Zev Asher

Zev Asher was a great filmmaker, musician, and artist.

Zev was talented, charming, strong, courageous, intelligent, original, generous, but above all…hilarious. As he liked to remind me often, he opened for Jim Carrey when he was at the ripe age of 16. He would steal other people’s jokes and rephrase them, which made it all the more whimsical.

He loved to play chaotic, but always conceptual audiovisual live shows all over the world. His documentary films were personal and intense.

Zev would beam with pride when telling stories about his days in Japan. He was especially satisfied while talking about swinging his bratwurst on stage. He enjoyed challenging his audience.

Even while he was sick during these past years, there were many moments of fun. Zev loved to travel. We were able to go to Venice to visit family and we went to Quebec City for a show. His determination and courage were absolutely inspiring.

I recently spent weeks by his side. He would always find ways to entertain me with totally perverse jokes that pushed all levels of decency. He was not well, but he was still creative. We made an effort to maintain this together. He would select images to make collages with and he would order me to shot video to see how much I could take. We watched great movies and listened to tons of Zev-style playlists, which would rage anywhere from Cheap Trick to Nick Cave to screaming jazz, death metal, and of course noise…and then back to unbelievably dated pop.

Zev taught me almost everything I know, but most importantly, he taught me that absolutely unwavering and profound love can exist.

Today, I am honoured to share his amazing voice with you.

I have made his album ‘The Romance is Over’ by The Sleazy Listeners (his duo with Lasse Marhaug) available for your downloading pleasure.

Donations in Zev’s memory may be made to "The William Brock Fund for Research and Education on Blood Cancers at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital" c/o the Université de Montréal, (514) 343-6812
portraits of hope
Guest book at Legacy.com

love Jen Morris

Music

free download
‘The Romance is Over’ by The Sleazy Listeners
if you would like to purchase a real copy please email me at jenlmorris [at] gmail [dot] com

“Blacked Out, Again”
The Romance Is Over

IMG/mp3/Blacked_Out_Again.mp3

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Nimrod on bandcamp

Roughage on bandcamp

"Coupon Clipper"
by [sic] & Roughage

released in 2004 on some NYC label (anyone know?)

IMG/mp3/coupon_clipper.mp3

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"Grupo de Tres"
by Roughage, [sic] and Anla Courtis

2003

IMG/mp3/grupo_de_tres.mp3

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Videos and Film

SUBCULTURAL REVOLUTION: SHANGHAI excerpt

CASUISTRY The Art of Killing a Cat
(NB: this is a documentary film please don’t send death threats! Zev loved cats)

WHAT ABOUT ME: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band

RAT ART and Aqua Alta excerpts coming soon.

MEMORIES

TRACKS on Arte does report on NSB

exerpts from Zev’s What about Me film used


So proud of Zev that his work is being shown so much this year on different platforms, festivals, tv and internet. The renaissance man still lives through his work.

Parts of Zev’s film What about Me: the Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band played on Arte in France as part of a report on the NSB.

skip to 3 minutes 20 seconds to see the NSB segment
TRACKS show click here

What about Me Screenings in France

March 2017


More info here, be sure to scroll down for dates outside the fest

Photo booth !


Thank to Matt Holland, an amazing friend of the Asher family, for this shot of Zev in a photo booth. So representative of who he was. Just stunning!

3 years

August 7,2016


https://roughage1.bandcamp.com/album/yen-for-noise
Three years gone, so thankful that we can still listen, watch, enjoy and remember.
We love you Zev!

Rock out!

may 19, 2016


Zev was always filming & creating!
Today would have been his 53rd bday. I will be forever grateful that he was born and that he was a huge part of my life.
This is a photo from our last trip to Venice.
Go rock out to Roughage, Nimrod or the Sleazy Listeners to celebrate love !
http://youtu.be/8V4JwDowZ9M
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y4HfbiWLV98
http://squirrelgirl.com/IMG/mp3/Blacked_Out_Again.mp3

We all miss Zev!

August 7, 2015

My thoughts go out to his loved ones on the 2 anniversary of his death.

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