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by Bill Pearis

Rory reading the Bob Pollard interview in The Big Takeover, Gilmore Girls S2
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Talk has been swirling for months that Gilmore Girls would be returning to television as a short-form Netflix series. Netflix confirmed it today: it's called Gilmore Girls Seasons and will be four 90-minute "movies" each set in one of the four seasons, within a single year. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who was famously fired from the show after its sixth season on the WB, will return along with husband Daniel Palladino to write and direct all four. Hopefully this will right some of the wrongs committed in the show's not-very-good seventh, Palladino-free season.

Almost the entire main cast -- Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn, and Keiko Agena -- have been confirmed for Seasons. Only Melissa McCarthy, who played chef Sookie and has since become a huge movie star, has not been announced as returning (she hasn't been announced as not returning either). Edward Hermann, who played Lorelia's father and sadly died in 2014, is the only other castmember who'll be notably absent. Filming starts Monday (February 1) but no premiere date has been set.

Girlmore Girls remains one of the most musically obsessed shows ever on TV. Rarely was there an episode that didn't at least mention a band, Grant Lee Phillips and Sebastian Bach had a recurring roles, and Sonic Youth, The Bangles, The Shins, Joe Pernice, Yo La Tengo, and Sparks (!) all appeared in the series. (Most of these were all in the same episode.) There was also an episode subplot based on Brian Jonestown Massacre documentary DiG! (complete with Joel Gion appearance), and it is also the only show, to my knowledge, ever to mention The Shaggs by name. No word on whether Phillips, who played the town troubadour, will return -- he was last seen leaving Stars Hollow to open for Neil Young.

Watch some of Gilmore Girls' most musical moments, below...

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photo: Arcade Fire & David Bowie at Summerstage in 2005 (more)
David Bowie Arcade Fire

Yesterday, tons of artists shared tributes to the late David Bowie, and there are more still coming in today.

Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with Bowie more than once, wrote:

David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox said:
First of all, who cares what I have to say about David Bowie? I've been reading all of these amazing tributes written by people who actually knew him and I feel kind of weird talking about it, but I'm very honored to be asked. Honestly, I got more texts and phone calls about Bowie's death than I did back when I got hit by a car, which is oddly flattering because it just means that people that know me also know how much I loved him.

There's no question. There's nobody that's had a bigger influence on my entire life--not just on the way I make music, but also the way I think and feel about things--than David Bowie. I literally wouldn't do what I do if it weren't for him...and looking back, there's honestly not a part of my life that can't be somehow defined by whatever David Bowie record I was listening to at the time. I can't really say that about any other artist. I mean, if I want to relive my childhood and young adulthood I can basically just listen to the Sound + Vision box set.

Read the rest of Bradford's lengthy tribute here.

We already posted Kim Gordon's, and here's one from her Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (via The Talkhouse):

In 1997, we in Sonic Youth were amazed when we got word from David Bowie, inviting us to perform with him onstage at Madison Square Garden in celebration of his 50th birthday. That he even knew who we were was amazing to us! We had been so inspired and influenced by his music for so long, and it was a huge thrill to join him in performance. Hanging out with him leading up to the concert, it was clear that he was still fully engaged and informed about all kinds of music and art going on around him, curious and open to new influences. Not many of his generation were tuned in to the kind of thing that we were doing, but he certainly was.

A few days before the show, we all trooped up to Connecticut for rehearsal. David had rented the Hartford Civic Center arena for the day so we could rehearse and get comfortable in a venue with a stage the same size as Madison Square Garden! He had asked our friend Tony Oursler to do some of his video projections as the stage set for the concert. Tony was a fellow artist-traveller who had directed our "Tunic" video a few years prior. David impressed us with his focus and his friendly and positive demeanor throughout a long day. He was excited, and certainly we were! We were only halfway thru our thirty-year career as a band at that time, while he was already past that mark, and obviously still going strong. A Radical Adult.

This morning, for some reason I woke unexpectedly at 6:00 AM and couldn't sleep. I reached for my phone to check the New York Times, and was completely shocked -- devastated! -- to read the news. A new album, new theatre production, new musical directions -- he was so active this last year. To realize that he was accomplishing all this while knowing his fate makes his recent accomplishments all the more inspiring.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore says:
David Bowie's energy was charged with light. His love and passion for art, in all its intrigue and interplay with nature, was manifest in his smile, his charm. He loved to experiment while honoring the grace of tradition and subsequently informed and inspired anyone lucky enough to be there when Ziggy Stardust took the stage and hit the racks. When punk rode into town and every rock n' roller pre-1976 was denounced as a dinosaur, there were few exceptions. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Marc Bolan, Eno, Bryan Ferry and definitely Bowie.

He was the one gentleman who excitedly applauded Devo and Suicide and in the 80s was rumored to have been checking out Pixies, Sonic Youth, et al. He asked Sonic Youth to play "I'm Afraid of Americans" with his band at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. We met and rehearsed a couple of times and played the gig and it was all amazing, another realm of experience from where we traversed, but the one thing I always remember is him coming into the communal dressing room area where all the other artists were to say hello and have some photos taken. As he was leaving he turned and shouted, "Hi Coco, I'm so happy you're here! Have a great time!" to my three-year-old daughter Coco, who I was holding in my arms. She was the only person unaware of any hierarchy of celebrity in the room.

It brings to mind Bowie's early connection with Buddhist philosophy, practice and meditation, studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lama Chime RInpoche. Legend has it that David had considered a life as a monk but his teachers saw his light was needed beyond the monastery and advised him to follow it. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in later years, became the Buddhist teacher to Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and so many others who employ kindness and contemplative thought as activism towards peace. Bowie, fabulous Capricorn, touched each of us in a remarkable and personal way, sharing not only his genuine brilliance for songwriting, but his joy for life, his rock n' roll love. Now we see, the Starman who'd "love to blow our minds" was indeed the man himself, dignified in his devotion to creative bliss, light and love.

Also via The Talkhouse, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio:
I was coming back to California from France on January 9th, had bought and downloaded Blackstar right before I got on the plane, listened to it a bunch, passed out at home and woke up to all of this very sad news. Still seems like a dream. I was working on some music with a friend the day before I'd left and we talked about how excited we were to hear Blackstar after hearing the singles and how great it was to be alive and able to say, "Hey, the new Bowie's coming out tomorrow." Talked about how many millions of people had said that, had thought that, over the course of four-plus decades, and every time with the sincere question attached, "Well, what is it going to BE?" "What is it going to be LIKE?" "WHO is he now?" Listening to the record, reading the lyrics, it seems like maybe he had the same questions about living and leaving.

I feel insanely lucky that he took an interest and was so incredibly supportive of anything we were doing with TV on the Radio, and the fact that he was kind enough to record a song with us is something I don't think I'll ever be able to fully process. In the very, very little time he spent with the band he was so humble it was eerie. He was incredibly funny, and chatting casually about bands like Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and how into them he was, pushed me out of the deep shock of "I'm talking to him" and into the even deeper shock of "I love these bands completely, but why would YOU know or care about... oh right... you're... David Bowie. You probably know and care a bit about everything... which maybe no one can, but maybe... you're... no one? Who ARE you?" Then he sang on the song and we, as a band, shat our collective pants. And still, afterwards...Who WAS that? Which one was that? Who was that person who had, and had lived so many ideas that he'd actually become an idea himself?

Huge artist lessons from that idea: Change is the law. Get to it. Get lost. Try it out. Don't get scared of your pain. Sit with it. Maybe it matters so much because it doesn't. Don't get stuck. Freak yourself out. Crack up. Stay interested. Make something. If you recognize it too well, mess up its face, bend it, make it something else. Make THAT something else. Stay on top of it. Drop it. Get magic. Build ways in, build ways out. Be disciplined. Make it count, be kind and stay true to yourself, whichever one you happen to be at the time.

The news, like this beautiful man, this art and artist, fills and empties and refills your heart and just keeps going. I don't know that he ever was, or could be fixed in one place, but now I think he's just everywhere, in a fine mist, every single one of him, all of them love.

Blondie Bowie

Blondie singer Debbie Harry, in a statement to Dazed, said:

In NYC there is a yearly Bowie Ball when local musicians all perform a Bowie song. It happens every year and this next one will be a sad and extremely heartfelt evening for everyone. Who doesn't love Bowie? A visionary artist, musician, actor, a completely renaissance man who has given us a long list of songs like "Heroes", "Rebel Rebel", "Young Americans", "Diamond Dogs", "The Jean Genie" and many, many more, and some memorable film performances like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, Labyrinth, The Hunger.

I can't say enough things about David Bowie to show how much I love him. When the Low album was out and Iggy Pop was about to tour, David played keyboards in Iggy's band. They asked Blondie to open for them, and as they say, the rest is history. Without this visionary and his friend Iggy Pop, where would Blondie be today? Silly question and one that can't be answered really, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bowie played a big part in our future successes. As for now, love you David Bowie. Xx

Madonna wrote:
I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot. .
The world will miss you.
Love
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Madonna also covered "Rebel Rebel" at her show on Tuesday in honor of him. Video below.

Ozzy Osbourne said "It knocked the shit out of me." Read his interview with Rolling Stone about it.

Billy Bragg talked about his love of Bowie...

All of the artists that me and my mates at school listened to were reassuringly heterosexual: Slade, Rod Stewart, Status Quo. Bowie was something else. As 14-year-olds in 1972, if we knew anything about him it was that he was a 'bender' - in the spiteful parlance of the playground - and so best avoided. Then I heard 'The Jean Genie'. With no foreknowledge of the Velvet Underground, this just sounded to me like a thumping great dose of bootboy pop that beat Slade at their own game. I was hooked.

When 'Aladdin Sane' came out a few months later, the open gatefold sleeve was displayed in the window of the local record store: Bowie standing, hands on hips, naked except for the red/blue lightening bolt across his face. The fact that he had no discernable genitalia seemed only to confirm that he was not as other men.

Coming out as a Bowie fan would leave me open to jibes about my own sexuality, but I couldn't resist the sock hop pop of 'The Prettiest Star' and the fretful grandeur of 'Drive-In Saturday'. I took the record into school and found that, rather than being called names, it made me more popular with the smart girls in our class who got together in the lunch break to listen to 'Hunky Dory'. Bowie's androgyny - making him popular with both boys and girls - had created a bridge across what had been, for me, an unfathomable chasm.
After he played Romford Odeon on the last leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour in April 1973, the whole of the 4th year seemed to go Bowie mad. My parents wouldn't buy me anything androgynous to wear, but I did take the cover of 'Aladdin Sane' to the local barber's to get the 'Bowie cut'.

I remained a huge fan of his work as he has moved effortlessly forward, engaging with new ideas and media. I ended up spending my life with a girl who saw the Ziggy Stardust tour and we take great delight in the fact that our son has grown up to be a huge Bowie fan.
But whenever I hear his music, I'm a teenager again, taking my first taste of something ungendered, transgressive. At a crucial moment in my adolescence, David Bowie showed me that masculinity wasn't the only way to attract girls and, for that, I thank him.

Britt Daniel of Spoon uploaded a cover of Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" and wrote:
I went to bed early last night. Woke up at 3 and glanced at my phone. It's 515 now and I'm realizing there'll be no more sleep tonight. I was just saying last week isn't it amazing how Bowie is still with us and we get another album from him? No other artist has meant as much to me personally or inspired my own songs as much. What a spirit. What an inspiration. What a shining example of the beauty that humanity can create. Bless him.
Head HERE to read tributes by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Devo, Nile Rodgers, J Mascis, Jimmy Page and more. Head here for Iggy Pop.

Listen to Britt's cover and TV on the Radio's (not new) cover of "Heroes" below...

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Also: Talking Heads, Yoko Ono, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Courtney Love, Brian May, Jimmy Page, The Who, Peter Gabriel, New Order, Yoko Ono, J Mascis & more

Paul McCartney David Bowie

We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

Bowie Jagger

The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

Bowie Devo

Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

Yoko Ono John Lennon David Bowie

Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...

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photo: Lee Ranaldo at Market Hotel - 12/16/15 (more by PSquared)
Lee Ranaldo

As Bill just pointed out in his Sleater-Kinney review, opener Lee Ranaldo has been playing NYC a weirdly high amount this month. That trend will continue into January: the first day of January specifically. He's opening Joseph Arthur's 6th annual New Year's Day show at City Winery. Tickets are on sale. After that, Lee does a solo acoustic tour in Europe. All dates are listed below.

Joseph Arthur stays pretty busy too, and after that show he'll hit the road with RNDM, his band with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament. Their tour hits NYC on 3/7 at Gramercy Theatre (tix).

Watch a clip of Lee playing Sonic Youth's "Eric's Trip" with Parquet Courts at GCT15, and browse his list of tour dates, below...

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Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore has a new book called Stereo Sanctity, which is "a large and personal selection of Thurston Moore's poems and lyrics, both with Sonic Youth and as a solo artist, written between 1981 and 2014 and appearing in published form in 2015 for the first time."

It's out now and he'll be celebrating it with readings/Q&As at various Rough Trade locations: the one in NYC on September 22, Nottingham on October 13 and London on October 14. You have to purchase a copy of the book from Rough Trade to get in. More appearances are reportedly TBA.

photo: Jacco Gardner in Chicago (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jacco Gardner

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Jacco Gardner, Meatbodies, Dinner @ Baby's All Right
While his new album Hypnophobia was a little too similar to his debut (mushroom tea pysch, lots of harpsichords and mellotrons), he's really something else live, with a seriously good live band (that currently includes kindred spirit Matson on keyboards). This is a fun bill all-around, with LA band Meatbodies (in town for yesterday's 4 Knots) and art weirdo Dinner.

Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans, The Black Clouds @ The Bell House
Having just returned from a European tour, grunge punk icons Mudhoney are in town for their second of two NYC shows, tonight with fellow mess-makers Pissed Jeans, as well as The Black Clouds.

'Sound & Chaos: The Story of BC Studio', White Hills, Martin Bisi, Bob Bert (ex-Sonic Youth), Algis Kizys (ex-Swans), Members of EULA and Insect Ark, Jonathan Kane (ex-Swans), Dan Kaufman (Barbez) @ Littlefield
Tonight, Littlefield is screening the Sound and Chaos documentary which focuses on Brooklyn's BC Studio, where Martin Bisi has recorded music for over 30 years. He's worked with Sonic Youth, Swans, and many more, and former members of both of those bands join him for live performances tonight.

Caveman, Surf Rock is Dead, Braeves @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
There are way worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than at Riis Park Beach Bazaar which offers food, craft beer/wine, shopping, games...all within a stone's throw of the surf. Also: free live music, today featuring NYC guitar pop outfit, Caveman.

George FitzGerald, Arthur @ Zeitgeist at Sea cruise
UK producer George Fitzgerald expanded his earlier deep house and garage style to include a more songwriter-y feel with live vocals on this year's Fading Love (released on Domino imprint Double Six). Tonight he celebrates on a boat that leaves from Pier 83 and W 42nd St.

Johnny Thunders' Birthday Bash w/ Walter Lure & more @ Bowery Electric
Punk legend Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls and his own band The Heartbreakers would be turning 63 this week, had he not sadly passed away in 1991. In honor of that, his Heartbreakers bandmate Walter Lure and a supporting cast are putting on this show.

Kehlani, Pell @ Highline Ballroom
The "alt-R&B" bubble still hasn't burst, as Kehlani helps prove on her solid debut album, You Should Be Here, which came out earlier this year. Chance the Rapper, BJ the Chicago Kid and others make appearances on it. Opener Pell is worth catching too.

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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photo: Kim Gordon on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Kim Gordon

Old pals and indie legends Kim Gordon and J Mascis have teamed up for a new collaborative song, "Slow Boy," which will appear on the third installment of Converse's CONS EP series. It's pretty much exactly what you want from these two -- Kim's raw shouts and J shredding away. Listen and download it for free, below.

In related news, the Kim Gordon show at 303 Gallery opened this past Thursday (6/4). The show, The City Is A Garden, runs through July 24.

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by Andrew Sacher

Sonic Youth with Bob Bert
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NYC's EULA put out their new Martin Bisi-produced album, Wool Sucking, this week. We previously posted the single "Noose," which was pretty indebted to Sonic Youth-y noise rock, but the album touches on a few other styles too. There's the grungy indie rock of "I Collapse," the lounge-y "Little Hearts," the shouty dance-punk of "Orderly," the dream pop-ish "Monument" and still more. You can listen to the whole thing below.

EULA celebrate the new album with a release show in their hometown tonight (3/5) at Palisades, and the whole lineup is pretty great. It includes No Bra (to quote Bill, "imagine The Fall and LCD Soundsystem condensed into one [topless] German singer"), masked avant-pop guy Gull, and Martin Bisi performing with an impressive cast of collaborators.

The Sonic Youth/Swans producer will be joined by a former member of each of those bands, Algis Kizys (bass in Swans from Holy Money through Soundtracks for the Blind) and Bob Bert (drums in Sonic Youth from Confusion Is Sex through Bad Moon Rising), plus Ian Campbell of newer goth band Pop. 1280. It's the same lineup he did last year at the afterparty for the premiere of the BC Studio documentary, Sound & Chaos. Their set will also include visuals by Preston Spurlock and live painting by Davey Dave Ampersand. Admission is $7 at the door.

Martin has a few other dates coming up too, including another Brooklyn show this month at The Rock Shop (3/24) and a screening of the BC Studio documentary at Lincoln Center on June 25. All dates are listed, with the trailer for that doc and the EULA LP stream, below...

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National

The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.

We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.

Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...

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Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon's new memoir Girl In A Band comes out next week (2/24), and it's seeming like it's gonna be pretty awesome (not that we would've thought otherwise). A few excerpts have come out where Kim has less-than-nice things to say about Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and her split with Thurston Moore. One also appeared where she had nice things to say about Kurt Cobain (whose birthday is today, happy birthday Kurt). Catch up on those excerpts below.

Today a new Billboard podcast came out where Kim reads a part from her memoir about Sonic Youth's final show, and she also debuts a new solo track, "Close Your Eyes," on the podcast. Listen to that below too (song starts at 18:29).

Kim's book tour in support of Girl In A Band hits NYC on February 23 at Greenlight Books/BAM Cinematek and February 24 at Strand. More info and all dates here.

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Kim Gordon

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, no stranger to authoring books, is releasing a new memoir on February 24 via Dey Street Books called Girl In A Band, presumably named for the ill-advised question female musicians are often asked in interviews that Kim sarcastically sang about on "Sacred Trickster" ("What's it like to be a girl in a band? I don't quite understand!"). She's now announced a book tour in support of it, which has her being interviewed by different people at each stop.

The tour begins around release day, with two NYC appearances. First, she'll be at Brooklyn's Greenlight Books/BAM Cinematek on February 23 with Margaret Bodde (executive producer of a 2011 George Harrison documentary), and then at The Strand on February 24 with novelist/Vanity Fair contributing editor Elissa Schappell. To get into the Strand date, you need to purchase a copy of the book or a $15 Strand gift card. Stay tuned for more info on the Greenlight Books date.

Other stops on the tour will have Kim interviewed by Carrie Brownstein, Aimee Mann, Jon Wurster, Sub Pop's Bruce Pavitt (who also just released a book), and more. All dates are listed below...

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photos by PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher

Thurston Moore
Thurston Moore

The Thurston Moore Band -- aka Thurston Moore, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards -- brought their tour in support of their brand new album The Best Day to Saint Vitus Tuesday night ("we're on our tour of Northeast black metal clubs," Thurston joked on stage). Thurston's new album is the most Sonic Youth-sounding thing he's been involved with since The Eternal, and he's definitely got the right band for the job. James Sedwards is a bit more of a J Mascis type than a Lee Ranaldo (he threw a few wailing guitar solos in there), but Deb held down that SY-style bass playing really well and it was fun to watch her rock out on a small stage in comparison to seeing her with MBV last year. And of course Steve and Thurston have insane chemistry. It's impossible to not wish Kim and Lee were on stage too, but during some of those noise buildups it almost felt like being at a SY show.

Opening the night was their tourmates PCPC, the collaborative band that Andrew Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts formed with members of PC Worship. This year, Andrew and Austin already have a Parquet Courts album out and a Parkay Quarts album on the way that they recently put out a track from, but it was a mystery as to what PCPC would sound like. Turns out they sound... a lot like Sonic Youth. You could argue it was almost a little too similar to be opening for Thurston Moore, but PCPC did it well. Their set had plenty of noise jams too, but these were definitely well-written songs, kind of in the Bad Moon Rising style. Andrew splits lead vocals with one of the PC Worship members, and though Austin doesn't sing in this one, he still stands there looking a lot like a young Thurston Moore. Andrew had jokes too -- "Have you had enough? Or are you thurston for some moore?" Heh heh.

The Thurston/PCPC tour returns to NYC on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. That show is sold out but we're giving away tickets.

Video of PCPC's set and one of Thurston playing "Psychic Hearts," with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...

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Thurston Moore Band (photo by Bebe Labree Besch)
Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore releases his Sonic Youth-y new solo album, The Best Day, this week via Matador (stream it), and he's now made a video for the 8+ minute opening track, "Speak to the Wild," which was directed by Santiago Mostyn. You can check that out below.

As discussed, Thurston will be on tour with Parquet Courts/PC Worship spinoff PCPC and that tour hits NYC on Tuesday (10/21) at Saint Vitus (during but not part of CMJ) and Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade (right after CMJ). Both shows are sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets to the Rough Trade show. Details on how to enter to win are below.

The Thurston Moore Band will also be on WNYC's 'Soundcheck' today (10/20) at 2 PM. Listen here.

Contest details, with the new video and full list of dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Sandro's SY window display on N6 St. (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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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.

Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Kim Gordon's duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head are on board for Boston's Hassle Fest IV this November (with Jason Lescalleet, No Joy, Quilt, Downtown Boys and more), and directly before that they'll play two nights at Brooklyn's Union Pool on November 6 & 7. Both shows are with Wolf Eyes' Nate Young and his band Regression Nightmare. Night 1 will also be opened by Bill Nace's past collaborator Steven Baczkowski, and night 2 also by Vanessa Rossetto. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale (9/30) at 2 PM.

Kim also has an art show opening in NYC in 2015. All Body/Head dates are listed below.

In related news, Kim's ex-Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who played Union Pool a few days ago and has an upcoming duo set with Noveller) has an art show of his own opening in NYC. The show's called Lost Highways and it opens on October 4 at One Mile Gallery (475 Abeel St) with the reception going from 6-8 PM. The show runs through October 25.

List of Body/Head dates and a video below...

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

Continue reading "Thurston Moore details 'The Best Day' LP, shares title track, expands tour (dates & stream)"

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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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.

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