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David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption: Robert Plant, Mel Brooks, St. Vincent, ‘Music of Twin Peaks’ & more (pics, video)

The showcase musical event of the festival was The Music of Twin Peaks, as performed by avant-garde agitator Xiu Xiu, Sky Ferreira, Chrysta Bell and Angelo Badalamenti. Before the performance, Lynch appeared to thank the crowd and tease new information about Twin Peaks, before pretending to be called offstage because he’d ran out of time, which was a funny moment but also frustrated some. Xiu Xiu then performed first with an abrasive rockabilly run-through of tracks including Freshly Squeezed. Chrysta Bell, whose new record featured production and songwriting from Lynch, sang James and Donna’s love song Just You, as well as the Lynch-penned Night Ride from her new album. Another of Lynch’s recent muses, Sky Ferreira also appeared, singing The Nightingale, Falling and a slightly strained cover of Over the Rainbow (the singer complained about nerves and the venue’s bright stage lighting). Angelo Badalamenti also struggled his way through the Twin Peaks theme before things settled down as he moved on to music from the Straight Story and Fire Walk With Me. – [Guardian]

David Lynch put on his Festival of Disruption in Los Angeles over the weekend (October 8 & 9), featuring a mix of music, conversation, and art. The musical portion of the bill included the varied likes of Jon Hopkins,Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Rhye. St. Vincent did a theatrical set, at one point using dancers for a choreographed recreation of Dennis Hopper and Isabela Rossellini’s harrowing scene in Blue Velvet. She also performed a new song, “Cruel,” and there’s some video of that below. The headline music event, though, was “The Music of Twin Peaks” performance by a band that included Lynch’s composer Angelo Badalamenti along with Sky Ferreira, Xiu Xiu (who releasd a Twin Peaks tribute this year), Chrysta Bell and Rebekah Del Rio.

Meanwhile, the conversations portion of the program for the weekend was similarly varied and filled with exciting people.  Mel Brooks talked about producing The Elephant Man (and other stories), Kyle McLauchlan and Laura Dern were on hand for a Q&A and screening of new documentary Blue Velvet Revisited, and their were also talks with Sandro Miller & Eric Alexandrakis, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein, and architect Frank Gehry. There were also galleries of Lynch and Chris Stein’s photography, plus a “virtual reality theatre.”

Check out a ton of photos from the event in the gallery above, and you can see video of the Twin Peaks band and St. Vincent’s new song, below.

25 years later #festivalofdisruption

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#STVINCENT In my top ten of the most beautiful songs ever. #festivalofdisruption @st_vincent

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