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Lee Ranaldo @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by jessierocks)
Lee Ranaldo

Jello Biafra @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by zacharylipez)
Jello Biafra

Today (9/17,Rosh Hashanah for many), protestors have taken to the streets around Wall Street on the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movment. The anniversary celebration kicked off yesterday, on Sunday, in Foley Square near City Hall where a stage was setup for a five-hour concert featuring familiar, OWS-supporting names like Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Lee Ranaldo (and Steve Shelley) of Sonic Youth, Michelle Shocked, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and Jimmy McMillan, who as we pointed out last week, will be running for mayor again because the rent is still too damn high! Watch videos from the show, below...

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UPDATE: This happened.

Occupy Wall Street

In recognition of Occupy Wall Street's first anniversary there will be a concert, from the Occupy Guitarmy folks who are looking to educate Jay-Z to the OWS cause outside his first show at the Barclays Center, will be held in New York's Foley Square today (9/16) featuring Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, Michelle Shocked, Lee Ranaldo, Das Racist's Kool A.D., My Brightest Diamond, and more.

The concert starts at 1 PM, following at march from the West Village and will be an open jam, playing classic protest songs like Woodie Gutherie's "This Land Is Your Land," Florence Reece's "Which Side Are You On?" as well as more modern sing-a-longs like Cee lo Green's "Fuck You." More info at the OccupyGuitarmy website.

UPDATE: This happened.

Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park, July 2012 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

While the status on Lee Ranaldo best-known musical endeavor remains up in the air, he's keeping busy supporting his new solo album which came out on Matador earlier this year, like opening for Wilco at Prospect Park last month. Next up: he's playing Union Pool on August 30 with Chris Lee and Spectre Folk. No advance tickets for this show at the moment.

UPDATE: Tickets go on sale today (8/15) at 6 PM.

Lee's Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley not only plays in Lee Ranaldo's band and Spectre Folk, but also runs new label Vampire Blues which just released new records by Spectre Folk and Chris Lee so this is basically a big label launch / record release party. You can stream both below via a Spotify player. Shelley plays drums on Chris Lee's new album, Bury the Kings, so he may not leave the drum kit all night.

In other related news, Ranaldo's other other band, Glacial, just released their new album, On Jones Beach, which consists of one 42-minute track. (Pitchfork gave it an 8.0.) Ranaldo will also be playing this year's ATP New York in September. And Thurston Moore's new band, Chelsea Light Moving, plays their first NYC show at 285 Kent on September 12 and tickets are still available with proceeds going to benefit Charalambides' Tom Carter who fell seriously ill this year while touring Europe.

Flyer for the Union Pool show and album streams are below.

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo playing Union Pool with Chris Lee and Spectre Folk; Steve Shelley drumming for all three?"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Wilco

Night Two was more of a perfect summer night, the setlist leaning more on acoustic, sensitive tracks songs with fewer peaks. Still, fans who returned were rewarded with plenty of great moments; a fully animated Tweedy howled "Hummingbird" with no instrument, taking his brimmed hat off for emphasis, and the band blazed through the funked-out distorted boogie of "I'm the Man Who Loves You," an angry, pummelling "Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway" and the irresistible garage jangle of 1995's "I Must Be High." During the encore, the band nailed a mindblowing, shattering "Via Chicago" as stage lights flashed furiously. Watching the crowd sing along to the scorned Summerteeth ballad made it clear how far Tweedy has come since he wrote it. In the Nineties, he went through ever-changing Wilco lineups and struggled through addiction, depression and a panic disorder. Now, Tweedy seems far more content; he's spoken in interviews about becoming addicted to running, and he just started a band with his teenage sons called the Raccoonists. And with an ace solid lineup, Wilco are a more finely tuned live machine than they ever have been. "Oh my God, the big rock & roll clap thing!" Tweedy said as the crowd participated during "Monday." "I'm gonna cry!" After more hand-clapping and finger-snapping during "Kingpin," Tweedy smirked. "Thank you for indulging my rock & roll fantasies," he said." [Rolling Stone]
For the second night in a row, Wilco played Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park (7/24), this time with much more ideal weather and a nearly 30-song set. (Setlist is below.) Lee Ranaldo opened the show with (former?) Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums. More pictures from Tuesday night's show are below and you can see rainy pics from Monday here.

Wilco go indoors tonight (7/25) for a show at Terminal 5.

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ATP

That didn't take long. Last night we posted it as a rumor. Today it is confirmed (removal of Louis CK included):

ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.

Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.

New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...

Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:

"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."

Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.

"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."

Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.

The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.

Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.

Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...

Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.

Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.

Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.

As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.

Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...

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Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks came to "CBS This Morning" yesterday (7/11) for an on-air interview, during which she revealed that Fleetwood Mac plan to reunite "next year, so far." "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey (Buckingham is) out doing his thing now." During that interview, Stevie also spoke about the recent suicide of Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, saying "I can't even tell you what in the world would have pushed him to do something that crazy."

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are both currently on their own solo tours. Stevie hit the NYC area a few times in the past month, including Beacon Theater and she plays tonight (7/12) at Mohegan Sun in CT. Lindsey's tour is ongoing as well, and it hit NYC back in June for a show at BB King's.

As mentioned, there's also a Fleetwood Mac tribute in the works which comes on August 14 and features covers by mostly indie rock artists. Since we last wrote, many of those covers have surfaced on the internet. 10 of the 17 total covers are streaming below, including Lee Ranaldo Band and J Mascis' "Albatross," Antony's "Landslide," Billy Gibbons & Co.'s "Oh Well," Best Coast's "Rhiannon," The New Pornographers' "Think About Me," Lykke Li's "Silver Springs," Karen Elson (produced by Beck)'s "Gold Dust Woman," Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Storms," MGMT's "Future Games," and The Kills' "Dreams."

Those streams and lists of all Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham dates are below...

Continue reading "Fleetwood Mac reuniting in 2013; stream songs off their tribute LP; Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham on tour (separately)"

Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.

Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.

Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.

The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.

Fleetwood Mac

In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.

Continue reading "Sleigh Bells, The Kills and more are playing free shows in Hudson River Park; new Fleetwood Mac tribute LP on the way"

photos by Joe McCabe

M. Ward

[M. Ward] did not disappoint on Friday. While playing pretty much straight through for almost an hour-and-a-half, he included songs from all of his albums. There was also very little chit-chat, lots of guitar work, and an ever-changing backdrop provided by four windows... The band played some great ones like Poison Cup, Rollercoaster, To Go Home and Never Had Nobody Like You. Also included was one of his guitar solo songs, which is always nice to watch. -[Second Doubles]
M Ward roped in Monsters of Folk collaborator Conor Oberst (who just announced a Carnegie Hall show) during his appearance at Webster Hall on Friday (5/11) to play "Vincent O'Brien", his second encore of the evening. A video of the two musicians performing that song is below. The show, which featured an appearance from the Lee Ranaldo Band as part of a string of dates that they're on together, was the kick-off to an East Coast tour and one of two appearances in NYC that day (he also performed at Late Night with David Letterman which aired that night). Pictures and the setlist from Webster Hall as well as a video from Letterman are in this post.

If you missed Letterman, Webster Hall, or the release of A Wasteland Companion then you're still in luck. Stream the new LP in full at M. Ward's site, and look for the guitar great to play Brooklyn at Prospect Park on August 7th with Yo La Tengo. Tickets are still available. M Ward also has a streamable performance from WNYC available as well.

More pics and setlist from Webster Hall and those videos are below...

Continue reading "M. Ward played Letterman and Webster Hall (joined by Conor Oberst) with Lee Ranaldo (pics, video, setlist)"

Wilco in Chicago (more by Matt Zeigler)
Wilco

"Levon was the glue, not just in The Band, but in all of what people think of when they think of North American music. He was a great unifier; a great glue. He unified blues and country, rural and city, and even North and South. Luckily he showed us all the way to keep it together and let it swing."- Jeff Tweedy
RIP Levon.

Wilco, missing Levon like the rest of us, have announced even more tour dates including two Celebrate Brooklyn shows at the Prospect Park Bandshell which happen right between the previously announced Camden and Rhode Island shows. The Brooklyn dates and openers are July 23 with Lee Fields & The Expressions and July 24 with Lee Ranaldo Band (of Sonic Youth). Tickets will go on pre-sale on May 2nd at 10AM EDT and regular sale on Friday at 10AM EDT.

Lee Ranaldo Band are doing a other few dates on the Wilco tour too and touring with M.Ward (who they play a sold out Webster Hall with). M. Ward also plays Prospect Park this summer, but with Yo La Tengo.

All tour dates for Lee Fields, Lee Ranaldo and Wilco are below, along with a recent video of Ranaldo interviewed/performing at his record release.

Continue reading "Wilco adds two Prospect Park shows, one at Hollywood Bowl & more tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher

"So, um, yeah that was Kim Gordon who just walked by me and then got on stage to play one Kraftwerk song. This not happen again." - Joel Mellin

Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde musician/composer John Zorn will team up for a benefit for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church on May 4 with John on reeds and Thurston on electric guitar. The show will begin with an opening set of poetry by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Erica Kaufman & Dana Ward, and will be hosted by John S. Hall. The performance will be in the Sanctuary with drinks served before and after the show in The Parish Hall. Beer will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery and wine by City Winery. Tickets are on sale now.

In other Sonic Youth-related news, Steve Shelley kicks off a tour as the drummer of Disappears in Chicago tonight in support of their new album, Pre Language, which is the first recorded with Steve. The tour is with Lotus Plaza and hits NYC on Thursday (4/19) at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, the Lee Ranaldo Band will hit the road next month with M. Ward in support of Lee's new album, Between the Time and the Tides. That tour hits NYC on 5/11 at Webster Hall and is sold out. Lee also opens four of the just-announced Wilco shows including two in NY and one in CT. Check out the video for "Off the Wall," which includes live footage from Glasslands, along with the four Wilco dates listed, below.

As for Kim, to coincide with Kraftwerk's MoMA residency, a tribute show for the band went down this past Tuesday (4/10) at Littlefield and featured a performance by an altered lineup of Free Kitten (billed as Free Kitten[esque] with Kim Gordon, Julie Cafritz and Pete Nolan of Magick Markers. Check out video footage of that tribute show below and skip to the 1:29 mark for Free Kitten[esque]'s take on Kraftwerk's "Heavy Metal Kids."

In other Sonic Youth news, a 13-year old "fan" wrote them a letter about their unfortunate lack of talent which the band posted to their facebook page and you can read here:

Our fan's writing:

"I'm going to be 100% honest with you.
I'm 13. I have a little band. We are so much better than you. Honestly. You are the worst band I have ever seen in your entire life. You are worse than Rebecca Black. The bass player just hacks the bass and plays one chord. The guitar players are playing out of tune guitars and... well not even playing actually chords. I couldn't sound worse if I tried. It actually sounds like a joke to me. The drummer is okay. But honestly the vocalist is completely out of tune. Oh and The Black keys have two people and are better than you.

From: Me, and pretty much everyone else who has accidentally stumbled upon your terrible music."

Looks like Juno had it right.

Videos below...

Continue reading "a Thurston Moore & John Zorn show; Lee Ranaldo and Wilco; a 13 year old Sonic Youth hater & other news"

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Lee with Sarah from Talk Normal at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
Lee Ranaldo

As mentioned Lee Ranaldo will release his solo album, Between the Time and the Tides on March 20 via Matador. He'll be celebrating the release of that album with a free in-store on the album's release date, March 20 at Other Music at 9 PM.

Next month, he'll kick off a tour which brings him back to NYC for a full band show on May 11 at Webster Hall supporting M. Ward. Tickets for that show are still available.All dates below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo celebreating new LP w/ free NYC in-store (updated dates) "

Disappears at Cake Shop in 2011 (more by BBG)
Disappears

Disappears are releasing their third album (and first recorded with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelly), Pre Language on March 1 via Kranky. We've mentioned that they're touring in support of the new album with The Fresh & Onlys in February, but that tour doesn't include any NYC dates. However, Disappears just announced another leg of North American dates in April with Lotus Plaza (aka Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter) and those dates include a NYC show happening on April 19 at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale now.

For the two dates prior (4/17 and 4/18), Disappears and Lotus Plaza will be playing shows in upstate NY (Ithaca and Albany, respectively) with Steve's Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo, but unfortunately Lee won't be playing at the Brooklyn show. However, Lee will come to NYC when he tours supporting M. Ward in May.

All Disappears dates below...

Continue reading "Disappears expand tour (dates include Brooklyn)"

DOWNLOAD: Lee Ranaldo - "Off the Wall" (MP3)

M Ward @ Summerstage 2009 (more by Paul Bachmann)
M Ward

Still no east coast dates to report for the reunited fIREHOSE, but they did announce a west coast run of shows, some of which are with M. Ward who also plays Coachella (not the first time friends Mike Watt and M. Ward will share a bill.) All fIREHOSE dates are listed below.

M. Ward however will head east as part of a set of just-announced May dates that include a NYC show at Webster Hall on May 11 with Lee Ranaldo. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. All tour dates are listed below.

Speaking of Lee Ranaldo, he recently revealed the first song from his upcoming album, Between the Times & the Tides (out March 20 via Matador). The track is a relaxed R.E.M.-ish rocker called "Off the Wall." Download it above and stream it below.

Continue reading "M. Ward touring East Coast w/ Lee Ranaldo after West Coast tour w/ fIREHOSE (2012 tour dates)"

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/22/2011 (via TheRealYLT)
YLT

The Lee Ranaldo Band and comedian Ted Alexandro opened the third night of Hanukkah for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's. Lee, Steve Shelley, and Alan Licht, who is also in Lee's band, joined Yo La Tengo for a number of songs in the latter half of their set, including a cover of Sonic Youth's "Mote," which Lee sings lead on. In the encore, Yo La Tengo covered John Cale's "Andalucia" and Barry Manilow's "Mandy," the latter of which they were joined by John Cameron Mitchell on vocals. Check out the full setlist via Frank & Earthy below.

Who will open the fourth show tonight? Spent reunited for the second night. The setlist from that show is below too. We posted the first night's setlist HERE.

Speaking of Lee Ranaldo, he's working on his solo album called Between The Times & The Tides, which will be out March 20 via Matador. As mentioned, his live band includes Alan Licht, Irwin Menken, and SY bandmate Steve Shelley. All three members contribute to the album in addition to Sonic Youth collaborator Jim O'Rourke, Nels Cline, John Medeski, Bob Bert (who drummed in SY before Steve Shelley joined, and was also in Pussy Galore who are rumored to be opening one of the YLT shows), Lee's wife and longtime collaborator Leah Singer, and Kathy Leisen. The album was produced by Lee Ranaldo and John Agnello, who produced Sonic Youth's most recent album, The Eternal. According to Sonic Youth's site, he is planning a 2012 tour. Lee spoke to Rolling Stone about the new album:

It's eight songs with a full band and two songs with pretty much acoustic guitar only. I've always been an acoustic guitar player and I've pretty much continued to play acoustic guitar throughout all of the Sonic Youth periods. My material for Sonic Youth often started on acoustic guitar. What was refreshing about this was just to see all these songs sprout and actually kind of follow each other down this road and actually get completed. I've got millions of tapes of half-completed songs and for some reason, at this point, I had the energy to take them all the way through to the end.
And about the future of Sonic Youth:
I'm feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course. We've been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it's been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There's still a lot of stuff we're going to continue to do. There's tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways. I'm just happy right now to let the future take its course and I guess I'm kind of thankful that I've got this other project that kind of came about on its own. It wasn't kind of like, well, "Oh the band is ending for a while and I've got to figure out what to do." It kind of naturally happened in the course of things so that was a nice way for that to come about. I played my first show the day after Kim and Thurston announced [their separation.] That was completely weird.
A picture of Lee Ranaldo Band from the Yo La Tengo show and setlists below...

Continue reading "Matador-signed Lee Ranaldo opened for Yo La Tengo on night 3 (Pussy Galore opening another?)"

by Andrew Sacher

Co La

Earlier this year, Matthew Papich of the duo Ecstatic Sunshine (with Dustin Wong of Ponytail who recently broke up) began recording solo material under the moniker Co La. After a few cassette releases, he put out his first full length vinyl, Daydream Repeater this month via NNA Tapes. You can purchase the album at the NNA Tapes webstore and stream the entire thing below.

For the Daydream Repeater, Matthew creates a wide palette of sounds that don't share too much common ground, but somehow come together to form a complete work. The album opens with three tracks of fairly noisy loops, but then takes a complete turn for the album's middle section which revolves around overtly poppy melodies. "Smooth Solidarity" begins a venture into classic dub territory, and with album closer "Siamese in Greece," Matthew ends everything the way he started it, with more of a rhythmic focus than a melodic one.

Co La has a few shows coming up, including two in his hometown of Baltimore, and one in NYC opening for Lee Ranaldo at Glasslands on December 16. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates and album stream below...

Continue reading "Co La streaming new LP, playing shows, one w/ Lee Ranaldo"

by Andrew Sacher

Lee Ranaldo with Sonic Youth in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, whose solo work had previously been highly experimental and noise-driven, is currently working on his first rock-oriented solo album, with material more similar to his Sonic Youth contributions. Lee and his new band, which includes Alan Licht, Irwin Menken and Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, played their first show opening for Wild Flag at The Bell House in October. They opened their set with the song, "Angles," which Lee introduced as "kind of a love song that goes out to a couple dear friends of mine who are going through some shit right now." Maybe he was talking about these friends? Videos of Lee and band playing that song and another called "Xtina" is below.

Lee and his band will play their next NYC show performing songs from the upcoming album on December 16 at Glasslands. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Lee is also performing as part of NY Guitar Fest at Merkin Hall with Kaki King on January 12. Tickets for that performance are still available.

Lee is also featured on David Amram's poetry album, David Amram Poetry Jam, along with Casey Cyr, Steve Dalachinsky, Albert Kausch, Rich Martin, and Ron Whitehead. The album can be purchased at CD Baby.

Lee, a photographer on the side, has also been posting pictures from Occupy Wall Street to his page on SonicYouth.com.

In related news, Thurston Moore is one of the artists scheduled for Lincoln Center's American Songbook 2012 Season and will play an acoustic set on February 2. Tickets are available as a presale, though they require a password.

All dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo working on solo album that rocks, playing shows & other stuff"

Lee Ranaldo @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

New York Guitar Festival is returning this January and has some upcoming events scheduled at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center. The guitarists will be premiering original film scores for silent films by Buster Keaton. Dan Zanes plays on January 10, Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and Kaki King on January 12, Keller Williams and special guest TBA on January 17, and Califone and special guest TBA on January 19. Tickets go on sale September 6 from Kaufman Center's website, at the Box Office, or by calling 212 501 3330.

Califone also plays the Design Harvest Festival in Chicago on October 1st.

Dan Zanes has other upcoming shows in the next few months including John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders on September 23 at City Winery and October 2 at NYU's Skirball Center. Tickets are on sale for the City Winery show and the Skirball show. All dates below.

Keller Williams has other shows coming up too including a kids matinee show on November 19 at Brooklyn Bowl where he will perform songs from his family album Kids. Tickets and Family 4 Pack tickets are on sale now.

All Dan Zanes dates below...

Continue reading "NY Guitar Fest announces 2012 shows (Califone, Kaki King, Lee Ranaldo, Dan Zanes & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano

Our Band
Our Band

The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...

Continue reading "'Our Band Could Be Your Life' in pics, video & review (Dirty Projectors, St Vincent, Dan Deacon, Ted Leo, Wye Oak & more)"

Sonic Youth @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth

"What I'm aiming for all the time when we play live is a balance between the high energy of loud music, and a calm meditational energy you sometimes find at its core. Recording tends to restrict too much experimentation, 'cause when you're making a record it's a part of you, for that time it's your whole fabric. But when we tour the songs, they tend to get more and more expansive, and actually evolve over time until they are something quite different. For this reason I never go back and listen to the recorded document. The thrill, instead of listening to our cds, comes when the balance I was talking about can be attained. Everyone in the room can have a shared, communal rock experience. I'm only too happy to be the conduit of it, after all rock'n'roll saved my soul." [Thurston Moore]
On Saturday (7/24), Thurston Moore will be opening for Bill Orcutt (of '90s noise band Harry Pussy) at Glasslands. Opening up are Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos (who play the Charleston the next night and have lots more shows coming up) and Family Battle Snake.

Another member of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo will join Leah Singer and Nick Zinner at the New Museum to "offer multimedia tributes to the Dreamachine," its new exhibit, on July 30th Tickets are on sale.

Lee Ranaldo plays with Text of Light at ATP NY (where Sonic Youth are also playing) and (Le) Poisson Rouge in September.

Sonic Youth are at Prospect Park on July 31st with Talk Normal and Grass Widow (who return to NYC at the end of September).

Bill Orcutt videos and all Sonic Youth and Grass Window dates are below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore playing w/ Bill Orcutt, Lee Ranaldo @ New Museum & other Sonic Youth-related & Grass Widow dates "

still from Ari Marcopoulos's film Detroit...
Ari Marcopoulos

Ari Marcopoulos's photographs and videos capture the rhythm and feel of diverse youth-oriented subcultures from snowboarding to underground music. His honest portraits depict, as he has stated, "something that just stands for life lived." This evening, he brings together musicians from the electroacoustic improvisation scene, including Orphan and Yellow Tears, for a night of performance and noise. [Whitney]
Participants in the "performance and noise" described above will also include Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. It'll happen at the museum at 7:30pm on Friday, March 26th during the museum's pay-what-you-wish Fridays (6-9pm). That's less than a week before Thurston, drummer Ryan Sawyer and Daniel Carter play Rose Live Music.

In other SY news, the Thurston-led hardcore band re-forming for SXSW, Society's Ills, has changed is name to Demolished Thoughts (the lineup is still Thurston Moore: Vocals, J Mascis: Guitar, Don Fleming: Guitar, Andrew W.K.: Bass, Awesome Allison: Drums). They're playing at the Ecstatic Showcase on Friday, night (3/19) and a Mog day party on Saturday at the Mohawk (with the Black Keys). For their set, they'll expand on their 7 Seconds repertoire with a mix of hardcore selections from scenes that include Boston, Detroit, LA, DC and NYC.

Back in NYC, Lee Ranaldo, photographer/artist spouse Leah Singer and their two sons will be performing at IVANAHelsinki & Love Contemporary pop-up store (238 Mulberry St btwn Spring + Prince) on Sunday, March 14th. The event, titled "What Is That Little Black Thing I See There In The White?" features Lee Ranaldo/Leah Singer/Sage Ranaldo/Frey Ranaldo doing "Music/Movies/Candy/Paper Cutting." It's all ages and runs from 4-6:30pm.

Videos of some recent Lee Ranaldo sound performances are below...

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photos by Lori Baily

Talk Normal
Sonic Youth

Here's a second set of pictures from night one of Sonic Youth at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th (part of their three recent NYC shows). Unlike the first set though, this post also has shots of that night's opener Talk Normal (including some impromptu behind-the-scene portraits with the headliner). Talk Normal play NYC next on Saturday, December 5th at Secret Project Robot with Air Waves, US Girls and Total Slackers.

SY member Lee Ranaldo sat down with WFNX (the broadcast cousin of The Boston Phoenix) before their show there to discuss his favorite albums, SY and otherwise, of the decade...

WFNX: But you, Lee, what's the album from Sonic Youth you think is pivotal to this decade?

Lee:I would say for this decade, it's The Eternal, the most recent one. Because in a way I think it really - it's so cool at the end of this decade when we've been playing together for so long to be really energized about the most recent music you've made. The aughts started for us with Murray Street, made in New York City in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and all that. Sonic Nurse we made with Jim O'Rourke, and then we made another record, Rather Ripped, on our own, and then we hooked up with Mark, Mark Ibold on bass, and made this one, and it bodes well for the future that we're having a lot of fun with this one.

Lee goes on to name his top three of the decade, listed chronologically as Bob Dylan - Love and Theft (released 9/11), Cat Power - You Are Free (I can get behind these choices) and Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (one of my favorites of 2009 too). The full video interview and more pictures and tour dates, below...

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Fischerspooner @ Performa 09 kick-off at MoMA (more by Ryan Muir)
Performa 09

Performa 09, a visual/performance art fest in its third year, kicked off on November 1st with a performance by Fischerspooner at the MoMA. But there are still plenty of events left in the three-week fest, which runs through November 22nd.

Music-related highlights include Lee Ranaldo and Text of Light performing a live score to "Berlin: Symphony of a Great City" in High Line Park (which is sold out, though there is a wait list).

For another piece of the fest, Mike Kelley of Destroy All Monsters is putting on a two-day experimental noise mini-fest, "A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality: A Select History of Experimental Music," on November 20th and 21th at Gramercy Theater. The work of "John Cage, Fred Frith, Fluxus, Bruce Nauman and Max Neuhaus" will be featured with performances by Airway, Joan La Barbara, Tony Conrad, Jad Fair & Lumberob, Arto Lindsay, Genesis Breyer P.Orridge & Thee Majesty, z'ev, and John Zorn. Tickets are on sale. More details are below. A full calendar of out-there (and some free) events can be found HERE.

You'll have a non-Performa chance to see Fischerspooner this Thursday (11/12) when they DJ at Santos for their single release show/Cloak and Dagger party. The single in question is called "Supply & Demand" and it comes out November 17th on Dim Mak. A remix is available on RCRDLBL. Rounding out the lineup for the party (according to the flyer) will be Junior Sanchez, Ninjasonik, Hot Pink Delorean, Team Facelift, Staccato, Michna, Loose Cannons and "special secret guests." Tickets (with a limited number of reduced admission tix) are on sale. A flyer is below.

A few clips from the fest's growing YouTube channel (including Fischerspooner at MoMA and a symphony for ping pong balls) are also posted below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - "Swedish Couch" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh & Greg Kelley - "Track One" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh & Greg Kelley - "Track Two" (MP3)

Tony Conrad & Keiji Haino
keiji

Experimentalists collide when Keiji Haino and Tony Conrad team up for a show at The Studio At Webster Hall on April 25th (tonight), one of only three US shows for the duo. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Full tour dates are below.

Although the duo has not recorded anything, Keiji Haino recently dropped a new record under the moniker The Haino/Masataka Fujikake Duo, on the Japanese label Full Design Records on February 11. A collection of live material from a batch of 2005 shows in Yokohama, the record is currently available to us yankees here.

Opening The Studio show will be another violinist of the avant-garde persuasion, C Spencer Yeh, who recently dropped two collaborative LPs: Cincinatti with noise technician John Wiese (available on CSY's label, DroneDisco) and New York Nuts and Boston Beans with Paul Flaherty and Greg Kelley (available here). April 25th will be the only solo show for CSY over the next few weeks, but he does have dates as part of a duo (with Michael Johnsen) and a trio (with Rafael Toral & Trevor Tremaine). One of those trio dates will take place in NYC in the next few weeks, as part of the No Fun Fest featuring headliner Sonic Youth.

Hopefully SY's Lee Ranaldo gets his long lost Fender Mustang back by then.

Sonic Youth Guitar

The guitar (pictured above) was stolen from Lee in July 1999. Then, last week, someone unknowingly bought it on eBay, and before even receiving it (he still hasn't received it as of this post), the buyer coincidentally was "just looking at Sonic Youth´s guitars", and recognized the guitar that he had just bought as Lee's stolen guitar.

He posted his story in a thread (that is currently 35 pages long) on Offsetguitars.com. Lee was then contacted, offered the guitar back (at the eBay auction cost) and accepted. In another coincidence, the buyer lives in the Netherlands and Sonic Youth is in Europe this week. Unfortunately the guitar didn't arrive from seller to buyer in time for the buyer to hand it to Lee in person, but...

"So my brother, a friend and me went to Dusseldorf yesterday to see Sonic Youth. We spent the whole afternoon in museums to see the Sonic Youth exhibition, which was really great. I can recommend it to anyone with the possibility of going there. It made me want to start reading William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg immediately.

The concert was supposed to start at 20:30 and we arrived at that time, we figured it probably wouldn´t start until 22:00 or so as that´s what we´re used to. Surprisingly, they started exactly on time so I missed a chance to get onto the balcony for special guests. So we watched the gig among the ´common´ people , which wasn't so bad, though it´s sometimes hard to stand the smell of those puny creatures. Tongue The concert was amazing, as usual with these guys, they played a normal set but when it was over it felt like they had only played for 15 minutes. The highlight for me was Kim´s singing, her voice sounds better than ever. The new songs (I think they played 4) sounded good too, but I can´t comment on the specific songs as I don´t know the titles.

After the gig was over I pushed my way up to the front row and called the guitar tech, Eric Baecht, he came up to us, gave me a mastery bridge (from one of Lee´s guitars, he even included the allen wrench keys!) on which Lee had written a thank you note, along with a couple of picks with Sonic Youth prints on them. Can´t wait to try it on my Jazzmaster! Eric then told me to wait for him to finish clearing the stage and took us to the backstage where I met Lee. We had a little chat about the guitar, Mark Ibold also showed up briefly. I met Eric again who told us we can get on the guest list for any SY gig in the future (!!!). I also spotted Thurston but he left quite early , Kim was there the whole time, didn´t see Steve.

So my friends and me hung out at the bar for a while feeling quite awkward and trying to think of something to talk to Lee about without sounding cliché but it seemed impossible so we left soon after. It was a bit of shame because they´re really kind and approachable people, but I just didn´t know what to talk about.

After all we had a great day and I´m looking forward to going to their gigs in the future. For free! HA! Plus I won´t have to worry about the show being sold out or anything." [Sauerkraut the guitar finder]

Awesome story. (thx Raymond)

Speaking of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore will perform as part of a trio with saxophonist Daniel Carter and Ryan Sawyer (Tall Firs, Stars Like Fleas) at Union Pool on May 2nd, with Trevor Dunn's Madlove, and Pink Noise. Madlove recently announced the release of their new album, White With Foam on Ipecac Records.

Sonic Youth's new album, The Eternal, drops on June 9th. Check out "Sacred Trickster" here.

Trevor Dunn will play bass with the Melvins when they play all of Houdini at Webster Hall.

Tour dates, and some videos from Sonic Youth's exhibition in Germany, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - The Eternal (montage) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: David Byrne & Dirty Projectors - Knotty Pine (MP3)

Dan Deacon fans @ the 2008 Bang on a Can Marathon (more by Leia Jospe)
Dan Deacon

On April 2nd, 2009, New York's electric chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars return to New York's Merkin Hall for their annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert.

The All-Stars will perform three world premieres by international up-and-coming composers Kate Moore (Australia-Holland), Lok Yin Tang (Hong Kong), and New York's David Longstreth, also known widely for his ground-breaking indie rock band Dirty Projectors. The second half of the concert is a terrific double-feature: a recently commissioned work by the legendary American composer Alvin Lucier, and the New York Premiere of a live collaboration composed for the group by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, for which Ranaldo will join the All-Stars on stage. The concert is a special edition of WNYC's New Sounds Live, hosted by John Schaefer.

Tickets are on sale.

David Longstreth has been keeping busy. He just premiered the Dirty Projectors' new 6-person line-up in anticipation of new album Bitte Orca, out June 9th on Domino. The MP3 above is his band's collaboration with David Byrne for the new Dark Was the Night charity album. On May 3rd they'll be performing at Radio City Music Hall for the same cause.

Ranaldo is also playing with Sonic Youth April 16th-19th at BAM, at No Fun Fest on May 16th, and on the band's 16th album, The Eternal, also out June 9th (on Matador).

Last year's Bang on a Can Marathon, the all-night fest happening this year at World Financial Center on May 31st, included a 4am Dan Deacon set (pic above). The lineup last year also included Signal (a.k.a. large ensemble w/ So Percussion) performing Steve Reich's Daniel Variations.

This Thursday (3/19), Reich will be speaking at Japan Society with Nobukazu Takemura and WNYC's John Schaefer in the first New Yorker/Nihonjin: Contemporary Cross-cultural Dialogues Series to "discuss post-minimalism, emerging trends in contemporary classical music and their collaboration on Reich Remixed." Tickets are available here. Reich Remixed (w/ tracks by DJ Spooky, Coldcut & more) is out now on Nonesuch (click for clips).

Signal (Brad Lubman, conductor) will be performing Michael Gordon's "Trance" at Le Poisson Rouge on April 22nd. The show is co-presented by the Wordless Music Series and Bang on a Can. Tickets are on sale. Signal will perform Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3 and Suite from The Hours with pianist Michael Riesman at the same venue on May 17th. Tickets are also on sale.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars (line-up below) are also performing at this year's Look & Listen Festival 2009 in New York (May 1-3) - which includes a So Percussion performance of John Cage's Third Construction and Child of Tree, and a Todd Reynolds and So Percussion collaboration on Meredith Monk's Gotham Lullaby (video below).

Full April 2nd Merkin Hall program and line-up below...

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photos by Lori Baily

Text of Light

When Lee Ranaldo is playing with David Watson and Tony Buck, it's called Glacial. When Lee is playing with Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, and Steve Shelly, it's called Sonic Youth. If it's Lee and Alan Licht (and friends), then it would be Text of Light, and that's who played Knitting Factory in NYC earlier this month with Demons (Nate Young of Wolf Eyes) and Nancy Garcia..

The Text of Light group was formed in 2001 with the idea to perform improvised music to the films of Stan Brakhage and other members of the American Cinema avante garde of the 1950s-60s (Brakhage's film 'Text of Light' was the premiere performance and namesake of the group). The original premise was to improvise (not 'illustrate') to films from the American Avante-Garde (50s-60s etc), an under-known period of American filmic poetics. [SonicYouth.com]
More pictures from that show below...

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