Jean Caffeine, Lara Buckley, Rabbit Jaw
Thursday, June 13, 7pm doors/8pm show, $7
Austin, Texas singer-songwriter and punk-scene vet
Jean Caffeine is a singer/songwriter with rock cred, pop hooks, punky folksongs and country twinges. As both a singer-songwriter and band front-person, Jean has kicked out the jams in more than one continent. At home in SF coffee houses, Texas roadhouses and in the Foreign Press club in Phnom Phen, Cambodia, she’s played fests such as NXNE in Canada, BID in Germany and SXSW and CMJ in the US.
Ms. Caffeine has had more lives than a cat. She drummed for ‘70s SF all girl band The Urge and NYC 15-minutes-of-famers Pulsallama, along with Ann Magnuson and Wendy Wild, who were known for chanting, cardboard props and rhythmic cacophony. They opened for the Clash, had their picture in Interview magazine, MTV and college radio play, and got kicked off a bill with PiL. Jean went on to front her own y’allternative country band Jean Caffeine’s All Nite Truckstop out of Austin, TX in the 90s. Jean is touted as having the first SXSW day party, one of which featured R.L. Burnside playing on her back porch accompanied by her dog Pee Wee, as well as The Fleshtones.
The past twenty-five years has seen the release of the albums Jean Caffeine’s All Nite Truckstop, Knocked Down 7 Times, Got up 8, Idee Fixe, and Geckos in the Elevator, plus a Rig Rock Truckstop 45, “Hard Work and a Lot of Hairspray.” All of Jean’s recordings have featured regular appearances by Austin notables such as Jon Dee Graham, Scrappy Judd Newcomb, members of Fastball, Champ Hood, and the legendary Spot. Recent years saw her playing gigs as a duo with Mike Trebilcock, formerly of the Toronto band The Killjoys, and a three-year stint in Canada has inspired a wealth of new material.
Her most recent project, Sadie Saturday Nite looks back on a young girl’s discovery of the SF punk scene. “Hey Austin” is a love letter to her long-time Texas home. “Love Letters from Laos” is an intercontinental love story. “Jane Rearranged” is a poppy reflection on a New York story with shout outs to Susan Vega. “Mary O’Shea” is a gothic, Celtic tale inspired by a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario. “Winterland” paints a snowy picture while looking back on distinct chapters in Jean’s life. The CD artwork was created by Jean, who is also a visual artist and has exhibited work in the US and Canada.
She was one of the animators in Rick Linklater’s Waking Life and if you look carefully you can see her in the opening scene in Linklater’s film Slacker.
“If Austin had (has) an answer to Chrissie Hynde, it’s Jean and her mature punk snarl. Of course as a longtime Texan, there’s a solid rootsiness to her terrific songcraft, but then she was always a Stones freak. Last year’s outstanding Ideé Fixé followed up the hard-to-follow-up Knocked Down Seven Times, Got Up Eight with enough grit to make you salivate like Pavlov’s dog.”
– The Austin Chronicle
— Miss-Alternative-County-before-Alternative-Country-was-Cool”, Dallas Morning News
“Cuts to the heart of the matter . A total winner. -Jersey Beat
“Slanted and Enchanted” (re: Geckos in the Elevator)-Pop Matters
“I don’t care what anyone says, I’m a fan!
-Townes Van Zandt
“…ridiculously catchy-If you get a chance to see her, don’t pass up the opportunity.” – Blurt
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