“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is another welcome return for Portland indie rock royalty, much admired for his wild keyboard style, also a dab hand with a guitar, bass and a jotter for songwriting.

He was in 80s underground pop outfit The Donner Party. He’s half of the much vaunted Quasi (with Sleater-Kinney’s Janet Weiss), former bassist in Elliott Smith’s old man Heatmiser the man behind great pared back garage rock album “Bugger Me” complete with “Conny” a 60s rhythm box and he’s now playing on upcoming Jon Spencer solo album on In The Red Records – “Spencer Sings The Hits”(out on 2nd November). Thanks for popping back to Velvet Sheep zine, the twisted skills and easy grace of the man that can – Sam Coomes!

Here’s a taster from the Jon Spencer album, I know I posted this yesterday with the Bob Bert feature, but I don’t need an excuse!

Along with Bob on the trashkit drums and M. Sord on a regular kit, Sam will also be playing, covering the low-end with synths on the upcoming European tour with Jon Spencer (dates at the bottom).

Bob chose a bit of MC5, but what of Sam’s selection? Without further ado, here’s Sam’s “song for ewe”…

“Hair” by Monitor (performed by the Meat Puppets)
Far as I know, I was the only kid in my suburban southern California high school who was into obscure art punk in the early 80’s. One of the bands I stumbled across was LA band Monitor, who made, I think, a single LP & then disappeared without a trace, but their album is incredible. One song is a little anomalous – “Hair,” which was written by the band but performed by the then obscure underground band the Meat Puppets.

It was the first time I heard the Meat Puppets, who went on to become one of my favorites. But this song is much tenser than the Meat Puppets own material, & is played with such menace – a little synth overdub makes it that much more frightening – such an amazing little blast of disgust & anger, & a very weird interlude amongst the moodier stuff that makes up the rest of the album. The Monitor record was recently reissued, & that reminded me how killer it is. I still have my original copy, which somehow managed to remain with me all these years.

here’s a reminder of the European dates with Jon Spencer as part of his touring band The HITmakers (in support of The Melvins)…


And here’s the last time that Sam chose a “song for ewe” circa “Bugger Me”…

SAM COOMES of QUASI – Song For Ewe