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Literary and postmodern icon William S Burroughs, who died in 1997, would have turned 100 this year and there are Centenary celebration events happening all over the world. In New York, WSB100 (which was [and still is] being funded by an Indiegogo campaign) is happening the entire month of April at various venues around the the city:
Help us celebrate 100 years of America's preeminent avant garde literary iconoclast: William S. Burroughs. As ferocious, provocative, disturbing, and exciting as the artist himself, NYC's month-long WSB100 features extraordinary original performances, films, readings, panels, and world premiere tributes in honor of the legendary mindbending troublemaker himself.You can buy a festival pass for $100 that gets you in to all the WSB events, or buy individual tickets.
On the musical side, the WSB100 takes over The Stone this month through April 20. Tonight is Kenny Wollesen at 8 PM and Ariana Reiens at 10 PM. Other notable nights include Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth played on WSB's 1990 album Dead City Radio) on April 17; John Zorn and Bill Laswell on April 19; Hal Willner, Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang and Lenny Pickett on April 20. No advance tickets for these shows.
Then on April 21 at Issue Project Room, Elliot Sharp and Steve Buscemi will have a collaborative performance, creating "a collage of sound and words integrating texts by William S. Burroughs with Elliott Sharp's vast soundworlds." Buscemi spent a lot of time with Burroughs in the author's later years and currently has a screenplay of Burroughs' Queer in development. Tickets are on sale.
On April 22 at the Incubator Arts Project it's a collaborative performance by Lydia Lunch and Quintan Ana Wikswo. Tickets are on sale. Then on April 23 at Poetry Project, there is a "reading marathon" featuring Anne Waldman, Penny Arcade, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Elliott Sharp, Sam Mickens, and many more. Full line-up and more info is here.
There are more events happening too. Details are at WSB100 but the full schedule is listed, along with a few Burroughs-related videos, below...
Sebadoh at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
David Byrne, Marilyn Carino, Janita, John McCrea, Mike Mills, Blake Morgan, Wendy Oxenhorn, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a benefit/rally for the Respect Music initiative which aims to get musicians more royalties from radio airplay. It is a FREE show but you do need to RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
White Lies, Frankie Rose @ Webster Hall
While we're not huge on the headliners, we do think it's worth catching opener Frankie Rose, who makes some pretty excellent dream pop.
Gardens & Villa, Diane Coffee, Waterstrider @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Diane Coffee is basically the solo project of Foxygen's Shaun Fleming, and his own stuff isn't as '60s referential as his day job. They open for California pop band Garden's & Villa and tickets are still available.
Shark?, Island Twins, Heeney @ Silent Barn
There's never a lack of chances to catch Shark?'s catchy garage pop jams in NYC, but they're always worth seeing.
Sebadoh, Octagrape @ Baby's All Right
Though Lou Barlow is often busy playing bass Dinosaur Jr. these days, he still leaves plenty of time for the band he fronts, Sebadoh, who made some of the best indie rock of the '90s. This is their second of two NYC shows this week, both sold out.
Lydia Lunch, Weasel Walter, Bob Bert, Tim Dahl, DJ Neon Music @ Le Poisson Rouge
No wave legend Lydia Lunch throws another of her Retrovirus parties (read about them here) tonight at LPR. Guests include avant-composer Walter Weasel, former Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert and Child Abuse bassist Tim Dahl,
Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
Bridgett Everett's performance tonight is a part of her monthly Joe's Pub residency with her band The Tender Moments (which features Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz on bass).
Dead Leaf Echo, Dinowalrus, Autodrone, The Harrow @ Union Pool
A nice line-up of Brit-influenced shoegaze, headlined by one of NYC's more underrated bands Dead Leaf Echo.
Bad Girlfriend, Threats, EL TOPO, JM Airis, "secret guest" @ Glasslands
Headliners at this show are garage-y, Phil Spector-y quartet Bad Girlfriend; El Topo meanwhile is a jazzy improv ensemble led by Darkside's Dave Harrington. There's also a "secret guest" playing too... any guesses?
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Cheetah Chrome, guitarist for legendary punk band The Dead Boys and pre-Dead Boys band Rocket From the Tombs (with whom he's reunited in recent years), is set to put out his first-ever solo release this week (10/8) via Plowboy Records, which he co-founded. Aptly titled Solo, the release is a 7-song EP that features songs from his 1996 "great lost solo album" (produced by Genya Ravan, executive produced by CBGB owner/Dead Boys manager Hilly Kristal), and from a 2010 session he did with New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain when they teamed up for a collaborative project, The Batusis, which also featured The Cult's Lez Warner and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' Sean Koos.
The EP's single is the jangly acoustic rocker "East Side Story," which you can stream (via USA Today), along with the tracklist below. That's the album artwork above.
The EP comes out the same day as the CBGB movie, which features Cheetah being played by Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter films) and a cameo by Cheetah himself. As discussed, that movie premieres at the CBGB Festival, where Cheetah will also be playing two full band shows.
Cheetah and his band -- rounded out by The Blackhearts bassist Enzo Penziotto, Iggy Pop/Samhain guitarist Pete Marshall, and drummer Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses, Psychedelic Furs) -- will play CBGB Fest shows on October 9 at Leftfield (87 Ludlow St) with Rousers, Pale Face, and Genya Ravan Band; and on October 10 at Bowery Electric for the previously discussed Carry On Band Series, which features a ton of other punk legends like Lydia Lunch, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Richard Lloyd (Television), Andy Shernoff (Dictators), Tuff Darts and more (tickets).
In related news, 1975-1980 footage of the NYC punk scene, including clips of The Dead Boys, Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, Bad Brains, The Cramps and more, has been put together for the archive film, Nightclubbing, which just screened in NYC this past Friday (10/4). A description (in case you missed it) reads:
In the summer of 1975 on New York's Lower East Side, Pat Ivers and a group of like-minded videographers with borrowed cameras set out to capture as much of New York City's exploding punk music scene as possible. After an early disbanding of the original group, Ivers found a sole partner in Emily Armstrong and the two continued the project for a total of five years, capturing legendary performances at CBGB's, Mudd Club, Danceteria and elsewhere by iconic bands and artists such as Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, The Cramps and more. Ivers and Armstong continued filming until a 1980 arrest, along with the entire staff of the illegally operated Danceteria, convinced them to stop (the pair were quickly exonerated and freed).There's an opening happening at NYU's Fales Library on October 17 at 7 PM, with a party and screening. More info here. Check out some excerpts from the archives below.
Hell's telling of his life thereafter is unclouded by hyperbole. Straightforward, interestingly done weavings of story and description are littered with occasional punches of universal truths. He writes about his bands, his poetry, his struggle to make a life as an unrelenting artist even if he didn't call himself that at the time, his planting of the roots of punk-rock and his warranted frustration that the Sex Pistols just kind of lifted his attitude and style and took it all the way into the annals of popular rock history.Richard Hell is also on the CBGB movie's soundtrack along with Dead Boys, New York Dolls, Television, and many more.
"There's a lot of talk of misogyny," Hell said about criticism he's faced since the book was released. "There's a lot of talk that I'm a terrible writer or that I'm a great writer. There's definitely a difference of mentality. Some people talk about how egotistical I am, others how honest or self-aware I am. ... But it was the truth. And that was what was important to me. To tell the truth as much as I could."
Cheetah Chrome EP tracklist and song stream, along with the 'Nightclubbing' excerpts, below...
Arto Lindsay of legendary no wave group DNA, The Lounge Lizards, and pursuer of an impressive solo career, will be performing material from throughout his career in NYC TONIGHT (11/30) at the New Museum. Tickets for the show ($12 for members, $15 for non-members) are available.
Speaking of no wave legends, Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), who played Knitting Factory earlier this month will be playing with her band Big Sexy Noise in NYC on December 17 at Bowery Electric with "Caught on Tape" duo Thurston Moore/John Moloney. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For Thurston Moore and John Moloney, the Bowery Electric show is part of a short December northeast tour that the duo will be on, which also includes the previously discussed Brooklyn show at Union Pool on December 11 with Speedy Ortiz and Lone Wolf. All of their dates are listed below.
In other related news, Thurston's ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon, who will guest at the upcoming, sold-out Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me show at T5, will also be a guest with John Cale (of the Velvet Underground) when he does a tribute to Nico at BAM on January 16 at the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Other guests at that show include Mark Lanegan, Sharon Van Etten, Magnetic Fields, Joan as Police Woman, Peaches, Nick Franglen, and Meshell Ndegocello. Tickets for that show are available. It's one of two shows that John Cale is doing for the BAM Next Wave festival.
A list of all Thurston Moore/John Moloney dates and some videos, below.
Sharon Van Etten @ Metro earlier on tour (more by Grant MacAllister)
today in NYC
* Mirah @ Joe's Pub
* Baby Soda @ Barbes
* Paradise @ Pianos
* Bow Ribbons @ Zebulon
* David Dondero @ Living Room
* Sharon Van Etten @ Town Hall
* Lydia Lunch @ Knitting Factory
* Matt & Kim, Oberhofer @ Terminal 5
* Half Waif, Empress Of @ Cameo Gallery
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
* Rafiq Bhatia, Raja, PEPEPIANO @ Glasslands
* Danger, Chrome Canyon @ Santos Party House
* Bobby Bare Jr., Oh Whitney @ The Mercury Lounge
* Scott Rogowsky, Todd Barry & Michael Showalter @ The Pit
* Kreayshawn, Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine, Chippy Nonstop @ Irving Plaza
* The Helio Sequence, Ramona Falls, Slowdance @ Bowery Ballroom
* The So So Glos, Red Dwarf, The Sweet Ones, Big Ups @ Shea Stadium
* Speedy Ortiz, Sleepies, Mr. Dream, Bambara, Sea Monsters @ Big Snow
* David Bazan Band plays Pedro The Lion's Control @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gay Panic, Downtown Boys, Boy Girl Party, Brother Hamm and The Pentecostals @ Cake Shop
* Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Frances Fox Piven, Max Silvestri, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, The Yes Men, John Cameron Mitchell, Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel), Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth), Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Lots of guests tonight at Sharon Van Etten.
David Bazan is playing Pedro the Lion's "Control" in full at MHOW.
Lydia Lunch will be joined by Weasel Walter (guitar), Algis Kizys (bass), and Bob Bert (drums) at her show at Knitting Factory tonight. "The band will peform a brutal survey of Lydia's material from past and present, including songs from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 13.13, 8-Eyed Spy and Shotgun Wedding."
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Dirty Projectors played Letterman. Watch below...
Lydia w/ TJ&TJ at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
I mean that's why I call it the retro-virus. Because, I mean, you know, & I guess it started... I've lived in so many cities, I've worked with so many incredible collaborators, I've done so many different kinds of things & here we are back at the beginning. Um, uh, & I guess it started with Scott Crary who did this documentary about, I dunno, 6 or 7 years ago called Kill Your Idols. He'd been asking me for months, could I please be part of this, & I just like, I don't wanna talk about, you know it's done for me, I don't even remember, you know, my memory is shot out, my memory banks have been flooded. There's nothing there but filth, it's gone. And um, finally he made his point with how he was so disappointed with the music that was going on at that point in New York that he just, I had to come in & be his mouthpiece. And like, you know, all right, there again is my duty. My duty to be the aggravator. To be the instigator. And um, I don't even know what your question was, oh god (laughs). The retro-virus! So that's when I started terming it the retro-virus. It's like, you know it just started to pick up momentum, I mean this movement that at the time was so immediate & so short-lived & had such a small audience. But I think part of the attraction to that period, the no-wave period in New York is the sense of community that really, you can't plan that, there was a real sense of community, even if there were different... you know I always felt outside of every community anyway, I always felt no matter who I'm collaborating with or what city I'm living in, I'm still somehow, maybe because I occupy my own universe, I still feel outside of everything, um, & just a small part of whatever's going on no matter how much of a cattle-prodder or an instigator, uh, that you wanna blame me for being, um, but I think that sense of community, & also the sense that it wasn't just musicians, there were a lot of painters, there were a lot of filmmakers, there were graffiti artists, there were poets. To me, if anything should be the song sung to that period is that it was such a collective of different, differing types of creative people brought to this asshole of the universe, New York, bankrupt, brutal, ugly, dirty, all forged to create or go insane. And I think that the most important aspect of it was not necessarily the music that came out but that, um, so many different kinds of creativity were hatched at that point. I think with the domination of music which, or the segregation in America especially, you know like, here's music, here's photography, you know in Europe it's different, they just consider whatever you do creatively is all part of this cultural respected field & in America everything is so separated. And at that period it wasn't. I think that's the most important part of what came out of that at that time. - Lydia LunchThe above quote is no wave legend Lydia Lunch (who was a member of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, has collaborated with Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Michael Gira and many others, and has a lengthy solo career) explaining her concept of "retro-virus," which in addition to describing the no wave community, is the name of her party which she'll be throwing in NYC at Knitting Factory on November 15. She'll be bringing out some of her friends (TBD) to play with her -- no word yet on who they might be. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
A list of all dates and some recent live videos of Lydia with her current band, Big Sexy Noise, and her spoken word shows are below.
tonight in NYC
* Todd Barry @ Caroline's
* LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost! @ Terminal 5
* NY Eye & Ear Fest III @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* The Netherlands, White Rhino, Wild Harem @ Cake Shop
* Tyrhombus Rex, Balaclava, Elks, & Mortals @ The Charleston
* Thee Majesty (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge) @ Issue Project Room
* Marc Ribot plays Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid' @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick, Angels In America, Wizardzz @ Glasslands
* Alert, RazorXFade, Bloodtype, Outlast, Caught in a Crowd @ The Acheron
* The Earthly Frames, I Feel Tractor, The Binary Marketing Show @ Zebulon
* Inquisition, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Agrath, Dimentianon @ Europa
* Blissed Out, Rabbit Punch, Attached Hands, Dark Sea of Awareness @ Silent Barn
* Lydia Lunch, Mike Edison & the Rocket Train Delta Science Micro Arkestra @ Bowery Electric
* Agnostic Front, Outbreak, Tonguebiter & Everything's Ruined @ The Chance in Poughkeepsie
* Beau Finley, DBCR, Something About Death or Dying, Paranoid Critical Revolution @ Public Assembly
* JP & The Gilberts, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, The Nahms, The Little Brothers @ Bruar Falls
* NYC Popfest w/ Santa Monica Swim & Dive Club, For Ex-Lovers Only, The Young Friends, Apple Orchard, Brown Recluse, Bunnygrunt, Sea Lions, Neverever, The Secret History, The Embassy @ Littlefield
The series finale of Lost is on tonight. The Bell House is having a sold out party...
"The legendary Bell House LOST party is back for one final installment. Watch LOST turned up to 11 and projected on our giant screen while enjoying Lost-inspired snacks and Dharma drink specials, including $4 Dharma Beer and $5 sangria all night.If you don't have a ticket, but can't resist being at the Bell House, the venue also reports that they are "hosting a FREE viewing party Sunday night in the front lounge. Leis for all + $5 sangria all night!". You can also go to Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge or City Winery.
Come early to secure the best seat and enjoy $2 sangria from 6:30 - 7. Costumes are encouraged and we'll get you started with free leis for everyone. Plus you definitely won't want to miss the EPIC finale of the world-famous LOST recap band Previously on Lost.
This event will be general admission with mixed seated and standing so come early for the best seats. And yes, the volume is loud and people are quiet and you won't miss a thing!"
Tuesday night (NOT tonight), Public Assembly is hosting a burlesque tribute to LOST.
TONIGHT @ BOWERY ELECTRIC: "Lydia Lunch "SICK WITH DESIRE" Spoken Word with special guest: Mike Edison & the Rocket Train Delta Science Micro Arkestra featuring Mickey Finn (Boss Hog, The Miracles) on electric space organ, and Bob Bert (Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks, etc) on percussion."
A full band list and set times for tonight's NY Eye & Ear Fest III at Knitting Factory Brooklyn is below.
LCD Soundsystem closes out four nights at Terminal 5.
photos by Lori Baily
LA Record (via): When Teenage Jesus and the Jerks played in New York City last year, it was always set up as a one-shot deal. Yet here we are.Teenage Jesus and the Jerks returned over the weekend to headline the third and final night of the WFMU Festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/3). Drunkdriver, Sightings, and Talk Normal were also on the bill.
Lydia Lunch (vocals/guitar): I never thought I would have done reunions--it's ridiculous to me. It's Thurston Moore that's to be blamed with his no wave book that he put out last year. A few months before it was coming out he was actually in Barcelona on my couch and he turned to me and said, 'Well, what about a Teenage Jesus reunion?' I said, 'What about the fact that they're all dead except for Sclavunos? Are you ready to take the wrath of the wire coat hanger and play bass?' And he jumped up and down and said, 'Yes!' So that's how Teenage Jesus got together in the beginning. He decided he'd go under the coat hanger so we did the New York show and then we developed All Tomorrow's Parties. I guess the final nail in the coffin for the next couple of shows was based in the fact that in Montreal there's something called a Pop Symposium--they invited me last year with my multimedia thing and then they got the snifter of Teenage Jesus and they were so kind and I said, 'Well, I'm not going all the way to the States for one fucking show--I don't even want to come there for five shows!' Also the fact that I knew Thurston couldn't do it and so my favorite bass player in the world must be Algis Kizys from the Swans and he's doing it. This is what you get in L.A.--Jim Sclavunos, the original bass player, now on drums and Algis Kizys from Swans on bass--how could I say no? Mostly to me, it's kind of ridiculous. It's absurdist and I've always been absurd anyway. I've always considered myself a Dadaist and it's the most Dada fucking music, and it must be the most Dada idea that 30 years later we're doing this. One of the reasons is there is still not enough women playing ugly fucking music as a counter to all these pop princesses.
One night later Lydia Lunch joined JG Thirwell and a bunch of pop princesses for a benefit show at Carnegie Hall.
Gavin & Courtney @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Rufus, Scarlett & Gavin @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin & U2 @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Sunday, October 4th was the "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday & Friends" show at Carnegie Hall. The whole night was a benefit for (RED), a charity directed toward AIDS in Africa.
The night's advertised guests included Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Chloe Webb. A few others who appeared were Lady Gaga, Fred Armisen as Prince, and Lou Reed, The night had a strong collaborative atmosphere to say the least...
Rufus Wainwright, Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen joined Friday for the come-hither cartoon "Mr. Pussy," from Friday's 1995 album, Shag Tobacco. (Armisen came out dressed to the purple nines -- as Prince.) Friday and falsetto-soul singer Antony duetted on a pair of ballads, including a Memphis-brass-soaked reading of "He Got What He Wanted" from Friday's 1989 solo debut, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. Friday and Virgin Prunes devotee Courtney Love were just on the right side of out-of-control in a pounding version of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me." Queen of the post-punk furies Lydia Lunch played the same half of the night as Lady Gaga (who came out in next to nothing -- she made Love look demure). And a metal-machine-noise assault by Laurie Anderson (violin), John Zorn (saxophone) and Lou Reed (guitar distortion) eventually resolved into the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" with Friday, Bono and a cheerfully pickled Shane McGowan of the Pogues trading verses.A list of all the songs U2 members played on, more reviews and videos from the show, including the "Jean Genie" encore, below...
Bono was not just passing through between stadiums. He, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. were on and off stage half a dozen times; U2's Friday covers included "I Want to Live" (done with techno drive and Joshua Tree-like space) and the crusted-glam bomb "King of Trash." Bono also took a solo spot, turning on his Irish Sinatra for the Shag Tobacco elegy "The Last Song I'll Ever Sing." The Edge's brother, guitarist Richard Evans, joined Friday and singer Guggi in a mostly-intact Virgin Prunes reunion (the group broke up in 1987). Their overlapping vocal harangue in "Sweethome Under White Clouds," with JG Thirwell of Foetus guesting as a third voice, sounded like the Beastie Boys at the End of Days. [Rolling Stone]
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A Storm Of Light
It's been less than 18 months since their first one, and A Storm of Light (mems. Neurosis, ex-Tombs) are already venturing toward album two with Forgive Us Our Trespasses, out Tuesday (9/22) via Neurot Recordings. The album features contributions from Jarboe, Lydia Lunch and many others. The band is currently streaming "Midnight" at their MySpace but hasn't let any other tracks slip out... until now! BrooklynVegan is proud to present the US premiere of the video for "Tempest", available exclusively below!
So far A Storm of Light has only one US date on their calendar, a FREE album release show at Ace of Clubs on 10/12 joined by Biclops and Naked Heroes! After that, Josh & the boys hop on a plane to tear a hole in the space-time continuum at the Damnation Festival before embarking on a European tour with the mighty Minsk.
In related news, Graham's critically acclaimed project Battle of Mice has, not surprisingly, called it quits. The band, which included Julie Christmas of Made Out of Babies as well as members of Dub Trio released the statement is below:
Bono and Gavin Friday (U2Log)
On October 4 at New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall, (RED) unites a world-class line up of artists for a special (RED)NIGHTS concert "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday and Friends." The star-studded evening will feature Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Chloe Webb, plus special guests. Tickets for the event will go on sale beginning Wednesday, September 16 at 11AM EST via CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org and the box office. As is the case with every (RED)NIGHTS show, a portion of the proceeds from the concert will go directly to the Global Fund. For more information, please visit www.joinred.com/rednights or www.gavinfriday.com.That is an insane lineup.
Longtime friends and professional collaborators, Willner and Friday came together to bring the concert to life and raise awareness of (RED)™'s mission. Friday, a childhood friend of Bono, is an Irish singer, composer and painter and founding member of the gothic rock group The Virgin Prunes. Willner has produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, yet is perhaps best known for assembling tribute albums and live events saluting Leonard Cohen, Thelonius Monk, Tim Buckley, Edgar Allen Poe and Marquis de Sade.
Willner said, "This unique evening is a celebration of Gavin and a gathering of friends and amazing musicians. We're all proud to partner with (RED) to help fight AIDS in Africa." "It's an honor to be a part of this (RED)NIGHT because I know the money generated will go directly to people who need it," added Friday.
Lydia Lunch also performs one day earlier with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Rufus and Martha Wainwright are appearing with their father Loudon at Highline Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (9/15).
The Carnegie Hall event poster with more information below...
photos by Lori Baily
"So Teenage Jesus and the Jerks played the Knitting Factory in N.Y.C the other night.... (the legendary No Wave band that Lydia Lunch fronted way back in the late 70's) 2 shows for 1 night only and I wasn't there. I wasn't even remotely in the neighourhood, I was stuck in London, England." [The Dark Forest]
Of all the strange and short-lived periods in the history of experimental music in New York, no wave is perhaps the strangest and shortest-lived.Thurston Moore played bass.
Centered on a handful of late-1970s downtown groups like Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, DNA and James Chance's Contortions, it was a cacophonous, confrontational subgenre of punk rock, Dadaist in style and nihilistic in attitude. It began around 1976, and within four years most of the original bands had broken up.
But every weird rock scene -- and every era of New York bohemia -- eventually gets its coffee-table book moment. This month Abrams Image is publishing "No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980," a visual history by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley.
On Friday the book will be (was) celebrated with an exhibition opening at KS Art, at 73 Leonard Street in TriBeCa, and, across the street at the Knitting Factory, the reunion of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, whose blunt, aggressive songs had instrumentation so minimal that on its records the percussionist was sometimes credited as playing simply "drum." Lydia Lunch, the former lead singer, is flying (flew in) from Barcelona to play the show.
More pictures, and video, from the late show at Knitting Factory on Friday (June 13, 2008), below...
Teenage Jesus & the Jerks were an influential New York City No Wave music group of 1976-79 fronted by Lydia Lunch and James Chance, who later left the band after some conflict about their direction."To commemorate the publishing of NO WAVE: Post Punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980 edited by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley and published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., The Knitting Factory NYC is proud to present the one time only return of the most legendary of No Wave pioneers TEENAGE JESUS & THE JERKS."
Reputed to play ten-minute sets of thirty-second songs (though "The Closet" and "I woke up dreaming" extended to around three minutes and performances up to twenty), they sought to take music beyond what Lunch saw as the traditionalism of punk rock ("I thought punk was lousy Chuck Berry music amped up to play triple fast", she later commented). Their frenzied playing and Lunch's shrieked vocals gained them a renown quickly matching and even surpassing that of other No Wave bands such as DNA or the older Mars......The group has been cited as a significant influence on post-punk groups such as Sonic Youth. [Wikipedia]
2 shows: both on June 13th. $25 tickets are on sale. Videos below....