives in Kenton, home of Disjecta.
Quasi was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1993 by Sam Coomes (Heatmiser) and Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks), and were joined by Joanna Bolme (Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks) in 2006.
“Shambolically tuneful and engaging.”—Rolling Stone
Win Tickets: We have two pairs of tickets to give out to this great show. Just comment on this post to win. If you comment with your favorite Quasi lyrics, I will enter you twice in the random drawing. I will draw winner on Thursday at 11 or noon. If you have not received an email from me by one, then you did not win. GOOD LUCK