Posted in music | tour dates on April 13, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

"So, um, yeah that was Kim Gordon who just walked by me and then got on stage to play one Kraftwerk song. This not happen again." - Joel Mellin

Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde musician/composer John Zorn will team up for a benefit for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church on May 4 with John on reeds and Thurston on electric guitar. The show will begin with an opening set of poetry by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Erica Kaufman & Dana Ward, and will be hosted by John S. Hall. The performance will be in the Sanctuary with drinks served before and after the show in The Parish Hall. Beer will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery and wine by City Winery. Tickets are on sale now.

In other Sonic Youth-related news, Steve Shelley kicks off a tour as the drummer of Disappears in Chicago tonight in support of their new album, Pre Language, which is the first recorded with Steve. The tour is with Lotus Plaza and hits NYC on Thursday (4/19) at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, the Lee Ranaldo Band will hit the road next month with M. Ward in support of Lee's new album, Between the Time and the Tides. That tour hits NYC on 5/11 at Webster Hall and is sold out. Lee also opens four of the just-announced Wilco shows including two in NY and one in CT. Check out the video for "Off the Wall," which includes live footage from Glasslands, along with the four Wilco dates listed, below.

As for Kim, to coincide with Kraftwerk's MoMA residency, a tribute show for the band went down this past Tuesday (4/10) at Littlefield and featured a performance by an altered lineup of Free Kitten (billed as Free Kitten[esque] with Kim Gordon, Julie Cafritz and Pete Nolan of Magick Markers. Check out video footage of that tribute show below and skip to the 1:29 mark for Free Kitten[esque]'s take on Kraftwerk's "Heavy Metal Kids."

In other Sonic Youth news, a 13-year old "fan" wrote them a letter about their unfortunate lack of talent which the band posted to their facebook page and you can read here:

Our fan's writing:

"I'm going to be 100% honest with you.
I'm 13. I have a little band. We are so much better than you. Honestly. You are the worst band I have ever seen in your entire life. You are worse than Rebecca Black. The bass player just hacks the bass and plays one chord. The guitar players are playing out of tune guitars and... well not even playing actually chords. I couldn't sound worse if I tried. It actually sounds like a joke to me. The drummer is okay. But honestly the vocalist is completely out of tune. Oh and The Black keys have two people and are better than you.

From: Me, and pretty much everyone else who has accidentally stumbled upon your terrible music."

Looks like Juno had it right.

Videos below...

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Krautwerk 1-8: Kraftwerk covered, April 10 2012 at Littlefield, Brooklyn

Lee Ranaldo - "Off the Wall" Official Video

Lee Ranaldo & Wilco -- 2012 Tour Dates
07-28 Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang
07-29 Essex Junction, VT - Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
08-01 Hartford, CT - The Bushnell
08-03 Rochester, NY - Highland Bowl

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Comments (22)

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Posted by gogos(!) | April 13, 2012 6:10 PM

word.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 7:06 PM

The kids right, ponderous guitar wanking.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 7:52 PM

And this is why a mandatory draft is needed in this country.

Posted by ME | April 13, 2012 7:55 PM

"The kids right, ponderous guitar wanking."

The kid is part right. Kim has always been a hack. Poor playing and even worse singing. As far as the others are concerned (the ones with the talent), their playing not appeal to everyone, but they are good at what they do.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 8:09 PM

99% of BV comments are written by that kid.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 9:42 PM

So where is this kid's music? Obviously we all need to be enlightened.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:34 PM

THE KIDS RIGHT!! KIM GORDO IS A Hack HACK!!! two stupid absolute worthless retards who talk like inarticulate pits of garbage and have no idea what wanking means anymore because they've said it about all music they've ever not liked and i'd like to murder their stupid fat faces hahahaha

anonymous comment guy out

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:35 PM

I wrote the letter hehehehe.

Seriously, good for this kid. Finally a kid calling out a bunch of overrated hasbeens and who doesn't care what the band did 20+ years ago.

ALOT of '80s bands could use a comment like that. Here are some:

Bad Brains (last good album released 23 years ago)

The B-52s (caricatures of themselves)

Sepultura (no Max give it up)

Murphy's Law (no new music in 11 years)

Living Colour (80-90% of their 2012 set is the first two albums released in 1988 and 1990)

Metallica (Trujillo is wasting his talent, should rejoin Suicidal Tendencies)

Suicidal Tendencies (first two albums rehash, redone JTA shit, no Rocky or Rob, it's over and been over since 1995)

Posted by D | April 14, 2012 12:35 AM

That boy is my son, I've trained him well.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 2:05 AM

He will be reading this 20 years from now and laughing at himself...I hope..

Posted by Joshua Sanders | April 14, 2012 12:00 PM

Kid was raised by Collective Soul fans

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 2:25 PM

everything was nullified with the black keys comparison. those clowns is wack

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 3:07 PM

who is thurston banging now?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 6:35 PM

"So, um,like yeah that was like Kim Gordon who just walked by me and then got on stage to ruin one Kraftwerk song. This not like happen again."

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 6:54 PM

obvious hoax. no 13-yr-old begins a sentence "Oh and" in 2012. old people are so gullible.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 7:03 PM

That first video with the Vaz radioactivity cover is pretty atrocious.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 7:04 PM

My name is Gerald, I write 99% of the comments on Brooklyn vegan and would you like to hear my demo tape?

Posted by Gerald | April 15, 2012 11:54 AM

being 13 obviously explains their belief that the black keys are better.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 12:14 PM

Kid was raised by Collective Soul fans

Posted by show | April 22, 2012 6:05 PM

I was amazed by their performance. They are really good. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Joe Aldeguer | June 13, 2012 6:55 PM

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Posted by Work from Home | July 9, 2012 12:20 AM

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