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


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



Nimrod on bandcamp

Roughage on bandcamp

"Coupon Clipper"
by [sic] & Roughage

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



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




Videos and Film


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.


Movies, Memories and Montreal

by Zev Asher 2004

Broken Pencil

Torturing Nurse+Zev Asher

@yuyintang 15.04.2007

photo courtesy of JUNKY
left to right: Junky, Zev Asher and Xu Cheng

Photos of Roughage and Nimrod

from Toyohiro Okazaki

Nimrod August 1991 photo by Monshiro Iriyoshi (maybe)

Roughage Live in Nagoya with Dislocation

Roughage Live in Nagoya with Dislocation

Roughage Live in Nagoya with Dislocation

Roughage One Sheet

Zev Asher Homage

from the World Provider

Zev Asher RIP

What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band

a film by Zev Asher

What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm

London, Ontario’s Nihilist Spasm Band has been producing its own particular brand of noise since 1966, and its members are the first to express surprise that they are becoming international figures. Zev Asher’s loving documentary portrait of the band captures the defiant wit and the ageless passion of a group of iconoclastic reprobates and the subversive noise-music hey love so much.
Excerpt from What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band

Former psychotropic film center of Montreal:
Blue Sunshine
Put together this trailer for their recent screening

Reviews of note
New York Times

The film is mentioned in David Novak’s book Japanoise

Vivoscene article

more info to follow on how to purchase this film.....and more links about What About Me

Noize Park

Zev Asher

The ultimate flattery. Zev loved this!

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