Posted in music | pictures on September 5, 2013

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The Julie Ruin @ Bowery Ballroom 9/3/2013
The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

She conceived the group as what she called her "dream band," with players from different walks of her life: on bass, her Bikini Kill band mate Kathi Wilcox; on guitar, Sara Landeau, an instructor at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, where Ms. Hanna occasionally teaches; on drums, her friend Carmine Covelli; and Kenny Mellman, Herb of the cabaret act Kiki & Herb, as a keyboardist and songwriter. They rehearsed casually around town and at Ms. Hanna's New Jersey home -- "I can't call it jamming, because I hate that; I don't jam," she said -- without considering where it would lead.

According to Ms. Wilcox, "When she approached me to join the band, she was sort of like, 'We may never tour, we may never make a record, but we're just doing this now for fun, because I need to.' "

But Ms. Hanna arrived with some songs intact -- including one, "Just My Kind," written for Christina Aguilera -- and though she didn't have an overarching sound in mind, she knew what she liked. "I know I love sexy surf guitars, I know I love loud snare," she said. "I love really simple repeating bass lines, and I love weird mad scientist keyboard sounds."

Mr. Mellman, a musical savant and a voracious consumer of new bands, gave himself the task of keeping the Julie Ruin up-to-date. "The last thing I wanted was for it to start sounding like a '90s revival," he said.
- [NY Times]

With The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna finds herself back on indie rock terra firma, but Tuesday night's album release show at Bowery Ballroom (9/3) , the band's other roots -- which might be summed up as the Joe's Pub drag-cabaret scene -- were proudly showing. Kiki & Herb's Kenny Mellman plays keyboards and their drummer Carmine Covelli also plays in Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments which also sports Hanna's hubby Adam Horovitz (who was at Bowery too, photo below) as a member. The Bowery show was hosted by everyone's favorite drag king comedian Murray Hill (who has also shared stages with Kathleen before).

Most people in attendance (a crowd that included Dave Hill and Kim Gordon) were probably too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to think about such things. While the show was a celebration of The Julie Ruin's debut album (out this week) and most of it was played, their set featured a number of Le Tigre songs. A picture of the setlist is below. The show was the kickoff to their tour and opening were sonic and cultural descendants, Swearin'. Photos from the show are in this post.

If you missed it, the tour finishes in NYC as well with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 25. Tickets for that are still available.

More pictures from Bowery, and video of The Julie Ruin's performance one night later on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (aka last night), below...

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The Juiie Ruin - "Oh Come On" on Fallon

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin'

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Swearin' - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Murray Hill

Murray Hill - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Murray Hill - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Murray Hill - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

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Comments (34)

"indie rock terra firma"

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 4:40 PM

Wow, please stop trying to force people to like this band by repeat coverage. This band is absolutely the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 5:08 PM

Hey, Moms wanna be in bands too. Stop hating.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 5:09 PM

MY TINY LIL FCKIN FEET.....

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 5:14 PM

@5:08 & IO Echo & The Front Bottoms

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 5:15 PM

I've lost some respect for Dave Hill for being in the audience for this millionaire diva's show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 7:16 PM

I feel bad for that hot actress singing for someone like Dave Hill, unbeknownst to her it may be.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 7:35 PM

^^^ I can assure you that if you saw more pictures of her your comment would be body shaming her fatness

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 9:02 PM

Roller coaster torpor.

Posted by Jawnsa | September 5, 2013 10:05 PM

This band has quite a buzz, maybe the next Alt J or Django Django.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2013 11:32 PM

Horrible crowd. Absolute disgusting.

Posted by Gnostic Hummus | September 6, 2013 8:25 AM

no fat chicks!

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2013 10:29 AM

My only question: where are her eyebrows?

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2013 10:34 AM

Dave Hill rules.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2013 11:03 AM

why do fat chicks always get stupid tattoos? is it some sort of attempt to 'reclaim' their bodies?

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2013 11:19 AM

So much defeated sadness in Adrock's eyes. Reattach your balls, lose the Okie dirt farmer getup, and get as far away from the chubby lesbian crowd as you can, man.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2013 12:48 PM

Does Kathleen Hanna smell as bad as Neko Case does? Seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2013 4:41 PM

i like how most of you are so fucking obvious with your too smart for school comments. Its interesting that none of you will EVER have movies about you, books written about you or legions of dedicated fans, yet, you seem to know so much more than the "lesbian, fat, mom in a band, chick" you love to tear apart under the shroud of the internet forum. Amazingly, you all persist in being captain obvious because, for whatever reason, Kathleen has a few extra pounds on her. Like that really matters in art or music, what is this 1980. Last I checked, John Lydon never seemed to be using a scale as he has easily topped 200 pounds long ago.

Posted by jeff | September 8, 2013 7:49 AM

shit sucks...baddd

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2013 10:54 AM

i read that it's Lyme disease, so the weight comments are really unfortunate. that said, i'd prefer a time machine and a bikini kill show over this tepid crap.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2013 11:07 AM

@7:49 You are right, its the art that matters. But this fat girls type of rant punk rock sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2013 11:32 AM

7:49 get over yourself. At the end of the day it's showbiz. Looks count.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2013 12:26 PM

Kicking women around for sport is the internet's #1 pastime. These posts prove nothing more than that.

Posted by someone else | September 8, 2013 6:34 PM

@ 6:34 so.. she's immune to criticism just because she's a women? So, what does that prove?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2013 10:21 PM

why does she still dress the same more than 20+ years later? we're roughly the same age and i don't dress like a 20 year old anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2013 2:56 AM

kathleen hanna's vocal style reminds me of my friend's kid throwing a temper tantrum. i really don't know how anyone could enjoy it. how was that for focusing on the music instead of appearances? i thought i did pretty well.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2013 1:19 PM

12:48 so true.

Ad-Rock needs to follow Mike D's lead, ditch the chubster lesbians, and start a family.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2013 1:32 PM

1:32 nailed it

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

this is dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 8:07 PM

Is Ad Rock from Nebraska??

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2013 9:05 PM

Like Kathleen is interested in fitting in to your conventional and confining notions of what you think she should be. All this thread does is prove why her art is still relevant/important.

Posted by Laura | September 22, 2013 6:34 PM

isnt it another name not ms hanna cuz she got married... etc etx

Posted by liz | September 26, 2013 6:29 PM

When I first heard Bikini Kill,´╗┐ I was instantly inspired and honestly it changed my view of music, life, and people. When I hear her now, I feel the same way.

Posted by Luciana | October 1, 2013 2:47 PM

She needs to stop being a fucking stubborn Gen Xer and realize that its those HORRIBLE meds that are killing her. She puts all faith in her quack doctors that are milking her ass for money.. "chronic lyme disease" my fucking ass! Bitch you better wake the fuck up and realize these doctors don't "cure" they fucking KILL.

Posted by Baddow | October 16, 2014 4:40 PM

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