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Friday October 19th 2012


blasthaus and 1015 Folsom Present


blasthaus 17 Year Anniversary Party







blasthaus celebrates 17 years with the phenomenal, Peaches; self-made, self-produced, do-it-yourself leader of the electro punk movement! Since the release of her debut album in 2000, Peaches has spread her seed on the pop culture landscape, harnessing a worldwide audience and, along with the countless followers she’s inspired, has shaped the mainstream into a more inclusive and sexually progressive surrounding. Over the years, she’s built a reputation on her suggestive and intelligent lyrics, her amalgamation of rock and electro sounds and her balls-out performances, continuing to outdo herself with each brash step.


On the other end of the spectrum, she conceived Peaches Does Herself, a quasi-autobiographical, career-chronicling theatrical production that pastiched over 20 of her songs into an abstract narrative.  The retrospective extravaganza employed a cast and crew of over 40, including her backing band Sweet Machine, full-frontal nudity courtesy of trans porn actress Danni Daniels, oversize upholstered vaginae, and elements from the Peaches Laser Show she had brought to several European capitals earlier in the year.   Peaches Does Herself represented her body of work dealing with such themes as gender, beauty and age.


Aside from her featured appearances on the latest albums from R.E.M., Christina Aguilera and the Flaming Lips, Peaches has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at institutions like NYU and the University of Toronto. Her plans for 2012 involve producing the next album from Taiwanese band Go Chic and taking the stage as the titular character in a production of L’Orfio, Monteverdi’s 1607 opera, standing out as the only classically untrained cast member.


Peaches is also in the early phases of her fifth full-length (technically her sixth, if you count the one released under her birth name Merrill Nisker in 1995, before she plucked her stage name from Nina Simone’s feminist anthem “Four Women”). Meanwhile, Peaches’ lyrical, musical and stylistic influences continue to be seen and heard in artists around the world, from mainstream to underground. But making direct comparisons would never do justice to her uniqueness.  Apples to oranges.  She’s just Peaches!


Peaches - 'Talk to Me'
2,748,414 views on YouTube

Peaches - 'Serpentine'
834,761 views on YouTube

Peaches - 'Lose You'
1,531,891 views on YouTube

Peaches - 'Kick it' feat. Iggy Pop'
302,594 views on YouTube

Peaches - Operate
266,552 views on YouTube

86,130 views on YouTube
Peaches on Facebook


Merrill Nisker (born 1968 in Toronto), better known as Peaches, is an electroclash artist whose songs are mainly focused on sexuality. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She plays almost all the instruments for her songs, programs her own electronic beats, and produces her records.


Peaches’ music is preoccupied with gender identity. Her lyrics and live shows self-consciously blur the distinction between male and female: she appears on the cover of her second album Fatherfucker with a full beard; when asked if she had chosen the title for shock value, she commented:


“Why do we call our mothers motherfuckers? Why do we stub our toe and say “Aww motherfucker!”? What is motherfucker? …We use it in our everyday language and it’s such an insanely intense word. I’m not one to shy away from these obscene terms that we actually have in our mainstream. Motherfucker is a very mainstream word. But if we’re going to use motherfucker, why don’t we use fatherfucker? I’m just trying to be even.”


She refutes accusations of ‘penis envy’, preferring the term ‘hermaphrodite envy’, since “there is so much male and female in us all”. Nevertheless, she does not shy away from identifying herself as a sexual being, although she rejects the sanitised portrayal of women in popular music.


Although she does not hold a teaching degree, she taught at private schools before her career in music.