Blake Schwarzenbach

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Ten Bands From The '90s That Haven't Reunited

    Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you are​So Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Watch forgetters Play Live in Gainsville

    Blake Schwarzenbach's forgetters played the Bowery Ballroom about a week and a half ago, but prior to that, their big winter event was a tour--called Too Small to Fail, after one of their better songs--up and down the East Coast. In Gainsville, Jeremy Silveira caught the band's whole set on video, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 2, 2010


    Rockers across both rivers converge

  • Music

    December 15, 2009

    Lunch With Jawbox

    Jimmy Fallon boasts a bizarre but wonderful D.C. punk reunion

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    forgetters Are Still Together, Playing New York Next Friday

    File under somewhat unwelcome photos of good people​In the primer we wrote a couple weeks ago about forgetters, the sporadically active Blake Schwarzenbach-fronted Brooklyn band, we mused some about whether or not they were even still an ongoing concern. (Thorns of Life, this band's predecesso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Week in Review: Like a Sexy Swedish Chick in a Natural Mineral Sauna

    Yup, this photo was taken in 2009, by Rebecca Smeyne​In the week Chuck Schumer became a bike-riding, Williamsburg Pool Party-saving hipster man of the people, we roamed far and wide over his most precious borough, from an Obama Fried Chicken in Brownsville to the very likely defunct N8 to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Catching Up With Blake Schwarzenbach's forgetters

    Generation Records finally got around to posting live footage from a late October post-CMJ show they hosted for forgetters, the reclusive Brooklyn trio fronted by Blake Schwarzenbach, whose days in Jawbreaker seem much closer, lately, than those he spent playing in Jets to Brazil. If they wanted t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    News Roundup: forgetters, Rock Writer Literary Death Match, Ghostface on Fallon

    ​--After getting a bit more publicly excited than we care to remember about Thorns of Life, last fall's short-lived collaboration between Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil's Blake Schwarzenbach, Aaron Cometbus, and (The L Word's) Daniella Sea, we figured we'd just go ahead and keep quiet about forgett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    So Who Should Cover What at This John Hughes Tribute at the Cake Shop on Saturday?

    This, of course, could be really good, or really bad. "An original," in particular, sounds ominous. But it did get us thinking about our dream version of this show. What kind of New York talent is available to do covers of songs from John Hughes soundtracks?

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Thorns of Life's Blake Schwarzenbach: "There Were As Many Blowhards and Poseurs in Academia as There Were in Indie Rock"

    Credit: Shanty Cheryl Groff For those not already sick of hearing about Thorns of Life, Blake Schwarzenbach's post-Jawbreaker, post-Jets to Brazil project, the SF Weekly's All Shook Down posts a Q&A. It's been roughly six years since you've played music in the public sphere. What factors, personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Week in Review: Gosford Park Trap Music

    In the week we said "My President is Black" in about fifteen different, ecstatic ways, we also crowned TV on the Radio victorious in the 36th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll. Poll editor Rob Harvilla let the world know once more that he wasn't Charles Aaron, then instant-messaged away in the aftergl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    New Blake Schwarzenbach/Thorns of Life Songs Premiered

    "The Tundra" was a benefit held last Saturday night for 826NYC, billed to include not just music from Tim Adams and Golden Bones but readings from people as varied as Pepi Ginsberg and Blake Schwarzenbach, formerly of Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil and, most recently (and not formerly yet, I don't think ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    More Details: Thorns of Life (New Jawbreaker Band)

    Old WFMU soldier Billy Jam hosted Aaron Cometbus on his Put the Needle on the Record radio show last Friday. Topics discussed: The East Bay at the end of the '80s, anarchism, public nudity, fanzines, the way music takes over everything, the 35 bands Aaron Cometbus has been in, DIY, major labels, swe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    New Jawbreaker Band!

    Blake Schwarzenbach: “I can say only that it’s loud and tender and we’re called the Thorns Of Life. whether it’s more Jetsesque or Breaker-like I honestly don’t know; It sounds like a storehouse of fond hatred from the last few years and in the now.” Apparently it also involves Aaron Co ... More >>

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    September 30, 2003
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    June 5, 2001
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    September 26, 2000

    Emotional Rescue

    Sad Emo-Punk Boys Pull on Strings, Unravel Sweaters, Shiver ’Til Spring