MC5 founder Brother Wayne Kramer celebrates 50 years of Kick Out The Jams with special guests:
Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
Brendan Canty (Fugazi)
Billy Gould (Faith No More)
Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla)
I’ve spent the last 50 years of my life playing the music of the MC5. When I started, I didn’t even have a driver’s license. But what I did have was an electric guitar, and friends who saw the world the same way I did. We would meet in the basement of my house in Detroit to play. We created this music together.
The MC5’s music is among the most memorable work I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot. Playing the album “Kick Out The Jams” — live from top to bottom in 2018 — is as exciting a project as I could have ever imagined. And, the fact that this album has meant so much to so many over these decades and continents matters a great deal to me.
So, I welcome all from across the world, of every age, color, species, gender, and politics, to enjoy hearing it played as intended.
‘Cause right now it’s time to…
Right now it’s time to…
It’s time to…
Kick Out The Jams, Motherfuckers.
Sharkmuffin’s name fits. The Brooklyn 3-piece outfit crafts adorable pop music with jagged, garage-aged fangs. With 12 years of guitar playing under her belt, Tarra Thiessen (vocals/guitar/theremin/pocket piano) discovered bassist/vocalist Natalie Kirch at the Jersey Shore on July 4, 2012 only months before the very beach house in which they met was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. After a run with a couple drummers, a trip to SXSW, the release of their first self-titled 7”, and the release of their first EP “She-Gods of Champagne Valley” in April 2013, Janet LaBelle joined the sonically crushing trifecta during CMJ 2013. Soon after they released the “1097” EP, named after the beach house Natalie and Tarra first jammed at, providing four quick but intense slaps in the face, as each biting track clocks in at less than two minutes.
With a short West Coast Tour and tracking scheduled for February 2014, Janet LaBelle suddenly unfortunately had to step down due to an arm injury. Patty Schemel (Upset/Death Valley Girls/ex-Hole) filled in last minute for Sharkmuffin’s LA dates and also recorded 10 tracks with Sharkmuffin for their first LP. The rest of 2014 was filled with touring with a beautiful cast of fill-in drummers including Leslie Hong from Haybaby, Rebecca Derosa from Fisty, and Mattie Siegal from Granny, playing on the east coast and Midwest with Dead Stars, a few Warped Tour dates, and a full solo west coast tour. With a recipe of influences, from The Breeders, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hole, The Ventures, to early Black Sabbath, Sharkmuffin has evolved their super-heavy, noise-punk-meets psychedelic power pop. Their debut LP, “Chartreuse,” featuring Patty Schemel on drums, will be released Summer 2015.