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Future Feminism
Future Feminism

As previously discussed, Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, and Cocorosie's Bianca and Sierra Casady have joined forces to form 'Future Feminism', "a call to arms to reorganize ourselves as a species and affirm archetypally feminine values."

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A Future Feminism exhibition and event series will be taking place at The Hole (312 Bowery) from Sept 11 - 27, and the lineup for that has now been announced, which includes Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Lydia Lunch, No Bra, and more. Check out the full schedule below.

The opening night reception is on September 11 from 6 - 9 PM and Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, and Cocorosie will all be there. They'll also all be performing at the Future Feminism benefit which happens at Webster Hall on Sunday (9/7). Tickets for that are still available.

Full Future Feminism schedule is listed, along with a few more photos like the ones above, below...

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Laurie Anderson at Prospect Park in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Laurie Anderson

Some weird stuff happened to Laurie Anderson over the weekend while she was undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The art pop great/wife of the late Lou Reed found herself trapped in an oxygen chamber at a spa in Chelsea. The NY Daily News reports:

The 67-year-old Anderson became trapped inside the oxygen-filled device when the chamber's zipper got stuck, sources said.

The panicked performer texted a friend from inside, saying she was experiencing shortness of breath and couldn't escape, sources said.

Anderson's unidentified friend received the SOS and dialed 911 shortly after 9 a.m. The FDNY quickly sent a crew to her aid.

By the time firefighters reached the scene, Anderson had managed to liberate herself from the chamber, the sources indicated.

The spa's owner said she was inside the chamber for about 45 minutes and that she likely fell asleep and became disoriented when she woke up. There was a miscommunication on the timing," he said.

photos by Greg Cristman

Ornette Coleman / Laurie Anderson / Flea
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

The 2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! season continued with another free show in Prospect Park this past Thursday (6/12), a tribute to pioneering free jazz great Ornette Coleman (also part of Blue Note Jazz Fest). A large handful of musicians from many genres appeared on stage to pay tribute to Ornette, including Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace/Antemasque bassist Flea, joined separately by two jazz veterans Henry Threadgill and David Murray. Punk legend Patti Smith appeared with her daughter Jesse and bandmate Tony Shanahan. Laurie Anderson was joined by past collaborators/NYC avant-garde lifers Bill Laswell and John Zorn for a performance that was also partly in honor of her late husband Lou Reed. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore performed a duo set with guitar great Nels Cline (Wilco, Lee Ranaldo's band, etc), and still so many other guests performed including Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Savion Glover, Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, James Blood and more.

Thurston Moore & Nels Cline
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

One very special guest of the night was Ornette Coleman himself, who wasn't billed as a performer but but spent a good deal of the show on stage, often chiming in. The New York Times writes:

Again, Mr. Coleman played: a significant fact and an increasingly rare occasion in the last several years. This was billed as a concert for him, not by him; it was not clear whether he would play a note until showtime. But he sat in a chair onstage for most of the concert's first half, either with an alto saxophone in his lap, or taking part as if he were playing along with nature, joining when he wanted to and how he wanted to.

The concert was organized by Mr. Coleman's son, Denardo, who was also the bandleader, as a program of Coleman compositions, except for a couple of free improvisations. But Mr. Coleman wasn't there to play Ornette Coleman compositions. He was just there to play, and he started from soft and lovely unaccompanied lines, like some precursor to blues language.

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with the setlist a video from Patti Smith's performance, below...

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words by Ian Chainey, photos by Greg Cristman

Bill Laswell performing with Bladerunner
Bladerunner

The Ohm Resistance Label Showcase to be held at Brooklyn club Saint Vitus on May 31 has taken shape and it's just as wild as you'd expect from the Brooklyn-based avant-garde label. The Blood of Heroes with Bill Laswell will be making their live debut. They're joined by Silent Killer, Invertia, SHVLFCE, and Katmai. Advanced tickets are available now.

The Blood of Heroes are an experimental troupe bringing together the talents of Bill Laswell, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), beatmakers Submerged and Enduser, and Dr. Israel behind the mic. The result is a synthesis of the players' day jobs: drum n' bass, jungle, dub, industrial metal, and ambient. It can also be none of those things. Their eponymous debut was released by Ohm Resistance in 2010. (It also received a full set of remixes that same year.) A follow-up, The Waking Nightmare, came out via Ohm in 2012 and featured contributions from Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and a guest spot from Tompa (At the Gates, Disfear), among a varied collection of others.

For this particular event, the Blood of Heroes lineup will be as follows: Laswell, Dr. Israel, Submerged, Jason Selden (Apparatus), Matt Labozza (A Storm of Light), and haZMat, including guests. Laswell certainly has the connections to make the "guest" part interesting. He just played Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with John Zorn and Dave Lombardo under the Bladerunner moniker (a few pictures from that event in this post). Justin Broadrick, on the other hand, won't be available thanks to Godflesh being back in business. The influential industrial metal duo recently released a new song, "Ringer," following a 13 year studio break. They'll be touring with Loop in the UK, starting in Glasgow on June 2.

While Broadrick's creative spirit will be missed, the Blood of Heroes' eclectic approach runs throughout the entire bill. Silent Killer construct atmospheric rich drum n' bass, Invertia twist black metal, noise, and industrial together, SHVLFCE do rhythmically inventive IDM, and Katmai play blissed-out electronic pop with an ambient whoosh. They also do none of these things. Needless to say, should be a crazy night.

Bill Laswell will also take part in the Ornette Coleman tribute in Prospect Park in June, which now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, in addition to Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Smith, and more.

Ohm Resistance showcase details, along with streams of the entire lineup and two more pics from the Bladerunner gig appear below.

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Laurie Anderson at The Stone in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Laurie

The Celebrate Brooklyn! 2014 lineup was announced not long ago, and since then there's been a few updates.

The Ornette Coleman tribute on June 12 now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, joining the previously announced lineup of Flea, Patti Smith and many more. Unfortunately, Afrika Bambaataa dropped off.

The Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert on June 14 will now feature a reading by Park Slope's own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars) of one of Ezra's books before the concert.

And the Nickel Creek show on July 24 will now be opened by Secret Sisters.

All three of those shows, and many other Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park this summer, including Dum Dum GIrls, Warpaint, Deltron 3030, St. Vincent and more, are totally free to the public.

Reich Glass

Contemporary composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass have announced that they'll perform together for the first time in over 30 years, as the kickoff event for "Nonesuch Records at BAM", the label's 50th anniversary going down this September.

"Nonesuch Records at BAM" also includes an event with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt (who's involved in another BAM event happening sooner), and Iron & Wine; one with Natalie Merchant and Sam Amidon; another with Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet; two nights of Robert Plant and more. Full schedule below.

Members can get early access to tickets starting May 21, and they'll become available to the general public BAM's site on May 28.

The Steve Reich/Philip Glass event is also part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Still not many details on that, but we do know Bryce Dessner and Brooklyn Youth Chorus are performing. Members can get tickets to Next Wave starting June 16, and the general public starting June 23.

Full "Nonesuch Records at BAM" schedule below...

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Okkyung Lee

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.

Jenny Hval also tours with Swans this month, including two NYC shows -- 5/18 at Bowery Ballroom & 5/19 at MHOW. Bowery is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still available.

Okkyung Lee's Stone residency schedule and some videos below...

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The Knife / These New Puritans
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Craig Leon, Acme, Bil Kouligas @ Le Poisson Rouge
Best known as a producer (have worked with The Fall, The Go-Betweens, Blondie among others), Craig Leon is also an composer in his own right. Tonight, backed by the Wordless Orchestra, he'll be performing his 1981 album Nommos.

Saint Rich, Stargazy, Sun Club @ Baby's All Right
An offshoot of Delicate Steve (role-reversal is probably a more correct term), Saint Rich keep things greasy with their brand of boogie riffs and laid-back grooves.

These New Puritans @ Bowery Ballroom
Last year's acclaimed Field of Reeds found These New Puritans abandoning their aggressive side, taking them entirely into ambient directions. Tonight's one of just a few North American shows for the UK band. Could prove interesting.

Darkstar, Patten, Visuals @ Glasslands
Darkstar transitioned from a Hyperdub-signed post-dubstep trio on their debut LP North to a Warp-signed ambient pop trio on its followup, 2013's News From Nowhere. They're working on their third album now, and while we don't know what it sounds like yet, maybe we'll get a taste at Glasslands tonight. Their labelmate Patten is not to be missed either.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Stone Pony
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's lived up very well. They're currently on their first North American tour since last reuniting in 2007, and tonight they're in NJ ahead of 3 NYC shows.

The Knife @ Terminal 5
Sweden's enigmatic duo The Knife haven't played NYC since 2006. Their new album is a little more "difficult" than Silent Shout so who knows what to expect -- beyond a high-concept, highly theatrical stage show. It wont likely be boring. Both T5 shows -- this being the first -- are sold out.

Kristeen Young @ The Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT!!!" in your ear. It's the final of her April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.

Berlin, TV Tramps @ The Wonder Bar
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup.

Future Islands @ Austin's Mohawk last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Chiffon @ Webster Hall
Future Islands have been making their arty indie pop for a few years now, but for the first time they're actually kind of famous, thanks in part to singer's Samuel T. Herring's dance moves on Letterman (and the meme that inspired) and a new album on 4AD with the songs to back it up. Tonight's show at Webster Hall (larger than the Bowery Ballroom stop earlier this tour) is sold out.

Laurie Anderson @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is part of the Met's new series of talks called "SPARK" that "explores vital ideas and issues through the lens of the Met's collections." Tonight conversation is between musician Laurie Anderson, author Rebecca Stead, art historian SeungJung Kim and the Met's Melanie Holcomb.

The Standells @ B.B. King Blues Club
The Standells are one of the '60s better garage rock bands, and though they may be best known for their hit "Dirty Water," they've got tons of other rewarding material too. The veteran band are touring behind their first new material in over 40 years and hitting NYC for two shows (7:3 PM & 10 PM) at BB King's tonight.

Chalk and Numbers, Dear Georgiana @ Knitting Factory
Where a lot of bands who pull from similar indiepop influences go for reverby grit, Chalk & Numbers are as shiny as the future seemed in 1962, perfect for your next cocktail party.

2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Sean Paul @ Best Buy Theater
It's DJ Prostyle's birthday party at Best Buy Theater tonight, and the person we're probably most excited about is R&B crooner Miguel, not that there isn't plenty of fun to be had during 2 Chainz's set too.

Creepoid, Shawn David, McMillen, Tom Cater, Pat Murano @ Cake Shop
Creepoid are one of a few modern bands reviving '90s slowcore and they do it justice. There's a bit of shoegaze in there too, and overall it's just a pretty great mix.

Kosmodemonic, Syphillitic Lust, Insect Ark @ The Grand Victory
It's a night of the heavy and the weird at Grand Victory tonight with the sludgy Kosmodemonic, the dirty Syphillitic Lust, and Insect Ark, the project of former Angels of Light member Dana Schechter.

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Rough Trade NYC (6:30 pm in-store)
Rodrigo y Gabriela are about to play 3 nights at Beacon Theater but first they'll do this in-store and signing at Rough Trade tonight which is free with a purchase of their album from Rough Trade.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Galley
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.

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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Young Jean Lee

"We're Gonna Die" was inspired by an insight she traces to this incident, the idea that sadness brings isolation. We are most alone, most cut off from the possibility of comfort, when we are most in need of it. "It's not even like you can like rip off the mask and let it all hang out when you're in private around people who care about you," she confides, "because there's only so long you can keep dumping your pain on other people before eventually they start to get fed up. Which makes being in pain an incredibly lonely experience."

Also a universal one of course. The charm of "We're Gonna Die" is in how effectively (and humorously) Ms. Lee converts the exaltation that pop music can spread into a kind of collective consolation for life's unavoidable woes. Employing the same basic tools of songcraft -- catchy choruses, relatable lyrics, uplifting melodies -- she applies them not to the eternal subject of swooning romance but to darker if no less common experiences (more common experiences, probably): loneliness, unhappiness, the gut-churning 4 a.m. fears about the pointless mystery of life that all sensible souls are prey to. There is comfort, Ms. Lee suggests, in public celebration of the private misery we keep locked away for fear it will leave us too exposed. [NY Times]

Earlier this year, playwright Young Jean Lee adapted her cabaret We're Gonna Die, that she debuted in NYC at Joe's Pub in 2011 (the show the above review is from), into an album -- the debut release by her band Future Wife. The album has an impressive list of guests either performing or reading monologues, including David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, Ad-Rock, Matmos, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld. It was produced by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas and Leverage Models. Lou Reed was a fan too, and called her "one of the most accomplished, articulate, versatile and hilarious playwrights, musicians, artists that we in America have to offer."

She's now made a video for one of the album's tracks, "I'm Gonna Die," which makes its premiere in this post. You can watch it, along with the album's tracklist, below...

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Kraftwerk @ MoMA, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Kraftwerk

As mentioned, Moogest 2014 happens April 23 - 27 in Ashville, NC. The festival has just announced its initial line-up which includes: Kraftwerk 3D (playing three concerts), Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Adult, Le1f, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Les Sins (Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi), and more. The full list of initial artists is below, with more than 70 more to be announced. There are showcases being put on by the likes of DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly Intl, Warp and more.

Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder are also part of Moogfest's previously announced daytime talks and seminars program, that also includes such artists as film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson, Claire Evans from YACHT, and synthesizer innovators like Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim.

Tickets are on sale now. 2014 Moogfest initial performer list and poster below...

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photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE

Lou Reed Memorial
Lou Reed Memorial

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.' "

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.

That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"

Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...

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Moogfest 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
Moogfest

As discussed, Moogfest is returning in 2014, and going down for five days instead of its usual three, from April 23-27 in Asheville, NC (where Mountain Oasis which Tourist played just happened). While the festival hasn't announced any of it's performers yet, they have announced the initial round of speakers for their daytime "innovation conferences" which includes musicians Laurie Anderson, synth pop pioneer Giorgio Moroder, film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist/first person to tour with a Moog synth Keith Emerson, and Claire Evans from YACHT; as well as veritable Who's Who of electronic music innovators: drum machine designer Roger Linn (creator of popular '80s drum machine LinnDrum) and Oberheim Electronics' Tom Oberheim among them. Full initial speaker announcement below. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

Giorgio Moroder, who re-entered the public consciousness this year with his contribution to the new Daft Punk album and his first-ever live DJ set, is also planning a Las Vegas stage show. He told The Guardian:

[It's] a permanent show, based on disco ... I would do the DJing, but maybe before me we have another famous DJ, maybe somebody after. We of course have a ball, dancers in a cage: recreate Studio 54, and have it in Vegas, Macau, London.

Of course I wouldn't just use my own songs - there are so many great disco songs, Chic and all those guys - and I would do probably an hour and a half. We're thinking of starting first in Vegas [but] it will probably be a bit like Blue Man Group - they have a franchise. We might even talk to the Cirque De Soleil team.

I would be playing, and then maybe later on if we had a franchise I would do one a week, or a month, and then a famous DJ would take over. And now you have so many great DJs that I don't think there would be any problem finding the right one.

Laurie Anderson also just appeared to honor her late husband Lou Reed at the Lou Reed memorial at Lincoln Center yesterday (11/14).

Full initial Moogfest lineup announcement, via press release, below...

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Laurie and Lou (more by Chris La Putt)
Laurie & Lou

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed only met in 1992, believe it or not, and didn't actually get married until 2008 but had been a couple since almost the very start. Laurie gave a short eulogy to their local paper, the East Hampton Star, but has now given a longer tribute to her husband, who died on October 27, that will appear in the November 21 issue of Rolling Stone (which has Reed on the cover):

I guess there are lots of ways to get married. Some people marry someone they hardly know - which can work out, too. When you marry your best friend of many years, there should be another name for it. But the thing that surprised me about getting married was the way it altered time. And also the way it added a tenderness that was somehow completely new. To paraphrase the great Willie Nelson: "Ninety percent of the people in the world end up with the wrong person. And that's what makes the jukebox spin." Lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too - beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery.

Lou was sick for the last couple of years, first from treatments of interferon, a vile but sometimes effective series of injections that treats hepatitis C and comes with lots of nasty side effects. Then he developed liver cancer, topped off with advancing diabetes. We got good at hospitals. He learned everything about the diseases, and treatments. He kept doing tai chi every day for two hours, plus photography, books, recordings, his radio show with Hal Willner and many other projects. He loved his friends, and called, texted, e-mailed when he couldn't be with them. We tried to understand and apply things our teacher Mingyur Rinpoche said - especially hard ones like, "You need to try to master the ability to feel sad without actually being sad."

You can read Anderson's entire piece at Rolling Stone.

Lou Patti

Patti Smith already gave a brief statement to Rolling Stone about the passing of her friend Lou Reed, and now in a piece for The New Yorker, she's written a much longer eulogy. It begins:

On Sunday morning, I rose early. I had decided the night before to go to the ocean, so I slipped a book and a bottle of water into a sack and caught a ride to Rockaway Beach. It felt like a significant date, but I failed to conjure anything specific. The beach was empty, and, with the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy looming, the quiet sea seemed to embody the contradictory truth of nature. I stood there for a while, tracing the path of a low-flying plane, when I received a text message from my daughter, Jesse. Lou Reed was dead. I flinched and took a deep breath. I had seen him with his wife, Laurie, in the city recently, and I'd sensed that he was ill. A weariness shadowed her customary brightness. When Lou said goodbye, his dark eyes seemed to contain an infinite and benevolent sadness.

I met Lou at Max's Kansas City in 1970. The Velvet Underground played two sets a night for several weeks that summer. The critic and scholar Donald Lyons was shocked that I had never seen them, and he escorted me upstairs for the second set of their first night. I loved to dance, and you could dance for hours to the music of the Velvet Underground. A dissonant surf doo-wop drone allowing you to move very fast or very slow. It was my late and revelatory introduction to "Sister Ray."

Read the rest here.

Lou Reed's will was also recently posted (via DNAinfo), with everything left to his wife Laurie Anderson, his sister Margaret Reed Weiner, and his 93-year old mother Toby Reed:

In a will filed Monday in Manhattan Surrogate's Court, the Velvet Underground legend left his artist wife, Laurie Anderson, their West Village coop and East Hampton summer home.

A onetime staple at Andy Warhol's factory in the 1960s, Reed also bequeathed Anderson all his art, pictures, jewelry, clothing, person effects, automobiles and boats, according to the will. He also passed along his interest in Sister Ray Enterprises, the company that holds the rights to his songs.

Reed, who had no children, also instructed his executor to give $500,000 to his sister, Margaret Reed Weiner, but encouraged his sibling to look out for their mom.

Read more here.

As discussed, Patti Smith has 3-NYC area shows coming up at the end of the year.

Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed at 2010 Mermaid Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
Laurie Anderson

After the passing of the great Lou Reed, many people who were in his life -- like David Bowie, David Byrne, and John Cale, to name a few -- have written tributes to him. Now comes one from Laurie Anderson, the art pop musician who married Lou in 2008, and has performed with him multiple times, and she's now published one via East Hampton Star:

To our neighbors:

What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.

Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we're city people this is our spiritual home.

Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!

Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

-- Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend

Watch a video of Lou and Laurie performing "I'll Be Your Mirror" together, below...

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John Zorn and Lou Reed

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...

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by Andrew Sacher

Fred Frith - 'Guitar Solos' (1974)
Fred Frith

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...

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Songs Cycled

The Henry Miller Memorial Library has done concerts in Big Sur, CA for years, and they're now bringing the celebration over to NYC for Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge, a weeklong festival which goes down from May 12 - 19 in Williamsburg in multiple locations. The festival ends with a concert at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 19 with modern classical master Philip Glass and baroque pop legend Van Dyke Parks, plus special guests. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon.

Other events throughout the festival include a pop-up book store at City Reliquary (right across from Knitting Factory on Metropolitan Ave); literary readings; more music like Jeffrey Lewis collaborator/Holy Modal Rounder Peter Stampfel at Spike Hill on May 15 (tickets); an evening of short film at Videology on May 17; and a UCB-presented comedy show at Knitting Factory on May 18 with Chris Gethard and others (tickets). Full schedule and more details below.

In related news, Van Dyke Parks just reissued his classic album, Song Cycle, and released a new "orchestral fantasy" album, Super Chief, on Record Store Day. He's also releasing a new album with re-imagined versions of old songs and covers, Songs Cycled, on May 6 via Bella Union. You can read Van's statement on the album at Bella Union's site. Stream his re-recording of "Hold Back Time" from his 1995 collaborative album with Brian Wilson, Orange Crate Art, below.

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River to RiverRiver to River

Apparently it's NYC Outdoor Free Show Announce Day. Following Hudson River Rocks, Seaport Music Festival and 4Knots updates comes the 2013 River to River Festival line-up. This year's fest runs from June 15 - July 14 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences" across a number of outdoor stages. Among this years' free events:

The annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens on 6/16 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and features Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Talk Normal, Talea, Shara Worden, Yungchen Llamo, and more.

Laurie Anderson will perform two nights at Rockefeller Park on June 18 & 19 with guests Gerry Leonard, Doug Wieselman, Eyvind Kang and others TBA.

Ecstatic Summer 2013 which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on June 29 & 30. Members of Bon Iver, Mantra Percussion, the National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more will perform commissioned works by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra and Seth Olinsky.

So Percussion and Joshua Light Show team up on July 13 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

The legendary Leon Russell will perform at Rockefeller Park on July 10.

There's also a presentation of of Foetus frontman JG Thirlwell's "cinema for the ears" album, Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Bloom at Tribeca Cinemas on July 11.

Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2013 line-up is listed, with details, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Ghostface Killah Celebrating Brooklyn
Ghostface Killah

"Although he only had 45 minutes on stage, for which he apologized a few times to the crowd of "10,000" fans, he played hip-hop classics off his solo albums like "Ironman," "Supreme Clientele," a bunch of bangers from Wu-Tang Clan.

But, Ghostface wasn't alone on stage, Cappadonna, the unofficial tenth member of Wu-Tang, took the stage and did a killer rendition of the song "Winter Warz" over Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya" beat.

Sheek Louch also hit the stage and played his verses from The Lox's various albums.

By 8 p.m., the police cut off the crowd, which Ghostface said was about 10,000 deep, from filling the fenced off area in front of the stage. So, as die hard fans still filled the park surrounding the bandshell, they lined up along the fence to dance and rhyme along with the hip-hop MCs. [Patch]

Ghostface Killah played the free Lyricist Lounge anniversary show in Prospect Park on Saturday (6/23) with  Camp LoAstro (who you might know from TV show The X-Factor), Farrah Burns, and Rah Diggah. Lots more great pics from that show below.

Rap continued at Celebrate Brooklyn earlier this week with Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q opening for Childish Gambino (Instagrams here and here). Ghostface plays NYC again as part of Wu-Block (at Highline Ballroom and in NJ at Rock the Bells)

Meanwhile, Celebrate Brooklyn continues in Prospect Park tonight (6/28) with Ballet Hispanico, "the leading representative of Hispanic culture in American dance" (8pm, free). On Friday (6/29) it's Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Brooklyn Steppers, and Dayna Kurtz (7:30pm, free), and Saturday (6/30) it's Angélique Kidjo's Women Waging Peace with Special Guests Laurie Anderson, Sibongile Khumalo, and Somi (7:30pm, free).

More pictures of the Ghostface show below...

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Philip Glass

"For three intimate evenings, Philip Glass comes to ISSUE Project Room, New York's City's only European Chamber Music Hall. His only performance in Brooklyn this year, "Philip Glass: Music With Friends" is a rare occasion featuring Glass in duo performances with Laurie Anderson [6/15] and Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields [6/13], as well former ISSUE Artists-in Residence Tristan Perich [6/14], Ryan Sawyer [6/15], and Nate Wooley [6/13]. The full artist roster will be announced soon, under 200 seats will be sold for each performance."
Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, the William Hooker Ensemble + Thollem McDonas & Arrington de Dionyso will be "Celebrating Cecil" at the venue tonight (5/16)

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"Not even kidding. lou reed watched @dasracist perform tonight & flipped the fuck out. at carnegie hall. how was your night?" - El-P

Tibet House Concert 2012 - Carnegie Hall
Tibet House Concert 2012 - Carnegie Hall

"The night wrapped up with Lenny Kaye leading the Patti Smith band through a brief tribute to the garage-rock compilation Nuggets, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Lou Reed, who performed three songs. Reed conducted the string quartet and the drummer to improvise with him at moments, which felt awkward in the beginning; the ending, however--as the string quartet jammed in tandem with Smith's guitarists and Reed himself--was pretty impressive. At the very end Laurie Anderson and the whole evening's cast returned to the stage for a curtain call, during which the room sang "Happy Birthday" to Philip Glass." [Village Voice]
Video of the Happy Birthday moment and pictures from all of last night's benefit at Carnegie Hall, below...

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Antony @ Radio City (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Antony

Antony played a show at Radio City Music Hall last night. And this was just announced:

Tibet House US is thrilled to announce that Antony and Stephin Merritt have joined the bill for the 22nd Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 7:30pm. This year's esteemed line-up, curated by Philip Glass, the concert's artistic director, includes Lou Reed, James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Laurie Anderson, and Rahzel, in addition to Antony and Stephin. Tickets are on sale now and available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office. Special packages that include concert tickets and a fundraising reception following the show with the event's Honorary Chairpersons Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard and the evening's performing artists are available through Tibet House US.
Lou Reed, who has performed with Antony in the past, was the last addition. Tickets are still on sale.

James Blake is also DJing Le Poisson Rouge while he's in town.

The Magnetic Fields are going on tour in March and April.

Lou Reed at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Lou Reed

When we first announced this year's Tibet House US benefit, which is happening on February 13 at Carnegie Hall, it was surprising that a Philip Glass-curated event in NYC with Laurie Anderson wouldn't also include Lou Reed. Well, as it turns out, Lou Reed will in fact be performing at the event. As mentioned, the lineup also includes "Newcomer of the Year" James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Rahzel, and still more to be announced. Tickets are still available.

by Andrew Sacher

James Blake at MHOW in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
James Blake

The 22nd Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House US is taking place this year at Carnegie Hall on February 13. Philip Glass, who is the artistic director for the Tibet House benefits, will perform alongside an as-usual incredible lineup which includes James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Laurie Anderson, Rahzel, and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a fundraising reception following the performance will be available soon via Tibet House US. More details below.

Philip Glass also has tons of upcoming events in celebration of his 75th birthday.

James Blake, who put out one of our favorite albums of 2011 capped the year off with the three-track Love What Happened Here EP. The title track recalls the material of James' 2010 EPs but throws splashes of funk and R&B with grabbing vocal samples and synthetic horn flourishes. The next track, "At Birth," is a more ambient affair which also brings to mind parts of his earlier work, but the final track, "Curbside," builds off instrumental boom bap and if not for the trademark vocal samples it would sound almost nothing like any of his other material. Buy the EP at eMusic and stream all three of its tracks below.

Details on the Tibet House US show and streams below...

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