Entries tagged with: David Lynch
Pretty much everybody who cared about Twin Peaks was excited that David Lynch and Mark Frost were making new episodes that would air in 2016. Unfortunately, it looks like Lynch has severed ties, saying he won't direct any of the episodes, as he posted on Facebook and Twitter earlier tonight:
Dear Facebook Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks. After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.The scripts to the nine episodes, written by Lynch & Frost, are apparently completed. Showtime suggested they're still trying to work things out in an official statement:
We were saddened to read David Lynch's statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. SHOWTIME also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.Lynch only directed six episodes of the original series. Let's hope he and Showtime can work something out, it would not be the same without him at the helm. Stay tuned.
photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:
SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).
The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.
Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.
These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.
Updated lineup below...
David Lynch has been dropping hints on Twitter, and now comes word that the filmmaker is returning to Twin Peaks, for new episodes of the acclaimed, awesomely weird show which originally ran for two seasons on ABC in 1990 and 1991. The new series will be on Showtime and will debut in 2016. Whoa!
Nine episodes -- all written by Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost and directed by Lynch -- will be made. Says Lynch and Frost, "The mysterious and special world of 'Twin Peaks' is pulling us back. We're very excited. May the forest be with you." Watch a teaser video below...
For folks in NYC who have never seen the show (or who want to watch it again with a roomful of fans), starting next week (10/15) at Videology in Williamsburg, they're bringing back Twin Peaks Bingo, showing two every Tuesday till they run out. It's free and a lot of fun.
Twin Peaks, the band from Chicago, will be here for CMJ.
David Lynch, whose foundation is hosting two benefit shows at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this fall, meanwhile got involved with the charity of the moment, as you can watch in the video below...
by Ian Chainey
Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The David Lynch Foundation has two fundraising shows on the horizon, both happening at NYC's Saint Vitus. The first takes place on September 25 and features Earth, Cult of Youth, and Dream Police (the project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men). Tickets are available now. The second show occurs on October 4 and brings together JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, the Soft Pink Truth, and Dominique Leone. Tickets for that show are also available now.
The David Lynch Foundation's aim, per its header, is "Healing Traumatic Stress and Raising Performance in At-risk Populations." According to Lynch's message on the foundation's website:
In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching [Transcendental Meditation] to adults and children in countries everywhere.Here are your helpers: The first date fits into Earth's tour with King Dude. Those two hit Saint Vitus the day before, September 24; a show that has subsequently sold out. Primitive And Deadly, the band's new album, will be available on September 2. You can watch a trailer for the new album and see their updated tour schedule below. Cult of Youth, too, have a new album in the works according to posting on their Facebook page: "100% done with every aspect of the new album as of a few minutes ago. I have never been more proud of a creative work in my life."
How are we able to do it? Because of the generosity of foundations and philanthropists and everyday people who want to ease the suffering of others--and who want to help create a better world.
The other bill should be a noisy and synth-y affair with JG Thirlwell of Foetus and Sarah Lipstate of Noveller joining forces again after a successful run earlier in the year. Show-mate the Soft Pink Truth -- the genre-tweaking sideproject of Matmos' Drew Daniel -- recently released his giddy deconstructionist take on black metal, Why Do the Heathens Rage?, which he broke down with Invisible Oranges' Dan Lawrence. Finally, Dominique Leone offered up the footwork-inflected "running journal" 2014 on Bandcamp, adding new material back in July.
Updated Earth dates are listed, with streams from the artists, below...
!!! aboard the SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
hey everybody, just announcing some dates of what we call our "punk dog tours." this means we play some smaller clubs and test out all the new songs. these often feature flashes of brilliance, moments of genius, jaw dropping profundity and total and complete utter bullshit. u can help us make a great next album by showing up and dancing to the parts u find profound and checking your phone during the utter bullshit moments.Chk Chk Chk's "punk dog tour" kicks off in NYC at Glasslands on July 11. Eaters open and tickets are on sale now. Right after that they play the Hudson Music Project festival (tickets). All dates are listed below.
that's how we know. generally all the songs you've come to know and love by us have been tested out on the road before, so this is a chance to get a preview of the songs that are hopefully headed to the tops of your most played lists of the future. i definitely remember the baffled looks on faces when we first tested out hits like giuliani, and well, do we have other hits? whatever the case, we've been working hard on these and we're excited to test them out.
In other news, !!! recently made a mix for Thump. Says the band "this is what we've been listening to a lot lately, so who knows, maybe the new record will even sound a bit like this." You can stream that, and check out its tracklist, below...
Au Revoir Simone @ Webster Hall in March (more by PSquared)
Au Revoir Simone's Move in Spectrums came out last fall and the band have been on tour around the world pretty much ever since (most recently in North America with Broken Bells). What's that like? The band fills us in:
People are always asking us what being on tour is like and how it feels to get to travel to so many different countries and meet so many new people, so we thought that a great way to share our experience is by filming some of it and turning it into a video. This video is a collaboration of all the footage the three of us shot while on tour in Tokyo, Sweden, Switzerland, and London. We wanted to capture the frenetic pace of nightlife, the eclectic scenery of each venue, and all the fun people who show up every night and make our jobs so rewarding and awesome.That video, for "More Than," definitely shows the fun side of touring and not so much the endless continental breakfasts and van monotony. (Radiohead already did that anyway.) It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
In other news, Au Revoir Simone released a remix EP, Brightness/Contrast, back in February featuring Move in Spectrums tracks reworked by David Lynch (who's a fan), Etienne Daho and Todd Rundgren, who takes on "Boiling Point" which you can stream below. Meanwhile, Erika, Annie and Heather will head to Brazil this weekend for a string of shows, and head back to Europe in June. All dates are listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
David Lynch @ BAM 4/29/2014
I love smoke. I love fire. I love metal. I love glass. I love plaster. I love bricks. And I love nature going to work on those things. In the old days, in the 1800s, they started building the most beautiful factories that were like cathedrals. I've visited many of these factories and photographed them. For me, it's like walking into a dream - a dream of textures, shapes and mood.... The factories, more often than not, today are very boring. - David Lynch @ BAM [via Rolling Stone]It probably goes without saying that David Lynch is a fascinating guy. Having made some of the weirdest, most indelible cinematic images of the last 40 years, the director (and musician/cartoonist/meditation enthusiast) is a true iconoclast. Last night (4/29) at BAM was a rare opportunity to hear him speak in public, where he was in conversation with New York Public Library's Paul Holdengräber.
The freewheeling gabfest touched on NYC (he's overcoming a fear of the subway that dates back to the '50s), his love of cardboard, diners and other subjects. He also talked quite a bit about music, sharing his love of Jimi Hendrix, and Kanye West's "Blood on the Leaves" ("so minimal, so powerful but at the same time so beautiful"). He also gave a shout out to composer and frequent collaborator Angelo Badalamenti who was in the audience.
For more on Lynch's appearance at BAM last night, Rolling Stone has a full report. More pictures from David Lynch @ BAM below..
Back in 2007, Paris' Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain held a David Lynch retrospective titled The Air is on Fire, which was the first major exhibition avant-garde director's paintings, photographs and drawings. For it Lynch and collaborator Dean Hurley created an interactive soundscape that guided visitors through the exhibition. That soundscape is now getting a vinyl release for Record Store Day (4/19) via Sacred Bones (who have put out Lynch's recent albums). You can listen to an interview with Hurley about the project below.
Meanwhile, Lynch himself will appear at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House on April 29 where he'll be in conversation with New York Public Library's Paul Holdengräber. Tickets for this event go on sale Friday (4/11) via BAM's website.
by Bill Pearis
My Bloody Valentine wrap up the North American leg of their 2013 tour next month, with the last two shows here in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 & 12. Tickets are still available. (PS look for an interview with MBV's Kevin Shields on this site soon.) While it hasn't been listed on Hammerstein's site, opening the 11/11 show -- and a few others on these dates -- are Dumb Numbers. The band is more or less Australian musician Adam Harding who has previously played on Lou Barlow's last two solo albums. His own stuff -- and voice -- is not so far from Lou's style, but mostly played in a super-sludgy style that occasionally lumbers into doom territory.
Dumb Numbers put out their debut album earlier this year via Joyful Noise and helping Harding out on the album is an impressive cast, including Barlow, plus Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph, David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Dale Crover (Melvins), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), and more. Oh, and David Lynch shot the album cover (Yow did the design/layout). You can stream stream the whole album below, along with the Yow-directed video for "Redrum."
As to who exactly is playing in Dumb Numbers on these dates is not 100% clear. Murph is definitely on drums. And the band is "not sure about" whether they're opening on the second MBV Hammerstein date (11/12), so stay tuned. Their confirmed tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and video, below....
Lutenist Jozef Van Wissem, who often collaborates with guitarist/film director Jim Jarmusch (they've got a collaborative record out now on Sacred Bones), had initially scheduled a solo gig to happen at Union Pool on June 30, but that show was rescheduled a while back and instead happens this Sunday (7/14). Rounding out the bill will be mesmerizing drone guitarist Noveller and Tom Carter of experimental band Charalambides. Tickets for Sunday's show are on sale now. Updated Jozef Van Wissem dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, speaking of cult film directors who are also musicians signed to Sacred Bones (meaning Jim Jarmusch), David Lynch is releasing his new album, The Big Dream, next week (7/16) via the label. You can now listen to the entire album ahead of its release over at Pitchfork.
by Bill Pearis
When Nine Inch Nails announced that the video for "Came Back Haunted" would be directed by David Lynch, it was pretty much a given it would be creepy and weird. Now you can see for yourself. Containing a lot of mouths, the shakiest camera since Blair Witch Project and probably more edits than the whole of Lynch's Inland Empire, it also carries the following warning: "WARNING: This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised." You can watch it below.
Influential filmmaker David Lynch will release his sophmore effort, The Big Dream, on July 16 via Sacred Bones. Says Lynch, "Most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there. What comes out is a hybrid, modernized form of low-down blues."
The album features 10 Lynch originals and one cover of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown." You can preorder yours at the label now and get a free download of bonus track "I'm Waiting Here," featuring vocals from Lykke Li. There's a new video for that song and you can watch it below.
Andrew W.K.'s Super Bowl 2013 halftime show at Santos (more by Dan Bracaglia)
If you live in NYC and want to see Andrew W.K., the question isn't ever really "when will there be a show?" as much as it's "which one should I go to?" with pretty much new Andrew W.K. shows popping up by the minute. He just did a Super Bowl halftime show at Santos and has a slot at upcoming pop punk festival Skate and Surf.
But this upcoming 285 Kent show on March 6 that he just scheduled is looking like one of his cooler appearances in a while. That venue's been hosting some pretty great bills lately, and for this one, Andrew W.K. will be joined by DOM, CIties Aviv, Dickpic (aka the collaborative project of DJ Dog Dick and Pictureplane), and Cool Serbia. That should make for an all-around crazy night and tickets to be part of it are on sale now.
Andrew W.K. will also be at IFC Center on February 28 (323 Avenue of the Americas) for a screening of David Lynch's The Elephant Man. Not sure what he'll be doing, but he'll be there.
All dates are listed below...
We're pleased to welcome Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino in person to present a new collaboration between the band and legendary filmmaker David Lynch, plus a screening of Lynch's Cannes-winner WILD AT HEART. A new animated short created by Lynch to accompany Interpol's song "Lights" from their self-titled fourth album, I TOUCH A RED BUTTON MAN is a hallucinatory black, white and red all over lo-fi extravaganza. Following the screening, Fogarino will discuss the band's work and take questions from the audience.More details and tickets at the NYC movie theater's site.
Superchunk @ Radio City in March (more by Tracy Allison)
today in NYC
* Yoro Ndiaye @ SOB's
* Juakali @ Southpaw
* Dawn Landes @ Barbes
* The Slip @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Marc Cohn @ City Winery
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* tUnE-yArDs, Austra @ Pier 54
* Dean and Ravo, DMC @ Europa
* Tim Berne, Kris Davis @ The Stone
* Johnny Thunders Birthday Celebration
* Swamp Dogg @ MetroTech Commons
* Gomez, Good Old War @ Terminal 5
* Mike Bones, Favourite Sons @ Zebulon
* Old 97's, Robert Ellis @ The Bell House
* Gary War, K Holes, Pop. 1280 @ Union Hall
* Mona, The Static Jacks @ Knitting Factory
* Superchunk, OFF!, Lemuria @ House of Vans
* The Wooden Birds, Ma'am @ Mercury Lounge
* King Creosote, Jon Hopkins @ Mercury Lounge
* Wild Beasts, Marques Toliver @ Le Poisson Rouge
* John Wesley Coleman, Rayon Beach @ Don Pedro
* White Hills, Man Forever, Weird Owl @ Union Pool
* Bambara, Yvette, French Miami @ Death By Audio
* Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers @ Hiro Ballroom
* Living Days, Chelsea Boys, Frances Rose @ Cake Shop
* Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey @ The Stone
* Patti Smith @ Castle Clinton National Monument at Battery Park
* Heaven (The Rock Shop's 1st Anniversary Show) @ The Rock Shop
* Reggie Watts, Yellowdogs, Aislyn, Los ToughFists @ Public Assembly
* Celestial Shore, White Laces, Arches, Megafortress @ Shea Stadium
* A&R, Little Star Dweller, Bermuda Bonnie, Infernal Devices @ Glasslands
* Emilyn Brodsky, Anna Vogelzang, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Silent Barn
* Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Girl in a Coma @ Seaside Summer Concerts
* Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, Liam O Maonlai, Mcpeake @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Tiberius, Selfsame, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Supagroup, Diamondsnake, Unicorn @ Pianos
* Gunfight!, Shark?, Autodrone, DJ Steve Morehouse, The Benefit Of Music @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Marley Marl, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Mista Sinista, Chairman Mao, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Twilite Tone, Getlive (Salute the DJ) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Check out This Week in Indie for more on some shows.
Get in line now for Patti Smith.
Too many free shows to choose from tonight.
We're giving away VIP tickets to see DFA1979/The Drums at Williamsburg Waterfront, via Facebook.
Check out our interview with Austra who plays the free show at Pier 54 tonight.
How to Dress Well recorded a live in-studio version of "Decisions" with an orchestra off his orchestral EP Just Once, out now on Yours Truly. Video below.
David Lynch set his short film, I Touch a Red Button to Interpol's "Lights" off their 2010 self titled LP. Check out the collaboration below.
Dark Night of The Soul, the Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse album with visuals by David Lynch, is currently on display at Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC in the form of "An exhibit consisting of 50 photographs by David Lynch. Music by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse."...
"Hand-signed by Lynch, each photograph is $3500 and can be purchased together with its set or separately. A companion book carrying the same name features Lynch's photographs and comes with a blank CD-R. A 48-page limited edition run of 5,000 copies was released in 2009. Lynch's art, along with a 9-minute behind-the-scenes video of the two-day making-of the pictures accompanies the downloadable album via iTunes." [WSJ]You have until August 3rd to check it out.
Two major label, Danger Mouse-related, indie rock star collaborative side-like projects are touring this fall, but not together. They both play NYC shows within days of each other.
As previously mentioned, Broken Bells are playing Terminal 5 on October 11th. Tickets are on sale. That date is one of four that James Mercer and Brian Burton will play that month. All dates are listed below..
As previously also mentioned, Gorillaz are playing Madison Square Garden on Ocotober 8th. That show goes on sale August 6th and is part of a larger tour that is now fully announced. All dates below...
Au Revoir Simone have spent the better part of 2009 working on, promoting and touring in support of their second album, Still Light, Still Night, wrapping things up -- for now, at least -- with a Brooklyn show at the Bell House on October 24 (tickets), which is part of the CMJ Music Marathon. The Bell House is also where their new video, "Shadows," was filmed. You can watch it over at the David Lynch Foundation Television website. Lynch has been a fan ever since he and ARS were paired together for that Barnes & Noble Upstairs at the Square event two years ago. He even wrote a nice little blurb for the girls:
"I LOVE AU REVOIR SIMONE ..... THESE GIRLS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES ..... MUSIC JUST FLOWS OUT OF THEM SO NATURALLY - AND IT'S GREAT MUSIC ...... THIS VIDEO FOR "SHADOWS" - FROM THEIR NEW ALBUM "STILL NIGHT, STILL LIGHT" IS MIGHTY - THE COLOR AND THE LIGHT ARE STELLAR - THE MOVES AND LOOKS - MINIMAL - CLEAN - MODERN AND SOLID ..... IT ALL COMES ALONG SO WELL SUPPORTING THE GIRLS AND THEIR MUSIC ..... ANNIE, ERIKA AND HEATHER HAVE GOT THEIR ACT TOGETHER - THEY'RE BIG - BUT THEY'RE GONNA BE BIGGER - THEY'RE GONNA BE REAL BIG"I hope someone has since told David his Caps Lock was on. That Bell House CMJ show also has baroque pop band The Postmarks, and San Francisco's folk-ska ensemble Still Flyin' on the bill.
In November, Au Revoir Simone travel to China for shows in Beijing and Shanghai. Tour dates are at the bottom of this post, as are more pictures from Au Revoir Simone's Bowery show from back in June. Findlay Brown, who is also playing CMJ at the same venue (Bowery), opened that June show.
In between now and ARS's trip to China, ARS member Annie Hart will spend some time with her other band, Uninhabitable Mansions, which also features Robbie and Tyler from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Uninhabitable Mansions' debut album, Nature is a Taker, is out now digitally, with the CD version due at the end of October and vinyl in January. Uninhabitable Mansions, which now includes Annie Hart's husband (and former Dirty on Purpose member) Doug Marvin on drums, has two NYC shows coming up: a free show next Wednesday (10/14) at Cake Shop which is part of the MIXER Reading Series, then they'll play the Bell House on October 22 (part of CMJ) with Robbers on High Street, Freelance Whales (who are also on the Bowery Ballroom show Findlay is playing), Pomegrates and others. After that, they're going on a short East Coast tour, ending with a October 30 show at Union Pool. Then the band's on hold until the new year when they expect to launch a more extensive U.S. tour.
CYHSY front-man Alec Ounsworth meanwhile has been doing his own thing and is appearing at Mercury Lounge during CMJ, as well as at a free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos that same day (10/22). More details TBA.
Tour dates for Au Revoir Simone and Uninhabitable Mansions, plus more pictures from Au Revoir Simone's June 28 Bowery Ballroom show are below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
thanks for coming to the issue project room fundraiser friday. i hope that if you were there that you liked the show.Toby said, "he played for a shade under 2 hours as 300 Brooklynites crammed into 232 4th Street. The minimalist performance space comprised Moby's turntables, headphones, a mac computer and a projector screen. Moby's set featured tracks off his new album as well as an abundance of classics from his back catalog. The set finished with a thumping airing of GO..and so he did."
as i'd said, it was my first time doing a seated electronic/ambient show. the touring for the upcoming album (barring sporadic dj dates) will be with a full band and multiple vocalists, although i might incorporate some elements of the electronic/ambient show, as it enabled me to perform some songs i'd never been able to perform before (like 'god moving over the face of the waters', and other instrumental songs from the past).
ok, it's late, time for bed.
Moby has another NYC live appearance coming up. He, along with SNL's Simon Rich, will be part of "a live broadcast of radio station 91.1 FM WFMU's '7 Second Delay.' Featuring WFMU's Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman." It takes place at the UCB Theater on May 20th and tickets are on sale.
We previously mentioned Moby's new David Lynch-directed video that was screened at the Issue Project Room show - we posted it already even, but in case you missed it... That video, and more pictures from the show, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
April 11th will be ISSUE Project Room's 6th anniversary. We're amazed at how much has happened in this period of time. ISSUE started on East 6th street as an impromptu and spontaneous music, experimental cinema and performance venue...quickly gaining attention and expanding from 60 performances a year to over 250. By 2005, ISSUE had to leave the East Village and migrated to an iconic and beautiful silo along the banks of the Gowanus Canal. This unusual and extraordinarily fun location was voted "Best Art Bayou" by the Village Voice and named "New York's Best Kept Secret" by the Whitney Museum.To celebrate (and raise money), the Brooklyn venue has lined up some special benefit performances for the month of April.
Producing amazing performances by Rhys Chatham, Anthony Coleman, Marianne Amancher, Elliott Sharp, Jandek and WFMU's own Kenny G, ISSUE Project Room enjoyed its stay at the silo immensely but then had to move once again. This time to its current location at the Old American Can Factory at 232 3rd Street in Brooklyn. This room, the "sanctuary", was formerly a rehearsal studio for a circus troupe. Instead of trapeze artists, we've now got Stephan Moore's 16 channel hemispherical speaker system hanging from the ceiling, enabling us to move sound over and around the heads of the audience.
This past year we found out that we were awarded a rent free, 20 year lease on the elk's club room at the former Board of Education building at 110 Livingston Street. It's a pretty amazing room and an amazing opportunity to build a kind of "Carnegie Hall of the Avant Garde" for the next 20 years. It's up to us to bring it up to code and move in, though...so we'll be fundraising for the time being...getting ready for the future. [ISSUE Project Room via Free Music Archive]
One highlight (of many) is Moby's "first-ever live electronic/ambiant performance" on Friday, April 24th. Tickets for the show are on sale now - regular and VIP. The full package includes: "an intimate pre-performance cocktail party with Moby [to] hear advance tracks from his forthcoming album, meet and talk with the artist, and enjoy a sneak-preview of his new music video directed by David Lynch." Not surprisingly, Moby was one of many artists who recently appeared at Radio City Music Hall to help raise money for the David Lynch Foundation. Moby was also a part of the Issue Project Room fundraiser that took place at Santos Party House last year (that Tony Conrad also performed at).
On ISSUE Project Room's actual birthday, April 11th, Pitre, with special guest avant-composer/filmmaker Tony Conrad, will perform original composition ED09 "with a 17-piece string/woodwind ensemble". Tickets are on sale. ISSUE Project Room is where Tony teamed up with Genesis P-Orridge (of the reunited Throbbing Gristle) for two shows earlier this year. Video from one of those shows below.
The IPR schedule also has a Tuesday, April 21st show with producer and SNL music supervisor Hal Willner featuring Sean Lennon, Yuka Honda, Chloe Webb and special guests. Tickets to that are on sale. One of the albums Hal recently produced is the new Marianne Faithfull. Still waiting to hear if he'll be back at Prospect Park this year.
Noveller/Sarah Lipstate (who is playing Cinema 16 at the Bell House on Sunday, April 19th) performs at the ISSUE Project Room on Saturday, April 25th as part of artist-in-residence Duane Pitre's Bowed Harmonic-Guitar Ensemble.
Some videos and the venue's full April schedule, below...
Half a Beatles reunion, or some approximation of it, took place Saturday night at "Change Begins Within," a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation. Paul McCartney was headlining; Ringo Starr was also on the bill, and yes, after letting the anticipation build, the two surviving Beatles did perform together, as they did in 2002 for a memorial after the death of George Harrison...Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper played "Under Pressure", there were lots of serious Beatles fans there, Howard Stern was there... That and more in the videos from the event below...
...As the concert's entire lineup-including Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Bettye LaVette, Ben Harper and Mike Love (from the Beach Boys)-filled the stage, Mr. Starr took his place at the second drum kit. And Mr. McCartney unveiled a song that could surprise even Beatles fanatics: "Cosmically Conscious," an excerpt of which appeared as a hidden track on his 1993 album "Off the Ground." [NY Times]
The David Lynch Foundation provides funds for students to learn to meditate through TM teaching centers, hospital-sponsored wellness programs, boys and girls clubs, before- and after-school programs, and in private and public schools when invited by the administration. Instruction is voluntary and is provided to a child with the permission of a parent and with no cost to the family, organization, or school. In the past year, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars for thousands of students, teachers, and parents to learn to meditate. The Foundation also provides funds for independent research institutions to assess the effects of the program on creativity, intelligence, brain functioning, academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.Tickets are on sale @11AM for the David Lynch Foundation benefit show at Radio City Music Hall.
The David Lynch Foundation presents the WORLD HARMONY CONCERTThx rajohn!
Paul McCartney, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Paul Horn, Moby and more will perform a global benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in support of the David Lynch Foundation's international initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation technique--and change the world overnight.
Limited seats: A limited number of excellent seats have been reserved for friends of the David Lynch Foundation.
In related news, Pearl Jam are pumped up to hit the studio, and Paul McCartney and Bon Jovi were in the crowd on opening night of the restored Beacon Theater when Garfunkel took the stage with Paul Simon at the first of Paul's two night run in the venue that Leonard Cohen played last night.
Leonard Cohen plays Radio City in May.