The Nervous Breakdown’s Literary Experience. Video by Jason Upright. Recorded on Saturday, November 13th, 2010 at The Echo in Echo Park. Los Angeles, California.

A performance of “People Who Died,” by The Jim Carroll Band.

Scott Shriner (Weezer) – bass, Ray Hartman (Liars, Inc.) – guitar, Dave Brotherton (Project 86) – drums, Jeremy White (The Blessings) – vocals, Lantz L’Amour (CMMF) – guitar/vocals. 

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official.

The Nervous Breakdown’s Literary Experience will be taking place at The Echo on Saturday, April 10th, 2010.  Celebrating National Poetry Month.

Many thanks to our friends at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park for their help in making it all congeal.

The details:


I met Alison at a Die Princess Die show almost three years ago. Our mutual friend Christopher introduced us. “You’ll really hit it off,” he said. “You both write about music.” He and Alie and their friend Rhadeka had driven up from Santa Barbara, where they all lived, to see another band, but they stayed at my insistence for DPD. Alie liked them, as any lover of rock & roll would. After the show, she posted a comment on their MySpace page: a swarm of razor blade butterflies to the face. fuck yeah. Her metaphor was right on the money—DPD did sound like a swarm of razor-blade butterflies to the face—but Alie’s face was lightly scarred here and there, so in that way it was a bit disconcerting. I never asked her about the scars. I never asked her anything about her past, knowing through Christopher that she was in recovery, and not wanting to put her on the spot.