Entries tagged with: Kim Gordon
Peaches' new album Rub, which features her old roommate Feist and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, comes out this week (9/25) on I U She Music via INgrooves, and it's now streaming in full. Listen to the whole thing below.
by Bill Pearis
Peaches has shared the video for "Close Up," the track from her new album Rub featuring Kim Gordon. Kim's in the video, too, starring as Peaches' wrestling trainer. It was directed by her collaborator Vice Cooler, and features a bevy of female wrestlers and luchadores, including Cassandro and Dirty Sanchez. It's fairly outrageous and some might considering it NSFW... you can watch it below.
Peaches' upcoming North American tour hits NYC on October 24 at Irving Plaza with openers Deap Vally. Tickets are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
Kurt Vile recently announced that he'd be releasing his new album, b'lieve i'm goin down, this fall, and now we have more details on that. It's due September 25 via Matador (pre-order). That's the artwork above, and the tracklist is below. The first single is opening track "Pretty Pimpin," which immediately feels different from his previous records, yet unmistakably KV. Watch its video below.
Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon heard the new record, and said:
Kurt does his own myth-making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b'lieve i'm goin down... is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history ("valley of ashes") of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling.Kurt's tour with Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts hits NYC on October 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Burger Records will be throwing its second-annual all-female-fronted Burger-A-Go-Go fest on September 5 at Santa Anna Observatory. This year's lineup includes Cat Power, The Julie Ruin, GLITTERBUST (aka Kim Gordon + Alex Knost), Kate Nash, Bleached, Cults, Cherry Glazerr, Kimya Dawson, Peach Kelli Pop, Death Valley Girls, and lots more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/2) at 10 AM Pacific. Initial lineup is listed below.
Meanwhile, the Burger Boogaloo 2015 happens this weekend (July 4 & 5) at Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park with performances from The Mummies, Black Lips, Fuzz, The Gories, King Khan & BBQ Show, Pandoras, 126.96.36.199s, and a whole lot more. As you may remember, the Boogaloo is hosted this year by the one-and-only John Waters. Tickets are still available and the schedule is below.
In addition to that new book, Peaches also has a new album, Rub, coming out September 25 on I U She Music via INgrooves. It's got a couple exciting guest appearances, including past collaborator (and former roommate) Feist and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. It also features performance artist Empress Stah in the video for thumping lead single "LIght In Places." Watch that video, and check out the tracklist, below.
Peahces will also support the album with a North American tour going down from early October through mid-November. It hits NYC on October 24 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
List of tour dates, video, and album tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Kim Gordon on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Old pals and indie legends Kim Gordon and J Mascis have teamed up for a new collaborative song, "Slow Boy," which will appear on the third installment of Converse's CONS EP series. It's pretty much exactly what you want from these two -- Kim's raw shouts and J shredding away. Listen and download it for free, below.
Dresden Dolls / Kim Gordon / Howlin' Rain / Buzzcocks
Rough Trade NYC celebrated Record Store Day 2015 will an all-day party featuring live performances and signings. Among the highlights: the first Dresden Dolls show in NYC in five years; Sondre Lerche cut a record live to 78RPM lacquer; and Kim Gordon signed copies of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Buzzcocks, who played two NYC-area shows that week, stopped by to sign stuff too, plus there were live sets from Howlin' Rain, Ava Luna, Lee Bains III, Saun & Starr and Lord Raja. Pictures from Rough Trade's RSD15 events are in this post.
You could just walk into Rough Trade if you weren't shopping for Record Store Day exclusive releases. For those who were, there was a long line that, right before they opened on Saturday, stretched down and around Kent Ave up to N. 8th St. Apparently people were in line just after midnight on Friday. Madness!
Dresden Dolls' set was webcast live for supporters of Amanda's Patreon (an archived stream will be made available to everyone soon). More pics from Record Store Day at Rough Trade, below...
The Dresden Dolls' albums Yes, Virginia (2006) and No, Virginia (2008) are being getting their first-ever vinyl release for Record Store Day 2015 (Saturday, 4/18) as a a three-LP set, The Virginia Monologues. To celebrate, The Dresden Dolls (who haven't played NYC since 2010) will perform a free show at Rough Trade as part of the store's RSD15 special events on Saturday. Amanda Palmer (who is very pregnant right now) and Brian Viglione will also be signing copies of the vinyl at the store. Their set is at 6 PM and free. Keep in mind that the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend.
As for the rest of Rough Trade's Record Store day events, Sondre Lerche will also be there, performing on the mezzanine while the 78 Project cuts his set directly to a 78RPM record, Alan Lomax-style. There will also be sets from Lee Bains III, Howlin Rain, Saun & Starr, Lord Raja, as well as signings by The Buzzcocks (who play NYC tonight and NJ on Friday) and Kim Gordon. One slot in their schedule is still listed as "Special Guests" -- any guesses? Schedule is listed below and you can see what RSD15 exclusives the store is getting here. Rough Trade will be open from 8 AM - 11 PM on Saturday.
Kim Gordon's new memoir Girl In A Band comes out next week (2/24), and it's seeming like it's gonna be pretty awesome (not that we would've thought otherwise). A few excerpts have come out where Kim has less-than-nice things to say about Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and her split with Thurston Moore. One also appeared where she had nice things to say about Kurt Cobain (whose birthday is today, happy birthday Kurt). Catch up on those excerpts below.
Today a new Billboard podcast came out where Kim reads a part from her memoir about Sonic Youth's final show, and she also debuts a new solo track, "Close Your Eyes," on the podcast. Listen to that below too (song starts at 18:29).
Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, no stranger to authoring books, is releasing a new memoir on February 24 via Dey Street Books called Girl In A Band, presumably named for the ill-advised question female musicians are often asked in interviews that Kim sarcastically sang about on "Sacred Trickster" ("What's it like to be a girl in a band? I don't quite understand!"). She's now announced a book tour in support of it, which has her being interviewed by different people at each stop.
The tour begins around release day, with two NYC appearances. First, she'll be at Brooklyn's Greenlight Books/BAM Cinematek on February 23 with Margaret Bodde (executive producer of a 2011 George Harrison documentary), and then at The Strand on February 24 with novelist/Vanity Fair contributing editor Elissa Schappell. To get into the Strand date, you need to purchase a copy of the book or a $15 Strand gift card. Stay tuned for more info on the Greenlight Books date.
Other stops on the tour will have Kim interviewed by Carrie Brownstein, Aimee Mann, Jon Wurster, Sub Pop's Bruce Pavitt (who also just released a book), and more. All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Sandro's SY window display on N6 St. (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Walking out of last night's Merchandise show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I did a double take seeing a store across the street with a Sonic Youth Confusion is Sex window display, one half with with the album's artwork on the window itself, the other half with a hanging t-shirt. The store is the Brooklyn branch of high-end Paris boutique Sandro and there's an entire SY collection available currently. The tee, which is made from 100% cotton and looks like something you used to be able to buy on Saint Marks for 10 bucks, goes for $95 and is actually one of the cheaper items. There's also a $340 "Day Dream" sweater, two different $110 knit ski caps and a bunch of other Sonic Youth album cover shirts ($95 - $130). N. 6th St sure is weird these days.
In other, more affordable and interesting, Sonic Youth-related news, Kim Gordon will play Issue Project Room on December 3. She's performing as a duo with guitarist Loren Connors, the first time they'll have done this. (Loren has played with Kim's ex too.) Gary War, who lives in New Zealand these days and hasn't released an album in a couple years, will open the show. Tickets to the show go on sale to IPR Members on Friday (10/17) and will be available to the general public starting October 24.
Meanwhile, Kim also has a couple Body/Head dates at Union Pool next month; and Lee Renaldo's art exhibition at One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY is up through next week, and he'll play a collaborative set with Noveller at Lincoln Center next month. Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley will be in town next week with The Thurston Moore Band.
Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kim Gordon's duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head are on board for Boston's Hassle Fest IV this November (with Jason Lescalleet, No Joy, Quilt, Downtown Boys and more), and directly before that they'll play two nights at Brooklyn's Union Pool on November 6 & 7. Both shows are with Wolf Eyes' Nate Young and his band Regression Nightmare. Night 1 will also be opened by Bill Nace's past collaborator Steven Baczkowski, and night 2 also by Vanessa Rossetto. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale (9/30) at 2 PM.
Kim also has an art show opening in NYC in 2015. All Body/Head dates are listed below.
In related news, Kim's ex-Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who played Union Pool a few days ago and has an upcoming duo set with Noveller) has an art show of his own opening in NYC. The show's called Lost Highways and it opens on October 4 at One Mile Gallery (475 Abeel St) with the reception going from 6-8 PM. The show runs through October 25.
List of Body/Head dates and a video below...
Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a bunch of live appearances coming up, including three very different shows in NYC and a solo/acoustic tour in Europe. The first one is this Friday (9/5) at St. Ann & The Holo Trinity Church for the fifth annual Dither Extravaganza with electric guitar quartet Dither and a big, impressive lineup that also features a duo set of composer Andrea Parkins with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, noise metal band Cleric, turntablist DJ Rupture percussion trio Tigue, banjoist Brandon Seabrook and still more. Full lineup below.
Then on September 27 at Union Pool, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will play a full-band show, their only one scheduled at the moment. The Dust have a new acoustic LP planned, so maybe we'll hear some of that at the show. Most details on that LP are still TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Lee also has previously discussed duo set with Noveller at Lincoln Center on November 20. Noveller also opens for Sun Araw at Baby's tonight (9/4). All of Lee's various dates are listed below.
In related news, back when Sonic Youth were still active they recorded the instrumental song "Creepers & Climbers" for artist Peter Coffin's Music for Plants project. As the title implies, the music was written specifically to be "heard" by plants, but it was recently made available to humans as well. You can stream it below.
In more Sonic Youth news, Art Info points out that Kim Gordon will have a show at Chelsea's 303 Gallery from June 4 to July 15, 2015. More details TBA.
And as previously discussed, Thurston Moore (whose new band also includes Sonic Youth/The Dust drummer Steve Shelley) has a new album and tour on the way. He also has some pretty serious opinions on black metal.
All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, with the 'Dither Extravaganza' lineup, below...
White Lung in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
White Lung, Pop. 1280, Uniform @ Saint Vitus
White Lung's new record is more of the punishing aggression, inventive guitar playing, and powerhouse hooks and screams of 2012's Sorry, and yet another winner from one of the best punk bands around. Those songs will come to life tonight at Saint Vitus, their first of two NYC shows this week. Opening are local goths Pop. 1280 and noise duo Uniform, making for a good bill all around.
White Magic, Weyes Blood @ Union Pool
So you like bands with "White" in the name but prefer folk to punk? White Magic (aka Brooklyn's Mira Billotte) casts her spell tonight with the equally bewitching Weyes Blood as opener.
Nothing Changes w/ Merchandise @ Home Sweet Home
After two Brooklyn shows, Florida's Merchandise return to Home Sweet Home where their gothy guitar pop will be right at home. This show is late and don't be surprised if this ends up being an unofficial afterparty for the White Lung show.
W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Eliot Glazer, Carrie Keagan, Jillette Johnson, Mates of State, Wakey! Wakey! @ LPR
This show benefits LGBQT organization The Ally Coalition and features a host of music and comedy talent. Tickets are still available.
Jello Biafra and The Guantanomo School of Medicine, Negative Approach @ Asbury Lanes
Jello Biafra may not be with the Dead Kennedys anymore, but he's still making smart/smartass political punk with his current band The Guantanamo School of Medicine. Tonight they're joined by another group of '80s-era punks, Negative Approach.
Garlands, John Errol @ Baby's All Right
This is not the Swedish band The Garlands who recently played NYC Popfest but a local band Garlands (not "the") who also make really good indiepop. Stream two tracks below.
Elvis Costello @ Carnegie Hall
Elvis Costello is an amazing performer in whatever permutation/lineup he chooses to play, but maybe none more than with just an acoustic guitar, where onstage stories are perhaps as entertaining as his impressive canon of songs.
Schoolboy Q, Domo Genesis, Tinashe, BlackoutBoyz (A$AP Yams & A$AP Jscott) @ Central Park Summerstage
Of all the Black Hippy rappers, Schoolboy Q is the biggest party animal so needless to say, his shows are always a great time. And with three quality albums now, he's got plenty to pull from tonight.
Lionel Richie, Cee Lo Green @ Jones Beach
From his funky days in The Commodores through his '80s sweater-wearing days, Lionel Richie is truly a talent. Some may want this show with Cee Lo Green to go all night long.
Wreckless Eric, Dion Nania @ Mercury Lounge
One of the original artists signed to punk-era UK indie label Stiff, Wreckless Eric is best known for his hit "Whole Wide World," but there's a lot more to him than that. Go get acquainted tonight.
Evian Christ, Dutch E Germ, UNiiQU3, Gatekeeper, Will Fry @ Output
Evian Christ first deservedly earned some buzz for his wacked-out dark hip hop beats, but his profile seriously rose when Kanye included him on Yeezus. He's since begun putting out new stuff, and it's pretty noticeable from those tracks that he's been in a room with Kanye West.
Little Racer, Cosmonaut, Weekender, The Balconies @ Pianos
Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. Tonight's the final show of their June residency at Pianos.
Dave Chappelle, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Janelle Monae @ Radio City Music Hall
Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in a big way, doing a whopping 10 nights at Radio City Music Hall. Tonight's rather star-studded with firecracker Janelle Monae, the influential DJ Premier and '90s star Busta Rhymes.
Mirror Kisses, Sunflower Bean, Grand Resort, ONWE, Teen Body @ Bowery Electric
Virginia's Mirror Kisses lists Microdisney, Prefab Sprout, and China Crisis as influences which can certainly be heard in their anthemic synthpop. They play tonight with a sympathetic lineup of likeminded locals, plus members of Beach Fossils on DJ duty.
Joe Henry @ City Winery
Joe Henry has been making literate folk pop since the mid-'80s with his most recent album, Invisible Hour, being released this year. (Fun fact: he's also Madonna's brother-in-law.)
Shakey Graves, Wild Child @ Bowery Ballroom
Shakey Graves makes folk that fans of The Tallest Man on Earth may be into. Fellow Austinites Wild Child favor harmony-laden rock.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
Raymond Pettibon + Kim Gordon @ Strand Bookstore (discussion)
Greg Ginn's brother Raymond Pettibon, who designed the Black Flag bars (as well as much of their album artwork, Sonic Youth's album artwork and more), released a new book, Raymond Pettibon: To Wit, and he'll be discussing that with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (who put out the book Is It My Body? earlier this year) at Strand tonight at 7 PM. After the discussion, there will be a Q&A and signing.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Body/Head, the duo of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace will head to Barcelona for Primavera Sound at the end of this month. That's their only scheduled date at the moment, but upon returning home Kim will team up again with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing) for a NYC show on June 8 at MoMA PS1 as part of the venue's Sunday Sessions. Doors are at 6 PM, music at 8. Tickets are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Body/Head were interviewed by Kyle Meredith for The Weekly Feed during the Big Ears Festival and the video for that has recently surfaced online. You can watch it below...
NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee is about to kick off a residency at East Village avant-garde artists' space The Stone, which runs from May 6 to 11. She's got some excellent guests appearing throughout the residency, including art pop veteran Laurie Anderson (5/6), no wave veteran Ikue Mori with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (5/7), Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (5/7), Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (5/9), Wake Up Awesome collaborator C. Spencer Yeh (5/10), two Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore collaborators -- Bill Nace & Chris Corsano (5/10), and more. Full schedule below.
Okkyung Lee also takes part in Hardcore Activity in Progress (part of Red Bull Music Academy) which happens on May 16 at the Knockdown Center in Queens with Napalm Death, Wolf Eyes, Gunplay, Bastard Noise, The Thing, clipping., Yoshiko Ohara, Gnaw and more. Tickets for that are still available.
Meanwhile, you can catch Ikue Mori at The Stone tonight (5/1) with Annie Gosfield (10 PM set), later this month on 5/21 with Susie Ibarra, and next month (6/11) with Nels Cline.
Okkyung Lee's Stone residency schedule and some videos below...
"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H
"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall
More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...
Thurston Moore at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston Moore recently talked to The Fly about his divorce with Kim Gordon and his new relationship with Eva Prinz, not long after Kim Gordon talked to Elle about the divorce. Following The Fly interview, feminist website Jezebel posted an article about it, headlined "Thurston Moore Confirms He Is A Dick."
Jezebel is gender fascism. By not having any real critical facility to understand, in their case, men in relationship to women (presumably them) they opt to promote hate by imperialist blather. By couching it in feminism is a distinct lack of class, but i'm sure they're having a bit of online fun and when they grow up maybe they'll glean the complexities of real life and love.If you missed them the first time, you can read Thurston's interview here and Kim's interview here.
Thurston at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
"I've had some life issues," he said. "In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it, it's very personal and I don't really talk about it so much. It's extremely... it's just something I work through in my own world."Read the full article at The Fly.
Moore is now living in London with Eva Prinz, the woman Gordon referred to in the interview. Of his new relationship, he said:
"I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does. But I'll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me but everybody around us. There have been some fall-outs, but that's to be expected. It's pretty heavy."
He continued: "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now, that's kinda where I'm at."
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, former (?) members of Pussy Riot, have been in NYC this week to (bravely) appear on The Colbert Report, speak at the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center, and then last night (2/6) they appeared again at a reception/fundraiser for the Voice Project at The Spotted Pig. An English speaker gave a brief history on Pussy Riot, but not much came from the "hosts" that were listed (we did spot Kim Gordon at the event though) (update: we're told Marina Abramovic, James Murphy, Questlove, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jemima Kirke, and Sean Lennon were all floating around somewhere at the event).
Pictures of Masha and Nadya are in this post. They continue below...
Members of Pussy Riot will appear in Brooklyn for the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert at Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5) (introduced by Madonna). That won't be NYC's only chance to see the ladies coming from Russia though. They'll stay in NYC to appear at West Village gastropub The Spotted Pig (2/6) (314 West 11th St) the next day for a Voice Project reception and fundraiser. The Voice Project "were instrumental to Pussy Riot while they were in prison and it is a Foundation Anna Gabriel (Peter's daughter) & Hunter Heaney set up to support Artists in oppressive areas-this is the group that was vital to their survival while imprisoned, not to take away anything from the other agencies, sending food, clothing, and fundraising for them."
The event will be hosted by Kim Gordon, Sean Ono Lennon, Ken Friedman, Questlove, Maggie Gyllanhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. Tickets (including VIP options) are on sale now.
videos by Sixdust
Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Industrial noise-meets-art pop musician Pharmakon played a hometown museum show at The Print Shop at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (1/25) with two local punk bands: the insane (and naked) Dawn of Humans and the Farfisa-filled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Did you go? How was it? Check out (what appear to be) full set videos of all three artists below.
The show was part of MoMA PS1's ongoing Mike Kelley retrospective which Kim Gordon plays this Sunday (2/2). That show is with collaborator Jutta Koether, starts at 4 PM, and tickets are still available.
Pharmakon also plays another NYC show this week at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). That show is with Faten Kanaan, Jessie Stead, and Angus Tarnawsky.
by Bill Pearis
Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.
Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.
In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed below.
Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:
What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.
Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.
Kim Gordon & Jutta Koether
MoMA PS1 is currently featuring a retrospective on visual artist Mike Kelley, whose work -- often using cloth toys and dolls -- has been highly influential. Indie rock fans might recognize his orange knit doll on the cover of Sonic Youth's 1992 album, Dirty. This is the largest exhibition ever of Kelly who died last year at age 57. It's up through February 2.
As part of the retrospective, MoMA PS1 is holding Mike Kelley Sunday Sessions, including that Chris & Cosey show where they're performing a "live remix" of post-Throbbing Gristle project X-TG on January 5. While advance tickets are sold out, we are now told if you want to go there will be a few tickets available at the box office on day of show. That show starts at 1 PM with the performance at 4 PM.
There is another Sunday Session for the closing day of the retrospective (2/2) featuring a collaboration between Kim Gordon and visual artist Jutta Koether. The two (pictured above) have worked together several times before (like the recent IPR benefit) and will create a unique event for the occasion. The event starts at 4 PM and tickets are on sale now. Kim's band Body/Head also play Mass MoCA on Saturday (12/14) in North Adams, MA (their only upcoming date).
This Sunday (12/15) there is a non-musical Sunday Session called "Mike Kelly Moving Forward" that will present "new ideas about the influence of his work going forward. With lectures by Elisabeth Sussman (The Whitney Museum of American Art), Stacy Wolf (Princeton University), John C. Welchman (University of California, San Diego; chair Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts). Artists Rachel Harrison, William Pope. L, and Joe Scanlan comprise a panel discussion." Tickets for that are on sale now.