Posted in music | pictures on March 4, 2013

photos by PSquared Photography

Chelsea Light Moving

I had to remind myself at several points during this show that the exuberant, youthful guitarist and vocalist on the cozy Maxwell's stage in his band's own t-shirt was a 54-year-old member of rock royalty who I had seen perform in front of crowds hundreds of times this size. Sonic Youth may be on hiatus or it may be gone, but Thurston will keep playing - and keep playing well - for as long as he's breathing. Chelsea Light Moving, as a band, isn't Sonic Youth, but it isn't just a dim facsimile of it, either. With Samara Lubelski (a well-known solo artist and member of Thurston's solo band) on bass, John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man) on drums and Keith Wood (Hush Arbors, Wooden Wand) on guitar, Chelsea Light Moving has an accomplished cast and its own personality. In some ways, CLM feels more like SST-era Sonic Youth - younger, hungrier, rawer. It seems fun to be in this band, in a way that's almost impossible in a more established one. - [NYC Taper]

Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving, who recently played a basement party, kicked off their tour in the NYC area over the weekend. The tour began at Maxwell's on Saturday (3/2) for a show with Talk Normal and then came to Other Music for a free-instore on Sunday (3/3). At Maxwell's the band played a large chunk of their self titled debut album (out now) and also worked in some new material, and an old Thurston Moore solo cut, "Staring Statues."

Chelsea Light Moving's tour returns to NYC for a show on April 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

You can stream live recordings of "Staring Statues" and CLM's "Empires of Time" from the Maxwell's show (via NYC Taper) and check out more pictures and the setlists from both bands below...

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Chelsea Light Moving - "Staring Statues" at Maxwell's - 3/2/13

Chelsea Light Moving - "Empires of Time" at Maxwell's - 3/2/13

Chelsea Light Moving at Maxwell's - 3/2/13 Setlist:
Burroughs
Sleeping Where I Fall
Alighted
Lip
Frank O'Hara Hit
Groovy + Linda
No Go
Sunday Stage
Empires of Time

Encore:
Staring Statues

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Comments (14)

thurston cheated on my mother

Posted by coco g | March 4, 2013 9:47 AM

wore his own shirt because it was part of that stereogum worst shirt contest?

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 10:04 AM

hands down best venue ever!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 10:42 AM

Sick, sick show. This band fucking rules. So glad I could see them at Maxwell's.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 10:52 AM

1052 how long did they play for? I saw them at Other Music last night and they played for about 45 minutes. Great show!

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 10:54 AM

dads night out

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 11:05 AM

^Father knows best.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 11:15 AM

Amazing show. The band killed it, everyone was clearly having a fun time onstage, and Thurston told a great story about Pat Smear punching Billy Zoom in the face at an X show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 11:17 AM

Played slightly less than an hour.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 11:36 AM

looks like a major sausage fest. no women in attendance except for the bass player who looks like a man.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 12:46 PM

^Is that the "wurst" thing in the world? I would be "casing" the joint if that were the story. You know it is just people enjoying a show so don't be such a "brat".

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 1:37 PM

"frank"ly it may be!

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 1:41 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/cl/chelsealightmoving/maxwells/98.jpg

Women must not have to pretend to like Sonic Youth anymore.

On another note, I'm pretty bummed that I missed this

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2013 5:02 PM

I was the 54 year old woman rocking in the front. You're never too old to rock. Finding my car after the show was a different story. After walking in circles in the flurries for an hour, I felt my age. Check my show vids. youtube/kabinks

Posted by KaBinks | March 6, 2013 12:24 PM

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