Janet Weiss

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Janet Weiss
Janet Weiss of Wild Flag - Coachella 2012.jpg
Janet Weiss performing with Wild Flag at Coachella 2012.
Background information
Birth name Janet Lee Weiss
Born (1965-09-24) September 24, 1965 (age 49)
Origin Hollywood, California
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, guitar, vocals
Associated acts Sleater-Kinney, The Jicks, Stephen Malkmus, Bright Eyes, Junior High, The Shadow Mortons, The Go Betweens, Sarah Dougher, Elliott Smith, Goldcard, The Furies, Quasi, Wild Flag

Janet Lee Weiss[1] (born September 24, 1965) is a rock drummer, best known as a member of Sleater-Kinney and currently also a member of Quasi. She was the drummer for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, leaving after the album Mirror Traffic, and contributed to The Shins' fourth studio album, Port of Morrow (2012). She was also the drummer for Wild Flag.

Early life[edit]

Weiss was born in Hollywood, California to a Jewish family,[2] and began playing guitar at the age of 16. She attended San Francisco State University and graduated with a degree in photography. While in college, she started playing drums with an all-girl trio, The Furies.


Weiss (right) with Sleater-Kinney bandmates Carrie Brownstein (left) and Corin Tucker, backstage at SXSW 2006.


At the age of 22, Weiss went on tour with a San Francisco band, The Furies, as the drummer, even though she had only been playing for two weeks. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 1989 and soon after began playing with Sam Coomes (her ex-husband and Quasi bandmate).


Weiss started playing with Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein in Sleater-Kinney in 1996, after seeing them play a show. Tucker and Brownstein then played her a new song they were working on at the time, "Dig Me Out." Her bandmates later said that she made up a beat so solid "you could practically bang your head against it." Weiss eventually became the band's drummer; she was the fourth in the band's history.[3]


Weiss and Sam Coomes formed Quasi in 1993, and the band has remained active both as a duo and a trio, featuring Joanna Bolme from 2007-2011, for the past 20 years.

The Jicks[edit]

Upon the dissolution of Sleater-Kinney in 2006, Weiss joined Quasi bandmate Joanna Bolme in Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. She performed on two albums, Real Emotional Trash in 2008 and the 2011 release Mirror Traffic. She left the band prior to the tour of the latter album.

Other work[edit]

She has also played for Bright Eyes, Junior High, The Shadow Mortons, The Go Betweens, Sarah Dougher, Elliott Smith, and one Goldcard song.

On June 4, 2007, she performed with Bright Eyes on the Late Show with David Letterman before joining the band for their summer European tour.

As of September 2010, she was performing with the band Wild Flag, with Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium), and Rebecca Cole (The Minders). By December 2013, Wild Flag had disbanded.[4]


Weiss performing with Bright Eyes in 2007.

Weiss plays a vintage Ludwig kit (ca. 1973) in natural maple finish. Specs. as follows:[5]

  • 5½x14 Craviotto Snare
  • 9x13 rack tom
  • 16x16 floor tom
  • 14x22 bass drum

She played a similar kit at Coachella in April 2008, except the Ludwigs were the Blue Oyster 'Bowling Ball' finish. The Craviotto snare was still natural maple.[6]

Cymbals: Zildjian

  • 14" Quick Beat hi-hats
  • 18" A Custom Projection crash
  • 21" A medium ride
  • 20" A Custom medium crash

Hardware: DW


  • Remo coated Ambassadors on snare and toms, Evans EQ4 on bass drum batter.


  • Silverfox MR

Album appearances[edit]

Weiss (right) with Quasi bandmate Joanna Bolme at The Green Man Festival 2006


  1. ^ "American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers". ASCAP. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Meet Carrie Brownstein: A Triple Threat". Jewish Women's Archive. March 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  3. ^ "The Official Website of Sleater-Kinney". Sleater-kinney.com. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Indie Rock Supergroup Wild Flag Are No More". Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  5. ^ "The online presence of Modern Drummer Magazine". Modern Drummer. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  6. ^ "Janet Weiss of the Jicks | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 

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