Entries tagged with: Lee Ranaldo
photo: Arcade Fire & David Bowie at Summerstage in 2005 (more)
Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with Bowie more than once, wrote:
David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.In a statement to Pitchfork, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox said:
First of all, who cares what I have to say about David Bowie? I've been reading all of these amazing tributes written by people who actually knew him and I feel kind of weird talking about it, but I'm very honored to be asked. Honestly, I got more texts and phone calls about Bowie's death than I did back when I got hit by a car, which is oddly flattering because it just means that people that know me also know how much I loved him.Read the rest of Bradford's lengthy tribute here.
There's no question. There's nobody that's had a bigger influence on my entire life--not just on the way I make music, but also the way I think and feel about things--than David Bowie. I literally wouldn't do what I do if it weren't for him...and looking back, there's honestly not a part of my life that can't be somehow defined by whatever David Bowie record I was listening to at the time. I can't really say that about any other artist. I mean, if I want to relive my childhood and young adulthood I can basically just listen to the Sound + Vision box set.
In 1997, we in Sonic Youth were amazed when we got word from David Bowie, inviting us to perform with him onstage at Madison Square Garden in celebration of his 50th birthday. That he even knew who we were was amazing to us! We had been so inspired and influenced by his music for so long, and it was a huge thrill to join him in performance. Hanging out with him leading up to the concert, it was clear that he was still fully engaged and informed about all kinds of music and art going on around him, curious and open to new influences. Not many of his generation were tuned in to the kind of thing that we were doing, but he certainly was.In a statement to Pitchfork, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore says:
A few days before the show, we all trooped up to Connecticut for rehearsal. David had rented the Hartford Civic Center arena for the day so we could rehearse and get comfortable in a venue with a stage the same size as Madison Square Garden! He had asked our friend Tony Oursler to do some of his video projections as the stage set for the concert. Tony was a fellow artist-traveller who had directed our "Tunic" video a few years prior. David impressed us with his focus and his friendly and positive demeanor throughout a long day. He was excited, and certainly we were! We were only halfway thru our thirty-year career as a band at that time, while he was already past that mark, and obviously still going strong. A Radical Adult.
This morning, for some reason I woke unexpectedly at 6:00 AM and couldn't sleep. I reached for my phone to check the New York Times, and was completely shocked -- devastated! -- to read the news. A new album, new theatre production, new musical directions -- he was so active this last year. To realize that he was accomplishing all this while knowing his fate makes his recent accomplishments all the more inspiring.
David Bowie's energy was charged with light. His love and passion for art, in all its intrigue and interplay with nature, was manifest in his smile, his charm. He loved to experiment while honoring the grace of tradition and subsequently informed and inspired anyone lucky enough to be there when Ziggy Stardust took the stage and hit the racks. When punk rode into town and every rock n' roller pre-1976 was denounced as a dinosaur, there were few exceptions. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Marc Bolan, Eno, Bryan Ferry and definitely Bowie.Also via The Talkhouse, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio:
He was the one gentleman who excitedly applauded Devo and Suicide and in the 80s was rumored to have been checking out Pixies, Sonic Youth, et al. He asked Sonic Youth to play "I'm Afraid of Americans" with his band at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. We met and rehearsed a couple of times and played the gig and it was all amazing, another realm of experience from where we traversed, but the one thing I always remember is him coming into the communal dressing room area where all the other artists were to say hello and have some photos taken. As he was leaving he turned and shouted, "Hi Coco, I'm so happy you're here! Have a great time!" to my three-year-old daughter Coco, who I was holding in my arms. She was the only person unaware of any hierarchy of celebrity in the room.
It brings to mind Bowie's early connection with Buddhist philosophy, practice and meditation, studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lama Chime RInpoche. Legend has it that David had considered a life as a monk but his teachers saw his light was needed beyond the monastery and advised him to follow it. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in later years, became the Buddhist teacher to Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and so many others who employ kindness and contemplative thought as activism towards peace. Bowie, fabulous Capricorn, touched each of us in a remarkable and personal way, sharing not only his genuine brilliance for songwriting, but his joy for life, his rock n' roll love. Now we see, the Starman who'd "love to blow our minds" was indeed the man himself, dignified in his devotion to creative bliss, light and love.
I was coming back to California from France on January 9th, had bought and downloaded Blackstar right before I got on the plane, listened to it a bunch, passed out at home and woke up to all of this very sad news. Still seems like a dream. I was working on some music with a friend the day before I'd left and we talked about how excited we were to hear Blackstar after hearing the singles and how great it was to be alive and able to say, "Hey, the new Bowie's coming out tomorrow." Talked about how many millions of people had said that, had thought that, over the course of four-plus decades, and every time with the sincere question attached, "Well, what is it going to BE?" "What is it going to be LIKE?" "WHO is he now?" Listening to the record, reading the lyrics, it seems like maybe he had the same questions about living and leaving.
I feel insanely lucky that he took an interest and was so incredibly supportive of anything we were doing with TV on the Radio, and the fact that he was kind enough to record a song with us is something I don't think I'll ever be able to fully process. In the very, very little time he spent with the band he was so humble it was eerie. He was incredibly funny, and chatting casually about bands like Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and how into them he was, pushed me out of the deep shock of "I'm talking to him" and into the even deeper shock of "I love these bands completely, but why would YOU know or care about... oh right... you're... David Bowie. You probably know and care a bit about everything... which maybe no one can, but maybe... you're... no one? Who ARE you?" Then he sang on the song and we, as a band, shat our collective pants. And still, afterwards...Who WAS that? Which one was that? Who was that person who had, and had lived so many ideas that he'd actually become an idea himself?
Huge artist lessons from that idea: Change is the law. Get to it. Get lost. Try it out. Don't get scared of your pain. Sit with it. Maybe it matters so much because it doesn't. Don't get stuck. Freak yourself out. Crack up. Stay interested. Make something. If you recognize it too well, mess up its face, bend it, make it something else. Make THAT something else. Stay on top of it. Drop it. Get magic. Build ways in, build ways out. Be disciplined. Make it count, be kind and stay true to yourself, whichever one you happen to be at the time.
The news, like this beautiful man, this art and artist, fills and empties and refills your heart and just keeps going. I don't know that he ever was, or could be fixed in one place, but now I think he's just everywhere, in a fine mist, every single one of him, all of them love.
Blondie singer Debbie Harry, in a statement to Dazed, said:
In NYC there is a yearly Bowie Ball when local musicians all perform a Bowie song. It happens every year and this next one will be a sad and extremely heartfelt evening for everyone. Who doesn't love Bowie? A visionary artist, musician, actor, a completely renaissance man who has given us a long list of songs like "Heroes", "Rebel Rebel", "Young Americans", "Diamond Dogs", "The Jean Genie" and many, many more, and some memorable film performances like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, Labyrinth, The Hunger.Madonna wrote:
I can't say enough things about David Bowie to show how much I love him. When the Low album was out and Iggy Pop was about to tour, David played keyboards in Iggy's band. They asked Blondie to open for them, and as they say, the rest is history. Without this visionary and his friend Iggy Pop, where would Blondie be today? Silly question and one that can't be answered really, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bowie played a big part in our future successes. As for now, love you David Bowie. Xx
I'm devastated.Madonna also covered "Rebel Rebel" at her show on Tuesday in honor of him. Video below.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot. .
The world will miss you.
Ozzy Osbourne said "It knocked the shit out of me." Read his interview with Rolling Stone about it.
Billy Bragg talked about his love of Bowie...
All of the artists that me and my mates at school listened to were reassuringly heterosexual: Slade, Rod Stewart, Status Quo. Bowie was something else. As 14-year-olds in 1972, if we knew anything about him it was that he was a 'bender' - in the spiteful parlance of the playground - and so best avoided. Then I heard 'The Jean Genie'. With no foreknowledge of the Velvet Underground, this just sounded to me like a thumping great dose of bootboy pop that beat Slade at their own game. I was hooked.Britt Daniel of Spoon uploaded a cover of Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" and wrote:
When 'Aladdin Sane' came out a few months later, the open gatefold sleeve was displayed in the window of the local record store: Bowie standing, hands on hips, naked except for the red/blue lightening bolt across his face. The fact that he had no discernable genitalia seemed only to confirm that he was not as other men.
Coming out as a Bowie fan would leave me open to jibes about my own sexuality, but I couldn't resist the sock hop pop of 'The Prettiest Star' and the fretful grandeur of 'Drive-In Saturday'. I took the record into school and found that, rather than being called names, it made me more popular with the smart girls in our class who got together in the lunch break to listen to 'Hunky Dory'. Bowie's androgyny - making him popular with both boys and girls - had created a bridge across what had been, for me, an unfathomable chasm.
After he played Romford Odeon on the last leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour in April 1973, the whole of the 4th year seemed to go Bowie mad. My parents wouldn't buy me anything androgynous to wear, but I did take the cover of 'Aladdin Sane' to the local barber's to get the 'Bowie cut'.
I remained a huge fan of his work as he has moved effortlessly forward, engaging with new ideas and media. I ended up spending my life with a girl who saw the Ziggy Stardust tour and we take great delight in the fact that our son has grown up to be a huge Bowie fan.
But whenever I hear his music, I'm a teenager again, taking my first taste of something ungendered, transgressive. At a crucial moment in my adolescence, David Bowie showed me that masculinity wasn't the only way to attract girls and, for that, I thank him.
I went to bed early last night. Woke up at 3 and glanced at my phone. It's 515 now and I'm realizing there'll be no more sleep tonight. I was just saying last week isn't it amazing how Bowie is still with us and we get another album from him? No other artist has meant as much to me personally or inspired my own songs as much. What a spirit. What an inspiration. What a shining example of the beauty that humanity can create. Bless him.Head HERE to read tributes by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Devo, Nile Rodgers, J Mascis, Jimmy Page and more. Head here for Iggy Pop.
Listen to Britt's cover and TV on the Radio's (not new) cover of "Heroes" below...
photo: Lee Ranaldo at Market Hotel - 12/16/15 (more by PSquared)
As Bill just pointed out in his Sleater-Kinney review, opener Lee Ranaldo has been playing NYC a weirdly high amount this month. That trend will continue into January: the first day of January specifically. He's opening Joseph Arthur's 6th annual New Year's Day show at City Winery. Tickets are on sale. After that, Lee does a solo acoustic tour in Europe. All dates are listed below.
Watch a clip of Lee playing Sonic Youth's "Eric's Trip" with Parquet Courts at GCT15, and browse his list of tour dates, below...
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Sleater-Kinney @ Market Hotel 12/16/2015
It was a momentous night: the final stop of Sleater-Kinney's five-show NYC run (and tour), and the final show of what has been a busy, triumphant year for the reunited indie rock trio. Additionally, it also served as a reopening for Bushwick DIY spot Market Hotel after what has been a long (and not quite done) renovation process. The place was packed (but not uncomfortably so) and featured the best sound and light show I've ever experienced at Market (both surely brought by the band). It was sweaty and I'd forgotten how much the floor bounces, as it did when S-K trucked out classics like "All Hands on the Bad One."
Like the three previous nights, Fred Armisen was brought out for an encore rendition of B-52's classic "Rock Lobster." I can't say it's one of my favorite B-52's songs but they totally nailed it, and clearly were having a blast playing it, making for one of the most pure-fun moments of the night. They then wrapped up 2015 with "Call the Doctor" and "Dig Me Out." For that encore, the band were all in specially made t-shirts: "Fucking Janet Weiss," "Fuck Carrie Kill," "Whorin' for Corin," and Fred was wearing "Another Lady for Katie" (for touring guitarist Katie Harkin). Setlist is below.
Opening was Lee Ranaldo (weirdly the fifth time I'd seen him perform in little more than a week), who made a total racket, christening the not-quite-finished space. As to that, Market Hotel looked spiffed up but not too different. (I can't actually remember what the last show I saw there was, but it's been five years for me.) It was a temporary permit for last night's show and the general (if entirely unofficial) consensus I heard last night was they are looking to be back in business at the end of February. It was really cool, though, having the J/M rumble by the window and seeing traffic flow behind Sleater-Kinney (with "S-K" and hearts scrawled in the fogged-up window). I look forward to seeing more shows there soon.
More pictures from the whole night, including pics of Ranaldo's set, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Dinosaur Jr at Bowery Ballroom, with Lee Ranaldo - 12/7/15
Kurt Vile has been in NYC to guest at more than one of the seven Dinosaur Jr shows, including the finale last night (12/9). Before last night's show, Kurt, his band the Violators, and Dino Jr frontman J Mascis headed to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Pretty Pimpin," the excellent (and very popular) lead track off KV's album b'lieve i'm goin' down.... Watch the video, which has one of the more psychedelic light shows you're likely to see on Colbert, below.
Meanwhile, we've already written up something on all seven Dino Jr shows, but now we've got a set of pictures from Night 5 (12/7), the show that featured Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Lee Ranaldo, Thalia Zedek, Todd Barry, Andrew Labrecque, famed indie rock producer Don Fleming, Don's ex-Gumball bandmate Jay Spiegel, and host Henry Rollins.
Lastly, Kurt's lengthy week in NYC also included an appearance at Cyndi Lauper's holiday show at the Beacon on 12/5. Watch Kurt and Cyndi play Cyndi's "Money Changes Everything" and cover The Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By" at that show, below.
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr. w/ Negative Approach, Kevin Shields & Kim Gordon @ Bowery Ballroom 12/9/2015 (via @emilysarahg)
Dinosaur Jr. played their final of seven 30th Anniversary shows on Wednesday (12/9) at Bowery Ballroom, playing their debut album Dinosaur in full and then returning for a guest-filled second set that played a bit like a Greatest Guests of The Week, with a few new additions. In bullet points:
- Fellow Massachusetts indie rocker Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads) -- who played Knitting Factory on Tuesday -- was the only special guest during the Dinosaur set, singing on "Cat in a Bowl."
- J Mascis said they didn't know what they were doing when they made Dinosaur, just throwing ideas against the wall. He thanked Gerard Cosloy (who ran Homestead back then, and is now of Matador Records and was in attendance) for putting it out.
- The first guests of the second set were Roddy Bottum (Imperial Teen / Faith No More) and Lynn Truell (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness/Imperial Teen) who came out for "Start Choppin'."
- Kurt Vile made his third appearance of #Dino30, again performing "Crumble." Lou Barlow told a story, on behalf of Kurt, about Kurt listening to 2007's Beyond for the first time while driving and getting sideswiped while "Crumble" was playing.
- Stephen McBean from Black Mountain sang and played guitar on "Raisans" from Bug -- he's a good fit with Dinosaur Jr and this sounded excellent.
- Kevin Shields was back again for a much better go at My Bloody Valentine's "Thorn" -- they nailed it tonight. Afterwards, Lou Barlow (who sang lead) told the crowd it was his favorite MBV song, recalling the first time he heard the song, a club in Brighton, England. Footnote: Kurt Vile housed a slice of pizza while watching from behind Lou's amps.
- Negative Approach came out for two of their songs ("Can't Tell No One" and "Nothing"), with J moving to the second drum kit.
- Negative Approach stuck around for Set 2 closer "Don't" which John Brannon shared lead screaming with Kim Gordon (who sang the song at night 1). Kevin Shields came back out too. Highlight of the night?
- Like the previous six shows, "Cortez the Killer" finished off the night. Lou said they shoulda done "Jingle Bells." Lee Ranaldo and Stephen McBean shared lead vocals, and Shields, Vile, Gordon and more were on stage for it too. Much tighter than last night, shorter too (I think).
- Today (Thursday, December 10) is J. Mascis' 50th birthday. Happy birthday, J!
- Henry Rollins' introduction was similar in theme to Monday's, with different anecdotes, tonight sharing a story about going to see Bad Brains back in the day. He also called everyone in attendance "wonderful parasites" and to keep spreading the love.
Setlist from the final Dinosaur Jr. 30th Anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom, plus more instagram pics and videos, below...
Austin's Levitation Festival already announced a few of its 2016 performers, including Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, plus Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, Lee Scratch Perry, Ty Segall, Black Mountain, and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. The full lineup has new been revealed and also includes Caribou, Slowdive, Super Furry Animals, Boris, Dungen, The Black Angels, Sunn O))), Royal Trux, Oneohtrix Point Never, Shabazz Palaces, Lee Ranaldo, Ultimate Painting, Nicolas Jaar and more.
Levitation happens April 29 - May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin. Weekend passes are on sale and full lineup is listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr's 30th anniversary shows at Bowery Ballroom have thus far begun and ended basically the same: Henry Rollins introduces the band from the balcony and they play their 1985 debut album, Dinosaur, in full; things end with a guest-filled, jammed-out encore of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." In between there are lots of surprises. Monday night (12/7) was the fifth of seven shows and while there weren't any huge names like Jeff Tweedy, Kurt Vile or Bob Mould in the evening's second set, there were a lot of guests all of whom had a very direct relationship to the band. It was kinda like Dinosaur Jr. History/Connections Night. Highlights, mostly in order and in bullet point form:
- The night opened with something called "Sitar" with J Mascis playing an electric sitar, joined by Andrew Labrecque on harmonium and chant-y vocals (he played on J's 2005 record J and Friends Sing and Chant for Amma) and Todd Barry on a mandal-type drum. "People said, 'Todd, you're not a musician," the comedian (who is actually a pretty good drummer) told the crowd. "I said 'You ain't seen nothing yet.'"
- Lee Ranaldo made his third appearance this week, singing on "Little Fury Things." I think Lee just loves Dinosaur Jr, you could tell he was having a blast and spent the rest of the set sitting on the side of the stage singing along.
- Thalia Zedek of Come/Live Skull came out to sing "Feel the Pain." Mascis noted that Thalia sang backup on the original recording (from 1994's Without a Sound). You can catch Thalia tonight (12/8) at Union Pool with 75 Dollar Bill. Similarly, Tiffany Anders (daughter of filmmaker Alison Anders and singer songwriter in her own right) came out to sing "Get Me" (she sang on the original recording from 1993's Where You Been?).
- Bill Janovitz of fellow Boston band and onetime SST labelmates Buffalo Tom sang "Tarpit." When Buffalo Tom first started they were jokingly called Dinosaur Jr Jr, a comparison aided in part because J Mascis produced their first two albums.
- B.A.L.L. / Gumball member (among other projects) and famed indie rock producer Don Fleming was brought out to play guitar on Green Mind's "The Wagon." Mascis told the crowd that Don had played on the original and this was the first-ever attempt to play the "single version" of the song live. It was pretty awesome. Gumball drummer Jay Spiegel was on the second kit.
- Don, Spiegel and Lee Ranaldo (on third guitar), plus some of the stage crew (one of whom on that electric sitar) were all out for "Cortez the Killer" which was indeed killer.
- Henry Rollins' introduction was entertaining. He told a story about how he and Ian MacKaye used to go see "arena rock" bands before discovering punk, telling a very funny story about going to see The Cramps (it involved the removal, folding and return of Lux Interior's pants), and how then they'd finally found "their music." He also implored people to go see (and play) more shows in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Rollins also has the best seat in the house.
- Lou Barlow said he cut his left pinky the first night of the run and he can't seem to get a band-aid to stay on the whole time, and that it hurt like hell to play. Lou's Cousin It hair obscures his face for 99% of the show.
- Before one of the songs in the Dinosaur set (maybe "The Leper"), Mascis told the crowd that at the time everybody in the band was super into The Birthday Party, and they tried to sound like that but "it ended up sounding like this."
We'll have an actual set of pics from Monday's show soon. In the meantime, check out the full setlist and more Instagram photos/videos, below...
The seven-show 30th anniversary run for Dinosaur Jr. hit its midpoint on Sunday night. The biggest of Sunday's surprise guests was certainly Bob Mould who came out to play guitar on "Freak Scene" and then stuck around to play early Husker Du jammer "In a Free Land" with J Mascis moving to drums. He also stuck around for the "Cortez the Killer" encore that also featured repeat appearances by Lee Ranaldo and Fred Armisen as well as MV+EE's Matt Valentine. Ranaldo was actually the first special guest of the night, singing on "Little Fury Things," and Valentine was also one of the earlier surprise guests, coming out for "Start Choppin." Other guest vocalists on Sunday were Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio for "In a Jar" and Pussy Galore's Julia Cafritz for "Budge."
Three more Dinosaur Jr shows to go, tonight through Wednesday, all of which are sold out. Who could that bring out tonight? More Instagram pics and videos from Sunday night's show are below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Dinosaur Jr with Fred Armisen / Frank Black / Lee Ranaldo
We already posted about night 2 (Friday 12/4) of Dinosaur Jr.'s seven-show, 30th Anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom which featured special guests Frank Black, Lee Ranaldo, Fred Armisen and a reunion of J. Mascis and Lou Barlow's early-'80s hardcore band Deep Wound with Scott Helland. Now here's a full set of pictures from the show.
There's also video of Fred Armisen talking about Dinosaur Jr and performing "Feel the Pain" with them, and more pics from Friday's show, below.
Dinosaur Jr. are now at the midway point of their seven-show, 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom where they're playing their 1985 debut album in full. Like Thursday's kickoff show, Friday and Saturday night featured loads of special guests in the second sets.
Friday (12/4) actually had a special guest during the Dinosaur set -- Frank Black came out to sing "Gargoyle." During the second set, Lee Ranaldo came out for "Little Furry Things." Then they brought out Scott Helland, making for a reunion of Deep Wound, Lou Barlow and J Mascis' early-'80s hardcore band, playing their song "Training Ground." Later, Fred Armisen appeared for a cover of "Hey Policeman," by Fred's alter ego, Ian Rubbish. Armisen also played on "The Lung" and "Feel the Pain," and then returned for the encore of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer."
Saturday night (12/5) was even more guest-filled. They brought out Valerie June for "Watch the Corners" and "Feel the Pain" and then it was Jeff Tweedy for "Get Me" and "Tar Pit." Still more: Jesse Malin joined the band for a cover of The Stooges' "TV Eye," and then Charles Bradley was brought out for a cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold." Henry Rollins, who introduced the band on Thursday and Friday (and Sunday), came out for "Don't." Then Tweedy and Malin returned for "Cortez the Killer."
The fourth Bowery show happens tonight. Who will guest? Setlists from both Friday and Saturday's Dinosaur Jr shows, plus more Instagrams and videos, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Parquet Courts / Woods & Kurt Vile / Beach Fossils @ Webster Hall 12/2/2015
We already posted a review and set of pictures from Ground Control Touring's big 15th Anniversary bash at Webster Hall on Wednesday (12/2) and now here is a second set. Check out pics from Woods' set with Kurt Vile and Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage, plus Parquet Courts, Beach Fossils, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. We posted more Kurt Vile pics here. They continue below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.
Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."
Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.
Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.
Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.
As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...
photo: Yo La Tengo at Kings Theatre in October (more by PSquared)
The annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns in 2016 from January 29 to March 19, with all performances happening at NYC's Merkin Concret Hall except the opening night at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space with Man Forever & Tigue.
The collaborative series also includes Pharaohe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band on 2/4, Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert on 2/6, Rachel Grimes & Longleash on 2/10, Yo La Tengo & Alvin Lucier on 2/17, Lee Ranaldo & Dither on 3/2, Exceptet, Ensemble Échappé & Goldfeather on 3/13, William Tyler, Quindar & Nick Hallett on 3/17, and M. Lamar, Charlie Looker & Mivos Quartet on 3/19.
photo: Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
The Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show at NYC's Webster Hall happens this Wednesday (12/2) with "short sets, collaborations, covers and surprises" from a very impressive lineup. That lineup now also includes Deer Tick, and other artists that were added since we last spoke are Screaming Females, Lee Ranaldo, Perfect Pussy and Woods.
Those additions join the initial lineup of Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches and Frankie Cosmos. (Conor Oberst dropped off.)
Also below is the flyer with set times...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at Pitchfok Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Sleater-Kinney's tour brings them to NYC in December for FIVE shows, and now the openers for all five have been announced. The first four are with newer female-fronted punk-related bands who likely consider S-K an influence, Torres, Waxahatchee, Perfect Pussy and Charly Bliss, and the last show (and most intimate) is with another veteran musician, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. The full schedule looks like this:
Dec 12: Kings Theatre w/ Torres (tickets)Torres also tours with Palehound in 2016, Waxahatchee plays the big Ground Control anniversary show in NYC, and Perfect Pussy (who just played the last-ever live show at Elvis Guesthouse) play the S-K show right in the middle of their December tour.
Dec 13: TERMINAL 5 w/ Waxahatchee (tickets)
Dec 14: Irving Plaza w/ Perfect Pussy (sold out)
Dec 15: Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Charly Bliss (sold out)
Dec 16: Market Hotel w/ Lee Ranaldo (sold out)
If you missed it, we just interviewed Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney. Earlier this year, Lee Ranaldo's former Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon interviewed her too. Watch the hour-long video of that below...
photo: Lee Ranaldo in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Zeena Parkins (Bjork, Nels Cline, Lee Ranaldo, Phantom Orchard, etc), Ikue Mori (DNA, Phantom Orchard, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore) Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts), Mick Barr (Krallice, Orthrelm), Toby Driver (Kayo Dot), Chuck Bettis, John Zorn and many other talented people can be found playing and curating East Village club The Stone in November and December.
Zeena is curating from November 17-22 and her residency kicks off with an 8 PM set with Nate Wooley and a 10 PM set with White Out on 11/7. Her group Phantom Orchard plays two sets on 11/18. Nels Cline and many more join her the days that follow. Check out her full schedule below. All upcoming events at The Stone can be seen HERE.
Meanwhile, a group of Stone regulars will be playing a special show at Santos Party House on November 11. The show is a benefit for the Film-Makers Cooperative called Live/Film/Sound/Tracks, which as the name implies will feature live-scoring of 16mm films from its collection. The impressive lineup of talent includes Alan Licht, Lee Ranaldo, Wollesonic, Bill Morrison, Lea Bertucci, Victoria Keddie with MV Carbon, Dafna Naphtali and Optipus with the Underworld Oscillator Corporation. Tickets are on sale now. The films screened will be announced the night of the event.
Lee Ranaldo, who we caught playing with The Cribs at Pop Montreal, has some solo shows coming up, including one in NYC at Trans-Pecos on November 13. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
Check out a video of Lee Ranaldo and Zeena Parkins performing together in 2012, along with the full schedule for Zeena's Stone residency, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Cribs w/ Lee Ranaldo / Doldrums @ Pop Montreal 9/19/2015
After three days of perfect weather (this is my first time in Montreal where it was hot) we got rain on Saturday (9/19), which was also the most walking around I've done all week. Things started fairly early for an afternoon "picnic" thrown by Arbutus Records at 820Plaza which is a DIY performance space/record store/zen garden in what was an old auto garage. A pretty cool space. There was free beer (Kronenbourg 1664 seems to be the free beer of choice in Montreal), grilled stuff and performances from Devon Welsh (before I got there), She-Devils (who I'd seen on Thursday), Better Person (very "Careless Whispers" style '80s soul ballads) and surprise guests Doldrums. With his brother Daniel's band Moon King elsewhere, Airick Woodhead had a different Doldrums lineup than when they toured in the spring, and he tried out a few new songs in between cuts from this year's underrated The Air Conditioned Nightmare.
After the picnic, I went to check out new venue Mothlight that just had its first event a few days ago; DIY-ish with legit aspirations. Upstairs with no air conditioning, Mothlight was insanely hot and I sweated out most of the free beer I'd had earlier. The band formerly known as Viet Cong were supposed to have been the surprise performer, but someone in the band was sick so they did not play. Both the band's Mike Wallace and Matt Flegel were there, though, and the latter's brother, Andrew Flegel, was playing drums in Blanka who did play. Blanka's icy, synthy postpunk brought the temperature down to still-too-hot. You can check out their just-released their six-song debut, below. Also playing were the noisy/loud Ashley Soft and you can stream a couple of their songs as well.
After a much-needed dinner break, I headed over to Theatre Fairmount for the Arts & Crafts showcase. The Cribs were headlining, their first time in Montreal in a while apparently, and delivered a lot of favorites (it has been a long time since I've heard them do "You Were Always the One") and, as a special treat, brought out Lee Ranaldo for "Be Safe" in which recites a spoken word piece. (They do it live usually with a video of Lee playing in the background). Video is below. I always forget how much I like The Cribs. Fun set.
Before the Jarman brothers' whoa-oh-ing, we got sets from kraut/baroque/psych trio Absolutely Free (terrific), Win Win (a little more guitar-y than I remembered their new album being), River Tiber (downtempo laptop-y R&B), and new Arts & Crafts signings Charlotte Day Wilson. The Cribs and River Tiber both play Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/22) and tickets are still available.
Tonight (9/20) is the final day of Pop Montreal with, among lots of other shows, a closing night party that has a Smiths cover band, The Smiffs, that features members of Suuns. You can read Pop Montreal recaps of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, and day 3 HERE. A few more iPhone pics from day 4, below.
photo: Lee Ranaldo in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a few events coming up this year, including some acoustic shows. One of those is a duo with Raul Refree at this weekend's Pop Montreal festival, and the others are rare solo performances in San Francisco, LA and NYC.
The NYC show happens November 13 at Trans-Pecos. Tickets are on sale now.
Lee also takes part in the third annual Kerouac Project NYC event, which happens October 30 at Joe's Pub. Here are details:
Legendary composer David Amram and his Quintet perform Beat-era classics, and accompany actor John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos), poets Bob Holman and Frank Messina, and guitarist Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) as they read the works of Jack Kerouac. Guest speaker: author and biographer Joyce Johnson. Musical guest: Tyrone Cotton. Proceeds support the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project of Orlando, Florida, home to more than 50 writers since 2000.Tickets for that are on sale now too.
Watch a clip of Lee playing the immortal "Eric's Trip" at a 2010 solo show, with his list of dates, below...
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
photo: Viet Cong @ London Field Day Fest 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Pop Montreal has just announced its second round of artists added to the festival's 2015 lineup. That includes Viet Cong, The Orb, Micachu & the Shapes, The Besnard Lakes, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lee Ranaldo, Albert Hammond Jr, Empress Of and more. They join such previously announced artists as Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, and Will Butler. All new additions to Pop Montreal's lineup are listed below.
The 2015 Pop Montreal Festival happens September 16-20 at venues all over the Quebec city. Discounted festival passes and day passes are currently available.
photo: Lee Ranaldo w/ Sonic Youth in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a few live appearances coming up this year. He's got a Grateful Dead tribute in Chicago with Alex Bleeker, members of Yo La Tengo and more, a Mass. show with Oneida, a free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show in August (also with Yo La Tengo), and one of the Storm King Art Center shows in New Windsor, NY.
Before any of that happens though, he's got a show this month here in NYC. He's currently working on a new record with Barcelona producer Raül Fernandez Refree, and the pair will play "Barcelona Sounds" at Joe's Pub on June 29. The show is presented in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull & sponsored by Estrella Damm. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a Lee Ranaldo video below...
On August 5 at Damrosch Park Badnshell, electric guitar quartet Dither joined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo, and then by Bang on a Can All-Stars' Mark Stewart for Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, with experimental duo Matmos opening. Then two days later at Hearst Plaza (8/7) there's a Denitia & Sene show, and the next night (8/8) at Damrosch Park Bandshell Watkins Family Hour will perform Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full. Watkins Family Hour features Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, as well as Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and special guests. Justin Townes Earle opens that show.
There's also ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür performing under his MusikSoldat moniker on July 23 at Damrosch Park Bandshell as a special guest with Botsich + Fussible, whose album Motel Baja he appears on. Country veteran Lyle Lovett plays Damrosch Park Bandshell on August 9, Randy Newman plays there on July 25, and Afropunk presents a showcase there on July 31 with Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The Skins and a screening of The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu. Later that same night, Rocky Horror Picture Show screens "silent" (audience will hear the sound via wireless headphones) at the same venue.
For more info on these free, all ages shows, head to the festival's website. Full schedule below...
photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Speedy Ortiz, Mitski, Krill @ Bowery Ballroom
Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, takes the band into new sonic directions without losing their style of discordant indie rock that made us love the music in the first place. Very powerful lyrically too. Both openers tonight are great -- the artful, unique NYC songwriter Mitski and the Boston indie rock band Krill.
WBAR-B-Q w/ Perfect Pussy, Dubbel Dutch, Big Ups, Thug Entrancer, Bodega Bay, Palberta, Swings, Stud1nt, Diet Cig @ Barnard College
It's Barnard College's annual WBAR-B-Q with noise punks Perfect Pussy, dance producer Dubbel Dutch, post-hardcore band Big Ups, ambient musician Thug Entrancer, and more. As always, it's free, all ages, and open to the public.
Into It. Over It., Major League, Tiny Moving Parts, Collect Yourself, Safety @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Into It. Over It. is one of the many bands led by the great Evan Weiss, who's been one of the key guys in this whole "emo revival" thing, working with Mike Kinsella to You Blew It! to The Jazz June and more.
The Juan Maclean (live), Julien Tregoat (DJ set), Computer Magic (live) @ Union Pool
Tonight's the last of The Juan Maclean's six-show Brooklyn residency. These shows mark the debut of their new four-piece lineup which we've heard is killer. Sold out.
Primus @ The Paramount
Primus will be out with Dinosaur Jr this summer but tonight they continue their Charlie & the Chocolate Factory concept album extravaganza with the Funghi Ensemble.
Bonnie Stillwatter (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy + Watter) @ various NYC bars
The great Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) has a new collaboration with psych rock band Watter (mems of Grails, Slint) and in honor of that, they've teamed up with beer company Stillwater Artisinal Ales for today's celebration. They'll play one song each at NYC bars Jimmy's No. 43, Cooper's Craft & Kitchen, Fool's Gold, Spuyten Duyvil, and The Well, and each bar will have their new record and Stillwater Beer available to purchase. Full schedule and more info at the above link.
Tall Firs, Sue Garner, Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht @ Trans-Pecos
Tonight's event is billed as "an evening of short, stripped down performances by musicians from our community here in NYC. We're tying to create an intimate environment with a mellow, share-a-tune vibe. No "third wall" allowed." Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo is among the artists performing.
Hurray for the Riff Raff, Clear Plastic Masks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hurray for the RIff Raff put out Small Town Heroes on ATO last year, which was the kind of country indebted to decades-old styles rather than the genre's current trends, without sounding retro. Tonight's their second of two sold-out NYC shows on this tour.
Dorthia Cottrell, Blackout, Shroudeater @ Saint Vitus
Dorthia Cottrell fronts the awesome doom metal band Windhand, but this year she also decided to strip things down and put out a psych-folk solo album. Both styles suit her well.
Museum of Love @ Good Room
The DFA band Museum of Love, featuring Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, are resident DJs at Good Room and tonight spin with Italy-based produced Bottin.
The Waterboys, The BlueBonnets @ Irving Plaza
Longrunning Irish band The Waterboys just released Modern Blues, their first album of entirely original songs in eight years.
Holy Sons, Lichens, Ancient Ocean, Mixed Doubles, Ancient Sky, Worthless, Public Speaking, Catrina Calavera @ Baby's All Right
It's the 2015 edition of Brooklyn's annual pysch-heavy Brain Cave Festival which boasts an eclectic lineup and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections. The fest continues on Sunday.
Rule of Thirds, Survival, Pawns, Nandas @ Silent Barn
Australia's Rule of Thirds put out a killer deathrock/punk EP in 2013, and they just recently followed it with their first full length. The LP's a bit more on the Joy Division side, and they're good at both sounds. Tonight's their last NYC show on this tour.
Container, Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), Sasha Jan Rezzie @ Palisades
Tonight's show is part of Bushwick venue Palisades' 1-year anniversary, and it features noisy electronic great Container and Black Dice's Eric Copeland in solo mode.
Wray, Mobile Steam Unit, GEPH @ Baby's All Right
It's the second of two NYC shows for Alabama shoegazers Wray on their current tour.
Expert Alterations, My Teenage Stride, Summer Saints, The Bad New Ones @ Pet Rescue
A fine night of jangly, '80s-style indiepop awaits at this Bushwick DIY spot with Slumberland Records' newest band, Expert Alterations, and NYC royalty My Teenage Stride headlining. WFMU's Paul Bruno will be DJing in-between sets.
Fielded, Phork @ Elvis Guesthouse
Avenue A's new hot spot (and Baby's All Right sister venue) Elvis Guesthouse hosts a $5 show tonight with dark pop purveyor Fielded.
Wizard Rifle, Netherlands, The Austerity Program, Tween @ The Acheron
Portland's noisy, sludgy Wizard Rifle return to NYC tonight with Timo Ellis's synth-punk band Netherlands and post-hardcore duo The Austerity Program.
Cheetah Chrome, Split Squad, The Fleshtones @ Bowery Electric
It's a very late-'70s NYC kind of evening with Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome, The Split Squad (which features members of Blondie, Plimsouls & more) and "super rock" creators The Fleshtones.
Arc Waves, Crown the Invisible, Dead Heart Bloom, Boyd Shropshire @ Cake Shop
Boyd Shropshire has been playing in Philly bands for years -- you may remember him from mid-'00s indie rockers Human Television and he's also spent time with Kurt Vile & the Violators. Shropshire's most recent solo album, Victory Weather, was released last year.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photo: Storm King in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Like in previous years, the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY is hosting live music this summer. Storm King's not very far from NYC, and it's a gorgeous place to spend a weekend afternoon out of the city, even when there isn't live music. Here's what the 2015 schedule looks like:
Sunday, June 28, 2PM: Porches, Frankie CosmosThe shows are free with Storm King admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors (65 and older); $8 ages 5-18 and students (with valid ID); free for children 4 & under and all Storm King Members.
Sunday, August 9, 2PM: Lee Ranaldo
Sunday, September 20, 2PM: The Feelies with special guests Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
Porches and Frankie Cosmos also have several other dates, and there's a Frankie show in Brooklyn tonight (4/10).
The Feelies have shows this spring too.
the whole crew (via)
The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.
We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.
Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...