Entries tagged with: John Zorn
by Doug Moore
John Zorn at Maxwell's, 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
John Zorn describes his Masada songbook as follows: "The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together." He's been writing Masada material for about 20 years, and he's racked up some 600 compositions in the idiom. If you only know Zorn for his noise-oriented work, do yourself a favor and Youtube some Masada performances.
A few months before he joins Dave Lombardo and Bill Laswell for a rare appearance as Bladerunner, Zorn and many, many others will get together to debut the 20 new Masada compositions that comprise Masada Book 3: The Book of Beriah. The show is being billed as a "marathon shuffle concert": each of the 20 tunes will be interpreted by a different group of musicians. The cast is diverse, from Zorn himself and frequent collaborators like Marc Ribot and John Medeski to younger, weirder Zorn affiliates like Abraxas, Cyro Baptista, Cleric, and Secret Chiefs 3. The show is slated for March 19 at the Town Hall (123 West 43rd St.). Tickets are on sale.
Zorn's other upcoming shows include the gigs he has scheduled as Bladerunner with ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo & Bill Laswell which hits LPR in NYC and Reggie's in Chicago. They are all listed below.
Check out a Zorn + Ribot version of a Masada tune and the announced lineup of Beriah contributors below too...
by Doug Moore
Legendary saxophonist/composer John Zorn has a well-known proclivity for collaborating from musicians from all walks of life; he recently played with Thurston Moore during the latter's residency at The Stone, for instance and spent much of last year playing with all sorts of folk while celebrating his 60th birthday.
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, some live footage of the combo is floating around the internet, including the clip below.
Bladerunner have just announced a rare NYC gig at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4. Tickets are on sale. Needless to say, it should be absolutely insane.
The trio will also appear one day earlier in Chicago and at Australia's Adelaide Festival in March, which will also feature Zorn playing with Essential Cinema (which features members of his Electric Masada crew) and Cobra.
Check out that live Bladerunner clip and more dates below...
Chelsea Light Moving @ The Stone - 12/31/13 (via @mashavsl)
Initially, Messrs. Moore and Zorn played together contrasting their musical vocabularies. Mr. Zorn was full of quicksilver licks, rhythmic clucking sounds and urgent wails from his horn, with Mr. Moore offering deep atmospheric sounds and the occasional quick-fading power chord.Thuston Moore rang in the new year by kicking off his residency at The Stone (which goes through Sunday, 1/5) with two shows on New Year's Eve. The first show, which the above review is from, was a collaborative set from Thurston Moore and John Zorn, that also included late addition Joe Morris, and actually started earlier than its planned 8 PM start time, being that the venue was already filled to capacity. Then for the second show, Thurston played a collaborative set with Mike Watt (The Minutemen/fIREHOSE) and Raymond Pettibon, followed by a set by his current band Chelsea Light Moving (pictured above).
When the brilliant guitarist Joe Morris, a late addition to the bill, joined the duo, the music turned elegantly introspective. Mr. Morris's single notes intertwined with Mr. Zorn's playing as Mr. Moore cast deep sonic backdrops. Occasionally the three men turned up the dissonance, but the major takeaway from the hourlong set was of complex, wistful music that could transform into something else at moment's notice. [Wall Street Journal]
The residency continues with his CLM bandmate Samara Lubelski and others tonight (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on 1/3, SY bandmate Lee Ranaldo on 1/4, and White Out on 1/5.
In related news, 1991: The Year Punk Broke, the 1993 documentary filmed during Sonic Youth's 1991 European tour with Nirvana, will screen for one night in Brooklyn on Saturday (1/4) at Spectatcle (124 S. 3rd St near Bedford Ave). The screenings are at 7:30 PM and 10 PM, and admission is $5 at the door. Trailer video below.
Chelsea Light Moving at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Greg Cristman)
As discussed, Thurston Moore is kicking off a residency at The Stone with two New Year's Eve shows at the venue. His first show is an 8 PM duo set with the venue's artistic director John Zorn ($25 at the door), and since we last spoke, he's expanded the schedule for the second show.
It begins at 10 PM with a previously discussed trio set of Thurston, The Minutemen's Mike Watt, and Black Flag/Sonic Youth/Minutemen/etc album designer Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn). Then from 11:30 PM to 1 AM, Thurston's current band Chelsea Light Moving will play. Admission for the late show is $50 at the door and that gets you into the 10 PM set and the 11:30 set. Doors open at 9:45 and only 75 people will be admitted, so get there early.
Thurston's residency continues through January 5, and includes shows with his Chelsea Light Moving bandmate Samara Lubelkski (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley (1/3), and SY's Lee Ranaldo was added to the one with CLM's John Moloney (1/4).
Full schedule below...
photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE
The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:
Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"
Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."
Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."
The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.
Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...
Thurston Moore on the 'Station to Station' tour (more by Lukas Hodge)
As discussed, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is playing two New Year's Eve shows at The Stone, an early one with John Zorn, and a late one with Mike Watt. Since we last spoke, we realized those shows are actually part of Thurston's residency at the venue, which kicks off on NYE and continues through January 5. He's curating for the week, and also performing with different collaborators each night.
Most notably, the residency has him performing with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley for two shows on 1/3, with Chelsea Light Moving drummer John Moloney for two shows on 1/4, and with another CLM member, Samara Lubelski, on 1/2. Probably don't expect Sonic Youth or Chelsea Light Moving songs though. He'll also be performing with NYC experimental duo White Out (who have releases on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace label) on the final night (1/5). The full schedule and an updated list of Chelsea Light Moving tour dates are below.
Meanwhile, as we speak, avant guitarist/banjoist Eugene Chadbourne's residency at the venue is underway. It kicked off this past Tuesday (10/29) and included his Halloween show at the venue last night (10/31). It continues with Eugene playing as a duo with Tatsuya Nakatani tonight (11/1), solo on Saturday (11/2), and as part of a 5-piece on Sunday (11/3).
Most of the other Nov/Dec curators are all notable jazz musicians and improvisers. One that's especially exciting to us is Ikue Mori, drummer of seminal no wave band DNA, 1/3 of Death Ambient (with Fred Frith and Kato Hideki), and a frequent collaborator of John Zorn, Mike Patton, various members of Sonic Youth, and more. She curates/performs at The Stone from December 17-22 and collaborators for the week include Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Sylvie Courvoisier, John Zorn and more, plus a "SPECIAL SURPRISE BAND" TBA on 12/20. Full schedule for her residency below.
In related news, Ikue Mori plays a previously discussed special Body/Head trio set with B/H members Kim Gordon and Bill Nace at the Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room.
Then, from December 25-29 at The Stone, it's the annual John Zorn end of the year improv week, leading up to Thurston Moore's NYE shows. Zorn will be joined by multiple other improvisers throughout the week, including Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Erik Friedlander, Okkyung Lee, and many more. Full schedule below.
All mentioned Stone residency schedules, along with Chelsea Light Moving dates, below...
confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).
Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...
Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.
Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.
Moon Boots plays Output.
Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.
DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.
Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.
Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.
Or maybe just head to Mexico!
P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.
Frequent Lou Reed collaborator John Zorn, who just turned 60, paid tribute to his friend on Facebook (update: which is approved by but not actually run by Zorn) by posting the above picture along with the words "RIP Lou Reed". A comment by the page also includes a link to the NY Times obituary entitled "Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock 'n' Roll".
Hours earlier, It was announced on the same Facebook that John will be playing with Thurston Moore as a duo at his non-profit club The Stone on New Year's Eve. Thurston is no stranger to the Stone where he has played and curated before. It also won't be the first time John and Thurston play together, as you can see in one of the videos below.
Lou and Laurie Anderson were also regulars and curators at the stone. Check out a video of Lou, Laurie and John playing together (not at the Stone), also below...
Erik Friedlander was one of the musicians that took part in the all-day John Zorn marathon at the Metropolitan Museum in September. If you missed his set (and you might have, even if you attended -- he went on before noon), Friedlander will be at Zorn's East Village venue the Stone all week.
As is the custom, he'll be performing different songs and with different bands each night. For tonight's opening edition, he plays a pair of solo sets: his original "Block Ice & Propane" material and songs from John Zorn's Volac -Masada: Book of Angels project. The latter tunes are the same batch he played at the Met; see a video of him jamming next to Assyrian ruins, below.
From there, he performs with an all-cello ensemble, his excellent Americana-y quartet Bonebridge (who will debut songs from their forthcoming CD NightHawks) and producer Scott Solter (who has engineering/recording credits include Superchunk's I Hate Music, St. Vincent's Actor and many others), among others.
The full schedule and details are listed, along with those videos, below...
Avant-garde sax great John Zorn has been celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a ton of NYC shows. The celebration, dubbed Zorn@60, has been going on for months, and there's only a few events left.
Tonight (9/27), Zorn does his third of three nights at Miller Theatre at Columbia University. At tonight's show, he'll be performing work from all over his career, and will be joined by many collaborators including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk), Ikue Mori (DNA, Kim Gordon collaborator, etc), Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander and many more. More details here. Tickets are still available.
Then on Saturday (9/28), he'll (literally) be at The Met all day with multiple performances from 10 AM to 8:30 PM. Many other performers will be at these too, including Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Erik Friedlander, Abby Fischer and more. The performances are free with museum admission. Full schedule for the day, below.
On Sunday (9/29), he'll be at Le Poisson Rouge for two shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM), both of which include Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron. The early show also has a few other names, like Marc Ribot and more. TIckets for the early show and the late show are on sale now.
Finally, Zorn will team up with Japanese composer/musician/film scorer Ryuichi Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic) for an improvised evening of music on October 4 at Japan Society (333 E 47th St). This one is sold out.
Schedule for Zorn's day at The Met, and a live video from 1992, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Guitarist Marc Ribot has been talking for years about the monetary difficulties working musicians face (his efforts include negotiating with music festivals for fair pay and working with the NYC musicians union). He put some of those ideas into song form earlier this year with "Masters of the Internet," a track off Your Turn, the most recent album from his power trio Ceramic Dog. He expanded on those ideas with a post about the song, writing "hey, we love our tech toys too, but an empty i-Pod is just a crappy paper-weight."
This fall, there are a ton of chances to see Ribot in a variety of genre-hopping settings. He plays Thursday (9/12) at Issue Project Room with saxophonist Matana Roberts and guitarist Cian Nugent, as part of the IPR's ongoing ten-year anniversary celebration.
Ribot also has dates with Ceramic Dog, multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo (as a duo) and the Marc Ribot Trio (with avant jazzers Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor). He also takes part in a number of the upcoming John Zorn @ 60 concerts, which have been happening all year and end on October 4.
Full dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Fred Frith - 'Guitar Solos' (1974)
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith -- probably best known for his influential 1974 album, Guitar Solos, which caught the ear of Brian Eno, who asked him to appear on two of his 1978 albums, Before and After Science and Music for Films, and prominently featured the use of prepared guitars, which would later be popularized by Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth -- is beginning a six day residency at The Stone today (8/27), which continues through Sunday (9/1).
For the early (8 PM) and the late (10 PM) shows tonight, Frith will be joined by art pop mastermind Laurie Anderson on violin and keyboards. Admission is $25 at the door. Other shows of note include Frith and Stone artistic director/sax wizard John Zorn at the early show on Thursday (8/29) (also $25); and Frith with no wave legend Ikue Mori (of DNA, and also of Death Ambient with Fred Frith) and Thurston Moore collaborator Nate Wooley at the early show on Saturday (8/31). The full schedule for the residency is below.
In related news, you can also catch Nate Wooley performing as part of his trio with Thurston Moore and Ryan Sawyer during the day (2 PM) at Union Pool on Saturday (8/31) with Lungfish's Daniel Higgs, plus bEEEdEEEgEEE + Dutch E. Germ and DJ Jesper Eklow. Free.
Fred Frith's Stone residency schedule and a stream from Guitar Solos, below...
Gorillaz at MSG in 2010
The shows include Monkey: Journey to the West, created by theater director Chen Shi-Zheng teamed up with Gorillaz members Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, which runs for the entire span of the festival from July 6-28. It also includes SInead O'Connor: The Gospel Sessions at Alice Tully Hull's Starr Theatre from July 26-27, and Zorn@60 in celebration of John Zorn's 60th birthday at Alice Tully Hall on July 18 and 20.
The festival also features the US premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Michaels Reise Um Die Erde with German ensemble musikFabrik on July 18 and 20 at Avery Fisher Hall, and Mongolia's Hanggai Band at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on July 16, and still more. Full program schedule HERE.
Monkey: Journey to the West
Damon Albarn has never had a problem proving his versatility. The Blur frontman's side projects have encompassed everything from cult animators to African drummers, so it seems apt that his latest attempt at a cross-cultural balancing act culminates in a teetering tableau of spinning dishes.Monkey: Journey to the West, created by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn, and Jamie Hewlett will open the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival. It will have 27 performances running from July 6 - 28, which is also the span of the Festival.
Monkey: Journey to the West features music by Albarn with designs by Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett, and was conceived and directed by the Chinese opera specialist Chen Shi-Zheng. Co-commissioned by the Manchester International Festival, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and the Staatsoper Berlin, it's a high-octane, 90-minute rock'n'roll circus, performed in Mandarin and featuring over 50 Chinese acrobats, martial arts experts and a team of tiny contortionists so pliable they could have flown over as cabin luggage. - [The Guardian, June 2007}
The Festival also includes Sinéad O'Connor: The Gospel Sessions where the Irish singer explores the American gospel soul. That happens at Alice Tully Hall's Starr Theatre on July 26 - 27.
There's also Zorn@60, which celebrates John Zorn's 60th birthday with two concerts at Alice Tully Hall on July 18 and 20. The first night (7/18) features a female vocal quintet performing Zorn's Song of Song and his latest mystery play, The Holy Visions.The second night (7/20) features Zorn's complete string quartets performed together for the very first time.
Also at the Festival: the U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Michaels Reise Um Die Erde which features German contemporary music ensemble musikFabrik (July 18 & 20 at Avery Fisher Hall); and Mongolia's Hanggai Band at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on July 16.
Rockwood Music Hall is open again.
Power is back to most of Manhattan following four days of blackout in half the borough, with ConEd promising to have everywhere in the city back on by tonight and things are starting to get back to normal, though the Subways aren't quite there yet -- though the 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines are up and running. Current subway outage map is here.
Tomorrow's NYC Marathon is cancelled, though, as you probably have heard.
Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Saturday (11/3).
The Lower East Side early Friday evening and Cake Shop is open and tonight's free show with Montreal's The Luyas is on. Making it even more Canadian is Vancouver's Peace. The show is FREE and starts early (Luyas are at 8 PM) and there will be a donation box that goes to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund.
Later that night at Cake Shop (and not free) it's Home Blitz, and Watery Love.
As previously announced, Peace are also playing Pianos tonight at 10 PM and that's a free show too. on a diverse bill that also features Jennifer Stuart & the Design, Myra Flynn, and Randall Shreve & the Sideshow. (Peace play again at Death By Audio on Monday).
Next door, The Living Room is also back in business with James van Cuylenburg (of The Tealeaves), Chris Riffle, Deni Bonet and New Ponies.
The same goes for East Village club The Stone that will hold a Hurrican Relief benefit tonight at 8 PM, featuring John Zorn (sax) Joel Rubin (clarinet) James Moore (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Brian Chase (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Tim Keiper (drums) Jon Madof (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) and many special guests. Then at 10 PM, it's Anthony Coleman.
It looked like Santos was going to be open for tonight Shiny Toy Guns, Colourmusic and MNDR show, but the venue just tweeted, "Due to complications in the wake of Sandy, we regret to announce that our events for this wknd are canceled. Refer to site for more info." Show has been moved to Monday, November 5.
Mercury Lounge is open but tonight's Anaka show has been postponed till December 2. The early show with Gangstagrass and The Newton Gang is still on.
Bowery Ballroom is back tonight with their first post-Sandy/blackout show: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Ava Luna.
Sunshine Cinema on Houston is open for business but the BV-presented screenings of Miami Connection have been rescheduled for next weekend (11/9, 11/10).
Bowery Electric is now actually electric again, but tonight's David Johansen show with Romans and Kay Kasperhausen has been postponed.
Joe's Pub is back in business and tonight they have Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth.
Le Poisson Rouge's power is back on and tonight's FIXED show is happening with The Magician. This past Tuesday's cancelled Kitsune event with The Twelves and Yuksek has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 4th at LPR (New Moods are no longer on the bill).
Peter Wolf's shows at City Winery tonight and tomorrow are cancelled.
Webster Hall has power and though there's no show in the main space tonight, The Studio will be open with Gallows, Barn Burner, For Sleeping or Jumping, and DeathThrob.
The Jefferson Starship show that was to happen at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture is being postponed to a later date TBA.
Metropolitan Talent reports:
Due to Hurricane Sandy related logistical challenges, the following concerts in New York City are postponed:Sunday's Little Feat & Leon Russell show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester is also postponed.
Thursday, Nov. 1 Rickie Lee Jones - rescheduled for 11/14
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Friday, Nov. 2 Blackmore's Night - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Saturday, Nov. 3 Jefferson Starship - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Friday, Nov 9 Little Feat & Leon Russell - new date tba
Citizen Cope at Beacon Theatre has been postponed, date still TBD.
The Dethklok / All That Remains / Machine Head / The Black Dahlia Murder that was to happen tonight at Roseland has bee postponed till Dec. 14. TIckets will be honored. This is the 2nd Dethklok show in a row at Roseland cancelled or postponed.
Matisyahu at Starland Ballroom, like the two Social Distortion shows before it, is cancelled.
Henry Rollins appears to still be appearing in Trenton, NJ tonight.
George Lopez's gig at Wellmont Theater on Saturday is postponed to 2/23/2013, and his Capitol Theater show will instead happen 2/22.
Maxwell's in Hoboken is still closed.
Teebs and Reggie Watts play a party in Long Island City.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, most venues are up and running.
The Rock Shop is open.
Littlefield is hosting a Stache Bash.
Savoir Adore and Slowdance play the Brooklyn Museum with Jarana Beat. It's a free show that begins at 5 PM.
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is open and free.
Union Pool has Wolvhammer, Kreig, Doomsday, part of their BV-presented tour.
Knitting Factory is having a benefit for the Rockaways with Vast Aire, The Kominas and more.
Fagettes, Baroque Punk, and Dirty Virgins play Death By Audio
285 Kent will be pumping tonight to the sounds of Zomby, DJ Rashad, Massacooramaan, and J-Cush
Around the corner at Glasslands, it's Lazyeyes, The Doorbells, and The Midnight Hollow.
S. 5th St loft space Dead Herring plays host to Dead Stars, Little Radar, Anchorline, and Elliot & the Ghost. More info here.
At Cameo tonight, they have Eyes Lips Eyes, Leverage Models, and Beast Patrol early, and then at midnight it's indipop dance party Mondo! NYC.
Landlady and Marble Fawn are at Pine Box Rock Shop
At Le Loft (252 Norman in Greenpoint), it's Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, Grooms, and Earthquake Party. More info here.
Shea Stadium has Sidekicks, Glocca Morra, Radiator Hospital and Brick Mower. More info here.
Over at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, it's Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, Highway Gimps.
Paper Diamond are at Brooklyn Bowl.
Zebulon is open and wants you to dance. DJ Tropical Jeremy provides the music.
Barbes in Park Slope is open with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica and Banda Sinaloense De Los Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.
The Nets play their postponed first game of the season tonight at Barclays Center.
On October 10, Le Poisson Rouge is hosting 'Save The Village: A Benefit Concert,' which will feature performances from avant-garde saxist John Zorn, Thurston Moore (who plays with his band Chelsea Light Moving at 285 Kent tonight [9/12]), guitarist Jesse Harris, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox, and performance artist John Kelly. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The benefit goes to support NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan:
NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is a group of over 400 of NYU's own faculty members who are working together to fight NYU's outrageous multi-billion-dollar expansion in Greenwich Village. The Sexton Plan, we believe, is financially reckless (and will certainly result in rising tuition at a school where the students are the most heavily indebted in nation), disregards faculty input and governance, will further erode the rich cultural history of the Village, and will bring more than 10,000 more people in foot traffic per day to an already over-developed area with little green space, amongst other harmful effects. We want NYU's administration to focus on education, not real estate.For even more info on the issue, visit here and there's a video below as well.
John Zorn's next performance at The Stone (the venue that he founded and performs at regularly) happens this Saturday (9/15) with Ikue Mori (of DNA and many other things) and Sylvie Courvoisier, who has collaborated with both John and Ikue in the past.
Another upcoming show at The Stone this month is Marc Ribot (who we just mentioned will be one of the guests at the upcoming Medeski Martin & Wood residency) and Roy Nathanson on September 19. In October, The Stone is being curated by Secret Chiefs 3 member Timba Harris, and shows include Kayo Dot plays Toby Driver's "In The L..L..Library Loft" on October 6, Secret Chiefs 3 plays "Masada" on October 11 and a lot of other Secret Chiefs 3 related shows, notably frontman Trey Spruance playing the following day (10/12), Harvester (aka Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, and Ryan Sawyer) on October 14, BloodMist (whose lineup includes Toby Driver) on October 16, John Zorn's annual Halloween Improv NIght (10/31), and many others.
A video of John Zorn's Naked City playing a full concert in NYC from 1992 is below.
by Andrew Frisicano
Joshua Light Show in action
The Joshua Light Show, founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, is perhaps the most legendary group of live music visualists. As resident artists at Bill Graham's Fillmore East during the late 1960's, and in performances at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and the classic film Midnight Cowboy, White and his cohorts created live, colorful, psychedelic projections behind the great bands of that era including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who.Joshua Light Show is in residence at the NYU Skirball Center from September 13-15. The crew of visual artists will be joined by a different set of musicians each night. The lineups include minimalist composer Terry Riley with guitarist (and son) Gyan Riley, avant-garde heavyweights John Zorn, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell and Milford Graves, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie with experimental harpist Zeena Parkins. The final show features Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden aka the members of MGMT. Tickets are on sale.
The bill here has the members of MGMT billed individually, but they'll be performing as a band at Osheaga Fest on August 3 in Montreal, and at Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza in Bethlehem, PA, on August 5. Tickets to that are on sale.
The full schedule and video of a recent Joshua White art installation are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Buke and Gase at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
After tonight's show, Father Murphy, who are here from Italy, head out on tour with Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (which hits Bowery Ballroom this Friday 5/4). Their album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier who is one third of, but not the drummer of, Les Bonhommes (that also features William Kuehn from Rainer Maria).
Other performances throughout the week include former Parts & Labor noisemaker Dan Friel and Bunnybrains on 5/4; a Tonic reunion featuring Mephista with John Zorn, Steve Bernstein's MTO and more; Extra Life's Charlie Looker, Greg Fox, & Jamie Saft and Glass Ghost on 5/11, gonzo drummer Greg Fox and Hubble on 5/12, a powerhouse grouping of Ryan Sawyer, Colin Stetson, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh Quartet on 5/13, and Matana Roberts and Ches Smith on 5/15, among others.
Buke & Gase don't actually play any of the shows they curated but they do play the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry fest on May 4 at BAM.
The second half of May at the Stone is curated by Gyan Riley.
Check out the full schedule below...
Japanese musician/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (who is a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra and has scored many films) is curating and performing at the next six days of performances at The Stone starting TONIGHT (4/24). Tonight it's just Sakamoto. On Wednesday (4/25) he'll be joined by Stone director John Zorn and Mayo Yamaguchi. On Thursday (4/26) by Aya Nishina, on Friday (4/27) by Taylor Deupree, on Saturday (4/28) by Otomo Yoshihide, and on Sunday (4/29) by Stephen Vitiello. Tickets are only available at the door, day of the show.
Some videos and the flier for Ryuichi Sakamoto's curation of The Stone below...
by Andrew Sacher
"So, um, yeah that was Kim Gordon who just walked by me and then got on stage to play one Kraftwerk song. This not happen again." - Joel Mellin
Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde musician/composer John Zorn will team up for a benefit for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church on May 4 with John on reeds and Thurston on electric guitar. The show will begin with an opening set of poetry by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Erica Kaufman & Dana Ward, and will be hosted by John S. Hall. The performance will be in the Sanctuary with drinks served before and after the show in The Parish Hall. Beer will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery and wine by City Winery. Tickets are on sale now.
In other Sonic Youth-related news, Steve Shelley kicks off a tour as the drummer of Disappears in Chicago tonight in support of their new album, Pre Language, which is the first recorded with Steve. The tour is with Lotus Plaza and hits NYC on Thursday (4/19) at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, the Lee Ranaldo Band will hit the road next month with M. Ward in support of Lee's new album, Between the Time and the Tides. That tour hits NYC on 5/11 at Webster Hall and is sold out. Lee also opens four of the just-announced Wilco shows including two in NY and one in CT. Check out the video for "Off the Wall," which includes live footage from Glasslands, along with the four Wilco dates listed, below.
As for Kim, to coincide with Kraftwerk's MoMA residency, a tribute show for the band went down this past Tuesday (4/10) at Littlefield and featured a performance by an altered lineup of Free Kitten (billed as Free Kitten[esque] with Kim Gordon, Julie Cafritz and Pete Nolan of Magick Markers. Check out video footage of that tribute show below and skip to the 1:29 mark for Free Kitten[esque]'s take on Kraftwerk's "Heavy Metal Kids."
In other Sonic Youth news, a 13-year old "fan" wrote them a letter about their unfortunate lack of talent which the band posted to their facebook page and you can read here:
Our fan's writing:Looks like Juno had it right.
"I'm going to be 100% honest with you.
I'm 13. I have a little band. We are so much better than you. Honestly. You are the worst band I have ever seen in your entire life. You are worse than Rebecca Black. The bass player just hacks the bass and plays one chord. The guitar players are playing out of tune guitars and... well not even playing actually chords. I couldn't sound worse if I tried. It actually sounds like a joke to me. The drummer is okay. But honestly the vocalist is completely out of tune. Oh and The Black keys have two people and are better than you.
From: Me, and pretty much everyone else who has accidentally stumbled upon your terrible music."
Liturgy at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
If you've noticed a handful of interesting shows at The Stone happening next week, like the acoustic Vaura show (4/20) or the Amen Dunes and Guardian Alien show (4/17), they're part of Chippy Fest, which goes down at John Zorn's non-profit venue from April 17-22, and was curated by John Zorn's exclusive designer Heung-Heung Chin (aka Chippy)
On April 21, the night after Vaura plays, Toby Driver (who is a member of Vaura and also fronts Kayo Dot/maudlin of the Well) will present the world premiere of his new trio, Ichneumonidae, which includes violinist Timba Harris (of Secret Cheifs 3) and Michelle Morinaga. That same night, Toby also plays as a member of Stern with Chuck Stern, Keith Abrams, and Tim Byrnes.
As mentioned, Kayo Dot, Vaura, and Dysrhythmia share a bill at DBA on 4/28.
Other 'Chippy Fest' shows include Mick Barr (of Krallice), Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy), and Nymph on Wednesday (4/18) and Miho Hatori (with Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer), Timo Ellis, and Unstoppable Death Machines on Thursday (4/19). The Stone's full calendar is here.
Speaking of Mick Barr, his music and William Brittelle's music will be performed by ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble on May 11 at 12 at The Kitchen. ACME players for this concert are Caleb Burhans (violin, banjo, and voice), Clarice Jensen (cello), Eric Lamb (flute), Megan Levin (harp), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola) and Chris Thompson (percussion). Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, he kicks off a residency at Issue Project Room on Saturday (4/14) with Liturgy bandmate Bernhard Gann. The show is free but "sold out". Other dates in the "3-month residency" have not been announced yet but presumably will be soon.
Meanwhile, Hunter's ex-bandmate Greg Fox's Guardian Alien project (who also plays The Stone next week) plays Death by Audio TONIGHT (4/13) with Black Pus (of Lightning Bolt), Mounds, Buck Gooter, and Alien Whale. Guardian Alein will return to DBA on 5/11 with DJ Dog Dick and 2 Ton Bug.
Anand Wilder with Yeasayer at Jones Beach in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The record label David Byrne started in 1988, Luaka Bop, has been curating the club John Zorn started, The Stone, since December 15. If you've been paying close attention to What's Going On posts, you may have noticed more familiar names on the lineups lately (like Lucky Dragons and Kelly Pratt who have both played so far).
The curation continues through the end of the month. Tonight (12/20), Anand Wilder of Yeasayer is playing with Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, and Austin Fisher of Suckers, performing songs they've written specifically for tonight's performance. Steve leads his own group at the venue on 12/27 with members of Banned Books. Also tonight, George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk of Javelin and friends are playing. Those friends include Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer, Powpow of Man Man, and Miho Hatori of Cibo Mato. According to George, it's going to be an "electronic drum circle rave cave."
On Thursday (12/22), Sleepy Doug Shaw/Highlife is playing. On Friday (12/23), The Present, lead by Rusty Samtos Rusty is playing the venue. Rusty is a singer/songwriter and has produced Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Born Ruffians, Owen Pallet, and others. On 12/28, Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of Pygmy Shrews and Zs), and on 12/29 it will be Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo.
The Stone will also host their annual end of the year improv party on December 30 and 31 with tons of musicians and special guests including Thurston Moore, John Zorn, Jeremiah Cymerman, Sam Kulik, Ned Rothenburg, Eyal Maoz, David Fulmer, and others. Starting at 11 PM on 12/31, Spiritual Unity (which features Marc Ribot) will perform a ritual/jam that leads through a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler's "Bells."
Check out the full December schedule and more details on these shows at The Stone's website.
Javelin also have a show coming up on 2/24 at Glasslands with Pat Jordache.
UPDATE: All events at the Stone tonight are now cancelled.
Like Death By Audio, Manhattan's non-profit avant-garde venue The Stone is staying open Saturday night, and it's sure to be a very special show. Not only will those in attendance all have 'braving the hurricane' in common, it's the monthly...
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT--A STONE BENEFIT--PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO 10PM SHOW! 8PM ONLY!
John Zorn (sax) David Konopnicki (guitar) Steve Swell (trombone) Ikue Mori (electronics) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Dougie Bowne (drums) Dave Miller (drums) Erik Friedlander (cello) Anthony Coleman (piano) Dave Scanlon (guitar) Annie Gosfield (keyboards) Jon Madof (guitar) and many special guests
WITH AN INCREASE IN EXPENSES AND A DROP IN OUR CD INCOME WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER TO SURVIVE--SO COME DOWN AND SUPPORT THE STONE AT OUR MONTHLY RENT PARTY! TWENTY DOLLARSThat is tonight (8/27) at 8pm only (no second show tonight). And then "THE STONE WILL BE CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY AUGUST 28-29. THE SHOWS ARE CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE IRENE. STAY SAFE!"
THE STONE WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAY TO MONDAY AUGUST 27-29---
These concerts have been canceled out of respect to MOTHER NATURE. HURRICANE IRENE is expected to strike six hours ahead of schedule at 9PM on Saturday night.
PLEASE STAY INDOORS AND STAY SAFE!
WE WILL REOPEN ON TUESDAY AUGUST 30
As previously mentioned, August at the Stone was curated by Carlos Giffoni and Seth Rosner. Tuesday's show features Ches Smith (drums) Tim Berne (alto sax) Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson (guitars), and Andrea Parkins (accordion). Shahzad Ismaily plays later that night. Wednesday, the last day of the month, has Jen Shyu and Tyshawn Sorey.
September is curated by Jon Abbey and Brian Brandt.
The long wait is finally over! Roulette re-opens - bigger and better than ever - in Downtown Brooklyn. With a newly renovated Art Deco concert hall, seating for up to 400 people (600 standing!), expanded multi-channel sound system, massive projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance - the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City to experience adventurous music and art. Join us as we kick off our inaugural season with a huge four day Grand Opening Celebration!NYC music, dance, and art venue Roulette is moving to Brooklyn and re-opening this September. The new location is at 509 Atlantic Ave at the corner of Atlantic and 3rd Ave in Downtown Brooklyn.
The re-opening will be celebrated with four events from September 15 to September 18. On 9/15, Kaija Saariaho, Margaret Leng Tan, Henry Threadgill & Zooid, and Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier will play the venue (tickets). The 9/16 show will feature ETHEL, Marc Ribot: Film Noir Project, and Shelley Hirsch w/ Fred Frith (tickets). On 9/17, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, and John Zorn will play (tickets) and on 9/18 Cosa Brava (featuring Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Matthias Bossi, and the Norman Conquest) will play (tickets).
Thurston at MHOW in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dinosaur Jr. brought their "Bug" tour to Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA last night (6/21). They were supported by Northampton resident Thurston Moore who played a "Demolished Thoughts"-heavy set before Henry Rollins took the stage for a live interview of the headliners (which was followed by a set of spoken word).
A friend and casual fan texted me during the Whole Children benefit show. He said, "Henry Rollins just interviewed dino jr for 30 minutes. People are starting to get antsy." That said, afterwards I got a "show was great." Hartford Courant reports:
[Dinosaur Jr.] dispelled the awkwardness when the musicians came out to play, charging through a pair of post-"Bug" songs including "The Wagon," a wistful melody cutting through a churning blend of bass, drums and singer J Mascis' super-heated guitar.Dino's tour continues, but without Thurston. It hits NYC on Thursday (6/23) at Terminal 5 with Off!, Fucked Up (who have a new video), and another live interview by Henry Rollins. Tickets are still on sale.
Next came "Bug," the last album the original lineup of the band released before Mascis kicked out bassist Lou Barlow, leading to years of enmity before Mascis, Barlow and drummer Murph regrouped in 2005.
It sounded on "Bug" as though someone remembered belatedly to turn on the house PA system: everything was suddenly louder and crisper, with overpowering blasts of guitar pushed to the brink of feedback on "Freak Scene," the booming crack of Murph's drums on "Yeah We Know" and guitar squall worthy of an army of screeching wildcats on "Let It Ride."
On "Don't," the last song on the original version of "Bug" (the 2005 reissue included an extra track the band didn't play), Barlow invited a fan to help shriek the lyrics in his place after the bassist blew out his voice doing the song Monday night in Maine. Not only did the fan look a little like Barlow, with a big mess of curly hair, he took to the part like a Method actor, howling into the microphone and eventually shedding his shirt as the band thrashed around behind him.
Dinosaur returned after a pause for two more songs, ending with its cover of the Cure's Just Like Heaven."
Thurston doesn't appear on any of the other dates on the tour, but he does play a different type of show tonight (6/22) in NYC. The show is the first of four benefits at PS 122. He performs tonight, along with John Fleck, the TEAM, Temporary Distortion, Yoshiko Chuma, and many others. Other notable appearances include Reggie Watts (who plays Summerstage tonight) on Thursday (6/23) and Amanda Palmer (who plays Maxwell's tonight) and John Zorn on Saturday (6/25). Tickets are still available. Full PS122 Benefit lineup below.
Thurston also plays Fallon tonight (6/22) (Bon Iver played last night).
La Blogotheque recently filmed Thurston at his NYC apartment for the Take Away Shows. He played "Benediction," "Blood Never Lies" and "Circulation" off the new album and talked about getting his start in New York City, CBGB, and the like. To quote Matador, "These videos are essential viewing, complete with shots of Manhattan's streets, Thurston's reminiscences on his early days in the city and some insights into the record." Watch the videos below.
Thurston heads out on his tour with Kurt Vile soon. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Kurt is also on the bill for the Sonic Youth show at Williamsburg Waterfront with Wild Flag. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available. All tour dates below.
Meanwhile, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's daughter Coco Gorden Moore is currently fronting the Massachusetts punk band Big Nils. Their album Sibling is streaming on their bandcamp and is available for a $5 digital download. We recently heard from Coco when she performed in the band She Murders at the Kathleen Hanna tribute at Knitting Factory in December.
And as mentioned, Thurston's Sonic Youth-bandmate Steve Shelley plays this Friday (6/24) at Death By Audio with his band Spectre Folk. The bill also includes Sic Alps, Weekends, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
All Thurston dates, PS122 lineup and videos below...