The Bowery Ballroom


Jennifer O'Connor

Fri, June 28, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

This event is 18 and over

"Enthralling, like watching someone howl into a rainstorm." --David Browne, Entertainment Weekly
Come. A cornerstone of the Matador stable 20 years ago. A band that requires no introduction, but here's one for
the uninitiated.
New York, 1990. Guitarists Thalia Zedek (Dangerous Birds/Live Skull) and Chris Brokaw (Codeine) both relocate
(separately) to Boston from New York, where a year earlier, bassist Sean O'Brien (Kilkenny Kats) and drummer
Arthur Johnson (Bar-B-Q Killers), had moved from Athens GA. These parallel tracks (sub)merge and, fittingly,
make beautiful music together. Soon after the four play their first show together, Sub Pop releases the "Car" 7" as
part of their Singles Club series. Following a heated game of rock/paper/scissors with other competitors (Google it),
Matador emerges as the lucky label that releases Come's first of many masterpieces, Eleven:Eleven.
Despite being one of the best albums in this label’s long history and one of the more memorable debut albums in an
era full of ‘em, Eleven:Eleven has been out of print for far too long. Pitchfork has called it "one of the most elusive
gems of the Matador catalog, known for its knotty, torrential guitars and anguished vocals."
Eleven:Eleven is essential to understanding the music of the '90s. From All Music:
"One couldn't throw a brick around rock critics & college rock types in 1992 without hitting someone who’d
talk about how Come was the new incarnation of the blues, often loudly and at great length ... But it's the
Stones and acts like Patti Smith & Black Sabbath, not to mention the confrontation of no wave and other
punk-inspired acts, that are more of a touchstone to what's going on than Robert Johnson. It's a uniquely
sludgy, electric, strong fusion of sounds and styles, combining extreme angst and commanding power."
Brokaw and Zedek's emotional dual guitar work rivals Verlaine/Lloyd, chiming and majestic, cascading into
feedback-ridden squalls informed by both punk and metal, sifted through one of the tightest rhythm sections ever
assembled. Come toured extensively with Pavement, Sugar, Dinosaur Jr., and Nirvana, at those bands' request.
This May 21 sees this classic LP finally back in print, with a deluxe, remastered double disc reissue (2XLP, 2XCD)
comprising the original album plus a bonus disc featuring Come’s October 11, 1992 performance at the
Vermonstress Festival. The 2XLP edition will also include a bonus 7″, a reissue of the “Fast Piss Blues” b/w “I
Got The Blues” single. Matador will handle the North and South American release; Glitterhouse will be reissuing
Eleven:Eleven in the same configurations in Europe. It's all here. Again. For the first time.
After a handful of reunion shows in 2010 and 2011, Come’s original lineup will be playing selected shows later this
year including the Primavera Festival in Barcelona (North American dates will be confirmed shortly. In addition,
Thalia Zedek’s 5th solo album and first since 2008, ‘Via’, was released by Thrill Jockey in March.
Jennifer O'Connor
Jennifer O'Connor
Jennifer O'Connor's fifth album, I Want What You Want, almost didn't get made.

After parting ways with Matador Records in the spring of 2009 after two albums ("Over The Mountain, Across The Valley, and Back to the Stars" in 2006, and "Here With Me" in 2008), O'Connor was discouraged, broke and exhausted from several years of non-stop touring. She put music on the back burner and worked a series of odd jobs: bartender on Broadway, freelance writer, transcriptionist, personal assistant, eBay seller, etc. Occasionally she would pick up her guitar and write a song about the confusing place she found herself in.

"I've always written about my life and the people close to me," O'Connor said. "During the years I wrote this album, I was struggling and doing a lot of questioning about where I was and where I wanted to go moving forward. For a while, I wasn't really sure if I would keep playing music."

But O'Connor kept writing songs in fits and starts and eventually returned to the studio in November of 2010 to record a new song. "Swan Song (for Bella)" is an ode to perseverance, acceptance and starting over (all of which are overriding themes on I Want What You Want ) and has come to serve as the album's centerpiece.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002