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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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New Jon Spencer video: Do The Trash Can

Video: Jon Spencer – “Do The Trash Can”

From Spencer Sings the Hits due this fall on Shove Records/In the Red.

Jon Spencer recorded his first solo album at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan with Sam Coomes from Quasi and drummer Mike Sord from Kalamazoo.

Spencer told Rolling Stone, “Sam is someone with whom I have crossed paths many times over the years, I have always been a fan of his wild keyboard style and twisted tunesmith-ery. In fact we kicked around the idea of a collaboration way back in the early Aughts. I got to know Sord from many projects done at the Key Club (Andre Williams, JSBX, & Boss Hog), he was the handyman and assistant engineer that turned out to be a great drummer.”

“Do The Trash Can” has everything you’d want in a Jon Spencer song: snarled vocals, caveman drums, Stoogey guitar riffs, and incitement to get down and dance. You can also hear them banging on old car parts.

“Nothing like digging the gas tank from an old Chevy out of a Michigan junkyard snow bank in January. Junkyard owner kept asking me if the metal was for a school project, but as a bluegrass player he could understand the possible use for a recording session.”

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