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Wild Flag studio recording finally available for listening.

March 4, 2011

“Glass Tambourine,” the first studio recording to be made available by Janet’s new side project Wild Flag, is on NPR now. Click here to listen to it. What do you guys think?

“Seven Years Gone” on the streets of San Fran

February 25, 2011

A friend on Facebook shared this awesome video of Quasi performing “Seven Years Gone” from Hot Shit! outside of a bookstore in San Francisco. Did I mention it is awesome?

Unfortunately, I can’t embed it because WordPress is apparently incapable of supporting anything that isn’t on Youtube or vimeo or one of those… Ugh. And I can’t embed it myself. Anyway, here’s a link: “Seven Years Gone”

Quasi on KEXP

February 17, 2011

Something I missed on YouTube, but thought I’d share: Quasi on KEXP in playing a handful of songs. A quick YouTube search for “Quasi KEXP” will get you what you’re looking for. Here’s “Black Dogs & Bubbles” from the set:

Wild Flag hitting the road in March

February 9, 2011

Wild Flag, Janet’s new band with Carrie Brownstein, Rebecca Cole (The Minders), and Mary Timony (Helium), are hitting the road in March after the Quasi tour with Sebadoh wraps up. Tour dates are as follows (according to mergerecords.com)

03/04 – Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop (early show & late show)
03/06 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
03/07 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
03/08 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall (with Bright Eyes and Superchunk)
03/09 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall (with Bright Eyes and Superchunk)
03/10 – Washington D.C. – Black Cat
03/11 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
03/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
03/13 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree (with Times New Viking)
03/14 – Little Rock, AR – Sticky Fingerz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack (with Times New Viking)
03/20 – Dallas, TX – Brofest 2011
03/22 – Nashville, NY – Mercy Lounge
03/23 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle

On tour with Sebadoh

February 9, 2011

(Sorry for the lack of updates. I was overseas in Australia for a few months with family and didn’t spend much time on the web. We will return to regular updates now.)

Quasi just started a tour opening for Lou Barlow’s Sebadoh! Unfortunately for me, they’re not coming to Chicago, but maybe next time!

2/08: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
2/10: Wonder Ballroom. Portland
2/11: Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver
2/12: Neumo’s, Seattle
2/14: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake
2/15: Larimer Lounge, Denver
2/16: Record Bar, Kansas City
2/17: Opolis, Norman
2/18: Granada Theater, Dallas
2/19: Emo’s, Austin
2/21: Hotel Congress, Tucson
2/22: Rhythm Room, Tempe
2/23: The Casbah, San Diego
2/24: Troubadour, Los Angeles
2/25: Echoplex, Los Angeles

Janet and Carrie Brownstein form new supergroup.

September 28, 2010

With Sleater-Kinney on indefinite hiatus, Janet and Carrie Brownstein have reunited to form a new group called Wild Flag with former Helium front-woman Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole of the unfortunately-defunct The Minders. According to Pitchfork, the band are now recording their first album for Merge. Aside from the obvious connection between Carrie and Janet, Janet has also played with Cole in a side project called the Shadow Mortons.
In conjunction with the formation of the new band, a smattering of tour dates on the west coast have been announced in November, which are:

11/10 Olympia, WA – The Northern
11/12 Seattle, WA – High Dive
11/13 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
11/17 Sacramento, CA – The Hub
11/18 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
11/19 Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
11/20 San Diego, CA – Casbah
11/21 Pomona, CA – Alladin’s

Unfortunately, Chicago is not on the west coast so I’ll have to wait for a bigger tour, but I wish Janet & friends well in the new band!

‘American Gong’ getting great reviews… hell, even Pitchfork liked it.

September 27, 2010

Quasi’s wonderful album, American Gong, now just over six months old, has received some great reviews according to metacritic.com. Counting twenty-one professional reviews, there is only one negative, and among the most glowing of them all is from legendary rock critic Robert Christgau, who calls it “a darn good grunge record.” Under the Radar, Mojo, Delusions of Adequacy, and even the ridiculously negative-nancy Pitchfork are among the positive reviewers.

For those of you who have yet to purchase the record, please do. If you’re like myself and have already bought two copies (one on CD and one on vinyl), I’m sure you have a friend who doesn’t know Quasi who would probably love them. There are links to videos and a few free mp3s available at their Kill Rock Stars artist page, which is right here. The best thing you can do for a band you appreciate is give others the opportunity to appreciate them, too! You can’t love a band you’ve never heard of.

Speaking of videos, here is the band’s latest, courtesy of the Kill Rock Stars YouTube, “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler.”