Posted in music | pictures on September 11, 2013

by Lukas Hodge

Ariel Pink / art "yurts" / Yoshimi of Boredoms @ NYC Station to Station 9/6/2013
Station to Station - NYC
Station to Station - NYC
Station to Station - NYC

The cross country Station to Station tour, a public art project made possible by Levi's, was launched on Friday night in Williamsburg in a massive sound stage located right on the east river waterfront. Conceived by artist Doug Aitken, Station to Station involves a rotating cast of visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and more who travel together on a single train. The NYC show, which happened at Riverfront Studios in Williamsburg on Friday (9/6), felt more like an art event (or Fashion Week party) than a concert and very much the "happening" it was billed as. (Most of these happen at actual train stations.) A welcome change to normal show-going.

Accompanying the musical aspects of the tour are rotating art installations, or, "Nomadic Sculptures." Designed by artists from all over the world, the pieces are built as small huts or "yurts." Watch a video below about the nomadic sculptures in Pittsburgh.

One of the yurts, designed by experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, worked as a screening room for his film "Lucifer Rising." Other sculptures included Belgian artist Carsten Höller's interactive yurt which was full of holes that participants could throw frisbees through. Another, maybe more ambitious, sculpture by Los Angeles artist Liz Glynn acts as an interactive reconstruction of the universe itself. Evolving as the tour goes on, her yurt began as a pitch black walk through complete with heavy black curtains and headlamps used by participants to navigate. All of the sculptures are positioned outside of the ticketed area, allowing anyone access to them (though this was not the case at the Brooklyn kickoff).

Additionally, tour sponsor, Levi's had their own yurts set up as well. One included a loom from which denim products were constructed in real time, personalized with patches and products sourced locally from each stop by artists, and then sold in another tent known as the "Makers yurt.

The Kansas City Cobras, a marching band based around community outreach for young teens, have been opening the nights up so far by performing outside and marching into the respective venue, collectively segueing into Los Angeles Sub Pop outfit No Age's set in an impressive display of collaboration. Intentional or not, it absolutely sets the tone for the entire Station to Station experience.

As for the music, Ariel Pink, YOSHIMO aka Yoshimi of Japanese experimental group Boredoms (who also opened for Kim Gordon's band Body/Head at Union Pool last night), and No Age (their second NYC show that week) all performed at both New York and Pittsburgh dates. Electronic pioneers Suicide headlined the Brooklyn kickoff show and their sandblasting noise was as loud as any metal band. Thurston Moore and John Moloney joined the tour in Pittsburgh (and dedicated songs to both Yoko Ono and the Steelers).

On the entire nationwide tour, the stage is wrapped in three giant screens which work as both impressive lighting/backdrop for the performances and also to showcase short films between sets. There were also non-musical between-band performances, like a slo-mo choreographed piece on rollerskates. The Brooklyn kickoff finished with a bit of pyrotechnics: a metal trellis wired with a rainbow of smoke bombs exploded against a battery of bright lights. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.

Station to Station hit Chicago last night (9/10). Mavis Staples joined the party in the windy city, and we'll have a full report and pictures from that soon up on BV Chicago. The next stop is in Minneapolis on Thursday (9/12) with No Age, Eleanor Friedberger and White Mystery.

Check out more pictures from the NYC kickoff event, as well as some from Pittsburgh, below.

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NYC - Riverfront Studios 9/6/2013

Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

The Kansas City Cobras

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No Age

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Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

"yurts"

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Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Yoshimi of Boredoms

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Station to Station - NYC

Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti

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Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Suicide

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Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Station to Station - NYC

Pittsburgh, Union Station 9/8/2013

Touring the Nomadic Sculptures

No Age

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Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station
Station to Station
Station to Station

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Thurston Moore and John Moloney

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Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

Station to Station - Pittsburgh

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Comments (12)

no age on before 8 was the biggest amount of bullshit ive (not) seen all year. fucked up.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 4:08 PM

as far as the music goes, very little to report. what was yoshimi's set like?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 4:16 PM

@4:16
Yoshimi's set was a trio with two drummers and a bassist. In addition to drumming, Yoshimi also played keys and sang. They played a few improvisational jams that were pretty similar to the 90's Boredoms material. Yoshimi also conducted/directed the other two guys at certain points which was pretty cool.

All in all, their set was the absolute best set at the Pittsburgh happening and it'd be absolutely great if they recorded the material or at least went on a full tour with it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 4:48 PM

drink line was brutal!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 4:52 PM

yoshimi's set was with soft circle

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 5:43 PM

Jimbone is saddened that he couldn't make it out to the event, but please indulge him and talk a little bit about Suicide. Judging by that cane of Vega's, Jimbone's guessing that's one reason why the duo couldn't play LPR last year.

Posted by Jimbone | September 11, 2013 7:45 PM

yoshimi's set was clown shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 7:47 PM

thanks 4:48 and 7:47.

Posted by 4:16 | September 11, 2013 11:30 PM

yoshimi's set was with soft circle

Posted by Engadget | September 15, 2013 7:56 AM

no photos of Yoshimi herself?

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2013 3:35 PM

Took the riff from "The Little Black Egg". I miss old ariel, like the song "gold"

Posted by Claudia | October 4, 2013 1:05 PM

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