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Thurston Moore at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston

Last month, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore called black metal "music made by pussies of the lowest order" and now in a new Rolling Stone interview, he's further discussed the comment:

Were you trying to be provocative?

That was really taken out of context. It was really funny how people got tweaked by that. I was answering a question. How do you answer a question about black metal? Black metal, it doesn't even consider itself music. In fact, it doesn't want to be confused with any kind of music because it's something else entirely. It's a voided concept from its start [laughs]. It's all about complete disintegration of existence. It's a music that uses the elements of rock instrumentation but it's so anti-everything that, for me, it doesn't matter what you say about it because it doesn't exist. I figured I would just write something ridiculous about it. And boy, did black-metal devotees get really upset by it. You're not supposed to be alive, so why are you getting upset?

(For the record, yes it was taken out of context... by being the only quote provided in Thurston Moore's press release.) The interview continues:
Earlier this year, you played on a black metal album, Twilight's III: Beneath Trident's Tomb. What did you take from that experience?

There are certain stylistic maneuvers within black metal that really informed me as a guitarist and I use in my own playing. And I think some of the people who are seriously involved with that scene realized this about me and reached out to me. That's certainly true of Neil [who records as "Imperial"] from Krieg, who sings on Twilight. He's a true black metal aficionado and devotee and he's a real important exponent of that music, and he reached out to me and wanted to know if I would take part in this project. And I think it was a little bit of a risk for those guys having somebody who's not exactly 100 percent in the scene to get involved. But I think they trusted my integrity with it.

Sonic Youth once recorded a song titled "Non-Metal Dude Wearing Metal Tee."

And as somebody else said, "Sonic Youth had a song called 'Satan Is Boring' - he's been attacking our lord ever since the Eighties!" I super enjoyed making that record. That's a wild community. It takes a lot of stamina to keep up with those guys because they're monsters.

The Thurston Moore Band (featuring Sonic Youth's Steve Shelly, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards) will bring their tour to NYC on October 21 at Saint Vitus (tickets) and October 26 at Rough Trade (sold out). Both shows are with PCPC, the new collaborative project of Parquet Courts and PC Worship.

In related news, Thurston Moore's Twilight bandmate Blake Judd's heroin addition saga continues.

Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a bunch of live appearances coming up, including three very different shows in NYC and a solo/acoustic tour in Europe. The first one is this Friday (9/5) at St. Ann & The Holo Trinity Church for the fifth annual Dither Extravaganza with electric guitar quartet Dither and a big, impressive lineup that also features a duo set of composer Andrea Parkins with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, noise metal band Cleric, turntablist DJ Rupture percussion trio Tigue, banjoist Brandon Seabrook and still more. Full lineup below.

Then on September 27 at Union Pool, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will play a full-band show, their only one scheduled at the moment. The Dust have a new acoustic LP planned, so maybe we'll hear some of that at the show. Most details on that LP are still TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Lee also has previously discussed duo set with Noveller at Lincoln Center on November 20. Noveller also opens for Sun Araw at Baby's tonight (9/4). All of Lee's various dates are listed below.

In related news, back when Sonic Youth were still active they recorded the instrumental song "Creepers & Climbers" for artist Peter Coffin's Music for Plants project. As the title implies, the music was written specifically to be "heard" by plants, but it was recently made available to humans as well. You can stream it below.

In more Sonic Youth news, Art Info points out that Kim Gordon will have a show at Chelsea's 303 Gallery from June 4 to July 15, 2015. More details TBA.

And as previously discussed, Thurston Moore (whose new band also includes Sonic Youth/The Dust drummer Steve Shelley) has a new album and tour on the way. He also has some pretty serious opinions on black metal.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, with the 'Dither Extravaganza' lineup, below...

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photo by PJ Sykes
Caught on Tape

Just yesterday (8/20), Thurston Moore detailed his new album, The Best Day, which was recorded with his new band -- his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards. Now he's announced another new LP, this one with Caught on Tape, his avant-garde collaborative project with John Moloney who he played with in Chelsea Light Moving. The album's called Full Bleed, is due out October 21 via Nothern Spy, and while no music has been released from it yet, the press release did come with this gem of a quote:

Q: How did playing black metal rub off on you for Full Bleed? It certainly sounds like it may have.

Thurston Moore: Black Metal is music made by pussies of the lowest order, and we felt it was necessary to investigate this aberrant anti-music behaviour. We feel like the sound and attitude of black metal is a loss of self, life, light and desire in a way where it becomes so negative that a whole new bliss arrives where we become super pussy.

Well there you have it. Watch a live video of Caught On Tape from 2012 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Phil Sharp
Thurston

We recently mentioned that Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore formed a new band with SY drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards, and will be releasing an album with them, The Best Day, via Matador. Though SY's site originally said the album would be out September 23, it's actually coming October 21 and can be pre-ordered now. The title track was just released, and it's one of Thurston's more traditionally indie rock-sounding songs, though with a blues riff and a classic rock guitar solo thrown in. Check it out below. The band also recently made their live debut at a secret show in London. Watch a video of them playing "Detonation" at that show, below.

The Thurston Moore Band have also added more tour dates to their schedule, including two in NYC: Saint Vitus on October 21 and Rough Trade on October 26. Tickets for the Vitus show and tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. Sebadoh support on many dates, but no openers announced for the NYC shows yet. The tour also includes Riot Fest Chicago and a Riot Fest aftershow with Mudhoney.

All dates are listed, with the video, new song stream, LP artwork & tracklist, below...

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Radiohead

"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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Thurston Moore at Ornette Coleman tribute in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Thurston

After releasing an album with his post-Sonic Youth band Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston Moore revealed plans for a new solo album coming out on Matador. Sonic Youth's site now says the album is called The Best Day and comes out on September 23 (though Matador hasn't confirmed the exact date). Most of it was recorded with his new band which features Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on drums, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe on bass, and James Sedwards on guitar. A few of the songs were recorded with the Chelsea Light Moving members as well.

That band, dubbed The Thurston Moore Band, will be going on a tour this year that includes the Toronto and Chicago Riot Fests, as well as a West Coast run with Sebadoh. They don't have a NYC date announced at the moment, but Thurston will be back on his old stomping grounds to read at a Brooklyn Book Festival bookend event on September 20. More details on that event and other events at the festival TBA.

All dates are listed below...

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Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Body Head

Body/Head, the duo of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace will head to Barcelona for Primavera Sound at the end of this month. That's their only scheduled date at the moment, but upon returning home Kim will team up again with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing) for a NYC show on June 8 at MoMA PS1 as part of the venue's Sunday Sessions. Doors are at 6 PM, music at 8. Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Body/Head were interviewed by Kyle Meredith for The Weekly Feed during the Big Ears Festival and the video for that has recently surfaced online. You can watch it below...

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"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H

"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall



And THEN THEY PLAYED SAINT VITUS.

More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...

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Thurston Moore at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston

Thurston Moore recently talked to The Fly about his divorce with Kim Gordon and his new relationship with Eva Prinz, not long after Kim Gordon talked to Elle about the divorce. Following The Fly interview, feminist website Jezebel posted an article about it, headlined "Thurston Moore Confirms He Is A Dick."

Pitchfork now points out that Thurston has responded to Jezebel with a Facebook post where he calls the website "gender fascism":

Jezebel is gender fascism. By not having any real critical facility to understand, in their case, men in relationship to women (presumably them) they opt to promote hate by imperialist blather. By couching it in feminism is a distinct lack of class, but i'm sure they're having a bit of online fun and when they grow up maybe they'll glean the complexities of real life and love.
If you missed them the first time, you can read Thurston's interview here and Kim's interview here.

Thurston at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston

Last year, Kim Gordon talked to Elle about her divorce with Thurston Moore, and now in an interview with The Fly, Thurston has finally discussed it too:

"I've had some life issues," he said. "In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it, it's very personal and I don't really talk about it so much. It's extremely... it's just something I work through in my own world."

Moore is now living in London with Eva Prinz, the woman Gordon referred to in the interview. Of his new relationship, he said:

"I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does. But I'll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me but everybody around us. There have been some fall-outs, but that's to be expected. It's pretty heavy."

He continued: "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now, that's kinda where I'm at."

Read the full article at The Fly.

Lee Ranaldo and his guitar (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Lee Ranaldo

Thurston Moore recently listed his favorite songs of all time and now his Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo has offered a list of his five favorite guitarists of all time via Red Bull (who recently offered their own favorite guitarists list). It's a cool list, some choices more predictable than others, and you can check out the whole thing below.

Lee and his band The Dust (which includes SY drummer Steve Shelley) will play their next hometown show on February 13 at Union Pool with Steve Gunn. Tickets for the show are still available.

Lee Ranaldo's favorite guitarists list below...

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Lee Ranaldo & the Dust at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (whose lineup includes two Sonic Youth members) recently played NYC when their tour hit The Bell House (1/11) over the weekend. There's just a few dates left on their itinerary, but the band have already announced another hometown show happening on February 13 at Union Pool. The show will be opened by Steve Gunn of Kurt Vile's live band, who also opened their Bell House show. Tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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by Doug Moore

Twilight

We were pretty confused/excited when indie rock figurehead Thurston Moore joined Chicagoan black metal supergroup Twilight (no, no glittery vampires involved) back in 2012. It's been a long wait since. The rest of their then-lineup went through the wringer, with both Blake Judd (Nachtmystium) and Jef "Wrest" Whitehead (Leviathan) dealing with legal issues and Aaron Turner (ISIS) folding his beloved Hydra Head label.

Twilight finally announced the details for III: Beneath Trident's Tomb, their forthcoming third album (and first with Thurston Moore), today. The bad news is that this album will be their last -- the band has already been "dissolved." Turner and Judd are out of the picture; it's easy to imagine that Judd was booted because of his recent troubles. Wrest has hung on, though, and performs bass, drums, and some vocals on the album. The rest of the lineup is rounded out by Moore (guitar/vox), Neill "Imperial" Jameson (Krieg) on vocals, Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) on guitar and vox, and Chicago sound guy extraordinaire Sanford Parker handling synths and electronics. The album will come out on March 18 via Century Media.

The really noteworthy bit here is the new track the band has posted -- "Lungs," which is both the album's leadoff cut and a total burner. The press release credits Wrest and Imperial with the composition, but man, if that noise-freakout intro isn't a dead ringer for a Sonic Youth part. (I hear shades of "100%" from Dirty.) The rest of the song is a pretty major departure from Twilight's past work, too -- it plows away in grubby, antagonistic noise rock fashion underneath a skein of layered harsh and clean vocals.

Thurston Moore also just listed his favorite songs of all time.

Stream "Lungs" and check out III: Beneath Trident's Tomb's track listing below...

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Chelsea Light Moving at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.

That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...

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Chelsea Light Moving @ The Stone - 12/31/13 (via @mashavsl)
Chelsea Light Moving

Initially, Messrs. Moore and Zorn played together contrasting their musical vocabularies. Mr. Zorn was full of quicksilver licks, rhythmic clucking sounds and urgent wails from his horn, with Mr. Moore offering deep atmospheric sounds and the occasional quick-fading power chord.

When the brilliant guitarist Joe Morris, a late addition to the bill, joined the duo, the music turned elegantly introspective. Mr. Morris's single notes intertwined with Mr. Zorn's playing as Mr. Moore cast deep sonic backdrops. Occasionally the three men turned up the dissonance, but the major takeaway from the hourlong set was of complex, wistful music that could transform into something else at moment's notice. [Wall Street Journal]

Thuston Moore rang in the new year by kicking off his residency at The Stone (which goes through Sunday, 1/5) with two shows on New Year's Eve. The first show, which the above review is from, was a collaborative set from Thurston Moore and John Zorn, that also included late addition Joe Morris, and actually started earlier than its planned 8 PM start time, being that the venue was already filled to capacity. Then for the second show, Thurston played a collaborative set with Mike Watt (The Minutemen/fIREHOSE) and Raymond Pettibon, followed by a set by his current band Chelsea Light Moving (pictured above).

The residency continues with his CLM bandmate Samara Lubelski and others tonight (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on 1/3, SY bandmate Lee Ranaldo on 1/4, and White Out on 1/5.

In related news, 1991: The Year Punk Broke, the 1993 documentary filmed during Sonic Youth's 1991 European tour with Nirvana, will screen for one night in Brooklyn on Saturday (1/4) at Spectatcle (124 S. 3rd St near Bedford Ave). The screenings are at 7:30 PM and 10 PM, and admission is $5 at the door. Trailer video below.

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Chelsea Light Moving at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Greg Cristman)
CLM

As discussed, Thurston Moore is kicking off a residency at The Stone with two New Year's Eve shows at the venue. His first show is an 8 PM duo set with the venue's artistic director John Zorn ($25 at the door), and since we last spoke, he's expanded the schedule for the second show.

It begins at 10 PM with a previously discussed trio set of Thurston, The Minutemen's Mike Watt, and Black Flag/Sonic Youth/Minutemen/etc album designer Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn). Then from 11:30 PM to 1 AM, Thurston's current band Chelsea Light Moving will play. Admission for the late show is $50 at the door and that gets you into the 10 PM set and the 11:30 set. Doors open at 9:45 and only 75 people will be admitted, so get there early.

Thurston's residency continues through January 5, and includes shows with his Chelsea Light Moving bandmate Samara Lubelkski (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley (1/3), and SY's Lee Ranaldo was added to the one with CLM's John Moloney (1/4).

Full schedule below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body/Head / Kim Gordon & Ad-Rock
Body/Head
Ad Rock

Kim Gordon's current band Body/Head continued their marathon of local shows at MoMA last night (11/21), following the IPR benefit they played last week. It was one of MoMA's PopRally series, and was quite the audio/visual experience, that included Kim going into the crowd with her guitar at one point. As always, Body/Head were noisy and dissonant, and as you might say, ferociously, beautifully inspiring. Kathleen Hanna was supposed to DJ, but she was replaced at the last minute by her husband/Beastie Boy Ad Rock due to illness. Fittingly, Ad Rock's DJ set included a Bikini Kill song. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Ad-Rock will appear on stage in NYC again soon - on December 7th at Joe's Pub with his friend Champagne Jerry who was also at MoMA to hang and support his fellow rapper.

Pictures from MoMA continue below...

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Thurston Moore on the 'Station to Station' tour (more by Lukas Hodge)
Thurston Moore

As discussed, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is playing two New Year's Eve shows at The Stone, an early one with John Zorn, and a late one with Mike Watt. Since we last spoke, we realized those shows are actually part of Thurston's residency at the venue, which kicks off on NYE and continues through January 5. He's curating for the week, and also performing with different collaborators each night.

Most notably, the residency has him performing with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley for two shows on 1/3, with Chelsea Light Moving drummer John Moloney for two shows on 1/4, and with another CLM member, Samara Lubelski, on 1/2. Probably don't expect Sonic Youth or Chelsea Light Moving songs though. He'll also be performing with NYC experimental duo White Out (who have releases on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace label) on the final night (1/5). The full schedule and an updated list of Chelsea Light Moving tour dates are below.

Meanwhile, as we speak, avant guitarist/banjoist Eugene Chadbourne's residency at the venue is underway. It kicked off this past Tuesday (10/29) and included his Halloween show at the venue last night (10/31). It continues with Eugene playing as a duo with Tatsuya Nakatani tonight (11/1), solo on Saturday (11/2), and as part of a 5-piece on Sunday (11/3).

Most of the other Nov/Dec curators are all notable jazz musicians and improvisers. One that's especially exciting to us is Ikue Mori, drummer of seminal no wave band DNA, 1/3 of Death Ambient (with Fred Frith and Kato Hideki), and a frequent collaborator of John Zorn, Mike Patton, various members of Sonic Youth, and more. She curates/performs at The Stone from December 17-22 and collaborators for the week include Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Sylvie Courvoisier, John Zorn and more, plus a "SPECIAL SURPRISE BAND" TBA on 12/20. Full schedule for her residency below.

In related news, Ikue Mori plays a previously discussed special Body/Head trio set with B/H members Kim Gordon and Bill Nace at the Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room.

Then, from December 25-29 at The Stone, it's the annual John Zorn end of the year improv week, leading up to Thurston Moore's NYE shows. Zorn will be joined by multiple other improvisers throughout the week, including Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Erik Friedlander, Okkyung Lee, and many more. Full schedule below.

All mentioned Stone residency schedules, along with Chelsea Light Moving dates, below...

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Kim Gordon w/ Dinosaur Jr at T5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Kim Gordon

As mentioned a few times, there's a benefit honoring Kim Gordon happening at Issue Project Room on November 13 and 14, and the full lineup has finally been announced. It looks like this...

On the first night (11/13), there will be a VIP reception at 7 PM which will feature Kim performing as a duo with drummer Tim Barnes (who has played with Jim O'Rourke, Silver Jews, etc), along with food and drinks by Rucola. Then at 9 PM, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr will play a solo set, followed by Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) performing as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori. Tickets are available for the VIP reception and 9 PM concert ($250, but $150 tax-deductible), and also just for the 9 PM concert ($35).

Then, on night 2 (11/14), Kim will first perform as a duo with her Her Noise collaborator Jutta Koether, and will then do a trio set with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing). Tickets for night 2 are available.

The week after the Kim Gordon benefit, there's also the Body/Head show at MoMA (11/21), featuring a DJ set from Kathleen Hanna (The Julie Ruin, Le Tigre, Bikini Kill). Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also win a pair.

J Mascis just played a Brooklyn show with Speedy Ortiz last week (10/23) in celebration of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr clothing line. Dinosaur Jr will open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets), and Dinosaur's Lou Barlow will bring his other band, Sebadoh, to NYC when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on Friday (11/1) (tickets).

Speaking of Gang Gang Dance side projects, Brian DeGraw's new solo project bEEdEEgEE will make its live debut on November 30 at Glasslands. Since we last spoke, Mas Ysa was added to that show. Tickets are still available.

We also just posted some tributes/sentiments from Kim Gordon and other Sonic Youth members to Lou Reed.

Tonight (10/29) in NYC is also Lee Ranaldo's guitar clinic at Other Music, which starts at 8 PM.

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with a video of Kim Gordon playing "Don't" with Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2012, below...

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"RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable." - Lee Ranaldo

"So sorry to hear of Lou Reed s passing this is a huge shock!" - Kim Gordon

Sonic Youth at Battery Park in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Sonic Youth

Of the many musicians that have commented on the unfortunate passing of Lou Reed, we haven't gotten one (yet?) from Sonic Youth, the legendary experimental New York band who owe much of their career to Lou's legendary experimental New York band. Though two of the members did tweet sentiments (above), and the band tweeted a link to a Dangerous Minds post featuring Sonic Youth "in the weirdest Lou Reed 'tribute' you'll ever see." The post features a short film from 1987 starring Sonic Youth called Lou Believers. As Ron Kretsch at Dangerous Minds puts it:

In 1987, filmmaker David Markey, best known for Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, Lovedolls Superstar, and 1991: The Year Punk Broke, made a short film called Lou Believers, featuring "Lou Reed" (actually Joe Cole with a copy of the Lou Reed cover of BAM stuck to his face) running around Los Angeles with Thurston Moore, accosting and terrorizing random strangers in efforts to score heroin and see the James Woods film The Boost. Kim Gordon appears as well. It's goofy, hammy, less than unscripted, several miles past utterly fucking stupid, and often really, really funny.
Check out the video below.

Kim Gordon also tweeted a response to Miley Cyrus' "noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED" tweet saying, "I could tell he's been a big inspiration to her." Though as MTV would have it, Miley is one of the "12 People You Love Who Loved Lou Reed."

In related news, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is playing The Stone on New Year's Eve with John Zorn, who also paid tribute to Lou. Thurston's band Chelsea Light Moving are also releasing a tour-only split cassette with their tourmates Merchandise. The cassette features a new song from each band, and Merchandise's is their first recording with new drummer Elser Nino. The tour begins this Tuesday (10/29), and all dates are listed below.

Elser Nino also drums in hardcore band Shoxx, who are about to play their last-ever show on November 8 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave) with Gag, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry, and Ivy.

Lee Ranaldo is also doing his guitar clinic at Other Music tonight (10/28). It starts at 8 PM.

Video below...

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Body/Head at Union Pool in September (more by Adela Loconte)
Body/Head

We just recently posted some updates to the two-night Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room (11/13-14), which take place in the midst of her band Body/Head's tour, but what we didn't realize is that there's yet another upcoming NYC show on Body/Head's schedule. This one happens a week after the IPR benefit at MoMA on November 21, as part of MoMA's PopRally series, which "features collaborations with artists and musical acts, performances, film screenings, receptions, and special viewings of exhibitions." Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and most recently The Julie Ruin, who played their second show ever with Body/Head) will be DJing. Tickets for the MoMA show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a few pairs. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Body/Head performs as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori at night 1 of the Kim Gordon benefit, and Kim performs in two separate duos (one with Jutta Koether, one with a TBA guest) at night 2. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale to the general public this Friday (10/11).

Meanwhile, The Julie Ruin next play NYC on October 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out).

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with contest details and a song stream, below...

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Body/Head at Union Pool in September (more by Adela Lotone)
Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon and her duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head, just took part in this past weekend's New Yorker Festival, and as discussed, Kim will be honored with a benefit at Issue Project Room happening on November 13 and 14. Since we last spoke, updated lineup/ticket info has been posted.

Night 1 (11/13) features Body/Head performing as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori rounding out the lineup. Tickets go on sale to ISSUE members today (10/7) and the general on-sale begins Friday (10/11). The first night also has a VIP reception at 7:30 which features Kim performing solo and another "special musical guest" TBA. VIP tickets are on sale now.

Night 2 (11/14) features Kim performing with two duos. One of her sets will be with Jutta Koether, who she previously worked with on Her Noise, and the second duo set is with a special guest collaborator TBA. Tickets go on sale to members today (10/7) and general on-sale begins Friday (10/11).

A video of Kim Gordon performing with Ikue Mori in 2004, below...

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photos by Adela Loconte

"Was already excited to see Kim Gordon's new project at a super small venue, but insane bonus that Yoshimi P-We is opening." - brett renfer

Kim Gordon & Yoshimi @ Union Pool - 9/10/2013
Body Head show
Body Head show

With Body/Head, they're referring back to a rawer, riskier era, creating something wholly unpredictable, based on "scripted improvisation". Gordon has stated that there was very little editing involved in the final product, and while this occasionally manifests in a bit of meandering, they repeatedly succeed in taking their noise somewhere interesting, rather than allowing it to become the chore that some of the Syd Barrett-era psychedelia they were influenced by can be. [The Quietus]
Though Sonic Youth is no longer active, all four members have been keeping busy, and Kim Gordon's been doing so with Body/Head, her noise duo with Bill Nace. Body/Head's new album, Coming Apart, came out this past Tuesday (9/10), and to celebrate the band played a sold-out show at Brooklyn's Union Pool that same day. Noise Nomads, who Thurston Moore told us he loved in 2008, and who we caught opening for him in 2009, opened the show. Yoshimo aka a duo featuring Yoshimi of the Boredoms and Free Kitten which also contains Kim Gordon, was also on the bill thanks to coming to town to play the Station to Station show a few days earlier. Pictures of the Union Pool show are in this post.

Body/Head's tour continues, and it brings them back to NYC for a show on October 5 at SIR Stage 37 as part of the New Yorker Festival (where Kim will also be in conversation with Alex Halberstadt). Then on November 13 and 14, Issue Project Room hosts the Kim Gordon benefit which sees Kim performing along with Bill Nace, Ikue Mori, Jutta Koether, and more TBA (tickets).

More pictures from Union Pool below...

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Lee Ranaldo & the Dust at Maxwell's in July (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust (whose lineup includes fellow Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums) are touring in support of their new album this year. That tour was supposed to hit The Bell House on October 25, but has just been moved to January 11. Tickets for the Bell House show are still available.

Meanwhile, Lee Ranaldo & the Dust will still be playing NYC on October 25, as they've been added as an opener to the previously discussed Kurt Vile show at Terminal 5. Beach Fossils are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Perhaps it's Kurt's way of returning the favor after he opened for Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011? Updated Lee Ranaldo & the Dust dates are listed below.

Speaking of, earlier today we posted about a bunch of upcoming Kim Gordon shows.

Lee Ranaldo & the Dust's new album, Last Night on Earth, comes out on October 8 via Matador. Stream the single, "Lecce, Leaving," along with the updated list of tour dates, below...

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Body/Head at Saint Vitus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Kim Gordon

The main focus of Kim Gordon's post-Sonic Youth career has been Body/Head, her duo with Bill Nace, who release their new album, Coming Apart, next week (9/10) via Matador (have you streamed it?). They're supporting the new album with a tour which begins with a release show in Brooklyn on the day of the album's release at Union Pool (9/10) with YOSHIMO and Noise Nomads. That show is sold out, but there's also a couple other Body/Head and Body/Head-related shows coming up in NYC after the tour ends.

First, Body/Head will perform at the New Yorker Festival, which runs from October 4-6. They play on October 5 at SIR Stage 37, and in addition to their performance, there will also be a conversation with Kim and Alex Halberstadt. Then, there will be a benefit honoring Kim at Issue Project Room on November 13 and 14. That benefit will feature Kim herself being joined by a number of past collaborators, including her Body/Head bandmate Bill Nace, no wave legend Ikue Mori (also known for collaborations with Fred Frith, Julianna Barwick, and more), Kim's Her Noise collaborator Jutta Koether, and more TBA. Tickets for the first night ($250, $150 tax-deductible) which includes a VIP reception with an intimate performance form Kim and food and drinks by Rucola, are on sale now. Tickets for the second night go on sale Thursday, September 13 ($35).

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with a song stream and the flyer for the IPR shows, below...

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