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J. Mascis / Frank Black
Throughout the 90s and the first half of the 2000s, Dinosaur Jr. was one of the last rock groups you would have expected to get the old band back together, go on tour, and record new music--not to mention new music that's every bit as good as anything the original lineup made in the 80s. When J Mascis unceremoniously kicked out Lou Barlow, his high school friend and longtime bandmate, in 1989, it seemed like a mercy killing of the original lineup, which had devolved into a psychodramatic mess, marred by lack of communication and irreconcilable personality difference between Mascis and Barlow. ("It makes me sick that I spent six or seven years putting my heart and soul into that band," Barlow told Cut zine in 1990. "They're sleazebag snob pigs like no one I have met in my entire life. J's always been an asshole.") Mascis and Murph, and then just Mascis, went on to record a string of major-label records throughout the 90s that, though inconsistent, contain some of Dinosaur Jr.'s best and most well-known songs.
When Mascis killed Dinosaur Jr. in 1997, it seemed inconceivable that, a decade later, Mascis, Barlow and Murph would reunite. Time heals all wounds, I guess. It's perhaps less surprising that the band would be able to ably reprise their sprawling, melodic, blitzkrieg guitar-rock sound. Three records in to the latter-day reign of Dinosaur Jr., the band sounds as good as they ever have.
On Saturday at Terminal 5, Dinosaur Jr. celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of You're Living All Over Me, their second album and the one that made nonchalance cool, made the extended guitar solo cool (again), and wedded melodic tendencies with noise and feedback in a theretofore unheard of fashion in the indie rock underground. The band opened their set with "Thumb," from 1991's Green Mind, with Suzanne Thorp of Mercury Rev guesting on flute, before Mascis matter-of-factly announced that now they'd be playing You're Living All Over Me in full.
A sleepy-looking Lee Ranaldo came out to share vocals with J on "Little Fury Things." Guests, some announced ahead of time, would be a recurring theme throughout the night, but not until later. Dinosaur Jr. ripped through the songs on their best album as if it were 1987 all over again. "Sludgefeast" was a punishing onslaught of guitar and staccato, gunfire drums, with Mascis's high lonesome whine cutting through the gain and distortion. "Tarpit" set off joyous dancing, propelled by Barlow's chunky bass chords and a deafening roar from Mascis's Jazzmaster that threatened to draw blood from the ears.
Watching Barlow and Mascis play on stage, it's not hard to extrapolate the personality differences that created their rift. Barlow, with his black Rickenbacker slung low, literally bounces from one foot to the other when playing, the joy at doing just this very thing--playing to an audience--so evident. He smiles, he cracks jokes, he acts as if he's living through the music. Mascis, on the other hand, with his laconic, slowhands style and deadpan announcements ("All right. Thanks a lot. That was side one."), plays as if the music lives through him. He's the hermetic savant tuned in to a frequency no one else can hear.
Barlow brought out a ukulele for "Poledo," the "awkward end to the amazing record," in his words. The cavernous space of Terminal 5 made the strident desolation of the song even more acute.
The second half of the show is the stuff legendary bootlegs are made of. A succession of guests filed onstage to help Dinosaur Jr. play their songs, or to transform them into other bands entirely. The first was Frank Black, who sang and played guitar on "Almost Fare," from this year's I Bet On Sky. Next, the band plus Black covered one of Black's songs--"Tame," from The Pixies' Doolittle. Black roared the chorus, tossed a painting into the first rows of the crowd, and exited. Kurt Vile, whose band opened the show, and Al Cisneros from Sleep were next. Cisneros took over bass duties from Barlow for a couple of songs, including the doom metal glazer "Alone" from 1997's Hand It Over. Harvey Milk's Kyle Spence took the drums for that one.
Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr and Broken Social Scene guru Kevin Drew emerged to play "The Wagon" with J, Lou and Murph. Then they covered Smiths track "The Boy With the Thorn In His Side," the words to which J was, uh, a little unsure of. Melvins drummer Dale Crover relieved Murph behind the kit for a skin-searing rendition of "Training Ground," a song by Mascis and Barlow's pre-Dinosaur hardcore band, Deep Wound. Don Fleming of Gumball and Dante Ferrando of Iron Cross helped the band cover "Crucified," and Kim Gordon gave a tempestuous performance on "Don't", Barlow's song from Bug that directly addresses the fractured relationship between him and Mascis. Gordon screamed, bellowed and cooed the song's one lyric ("Why don't you like me?") over and over again, dropping to her knees and falling to the stage like she was having an exorcism. It was intense. If Sonic Youth is over, she should start a hardcore band.
The encore began with a cover of the Stooges classic, "T.V. Eye," with Tommy Stinson on bass and Fred Armisen (whose show, Portlandia, will feature an appearance from J Mascis in its upcoming third season) on drums. Dinosaur Jr. closed with two classics: "Start Choppin" and "Freak Scene," the song that invented the slacker generation. It was a poignant, circle-closing moment. "Because when I need a friend," J sang, "it's still you," we all responded. The night was an amazing tribute to a great band, 25 years removed from their (so-far) signature achievement and, improbably, still going strong.
More pictures, some videos, and the setlist from the show (which also counted John Petkovic of Death of Samantha as a guest), below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
"Strike Debt" - outside LPR - 11/15/2012 (photo by Lee Ranaldo)
Jeff Mangum and Guy Picciotto at LPR - 11/15/12 (via Kevin Bannon)
Jeff Mangum was one of the many notable artists to play the Occupy Wall Street-related show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (11/15), along with Lee Ranaldo (who took one of the pictures above), Guy Picciotto, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, and others. The show was an Occupy Wall Street benefit to raise money for Strike Debt. If you weren't at the show, did you stream it live? You can check out a video of Jeff Mangum and Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi) playing Tall Dwarfs track, "Sign the Dotted Line," below. That's a picture of Jeff and Guy from the show above.
As mentioned, Jeff Mangum is going on a tour in 2013 which comes close to NYC on three separate occasions. Tickets for his show in Poughkeepsie go on sale today at 11 AM. Tickets for his Hartford, CT show are on sale now. The tour also hits Hamilton College Chapel in Clinton, NY on 2/14, but ticket info for that show has not been posted.
On November 15, Le Poisson Rouge will host "The People's Bailout: A Variety Show and Telethon to Benefit the 99%," a benefit show for Occupy-affiliated organization Strike Debt. The show features a huge (and very impressive) lineup of Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel) (who has played for Occupy Wall Street in the past), Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) (who has also played for Occupy Wall Street before), Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi), Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, Frances Fox Piven, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, corproate pranksters The Yes Men, John Cameron Mitchell, Climbing Poetree, The invisible Army of Defaulters, members of Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Faith, and many more. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, November 2 at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, Lee Ranaldo also plays as one third of Text of Light at 285 Kent on November 13.
Loren Connors at Le Poisson Rouge in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speaking of Loren Connors, who opens for Jozef Van Wissem tonight, he's releasing a collaborative single with singer Suzanne Langille called I Wish I Didn't Dream on Northern Spy Records. You can order that single and listen to some samples at the Northern Spy website. They'll be celebrating it with a Northern Spy-presented release show in Brooklyn on November 13 at 285 Kent with Text of Light (aka Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, and Ryan Sawyer and Tom Carter & Pat Murano. No advance tickets for that one at the moment. $10 at the door.
This isn't the first time that Loren Connors associated with a member of Sonic Youth. Over the summer he played a collaborative set with Thurston Moore as part of Spy Music Festival.
Speaking of Sonic Youth members, Steve Shelley isn't in Disappears anymore but he's still in Spectre Folk with Pavement/Sonic Youth bassist Mark Ibold, and Spectre Folk will play a Brooklyn show on Sunday (10/7) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Scott & Charlene's Wedding (who also play the Oh My Rockness CMJ kickoff show at Pianos on 10/15 with Murals), Images, and Gem Trails.
The Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore album, YOKOKIMTHURSTON, is out now. You can stream that in its entirety below via a spotify widget.
The first-ever ATP NY happened back in 2008, but up in the Catskills. That lasted three glorious years before moving to Asbury Park last year. Asbury Park was also great, but wasn't in the cards for 2012 so ATP moved the festival to NYC where it happens THIS WEEKEND at Pier 36 (you can see the location in the map above). Today's schedule looks like this:
Friday 21st SeptemberPoor Kurt B. And hopefully that 30 minute break between Glass and Ocean is enough time for the awkward changeover to happen. I mean, I love Frank and Philip, but I'm afraid that A LOT of Frank fans will be showing up just for his set, and many of them will have very little interest in the rest of the lineup, especially music you need to be very quiet during. Check out the full, three-day SCHEDULE. Get your TICKETS (THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR).
Festival opens - 6.00pm
Lightning Bolt - 8.30pm-9.00pm
Lee Ranaldo And Leah SingerEdan The Dee Jay - 9.15pm-10.15pm
Philip Glass And Tyondai Braxton - 10.45pm-11.15pm
Frank Ocean - 11.45pm-1.00am
Kurt Braunholer - 7.05pm-7.25pm
Hannibal Buress - 7.30pm-7.55pm
Janeane Garofalo - 8.00pm-8.30pm
Films On Queen Of Hearts:
Koyaanisqatsi - 8.00pm
Quadrophenia - 10.00pm (featuring the brand new surround mix made by the Who)
+ Edan The Dee Jay
UPDATE: Lee Ranaldo has been replaced by Edan (a DJ who is also DJing later in the film room). We also recently found out Chavez was replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood on Saturday.
Listen to some music below...
The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).
Lee Ranaldo @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by jessierocks)
Jello Biafra @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by zacharylipez)
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...
UPDATE: This happened.
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)
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.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
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.
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.Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...
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.
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...
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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.
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.
photos by Joe McCabe
[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...
Wilco in Chicago (more by Matt Zeigler)
"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 TweedyRIP 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.
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'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:Looks like Juno had it right.
"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."
Lee with Sarah from Talk Normal at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
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.
Disappears at Cake Shop in 2011 (more by BBG)
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...
DOWNLOAD: Lee Ranaldo - "Off the Wall" (MP3)
M Ward @ Summerstage 2009 (more by Paul Bachmann)
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.
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/22/2011 (via TheRealYLT)
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.
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...
by Andrew Sacher
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.
All dates and album stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Lee Ranaldo with Sonic Youth in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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 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...
Lee Ranaldo @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano
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...