NEM#58: John Jughead Pierson’s Semi-Famous Theatrics

John PiersonJohn gained semi-fame playing guitar with pop-punk Chicago-area legends Screeching Weasel starting in 1986 but became a band-leader/songwriter with eclectic-acoustic Even in Blackouts in 2002, featuring singer Liz Eldredge. He’s also an author, playwright, and juggler.

We discuss “Rapture in the Third Person” and “Motives Misunderstood in the Key of C” from EIB’s Thresholds from the Basement (2009) and “1,000 Stories” from Fall of the House of Even (2006). End song: The new, otherwise unreleased EIB track “Reason” (rough mix). Intro music: “Talk to Me Summer” by Screeching Weasel from Anthem For A New Tomorrow (1993).

Here’s Even in Blackouts live from this year and from back in 2005. Here’s Screeching Weasel in 1993 or so. The musical biography (of a sort) that I read by John was called Weasels In A Box (2005). Here’s one of his films, “How to Remain Friends with a Dead Man” with the Neo-Futurists. Here he is showing off some physical skills playing with a barrel. Learn more at

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