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New Quasi video: Queen of Ears

Video: Quasi – “Queen of Ears”

Directed by Patrick Stanton. From Breaking the Balls of History, out February 10 on Sub Pop.

A tibial plateau fracture is no fucking joke. It’s not like a regular broken bone where you just get it set, wear a cast for a few weeks, and then you’re good. Nope, a TPF typically requires multiple surgeries and months or years of rehab, and even after all of that you may never be the same again. Many people never regain full range of motion and some people are unable to walk at all.

Back in August 2019, the month after she announced she was leaving Sleater-Kinney, powerhouse drummer Janet Weiss was in a bad car accident that broke her left collar bone and her right tibia. At the time she thought her recovery would take “about 12 weeks.” They tell you that in the hospital so you don’t lose hope. In reality, those first 12 to 16 weeks are the time you’re required to stay off the broken leg completely. Put no weight on it at all so the bone can begin to heal. No walking. Completely non-weightbearing. You’d be surprised how quickly muscles atrophy when you don’t use them. After three months, you basically need to learn to walk again. It’s not easy. It’s super painful. And it takes a long time.

Two years after the accident, in August 2021 Weiss considered herself “about 80% back.” Her strength and balance were still “a work in progress” as well as her coordination and stamina. Nevertheless she was practicing daily and was “thrilled to be gaining the ability to translate the explosive drum parts [she] hear[s] in [her] head to the kit.”

And now, a little more than a year after that, we get to hear the outcome of all her hard work. It’s great to see her back in action. Weiss and her Quasi compatriot Sam Coomes recorded Breaking the Balls of History in five days. It’s their tenth album so they know what they’re doing. “When you’re younger and in a band, you make records because that’s what you do,” Coomes said. “But this time, the whole thing felt purposeful in a way that was unique to the circumstances.”

Life is short and sometimes it sucks. We should all be grateful that artists like Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes are putting in the effort to make all our lives a little better.

We first covered Quasi 21 years ago: Love, American Style by Kristy Eldredge.

New Jon Spencer video: Junk Man

Video: Jon Spencer & the HITmakers – “JUNK MAN”

Directed by Andrew Hooper. From Spencer Gets It Lit, out April 1.

This is great. Jon Spencer trades in his theremin from the Blues Explosion days for a tasty Farfisa and the results are better than anybody could possibly hope for in 2022. If you’ve been reacting to the untimely death of King Louie Banskton by digging back into the discography of the Royal Pendletons, then this new Spencer jam will fit right in on your garage punk playlist, proving once and for all that young people don’t have a monopoly on snotty rock and roll.

The new album was recorded down at Key Club in Benton Harbor last summer with a group of Hitmakers that included Quasi’s Sam Coomes on keys and Kalamazoo homeboy M. Sord on drums. But when they hit the road this spring with Quasi, the unstoppable Janet Weiss will be handling drum duties for both bands. She and Coomes are going to be getting a workout, so if you make it out to one of these shows, be sure to buy them a drink between sets!

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Album Streams: Newsom, BJM, Eazy-E, more

Tune in!NPR is streaming Joanna Newsom’s Have One On Me through March 2.

And AOL/Spinner is streaming the following new releases through Sunday, February 28:

Clem Snide, ‘The Meat of Life’ (429; MP3)

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, ‘Who Killed Sgt. Pepper’ (A Recordings; MP3)

Shearwater, 'The Golden' (Matador; MP3, MP3)

Quasi, ‘American Gong (Dig)’ (Kill Rock Stars; MP3, MP3)

Shout Out Louds, ‘Work’ (Merge; MP3)

Eazy-E, 'Eazy-duz-it'

EPMD, 'Strictly Business'

More streams below. Let us know if you hear anything good.

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Forkcast Filter, Round 21

Pitchfork: ForkcastThe fine folks at the Fork have been uncovering all kinds of new music for you to check out. It’s hard for anybody to listen to everything. We handpick the stuff that might appeal to the GLONO reader…whatever that means. Listen for yourself and let us know what you think.

Here’s our latest roundup of the good stuff that Pitchfork has given up recently on their Forkcast:

Local Natives – “Sun Hands”

Quasi – “Repulsion”

Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Heaven Can Wait (Nosaj Thing Remix)”

Jay Reatard – “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” (Nirvana cover)

Phoenix – “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” (Bob Dylan cover)

Grizzly Bear – “Boy From School” (Hot Chip cover)

Erykah Badu – “Window Seat”

Lots more below, including several xx remixes and covers of songs by Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Elliott Smith

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