Entries tagged with: Genesis P-Orridge
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Chris & Cosey @ Santos, 1/11/2014
Do you still there's still a mission to be subversive or disruptive?Industrial pioneers and lifemates Chris Carter and Cosi Fanni Tutti were in the U.S. earlier this month playing a few shows, rare appearances for the influential duo. The first was at MoMA PS1 where they did live remixes of songs from post-Throbbing Gristle project X-TG. Then they did two shows under the billing "Carter Tutti does Chris & Cosey," reworking some of their '80s-era material for now times. We already posted pics from their 1/12 show at Radio Bushwick, and now we've got a belated set from their 1/11 Santos show (with openers Excepter) in this post.
Cosey: Well no, I don't think there ever was a mission, really. We [Throbbing Gristle] called it "The Mission is Terminated" because it had sort of turned into that kind of thing. The expectation had built that we were going to lead them somewhere, but what we were trying to say was, "There are no leaders, there's only you--that's what it's all about."
Chris: I guess we're enjoying it more now, we don't have to be subversive any more, we've matured, we're older.
Cosey: It's more a case of we're happy doing what we want to do as and when we want to do it--which we've always done, really. That's what's nice about the appreciation of the music we did in the '80s: we're physically experiencing the joy it's bringing to people 30 years later, and we saw it first time around. I don't think a lot of people get to have that--I mean, not in that kind of context, rather than something like an "oldies" tour where they go around going, "Here's the '80s again!" It's not like that, people have taken our music and brought it to the now, and appreciate it in the now for what it is.
Chris: Yeah we're definitely not doing an '80s revival show! The sounds are different. We are playing the old songs, but in a different way. We don't recreate those '80s sounds. - [Resident Advisor]
In related news, Carter and Tutti's former bandmate and provocateur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge -- who recently played two shows with Psychic TV at Brooklyn Night Bazaar -- has a new book coming out via First 3rd. There's a NYC book launch party happening February 9 at MoMA PS1, featuring a live performance from Psychic TV and Starred, with a DJ set from Tamaryn, a reading by Jarrett Earnest, and films by Orridge and Leigha Mason. Advance tickets will be available but they aren't on sale yet. More info here. Stay tuned.
More pics from Chris & Cosey's show at Santos below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Psychic TV @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar 12/27/2013
The new Greenpoint locale of Brooklyn Night Bazaar has been up and running for about two months, offering crafty shopping, gourmet eats, beer and bands every weekend. The venue scored a bit of a coup by getting post punk legends Psychic TV to play both nights this past weekend (12/27-28). If you know anything about confrontational main man Genesis P-Orridge and PTV's history, it's perversely funny to see them playing a venue centered around buying things. I've been to a few Bazaar shows this season and while it's always been crowded it's often been more for the shopping. Saturday it was by far the most people I've seen for the show part. Our photographer hit Friday night and pics from that are in this post.
While line-ups for PTV have changed like The Fall, it has always been P-Orridge's show who was definitely in control and in mostly good spirits Saturday (at least until someone threw a beer can on stage, which clearly stuck in his craw). This iteration of the group (which has been stable for about 10 years) included a violinist and, for part of the show, a couple saxes, and they were a tight live unit. Sets were long (definitely longer than most BK Bazaar bands get), somewhere around 90 minutes or more and, though they didn't come near their most famous songs "Godstar" or "Roman P," it was nonetheless a fun, somewhat surreal evening.
This weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, it's Swearin', Cymbals Eat Guitars and more on Friday (1/3) and Magic Man and more on Saturday (1/4). More pics from Friday's PTV shows -- including one of the setlist, pics from Soundcheck and a few of openers House of Blondes (Heliotropes ended up not playing) -- and a video are below...
On behalf of the Wierd World I wanted to let you all know that the last Wierd Party at Home Sweet Home will be on Wednesday, February 27th. We have staged 500+ events over the course of the last decade, and I feel we have achieved what we all set out to do together when the party began.All good things must come to an end and that, apparently, goes for WIERD things too. The long-running Wednesday party, which currently happens at LES club Home Sweet Home, will be hosting their final four nights this month. The final four schedule February 6 is Wolf Eyes' Nate Young w/ DJs Miz Margo and Frankie Teardrop; February 13 is Frank Alpine live w/ DJs Pre Op Trans, Hi Fi Hillary and Frankie Teardrop; February 20 plays host to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge with Aaron Dilloway plus DJs Anearexia, Tesco Jane, Frankie Teardrop; and the final night on February 27 is with WIERD vets Xeno & Oaklander w/ DJs Jeralyn, Glenn, Frankie Teardrop.
Needless to say, the idea of ending IT is a very complex proposition. For above all the one thing I have learned from the Wierd is that because 'IT' is Very Rare - IT does not exist, and as a result ending IT is impossible. VR.
We have built a thorough archive of the party's history with all the fliers and weekly Wierd emails which is now live and up to date, check it out here:
Thank you for your devoted, undying interest and support all these years. I hope you enjoy the last month in the Wierd, we have an incredible set of shows lined up for February. See you all soon once again in our wild latenight world of the fog and the lights.
Don't get too sad, though. WIERD may well host events in the future, and the record label will continue. Still, it's an end of an era (troll the archives here), so do try to make it out to one of these last Home Sweet Home nights, say goodbye and dance amid the fog and cracked glitterball one last time. Flyer for the final shows is below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's band Thee Majesty played the BAM Cinema Cafe on 6/23 directly following the screening of the new documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye and subsequent Q & A. The film, which details Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Lady Jaye path through "Pandrogyne", was screened as part of BAMcinemaFest, a festival which also saw films with Gruff Rhys and Bobby Liebling (Pentagram) among others. Bill Pearis saw the Genesis film and reviewed it.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is scheduled to make an appearance this weekend at the previously discussed Licker License event at Secret Project Robot on July 2nd, "a girl-on-girl, video and performance event". Genesis will be one of a few providing video art for the evening. Flyer is below.
More pictures from BAM , alongside a video of "I Love Being Here" from the performance, also below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned (and here and here and here), BAMcinemaFest is underway at BAM in Brooklyn (it runs through June 26th), and there's a couple worthy music docs playing this week that you should check out. Tonight (6/22) they're screening Last Days Here, about Pentagram frontman Bobby Leibling's struggles to beat drug addiction and return to the stage. When the movie opens, 50-something Leibling is in bad shape, living in the "sub-basement" of his aging parent's house. But through the help of fan and indie metal label employee Sean Pelletier, there might be hope for Leibling yet.
If that sounds like standard rock doc type stuff, it is, and those who follow metal coverage on BV at all you probably know how everything turns out but it's not really the point. Last Days Here a moving portrait of recovery and, yes, love -- and you can't help but get a little choked up at the end.
I could've used a little more backstory on Pentagram (for that this SPIN article is pretty good at filling in the blanks), and could've done without the (sparingly used) reenactment footage, but the film works on its own terms. Filmmakers Don Argott and Demian Fenton will answer questions after tonight's screening.
Tomorrow night (6/22), BAMcinemaFest hosts The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye which is definitely NOT you're run-of-the-mill rock doc. Filmed over seven years on 16mm, the film follows former Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV leader Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his partner Lady Jaye through their "Pandrogyne" project, where they sought to become two parts of the same person through body modification surgery. It is crazy, and amazing, and a genuinely touching portrait of real love. You won't forget it.
Director Marie Losier and Genesis will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A which should be pretty interesting and will then be followed by a performance from Thee Majesty, Genesis' current project.
Marissa Nadler and Glass Ghost will team up to play Envelope, a new Bushwick venue, record label and recording studio that was founded by indie-folk artist Chris Garneau and Caralee McElroy (ex-Xiu Xiu/Cold Cave). The $30 tickets to the November 11th show include beer, wine, liquor and food and are on sale now. The address of the venue isn't listed, but will be revealed to ticket buyers.
The NYC show is one of three east coast dates for Nadler who will also play ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Minehead (with Godspeed, Neurosis, countless others), and go on a short Irish tour. All dates below.
Nadler is also looking to record a new LP, but she needs your help! (well, not anymore actually). She has started a Kickstarter page to aid in the funding of her new LP and its associated costs. The campaign ends in early December, but
is already well on its way toward completion ($8900 of $11k raised) is already complete, and then some. As of this posting, which is now an updated version of a post that was written a few days ago, $11,550 has been pledged, and she only asked for $11,000. You still might want to give though because each donation actually gets you something - varying in increments of $10 (a digital download of the LP) to $6k (Marissa plays any set you want whereever you want).
Speaking of ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Nadler will probably cross paths with Genesis P-Orridge who WILL be on hand when Throbbing Gristle performs at the festival, despite recent reports of P-Orridge's exit from the band:
Dear Friends,Glass Ghost's latest LP, Idol Omen out now on Western Vinyl, features both "Like A Diamond" and "The Same". Check 'em both out above. The Envelope show is their only current tour date.
We have seen and heard various inaccurate, erroneous, even sometimes libelous speculations about why we felt compelled to drop out of the current Throbbing Gristle tour. As a result we intend to address these matters in full as soon as possible. We hope that what we state now, and later, will be clear, will not fan the flames of destructive gossip, will not seem negative and will reduce an somewhat dramatic situation into a simpler story. We want to make it clear right now that we did not, and have no wish to quit TG. Obviously there is more involved than just that simple statement. Personally, at this point of my life, my position is that the inner workings and dynamics of any band, but especially of TG, are as intimate, unique and most of all complex as they are within any family. Unfortunately, even at the level TG occupy in popular culture, band business becomes potentially everyone's business. We all know the internet has amplified the speed of distribution of "information" almost as fast as it has accelerated the decline of accuracy worldwide. We have no interest in pointing fingers (or is it claws?) at various people or sites and accusing them of letting the cat out of the bag. Bickering is never attractive, not one on one nor within the realms of an ever expanding media fueled by smart phone technologies and laptops. As soon as we have composed a written version of what series of events we believe led to my feeling unable to remain part of THIS short tour by the re-grouped TG that feels acceptable we will post it here.
All Marissa Nadler tour dates and some video is below.
Psychic TV at Europa (more by Zach Dilgard)
Genesis P-Orridge is also scheduled to hit the road with Throbbing Gristle in the coming months. The band will play select European Dates including their recently announced appearance at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas with Godspeed You Black Emperor, Neurosis, Weird Al, and a ton of others. Get yer tix.
Full ATP Nightmare Before Christmas lineup, all Throbbing Gristle dates and some video is below...
DOWNLOAD: Locrian - "Invisible/Visible" (M4A)
Locrian (photo by Lenny Gilmore)
Locrian will play NYC on Saturday July 10th as part of a artist Scott Treleaven's The Touching Of Hands exhibit at Light Industry in Brooklyn. The show will consist of the band playing a full set, as well as performing "Visible/Invisible" (downloadable above) as part of the artist's "Last 7 Words" video, an "affectionate and ethereal Super-8 portrait of [Genesis] Breyer P-Orridge".
The Touching of HandsGenesis Breyer P-Orridge will not be in attendance that day, as s/he will be preforming as part of Thee Majesty in Torino Italy on July 10th. However, Genesis will be in attendance for a lecture on Brion Gysin on July 15th as part of a program put on by the New Museum.
Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 7:30pm, $7
...An evening of solo and collaborative projects by Scott Treleaven and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, focusing on the shared influence of artist and mystic Brion Gysin. Gysin's close friendship with Breyer P-Orridge, and in turn her friendship with Treleaven, has over time given rise to a number of aesthetic and philosophical affinities found in the work of all three, communicated from one to the other.
Each has explored, in his or her own way, the nature of extreme mental states, ideas of eros and thanatos, and modern applications of occult thought. Permutations of the cut-up technique, invented by Gysin in the 1950s, can be found in the reordering of visual information by both Breyer P-Orridge and Treleaven. A preoccupation with the legend of the Cult of the Assassins led to Gysin collaborator William Burroughs's novel The Wild Boys, Breyer P-Orridge's collective Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth and, later, Treleaven's The Salivation Army, his VHS classic about a mid-90s movement centered around a Wild Boys/Psychick Youth-inspired zine. All demonstrate what Treleaven calls a "pre-Web concept" of "total intimacy and privacy, unmediated by uncontainable social networks."
Two nights earlier, July 13th, the New Museum hosts a related event - "8pm Dream Machine, A Celebration with performances by York Factory Complaint and John Zorn & Bill Laswell". Flyer for that one below with info on how you can help get a movie about Genesis and Lady Jaye funded...
photos by Lori Baily
GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE | 30 YEARS OF BEING CUT UPThe exhibit is running now and up through October 18th at Invisible Exports (14A Orchard St). A few more details are below.
"30 Years of Being Cut Up" is a three decade retrospective of photomontage and Expanded Polaroids, which includes many works never exhibited before, as well as a sampling of P-Orridge's early Mail Art. The show will mark the culmination of a new, re-emergent phase in BREYER P-ORRIDGE's life. He/r career -- and most particularly he/r recent pursuit of pandrogyny -- tests the limits of transgression and traces the tragic fate of the underground, proving again the expressive power and pervasive influence of those artists who take the world not as it comes to them -- sensible, orthodox, predictable -- but as they would like it to be.
P-Orridge will be on the road with Psychic TV this fall, with European dates in September and November. Before that, s/he plays with Thee Majesty on the first night of Santos' Musicka Mystica Festival which runs on September 21st and 22nd.
Back in April, Genesis got back together with he/r old band Throbbing Gristle to play a bunch of shows. That included a major festival and three in NYC - April 16th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, April 17th at Le Poisson Rouge, April 19th at Coachella, and then again back at the Masonic Temple on April 28th. In light of all the coverage we were giving them at the time, I let our set of pictures from that final show go unposted. I even had something written that included mention of the crazy, voluptous, pierced and topless lady in the balcony who you can see from afar, while she still had her bra on, in one of Lori's pictures that are, now finally, below (you can literally say I saved them for a rainy day).
All upcoming Psychic TV tour dates (with a radio session clip from last year), and more info on the art show, are below too...
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Zach Dilgard)
Musicka Mystica Maxima festival presented by Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. at Santos Party House, New York, NY.The lineup of the two-day fest includes Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle) with Thee Majesty (featuring Bryin Dall and Morrisson Edley), John Zorn and Bill Laswell, and Daniel Higgs.
21 and 22 September 2009
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Two nights of musick made by practicing magicians or practicing musicians whose work celebrates the magical lifestyle, as well a public performance of ceremonial magic ritual.
Genesis P-Orridge will also be at the venue's Non, Prurient and Cold Cave show on August 8th. That bill includes spoken word performances by Genesis P-Orridge, Jamie Stewart, Jonathan Shaw, Kid Congo Powers, Eric Paul and Chris Leo (whose band The Van Pelt recently reunited). Tickets are on sale.
Poster and initial lineup below...
words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Judging from the comments generated by their Thursday night Brooklyn show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Throbbing Gristle succeeded in leaving fans, gawkers and devotees with a sense of being f'd with, which is quite in-line with their history and reputation of subversive, antagonistic, repulsive, turn-the-concept-inside-out performance art. Friday night's show at Le Poisson Rouge had an air of menace, but really turned out to be a straight ahead show, "a single set of material from throughout their history'".
Once again, the announced show time was early, 7PM with doors a half hour earlier.
The security was spooked into a state of tension, when I went in to the main room I was both welcomed and warned "enjoy ... but behave yourself." The crowd was thin at 6:45, but by 7:30 it had filled in and we were all facing the stage, waiting for the show, wondering when it would start (but maybe this was the 'show'). Several of the people around me in the crowd had been to the Brooklyn show the night before and were more than happy to take it all in again.
TG came on about 8. A large security guard stood at the right side of the stage and the band's manager was perched on the left. Really there was no incident besides the music, though my friend Ryan reported being deliberately kneed in the head by a weirdo fan.
The set was nearly identical to the second set from the first night. Genesis P-Orridge recited lyrics with a magnetic/repulsive presence, darkly removed, but engaging- sometimes contributing to the noise with an electric violin and processed bass. Chris Carter provided most of the sonic structure of the music emitting the minimal beats from his laptop and layering additional sounds generated and manipulated by custom made electronic devices.
Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson sat opposite Carter in a cow hide robe fiddling with synthesizers and other custom made gadgets. His casual but focused demeanor (plus the robe) made him look like someone sitting down to do the Sunday crossword puzzle. Last but not least Cosey manipulated a headless guitar with a slide and laptop, switching to pocket trumpet played with both hands on the valves.
Musically, the sound was dark and rich, all members layering their sounds carefully on top of each other. After about an hour they left the stage and did not return for an encore.
Last night (4/19) they performed at the Coachella Music Festival. Next is San Francisco. Then comes Chicago, and then Brooklyn Masonic Temple again for a 3rd and final NYC show. More pictures from Le Poisson Rouge below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
"The narrow room where IPR has its world-renowned, state of the art speaker system was packed, with people seated in the aisle and on the floor. The performers had hooked up their instruments to a separate PA system. I'm all about experimental performance, light and sound theater and dissonant/atonal/weird sounding music. I was looking forward to see something totally bizarre that I probably wouldn't totally understand, but enjoy.That negative review of one of the Tony Conrad / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge shows at Issue Project Room this weekend doesn't specify if the reviewer was there Saturday or Sunday. Zach was there Sunday (1/11). He said, "They played two sets with an intermission in between. Each set was about 30-45 mins each I think. It was a full house although the seating inside didn't provide for a huge crowd - I'd say 50 seats at the most. I didn't recognize any of the songs as this was the first time Tony and Genesis had ever performed together, an experiment of sorts." I think it's safe to say that there probably weren't any songs to recognize, aka it was complete improvisation. More pictures from the Sunday show below...
Instead, the first hour and 20 minutes of the show was a way-too-loud continuous looping of speaker feedback. I go to live shows and clubs all the time where the music is too loud, but can get into the music. In this case, it was impossible." [NY Press]
photos by Zach Dilgard
"Last night, they played "New York Story" in honor of Lady Jaye, who died fairly recently. She was a member of the band and Gen's wife/collaborator. You could see the tears in Gen's eyes as s/he was singing it. The whole band had to take a moment and cry a bit after the song ended. The song and its accompanying video art always get to me. But this particular performance was the most touching and genuine moment I've ever experienced via live music.More pictures from Sunday's show below...
And it was so cathartic. After the band, and the audience, paid tribute and got it out of their system...the rest of the show was pure joy." [Worship the Glitch]
Genesis being dragged off stage @ Webster Hall
That's Genesis P-Orridge being dragged off stage at the summer Butthole Surfers show after BHS frontman Gibby Haynes was removed from the building for allegedly assaulting a sound guy. Butthole Surfers are playing another NYC show in December and that reminded me that Genesis has a Psychic TV show coming up this Sunday, November 9th at Europa in Brooklyn. And Genesis says,
In addition to having copies of the new PTV3 CD + DVD release "Mr. Alien Brain Vs. The Skinwalkers" plus the limited edition vinyl x 2 edition. We will be having a "fire sale" featuring t-shirts, vintage posters, 7" singles, CDs and collectible items all at blowout prices to clear overstock from our storage and archives. Everything priced to sell!! Make sure to check out the merchandise area at the show!!Tickets are on sale.
Also coming up at Europa: The Dwarves (TONIGHT)
Gibby Haynes & Geneis P-Orridge DJing @ Market Hotel (more by Lori Baily)
I'm not at a computer where I can upload any pictures right now, so this post will be limited, but I just thought I'd say something about the Butthole Surfers show that ended less than an hour ago here at Webster Hall in NYC (July 29, 2008).
After playing for almost an hour and a half, Gibby Haynes got mad at the sound guy who was on the side of the stage - something about not turning up the monitors. I don't know his name, but the sound guy was one of the Bowery Presents regulars. Gibby walked over and punched him and/or threw a bottle at him. Next thing you know security escorts Gibby off the stage mid-song. Nobody really knew what was going on. The band continued to play for at least one more song, and then left in a proper manner with lots of applause and high fives to the front row. Everyone started going crazy (in a good and drunken way), demanding an encore. It's not often you hear the crowd actually scream for a band to come back. We're all so spoiled. We just assume they always will. Of course there was the confusion about the way Gibby made his exit, and that was probably why people were chanting "Gibby" even louder and longer than usual.
The only people who came back to the stage though, were big security guards, and the occasional School of Rock kid to clean up some gear. Then all of a sudden Genesis P-Orridge saunters on stage and strangely had people shouting louder, but was also telling people to be silent. Security then pulled Genesis off the stage and more and more security filled it up. Finally the video guy came back to grab his laptop and turn off the projections (which by the way had still been running along with background music that whole time). The lights were also still off. I was close to the video guy and he was one who told me the show was over because Gibby got arrested. I guess he won't be DJing at the afterparty.
update: some in the comments say he wasn't actually arrested, just kicked out.
Lots of cups were hurled at the stage. One security guard manhandled a kid who jumped on stage to get a selist during the commotion. Otherwise, a riot was avoided and everyone (including lots of very drunk people) (especially the guy from Texas) soon exited pretty orderly and peacefully. Awesome show (I hope the sound guy is okay and Gibby doesn't spend too much time in jail).
photos by Lori Baily
Gibby Haynes & Genesis P-Orridge @ Market Hotel
====> SATURDAY 2/23 @ MARKET HOTEL <====Gibby also recently played Highline Ballroom. Genesis recently announced a Lady Jaye Memorial that will take place on March 8th. More photos from Saturday night's show below....
:: BLACK DICE
:::: the Skaters
:::::: IUD ----> mem Gang Gang Dance
:: dj Gibby Haynes ----------> from Butthole Surfers
:: dj Genesis P-Orridge -----> from Throbbing Gristle / Psychic TV