Sam Coomes

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Sam Coomes
Sam Coomes on stage with Quasi at the Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, California, February 27, 2008.
Sam Coomes on stage with Quasi at the Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, California, February 27, 2008.
Background information
Also known asBlues Goblins
Born1964 (age 55–56)
Sherman, Texas, United States
OriginPortland, Oregon
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, keyboards
Years active1983–present
Associated actsQuasi, The Donner Party, Motorgoat, Heatmiser, Elliott Smith, Blues Goblins, Pink Mountain, Built to Spill, Crock

Samuel J. Coomes (born April 23, 1964) is an American musician, and one-half of the Portland-area indie band Quasi, along with his ex-wife, drummer Janet Weiss. Coomes was also a member of the mid-1980s underground pop band The Donner Party and replaced Brandt Peterson as the bassist for the 1990s Portland indie rock band, Heatmiser, playing on their final studio album, Mic City Sons.


Coomes was born in Sherman, Texas, and moved to Southern California as a child. He started playing in The Donner Party in San Francisco in 1983 and released two albums with them before they disbanded in 1989. Coomes formed Motorgoat in Portland in 1990 with Janet Weiss (later of Sleater-Kinney) and they released two cassettes and one 7" single before disbanding and becoming Quasi in 1993. Coomes released a solo album under the name Blues Goblins in 2003 and sometimes performs under that name. He also performs on keyboards and vocals with the Oakland, California-based band, Pink Mountain,[1] and formed the duo Crock with Spencer Seim (Hella, Solos, The Advantage) which released an album, Grok, in 2011.[2] Coomes also appeared with Jandek in two NW shows along with drummer Emil Amos (Om, Grails, Holy Sons), documented on the album Portland Thursday (2009) and Seattle Friday (2011).[3] Additionally, Coomes has scored several of the films of underground filmmaker Vanessa Renwick [4] Coomes currently lives in Portland.

Session work since inception of Quasi[edit]

Coomes has done much recording work with other bands, mostly on keyboards and bass.


  1. ^ Pink Mountain Myspace page
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2014-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2014-11-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ Pitchfork article on The Takeovers Archived 2008-03-07 at the Wayback Machine

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