Entries tagged with: Loren Connors
by Bill Pearis
Sandro's SY window display on N6 St. (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Walking out of last night's Merchandise show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I did a double take seeing a store across the street with a Sonic Youth Confusion is Sex window display, one half with with the album's artwork on the window itself, the other half with a hanging t-shirt. The store is the Brooklyn branch of high-end Paris boutique Sandro and there's an entire SY collection available currently. The tee, which is made from 100% cotton and looks like something you used to be able to buy on Saint Marks for 10 bucks, goes for $95 and is actually one of the cheaper items. There's also a $340 "Day Dream" sweater, two different $110 knit ski caps and a bunch of other Sonic Youth album cover shirts ($95 - $130). N. 6th St sure is weird these days.
In other, more affordable and interesting, Sonic Youth-related news, Kim Gordon will play Issue Project Room on December 3. She's performing as a duo with guitarist Loren Connors, the first time they'll have done this. (Loren has played with Kim's ex too.) Gary War, who lives in New Zealand these days and hasn't released an album in a couple years, will open the show. Tickets to the show go on sale to IPR Members on Friday (10/17) and will be available to the general public starting October 24.
Meanwhile, Kim also has a couple Body/Head dates at Union Pool next month; and Lee Renaldo's art exhibition at One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY is up through next week, and he'll play a collaborative set with Noveller at Lincoln Center next month. Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley will be in town next week with The Thurston Moore Band.
Tim Hecker at Hardcore Activity In Progress (more by Greg Cristman)
As previously discussed, Pitchfork's Show No Mercy and Blackened Music are presenting a new music series called Tinnitus, which kicks off with Ben Frost in NYC on October 18 at The Wick. Since we last spoke, ambient pop artist Julianna Barwick and dark ambient artist Oneirogen were both added. Tickets are still available.
It's also since been announced that the next one happens November 12 at The Wick with drone great Tim Hecker (who just played Basilica Sound Scape, another event curated in part by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy) headlining. Avant-guitar wizard Loren Connors (also known as Loren Mazzacane Connors) (and who has worked with Jandek, Alan Litcht, Kath Bloom, Thurston Moore, etc) and experimental pop artist Circuit des Yeux (aka Haley Fohr) are opening the show. Tickets are on sale now.
Tim Hecker and Circuit des Yeux both have other dates too. All are listed below...
Trans-Pecos' El Camino Cafe (via @Ridgefood)
Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave) has some updates for the fall, including that they've finally got their liquor license approved, the cafe is open, and the backyard is complete. Here's the details:
GOOD NEWS! Trans-Pecos' full liquor license is in process to be issued by the New York State Liquor Authority, and was recently approved by Queens Community Board 5. In the service of garnering our license, the venue must "go dry" for a period in September, beginning 9/13. During this time Trans-Pecos will refrain from selling alcohol, and cannot allow "BYOB" of any kind of alcoholic beverages. We thank our patrons in advance for cooperating with us in this regard during a handful of 'dry' shows. We will be selling non-alcoholic beverages during this time, including soda, water, and Club Mate, and we will be allowing our patrons to bring in outside non-alcoholic beverages, so long as they are not in alcoholic beverage containers. We our full liquor license to be issued in a matter of weeks, and we will be sending out an update as soon as celebrations are in order - THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION!They've also announced their roster of guest curators for the fall which includes Excepter, Matana Roberts, Wet Ink Musics, PC Worship, Ratking + Letter Racer, Terrible Records + Sick Feeling's Don Devore, In Context Music and a new film series curated by Jim McHugh (NYMPH) and Joe Denardo (Growing). These are in addition to their ongoing curators Todd P, The Bunker, Northern Spy and more (full list below).
In the mean season, the EL CAMINO cafe is open! Currently the cafe is in "soft opening" status, open most days from noon until 8PM. The cafe will be expanding hours in the near future to include morning commute as well as during nightime events. Ridgewood-ites will be especially excited to gain a high quality, low-key coffee spot serving quality espresso drinks and light cafe fare - with ample seating indoors and out - plus high speed wifi - in the hood! The cafe is operated by Bradford Sill and Colin Crockett of Ft Greene's Red Lantern bike shop & cafe. Come on down.
Finally, the expansive Trans-Pecos back yard, which we have lovingly dubbed 'the urban blight beer garden' is finally complete! Replete with goergeous custom wood tables and stools, patio tiki lighting, and plant life, the Trans-Pecos back yard brings a legit low key spot to enjoy inexpensive libations in East Bushwick/Ridgewood while also taking in the finest off the radar musical offerings to be had in NYC. Get it.
Upcoming shows at the venue include tonight's (9/3) Aa, Zula, Baked and Bueno show, the Kevin Drumm / Jason Lescalleet collaborative show, the noise show with Bastard Noise and more, the Kayo Dot show, the Sacred Bones CMJ show and more.
A recent addition to the schedule is Mount Eerie on September 23, the day before he plays Le Poisson Rouge. Those shows are part of a tour where he'll be debuting material off his new album, Sauna, which is due out in 2015. Mecca Normal open both NYC shows.
All Mount Eerie dates are listed, with the full Trans Pecos schedule and more, below...
The Spy Music Festival is back for a third year of experimental sounds, going down over two nights next month: September 7 at Spectrum, and September 8 at 285 Kent.
The 9/7 show at Spectrum (121 Ludlow St.) features the Charles Gayle Trio, Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille, Diamond Terrifier and more. $10 at the door and you can RSVP too.
The 9/8 show at 285 Kent is a little more high-profile, with Caught on Tape (aka Thurston Moore & John Moloney), Aa, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Ava Luna and more. Advance tickets are on sale for this night and your ticket also gets you free Six Point beer.
Visit Spy Music Fest's website for details on all of this year's acts, and full schedule is below.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Thurston Moore & Loren Connors @ Public Assembly
Tonight was characterized by a distinct lack of guitar music, and there's no better fuck-you to the six-stringer than a full set of duelling guitars. I know, it seems like I'm contradicting myself, but there was almost nothing resembling structure or melody in the dissonant, jarring and all-around enveloping performance from Thurston Moore and his storied companion Loren Connors when they took the stage at Public Assembly. Instead, they offered up a dynamic set of skronking avant-garde sound play, building atmospheric and slightly unnerving sounds out of two guitars and a stage full of pedals. Best of all, they understood the importance of brevity, offering up a self-contained piece that never felt self-indulgent. [FFWD Weekly]Like they did at Spy Music Festival, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore teamed up with guitarist Loren Connors for an experimental dual-guitar at the Northern Spy/LQQK CMJ showcase at Public Assembly on October 17. Pictures from that show are in this post.
That was Thurston's last scheduled US show for a while (he's in Australia right now), but as usual, there are other chances to catch other members of Sonic Youth in NYC. Steve Shelley's Spectre Folk is playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (10/28) with Sic Alps and PC Worship. Tickets for that show are still available.
Lee Ranaldo has upcoming shows too.
More pics from Thurston and Loren's show below.
Thurston Moore & Loren Connors at The Stone in July, via (((unartig)))
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde guitar great Loren Connors, who initially teamed up for a collaborative set over the summer during Spy Music Festival, will again do so for the Northern Spy and LQQK CMJ showcase which happens on October 17 at Public Assembly with Hubble, PC Worship, Diamond Terrifier, The Dreebs, and Devin, Gary & Ross. Tickets for that show are on sale now or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.
As mentioned, Loren Connors (playing as a duo with Suzanne Langille) shares a bill with Thurston's SY bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who will be playing with his group, Text of Light) at 285 Kent on November 13.
Meanwhile, Thurston Moore plays a local show in NYC TONIGHT (10/10) at Le Poisson Rouge with John Zorn, Jesse Harris, Gary Lucas, Red Baraat, David Amram, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox and the recently added Violent Femmes frontman Gordan Gano. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
A lengthy video of Thurston and Loren's set from Spy Music Fest is below.
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.
Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
As mentioned, Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch are releasing their second album of 2012, The Mystery of Heaven, on November 13 via Sacred Bones. We've already posted the video for "The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire," off of that album, and the duo have since revealed a stream of another track, "Etimasia." You can listen to that below.
Jozef Van Wissem has some solo shows scheduled, including the previously mentioned show at Issue Project Room TONIGHT (10/4) with guitar great Loren Connors and Clint Heidorn. At that show, Loren will be performing duets with both Jozef and Clint.
Jozef also plays the Life or Death CMJ showcase at 92YTribeca on October 20 with Twerps, Mac DeMarco, Prince Rama, Slug Guts, Maria Minerva, Sky Ferreira, DJs Poolside and Disco Phantom and special surprise guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.
About a month after CMJ, Jozef and Jim will team up for a show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on November 27 with Marissa Nadler. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the only announced date for Marissa Nadler at the moment.
A list of all dates, video, and song stream below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Mount Eerie at Le Poisson Rouge - 9/16/12
Phil Elverum's Mount Eerie project has two solid albums out this year (Clear Moon and Ocean Roar) and he's been supporting both of them on tour with guitar great Loren Connors. That tour came to NYC over the weekend for shows at 285 Kent (9/15) and Le Poisson Rouge (9/16). At LPR, Mount Eerie focused mainly on material from the two new full lengths, but also reached back to his Eleven Old Songs of Mount Eerie album for the song, "Who?," which Phil and his band followed with an impromptu "black metal version" of. For those wondering, no Microphones material was played (not that it took away from his otherwise great set). If you missed the show, did you stream it online?
The tour continues in Philly tonight (9/17). More pictures and the setlist from the LPR show are below.
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Burroughs" (MP3)
News on the current state of Sonic Youth remains ambiguous, but the members are certainly keeping busy. Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon are releasing a collaborative album with Yoko Ono (recorded before Thurston and Kim's split?) called YOKOKIMTHURSTON, which is due out on September 25 via Chimera Music. The cover art and tracklist, along with a video of the three musicians playing together at BAM in 2010 is below.
Thurston is also now the vocalist/guitarist for a new band called Chelsea Light Moving with Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski, and John Moloney. They've got a full length in the works, which is due out on Matador. You can download their first track, "Burroughs," which was inspired William S. Burroughs' last words ("Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is"), at the top of this post. Chelsea Light Moving have a few shows scheduled, including a Sled Island show in Calgary tonight.
Thurston was also added to Spy Music Festival, which goes down in NYC across multiple venues from June 29 to July 15. He'll be playing his first ever set as a duo with experimental guitarist Loren Connors at The Stone on July 14. Raajamahal (Pat Murano of No Neck Blues Band and Decimus, Carla Backer from Baba Yaga, and Santa Wolanczyk from Flower Orgy) was also added to the fest, and will be playing Death by Audio on July 13. Check out a sampler of artists playing the festival below.
Speaking of Yoko Ono, NY Post reports that she exhibited a new art piece in London's Serpentine Gallery called "To the Light," which featured no more than three piles of dirt. The post mentions that Britain's Guardian newspaper trashed the exhibit, suggesting "the exhibition's title has got to be a "mistake," noting that "those who have suffered near-death experiences often complain of a bright light -- and a voice telling them to go towards it." And no one would want to go toward this."
A list of all dates, video, and stream below...
The second-annual Spy Music Festival happens June 29th through July 15th, featuring "46 sets of music at 7 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn." That's a big expansion from last year when it took place on two nights at Shea Stadium and Zebulon. This year's fest, run by the folks at Northern Spy Records, will happen at Union Pool, the Issue Project Room, The Stone, Vaudeville Park, 285 Kent, Death by Audio and Roulette. Amongst the artists performing are Rhys Chatham, Matthew Shipp, Dustin Wong, Arthur Doyle, Eugene Chadbourne, PG Six, Guardian Alien and Magik Markers.
The full Spy Music Festival schedule -- bands, venues, prices -- is below. There's no all-inclusive festival pass, but tickets to all the shows are available here. And the fest organizers have also made a sampler featuring the artists performing this year and you can stream that below as well.
Grouper at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Mini festival Neon Marshmallow is making its way to NYC, after two successful outings in Chicago. The festival will call Public Assembly home over three days (10/14 - 10/16), featuring live performances, DJ sets, and visuals from many artists who embrace experimentalism. Among the bands performing at the fest are names like Tim Hecker, Rhys Chatham (who celebrates 40 years of The Kitchen in September), Grouper, Phill Niblock, and many others that range in genre from Alan Licht to The Men (who are currently touring and will play Saint Vitus on 9/17) to Xeno & Oaklander to La Big Vic. The festival is currently selling weekend passes, though no word on individual days or who will perform on each day. Full lineup is below.
In other news, Grouper, who recently played LPR and Glasslands, has a new digital 7" available. Stream the title track from Grouper's latest Water People 7" below alongside the full Neon Marshmallow lineup.