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The Julie Ruin @ Bowery Ballroom 9/3/2013
She conceived the group as what she called her "dream band," with players from different walks of her life: on bass, her Bikini Kill band mate Kathi Wilcox; on guitar, Sara Landeau, an instructor at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, where Ms. Hanna occasionally teaches; on drums, her friend Carmine Covelli; and Kenny Mellman, Herb of the cabaret act Kiki & Herb, as a keyboardist and songwriter. They rehearsed casually around town and at Ms. Hanna's New Jersey home -- "I can't call it jamming, because I hate that; I don't jam," she said -- without considering where it would lead.With The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna finds herself back on indie rock terra firma, but Tuesday night's album release show at Bowery Ballroom (9/3) , the band's other roots -- which might be summed up as the Joe's Pub drag-cabaret scene -- were proudly showing. Kiki & Herb's Kenny Mellman plays keyboards and their drummer Carmine Covelli also plays in Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments which also sports Hanna's hubby Adam Horovitz (who was at Bowery too, photo below) as a member. The Bowery show was hosted by everyone's favorite drag king comedian Murray Hill (who has also shared stages with Kathleen before).
According to Ms. Wilcox, "When she approached me to join the band, she was sort of like, 'We may never tour, we may never make a record, but we're just doing this now for fun, because I need to.' "
But Ms. Hanna arrived with some songs intact -- including one, "Just My Kind," written for Christina Aguilera -- and though she didn't have an overarching sound in mind, she knew what she liked. "I know I love sexy surf guitars, I know I love loud snare," she said. "I love really simple repeating bass lines, and I love weird mad scientist keyboard sounds."
Mr. Mellman, a musical savant and a voracious consumer of new bands, gave himself the task of keeping the Julie Ruin up-to-date. "The last thing I wanted was for it to start sounding like a '90s revival," he said.
- [NY Times]
Most people in attendance (a crowd that included Dave Hill and Kim Gordon) were probably too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to think about such things. While the show was a celebration of The Julie Ruin's debut album (out this week) and most of it was played, their set featured a number of Le Tigre songs. A picture of the setlist is below. The show was the kickoff to their tour and opening were sonic and cultural descendants, Swearin'. Photos from the show are in this post.
If you missed it, the tour finishes in NYC as well with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 25. Tickets for that are still available.
More pictures from Bowery, and video of The Julie Ruin's performance one night later on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (aka last night), below...
Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you've got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett, the alt-cabaret star who roared around the stage of Joe's Pub...That's a review from a recent Joe's Pub show and if you missed it, you have three more chances including tonight (7/31).
Who are the Tender Moments? Well, they would be Bridgett's band members: Mike Jackson on guitar; Adam Horovitz, a k a Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, on bass; Matt Ray on piano; and Carmine Covelli on drums. The bassist needs no introduction. You might recognize some of the other names from Ad-Rock's wife Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (who announced a small show of their own today).
What does Dave Hill have to do with this? He also happens to be a regular guest at Bridgett Everett shows! He joined them at their last two Joe's Pub gigs and will do so again tonight. He'll also join the Tender Moments on stage at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10th. It's one of three performances Dave is doing at the California fest on The Barbary stage, and only part of his whole Outside Lands itinerary which also includes hosting the SoundWave stage with us like he did at Firefly Fest (but won't be doing at Lollapalooza).
Why is Dave Hill pictured with Phil Anselmo and a goat on the top of this post? Because Phil (when not promoting a new music project) and Dave (when not investigating the royal baby) are currently filming a new sure-to-be both metal and hilarious online series for Adult Swim! it's called Metal Grasshopper and it will premiere later this year!
Where can I meanwhile see Dave Hill rock out? As mentioned, you can catch him at Joe's Pub, but for a more proper Dave Hill rock show, head to Mercury Lounge on Friday night (8/2) where his band rock band Valley Lodge will be performing. You can listen to their power pop hits at Soundcloud.
P.S. Paperback lovers take note: Dave's book "Tasteful Nudes" comes out as a paperback on Sept 3.
Another glorious pic of Dave and Phil and Phil Anselmo tour dates, below...
Jim James @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Jim James & The Roots @ Prospect Park
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and hip hop renaissance men The Roots are teaming up for a collaborative set today for a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park. Tickets are still available.
Syd Arthur @ Mercury Lounge
The UK's Syd Arthur seem to be pretty doing pretty well over in their home country, and now they're bringing their proggy, jazzy pop over to the US for a NYC show at Mercury Lounge tonight. Celestial Shore open.
Heliotropes @ Glasslands
NYC's Heliotropes are celebrating the release of their debut album, A Constant Sea, tonight at Glasslands with support from Bad Cop and Fan-Tan. (You can stream the album over at SPIN.) They also play the free 4Knots Festival later this month.
Guards @ Brooklyn Bowl
Another solid NYC band, Guards, play a show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. It's free if you RSVPed (which is now closed) and if you didn't, you can still get in with $5 at the door. Fort Lean open.
Laurie Anderson & more @ Rockefeller Park
The River to River Festival continues tonight at Rockefeller Park with the first of two shows from avant-garde pop veteran Laurie Anderson. For tonight's show, she'll be joined by the Annie Gosfield Trio (Annie Gosfield (sampling keyboard), Roger Kleier (guitar), Ches Smith (drums) ), Gerry Leonard (guitar), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola) & special guests Steve Buscemi and Young Jean Lee. Tonight's show is a "stories" show and tomorrow's is "songs."
Lauren Flax, JD Samson, Justin Strauss & more @ Output
A bunch of solid local DJs will be at Williamsburg dance club Output tonight for "Group Hug," a fundraiser for the Williamsburg Walks.
Mother Falcon @ Littlefield
Austin's 18-piece baroque pop collective Mother Falcon continue their two NYC residencies tonight at Littlefield. Each one has different guests and tonight's are Johnny Gandelsman and Christina Courtin. Their next NYC show is 6/23 at Joe's Pub.
LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul @ NJ Performing Arts Center
The Kings of the Mic Tour which features LL Cool J (w/ DJ Z-Trip), Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul, hits the NYC-area for its first of two shows tonight. Tonight's show is in NJ but that same lineup will play Roseland Ballroom on Thursday (6/20).
Ned Rothenberg, Marc Ribot & more @ The Stone
Multi-instrumentalist Ned Rothenberg is beginning his weekly residency at The Stone tonight with two shows. His first show (8 PM) is with Peter Evans and Zeena Parkins, and his second (10 PM) is with guitar wizard Marc Ribot.
Big Neck Police, Palm, Tom Blacklung & the Smokestacks, Tetsuo @ Death by Audio
Williamsburg all ages DIY space Death by Audio is hosting a solid local bill tonight (on the noisier side) with Big Neck Police, Palm, Tom Blacklung & the Smokestacks, and Tetsuo (ex-Fiasco).
The Riot Grrrl Collection @ Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
Former Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna was just here with her new band, The Julie Ruin, for Northside. Tonight she talks about zine making, collecting and the riot grrrl legacy with her onetime Le Tigre bandmate Johanna Fateman, GUNK creator Ramdasha Bikceem, onetime Bratmobile member Molly Neuman, and Riot Grrrl Collection archivist and editor Lisa Darms. 7 PM, free.
Valient Thorr, Gypsyhawk, Ramming Speed @ Saint Vitus
Party metallers Valient Thorr bring their tour with Gypsyhawk and Ramming Speed to Saint Vitus tonight for their second of two NYC shows this week. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Kathleen Hanna at Planned Parenthood rally in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Feminist artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman-Leeson's documentary !Women Art Revolution made its theatrical debut at Manhattan's IFC Center on June 1. The film is still screening every day at 4:25 PM through June 16. The film features a score by Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), an appearance by Yoko Ono and much more. Get your tickets for the remaining days (and go see Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront).
The movie is one example of how "the Riot Grrrl movement still inspires", as NY Times puts it. The article talks about the Kathleen Hanna tribute show that took place at Knitting Factory this past December and discusses the effect the movement has had on today's indie rock scene. Amanda Warner of MNDR said, "I remember it being weird if you saw a girl in a band, and now it's not weird at all, it's just totally normal."
That Knitting Factory show in December not only served as a tribute to Kathleen Hanna, but also the debut of her new band The Julie Ruin. The project formed as a revival of her late '90s solo project Julie Ruin, the moniker under which she recorded one album of the same name in 1998. The new band also features Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox and Kenny Mellman, Justin Bond's sidekick in Kiki and Herb. They are currently working on a debut full length. Details on the album are limited but Kathleen posted pictures from an overdub and mixing session for the album back in May.
A Le Tigre documentary titled Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (pictured above) chronicles the band's 2004 tour and is out now. You can purchase it on Amazon. Last week there was a screening at at Maysles Institute in Harlem which was accompanied by a Q&A with director Kerthy Fix and Le Tigre member Johanna Fateman. Joly was there and taped all 45 minutes of it. If you missed it, check out the Punkcast video below. AND, they do it again on June 26th at the Ace Hotel, complete with Johanna Fateman, Kerthy Fix, AND Kathleen Hanna for the Q&A. All screening dates are listed below.
Kathleen Hanna recently spoke to Spinner, to promote the movie and stuff, and they asked her about Odd Future:
Spinner: Have you been paying attention to the controversy with Odd Future and their homophobic, misogynistic lyrics?CNN also recently spoke to Kathleen who discussed Katy Perry in that one.
Kathleen: No, not really. They don't seem that interesting to me.
Spinner: Sara Quin just spoke out against them and it created a bit of a media storm.
Kathleen: I feel like, if you don't want to listen to them, don't listen to them. If you do want to listen to them, do listen to them. I couldn't really comment about on exactly what their lyrics are about, because I haven't gotten that deep into it. But if people are writing lyrics that piss you off, hurt your feelings and make you feel like s---, don't listen to it. I don't think the best idea is to have a boycott. Just don't talk about them and they'll go away. The more you talk about them, the more attention they get. Tegan and Sara fans probably wouldn't even know this band existed if they weren't talking about them. I find the whole conversation kind of boring. There are so many great artists that are doing interesting things, that I don't want to focus on boring people.
Odd Future's lesbian member Syd tha Kyd, who famously responded to criticism that she associates with a sexist group by saying, "That's what I do. I slap bitches", is DJing at PS1 'Warm Up' on July 23. Gang Gang Dance also DJ and Laurel Halo, Miracles Club, and Lunice play live sets on the same date. No word on if any other members of Odd Future will be in town at the time.
Film trailers, dates and a mash-up of Tyler, the Creator's "Yonkers" and Tegan & Sara's "Call It Off" by The Jane Doze, below...