JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby BAIN » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:59 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekvzvUbp-tI

East Bay, first show in 21 years.
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby captain2man » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:15 am

BAIN wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekvzvUbp-tI

East Bay, first show in 21 years.


Even through the crappy microphone of a cell phone, you can tell that they're well rehearsed and playing and singing great. It's a lot of pressure on a band who's been away for like 20 years and with such a legacy to live up to.

You can tell it's pure joy. I know Adam & Chris have been wanting to do this for years and I can only imagine how they were feeling as they were seconds away from playing that first note.

I feel like I'm living vicariously through the guy in the front with the beard.

Not sure if this is something they're going to do, or only play a couple of big fests, cash in, and get out....I hope it's lucrative and fun.....I'd love to see them play one more time.
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby scannest » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:09 pm

Blake read Keats' poem "Ode to a Grecian Urn" before they started because OF COURSE HE DID.

Dude cracks me up.
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby JGJR » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:22 pm

scannest wrote:Blake read Keats' poem "Ode to a Grecian Urn" before they started because OF COURSE HE DID.

Dude cracks me up.


Dude's an English professor at Hunter or was (not sure if he still is given the interview I read about why the reunion is happening), so it's kinda appropriate, I think.

Anyway, "Condition Oakland" from the show is up, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GStQBD98Rro&t=11s
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby Chris Shary » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:21 pm

The guy in the front with the beard had a really great time.
He didn't know Jawbreaker were going to play.
He was there to see Monsula.
He really likes Monsula, Jawbreaker too.
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby scannest » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:26 am

JGJR wrote:Dude's an English professor at Hunter or was (not sure if he still is given the interview I read about why the reunion is happening), so it's kinda appropriate, I think.


And the drummer for my band (IN CROWD) has a PhD in Media Ecology. Doesn't mean it would be appropriate for him to recite Marshall McLuhan before we played "Geeks at the Mall."
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby FlexMyHead » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:18 pm

scannest wrote:Blake read Keats' poem "Ode to a Grecian Urn" before they started because OF COURSE HE DID.

Dude cracks me up.


DISCLAIMER: I curated a handwritten and then digital gigography of shows that Jawbreaker played, with setlists, flyers, audio/video, reviews, photos etc. So take everything I say with a grain of salt.

I just thought it was a very Jawbreaker thing to do. When they were a band they were known for playing 5-6 new songs that nobody had heard and/or not playing "Busy", both of which irritated people there to see them. How great then, before playing live in 21 years, to quote a poem from 1819 about two scenes from an urn, which has a line about (I'm paraphrasing here) "sounds that are unheard seem sweeter than those that are heard". I think, given the 21 years, that was a pretty clever tie in. I dunno though. I'd rather hear a poem than "This first song is called Victim in Pain and it's from our record called Victim in Pain, 1-2-3-4 GO!".

I was glad to hear that Jawbreaker was going to play the Chicago rock-show and was looking forward to seeing the youtube clips and I'm glad to have gotten clips from another show.

I guess Monsula's backstage conversation was like "Oh great, Jawbreaker wants to open for us? I'm sure we won't have a tough act to follow".

Speaking of Monsula, I heard that when Lance Hahn (RIP) joined them on 2nd guitar they recorded an entire second album that they totally scrapped. Anybody actually hear this demo/record? I still listen to 4-5 songs from Sanitized.
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby scannest » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:28 pm

There was no hostility behind my "dude cracks me up" comment. I meant it pretty sincerely - reading a Keats poem before you play is kinda funny, right? Maybe 'ballsy" is a better word. Either way, I would have giggled a little.
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Postby FlexMyHead » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:36 pm

Well, after watching clips of some of Blake's past solo shows, I was just glad to see him in good spirits and playing out. In those videos he seemed a little off and would (haphazardly) play songs from his back catalog and then random stuff, like him covering that Third Eye Blind song for example. Also, he is totally morphing into Walter Matthau...which is so odd since they used a photo of him on their earlier 7".

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Postby the mean » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:03 pm

captain2man wrote:I feel like I'm living vicariously through the guy in the front with the beard.

Chris Shary wrote:The guy in the front with the beard had a really great time.

LOL

FlexMyHead wrote:Speaking of Monsula, I heard that when Lance Hahn (RIP) joined them on 2nd guitar they recorded an entire second album that they totally scrapped.

It's true that there is a (third, not second) LP that was recorded and never released. I'm not sure who all played guitar on it though. Chuck was gone, and both Lance and Jason White played guitar, sometimes apart and sometimes together. I can't see a Monsula album being released without Chuck, though.
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby JGJR » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:59 pm

scannest wrote:
JGJR wrote:Dude's an English professor at Hunter or was (not sure if he still is given the interview I read about why the reunion is happening), so it's kinda appropriate, I think.


And the drummer for my band (IN CROWD) has a PhD in Media Ecology. Doesn't mean it would be appropriate for him to recite Marshall McLuhan before we played "Geeks at the Mall."


No, but it would be funny!
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Postby JGJR » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:00 pm

scannest wrote:There was no hostility behind my "dude cracks me up" comment. I meant it pretty sincerely - reading a Keats poem before you play is kinda funny, right? Maybe 'ballsy" is a better word. Either way, I would have giggled a little.


Ditto (no hostility behind my reply; just surmising why he did it) and ditto re: I would've giggled, too.
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Postby erin » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:13 am

I'm crossing my fingers I get a chance to see them. Punkrock Bowling 2018!!
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Postby laura » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:32 am

if you read this (which is the article i assume JGJR referenced upthread but didn't link to), it sounds like Blake isn't opposed to the idea of more shows after RiotFest. which just means i'll get to see them more than once.

also, Dear You-heavy. i am not displeased.
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Postby matt » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:36 am

I still have two 3-day passes for sale for RiotFest. Hit me up if you (or someone you know) needs tickets. I'll make you a sweet deal.
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Postby scannest » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:46 am

I see a lot of parallels between Blake and Westerberg in terms of temperament. In other words, he can be into it today and shut it all down tomorrow.
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Postby laura » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:57 am

agreed. hopefully, like westerberg, he'll at least get through most of a tour before imploding.

as was true with the 'mats, i am not taking my chances, and will again be wading through the mass of humanity in chicago. at least the lineup for that stage, where i will be camping out all day, is pretty decent - beach slang, that dog., capn jazz, dinosaur jr. and then jawbreaker. with the replacements, i had to suffer through fucking AFI to get anywhere near the stage.
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Postby scannest » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:02 am

laura wrote: with the replacements, i had to suffer through fucking AFI to get anywhere near the stage.

Ha! Me too. I'm glad aquaman forced me to as we wound up with a nice vantage point for the Mats, but it was a rough hour.
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Postby gregpolard » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:38 am

I love AFI. Lol

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Postby FlexMyHead » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:51 am

laura wrote:if you read this (which is the article i assume JGJR referenced upthread but didn't link to), it sounds like Blake isn't opposed to the idea of more shows after RiotFest. which just means i'll get to see them more than once.



Thanks for posting that, I must have missed it. I'm a bit shocked how open he was and how brutally honest he was about why it even happened:

My life was just stopped completely. I don't think I am coming to it from hunger. It was just this huge thing that was sitting right in front of me the whole time. I kind of hit a moment where I was like, I can either apply for 100 jobs and not get them. I mean - dog walking - I couldn't get hired. Which is just a reflection of our economy, I think? Nothing against me or anybody else. I couldn't believe what I couldn't get.


And about playing other shows:

It’s see how it goes. I think we all wanna do a few more to travel for one thing so people don’t have to go to this one festival if they want to see it. For ourselves and for our fans. I’d like to go to South America. I’m not going to get there any other way. [laughing]. We went to Europe a couple times. We’ve never been to Japan. Any place we could go. Everyone is very involved in their own life too. We want to do it in a way that's comfortable. We all agreed that we’d see all this went. If it’s not painful or disastrous then we can hopefully do a couple more. Find something that’s sensible.


One thing I found bit odd was that he said he went to tab sites to get a clue on how to play stuff. Now, I know Kiss The Bottle has some different types of chords, but while I never really attempted to learn any of their songs, they never seemed that tricky? I dunno.

I also liked the following:

The singing in Jawbreaker is really physically demanding for me. I'm just not a singer that way always. Any kind of punk rock band. Your body does things that are based on emotion, rage, and sadness that are not technical. That was my learning how to sing was just through desperately trying to express myself.


Ben Weasel of all people had a great quote (and I can't quote it unfortunately) about listening to a 'punk' singer and just totally right away get a feeling from them that was sincere and then hearing some other punk record and it made him want to start vacuuming or something. Just felt so empty and hollow. I was in crap bands in college that nobody cared about, so no way I could compare, but I hope that I put the same feeling into when I played. Doubt it. lol.
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Postby jaybird » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:05 am

FlexMyHead wrote:Well, after watching clips of some of Blake's past solo shows, I was just glad to see him in good spirits and playing out. In those videos he seemed a little off and would (haphazardly) play songs from his back catalog and then random stuff, like him covering that Third Eye Blind song for example. Also, he is totally morphing into Walter Matthau...which is so odd since they used a photo of him on their earlier 7".

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Jesus... Dude is only 2 years older than I am, but looks about 20 years older.... he had cancer or something fairly serious awhile back, right? I guess that shit will put some hard mileage on a guy.
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Postby BAIN » Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:58 pm

be on the L(.)(.)KOUT for a Brooklyn show in the next couple of days

"Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker will screen at Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema on August 31 and September 6 at 7:30 PM. Both will have a Q&A with Blake.

I am patiently waiting for confirmation from my inside crew.

Only rumor at the moment.
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Postby scannest » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:12 pm

BAIN wrote:be on the L(.)(.)KOUT for a Brooklyn show in the next couple of days

"Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker will screen at Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema on August 31 and September 6 at 7:30 PM. Both will have a Q&A with Blake.

I am patiently waiting for confirmation from my inside crew.

Only rumor at the moment.


I smell a last minute show at St. Vitus.
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Postby BAIN » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:48 pm

Bell House is the word on the streets. Private party friday, no shows sat/sunday.
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Postby JGJR » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:02 pm

BAIN wrote:Bell House is the word on the streets. Private party friday, no shows sat/sunday.



"Closed for a private event." I imagine some will try and crash it.

http://www.thebellhouseny.com/
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Postby the mean » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:15 am

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This was pretty amazing to experience.
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Postby BAIN » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:26 am

BAIN wrote:Image

This was pretty amazing to experience.


Without a doubt!!!

They sounded so good!!!

My friend created a video setlist based off what he thought were the best versions of the show.

Though he is missing the Bivouac to end it, he has been informed.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... SXJooEJ7wG
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Postby BAIN » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:36 am

Jawbreaker 9/17/17

Boxcar
Sluttering (May 4th)
Want
The Boat Dreams From the Hill
West Bay Invitational
Save Your Generation
Jet Black
In Sadding Around
Accident Prone
Million
Parabola
Condition Oakland
Chemistry
Kiss the Bottle
Bivouac
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Postby JGJR » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:42 am

BAIN wrote:Jawbreaker 9/17/17

Boxcar
Sluttering (May 4th)
Want
The Boat Dreams From the Hill
West Bay Invitational
Save Your Generation
Jet Black
In Sadding Around
Accident Prone
Million
Parabola
Condition Oakland
Chemistry
Kiss the Bottle
Bivouac


Save for the lack of "Chesterfield King," "Tour Song" and "Do You Still Hate Me?" (though to be honest there are always songs they'll miss) that set list is pretty much perfect. I hope that if they tour, the sets would be a bit longer. And the video I saw sounds great.
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Postby BAIN » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:13 am

JGJR wrote:Save for the lack of "Chesterfield King," "Tour Song" and "Do You Still Hate Me?" (though to be honest there are always songs they'll miss) that set list is pretty much perfect. I hope that if they tour, the sets would be a bit longer. And the video I saw sounds great.


Every stage at Riot Fest sounded amazing. They did a great job.
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Postby the mean » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:53 pm

Chesterfield King was the obvious omission, and set was too Dear You heavy for my tastes, but it's hard to complain. I've seen Jawbreaker so many times in small clubs, so I actually really enjoyed seeing them with 50,000ish people singing along. I'm really happy for those guys, who have always been solid people.
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Postby the mean » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:23 pm

Some other stuff you may be interested in:

Riot Fest asked Jawbreaker two or three times to play and they said no each time until this year (I think this was pretty common knowledge).

If this went well, they will do more shows. I haven't talked to anyone after, but it sure seems like it went well. Playing in front of 50,000(?) people after a 21 year break and not sucking has to be pretty rad. So long as Blake and Chris get along, there should be more shows.

There is nothing else planned for this year. I don't think that means there won't be a show pop up here or there. Things being talked about for next year: Some festival in Barcelona in the spring and some Japan dates in the fall. Again, only if things went well and everyone wants to move forward.

As for US shows, what they would like to do is play multiple nights at smaller venues in each city. This, theoretically, would solve the quick sell out problems being talked about above.

The amount of money they are dealing with at this point is mind boggling for those of us raised in DIY punk. I was stoked to pay them $250 or so when they played in Sacto.
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Postby FlexMyHead » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:08 pm

the mean wrote:... I was stoked to pay them $250 or so when they played in Sacto...


Glad to hear they sounded good and went over well. Haven't had time to watch the clips but I take that to mean they weren't just going through the motions?

I think I brought it up before, but in early 90s I was in college in Virginia and I wrote Adam a letter and asked if they could play a house party for $50 and beer next time they went to DC and he very nicely told me he didn't think so. I didn't know you rich California bastards were offering him 5x that amount!

I'd for sure check them out if, for some reason, they decided to play in Floriduh.

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Postby Marc M » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:38 pm

the mean wrote:Image

This was pretty amazing to experience.


Yes it was. When they broke into Boxcar, I thought I was going to get crushed to death. The first 4 songs were complete mayhem near the stage, then everybody seemed to calm down, and I was able to enjoy the show without fear of dying. The only song I was hoping for (besides Busy, which I was pretty sure they wouldn't play) was Ashtray Monument. They sounded amazing, and seemed like they were totally into it.
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Re: JAWBREAKER played last night!!!

Postby drew » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:44 pm

I can't add much more than what the others said about Jawbreaker, they were into it & played great. I guess the two greatest omissions for me are "shield your eyes" & "chesterfield king" they never played much from Bivouac/chesterfield king records on their last tours but always those tunes.....whatever, it was amazing getting to see them again and they seemed to really appreciate the crowd response. Maybe now a tour?
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