Pornography & Quasi @ Disjecta + WIN Tickets | June 18

(We have two pairs of tickets to this show. Read bottom of post for more info)

Quasi at Backspace
Portland, Oregon
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

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20 Responses to Pornography & Quasi @ Disjecta + WIN Tickets | June 18

  1. Tyler June 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    You only hurt, the ones you love
    That may be true
    But better said, you only hurt the ones who love you

    This sounds like an awesome show. Quasi is so damn low key I miss most of their shows.

  2. alexis June 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    Counting sheep never helped me get to sleep
    But sleep comes deep when you’re with me in the sheets.

  3. dian June 16, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    Pay your rent, pay your bills, pay the doctor for your pills
    So you can work another day, as life slips away.

  4. Jen O. June 17, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    You turn me on, and it’s hard to turn me on.

  5. flowb33 June 17, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    I’m not going to give it up for free anymore
    And I don’t really care if you label me a whore.

  6. emilie esders June 17, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    It’s raining, it’s raining and you’re not the only one…

    Love Quasi and Disjecta!

  7. Mariah June 17, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    The sun still rises, the moon still shines;
    I’ve seen it over ten-thousand times.

  8. Sean June 17, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    You fucked yourself
    You chose your fate
    You changed your mind
    When it’s too late
    Your self-deceit, your worst mistake

  9. @nevafeva June 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    It’s raining, It’s raining.
    There is nothing you can do
    it doesn’t only rain on you
    but you’re acting all upset like you’re the only one who’s wet….

  10. anodyne June 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    Go ahead, I don’t mind your drunken tears

  11. mc June 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    And I can’t tell you when the storm is gonna end/so go ahead and cry but that won’t keep you dry.

  12. Reed June 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    I can’t tell the difference between people and machines.

  13. Joel Janke June 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    you won’t live long, but you may write the perfect song

  14. Terry June 18, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    I’m not going to give it up for free anymore.

  15. Carmel June 18, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Favorite lyric? That’s too hard…here’s one of the many…

    “And a thousand pleasures form a thin veneer
    Over lack of hope.”

  16. Mike M. June 18, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    And the children of privilege begging for my spare change.
    Do they need my assistance to purchase their intoxicants,
    or would they best be served a swift kick
    Slowly sinking in the vast ambivalent sea of California

  17. Mike M. June 18, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Slowly sinking in the vast ambivalent sea of California

  18. Ampersand June 18, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    I don’t mind your drunken tears

  19. aubergine June 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    I’m a coolie for the tourists,
    those happy Epicureans:
    Evil spectres from my own suburban upbring.

    Quasi, woot.

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