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"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Though Sonic Youth is no longer active, all four members have been keeping busy, and Kim Gordon's been doing so with Body/Head, her noise duo with Bill Nace.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...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo & the Dust reschedule their Bell House show to open for Kurt Vile at Terminal 5 (updated dates)"

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...

Continue reading "Kim Gordon tribute happening at IPR w/ Bill Nace, Ikue Mori, and more; Body/Head playing New Yorker Festival after tour"

AMWeeknd

Arctic Monkeys, who play Webster Hall soon, are streaming their new beat-oriented (but still riff-heavy) album, AM, via iTunes.

The Weeknd, who plays two Radio City shows in October, is streaming his new futuristic R&B album, Kiss Land, via NPR.

Janelle Monae, who plays The Apollo soon, is streaming the ambitious followup to her acclaimed 2010 debut, The Electric Lady, via VH1. Listen below.

King Khan & the Shrines' long-awaited new album, Idle No More, is out this week on Merge. You can stream that below and look for them live in NYC in October.

Body/Head, the current focus of Kim Gordon's post-Sonic Youth career, who play Union Pool soon, are streaming their noisy, experimental new album, Coming Apart, via Pitchfork.

Virginia psychedelic doom band Windhand are streaming their expansive sophomore album, Soma, via Pitchfork.

UK dance trio Factory Floor are streaming their long-awaited self titled debut LP (due out on DFA), via NPR.

Another dancey DFA band, Holy Ghost!, are streaming their new album, Dynamics, via Pitchfork.

Yet another dancey band (but not signed to DFA), Delorean, are streaming Apar, the followup to their 2010 breakthrough, Subiza, via Pitchfork.

Willis Earl Beal made a splash on the scene with his bluesy 2012 debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, and he's now streaming that album's followup, Nobody Knows, via NPR.

John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.

Northampton, MA punk-minded indie rockers Potty Mouth are streaming their debut album, Hell Bent, via NPR. They return to NYC on October 5 at 285 Kent. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Continue reading "stream new albums from Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae, The Weeknd, Body/Head, Windhand, Factory Floor & more"

Sonic Youth

To quote Dangerous Minds:

Raymond Pettibon's cover art for Sonic Youth's Goo album meets Breaking Bad in this droll tee-shirt mashup.

It reads: "I stole Combo's mom's RV. It was all whirlwind, heat, and flash. With-in a week we killed Krazy-8 and hit the road."

Pettibon's original illustration was based on a 1966 news photo of Maureen Hindley and David Smith, witnesses in the case of the "Moors murders" serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, as they to made their way to the trial.

Maybe Walter Jr will show up to see Thurston Moore this weekend?

Body/Head at Saint VItus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Body/Head

Body/Head, the current project of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (with Bill Nace) have just revealed "Actress," the noisy first single from their upcoming album, Coming Apart, which is due out September 10 via Matador. Stream the track (via Rookie) below.

Body/Head's previously discussed tour includes a Brooklyn show on the day of the album's release at Union Pool (9/10) with YOSHIMIO and Noise Nomads. Tickets for that show are still available.

Kim's ex-Sonic Youth bandmates Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley have a new Lee Ranaldo & the Dust album on the way, and their tour hits NYC on October 25 at The Bell House (tickets).

Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving recently announced a tour with Merchandise, but no NYC dates on that one.

Body/Head song stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and his band The Dust, who played one of the last-ever Maxwell's shows, recently announced their new album, and since we last spoke, more details on that album have been announced. It's called Last Night on Earth and it will be out on October 8 via Matador. Lee also just released the first single, "Lecce, Leaving," which should appeal to anyone who liked his last album, Between the Times and the Tides, or his poppier Sonic Youth offerings. You can stream that below, along with the tracklist, and that's the album artwork above.

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust will also be supporting the new album with a previously discussed tour, which, as mentioned, hits NYC on October 25 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song stream, tracklist, and the list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo and the Dust detail new album, share a song"

by Andrew Sacher

Grateful Dead

One of the more polarizing bands, as far as indie rock fans are concerned, is the Grateful Dead. But despite all the hipsters who want to make sure no one thinks they're hippies, there's a big chunk of the indie community who actually likes this band, so it's pretty cool that The National have gathered members from a bunch of great indie bands -- Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, and Kurt Vile & the Violators -- to participate in a Grateful Dead tribute album, as Relix reports. (They announced it yesterday [8/1], aka Jerry Garcia's birthday.)

Like Dark was the Night, which The National's Dessner brothers also curated, this will benefit AIDS organization Red Hot. But unlike that one, which was a compilation, this one "will hone in on a few all-star ensembles assembled for the project as well as select featured guests." The Relix article continues:

The Dessners also cite Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as big-name indie guitarists with an affinity for the Dead who'd fit on the album. In 2012, Aaron Dessner, The Walkmen's Walter Martin and the Devendorf brothers performed with Bob Weir at benefit show held at the Dead guitarist's TRI Studios. Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson has also performed with Weir at TRI while The War on Drugs regularly cover "Touch of Grey." As they mention in the September issue of Relix, the Dessners riffed on "Eyes of the World" for eight hours during their first jam session with Bryan Devendorf in middle school."

"There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn't expect," Bryce Dessner says. "Lee Ranaldo is a crazy Deadhead. So that was part of the idea but I think it is broader than that now. Jerry Garcia was a total cat."

Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra just announced two Best Buy Theater shows (11/29-30). Tickets for those are on sale now.

Onetime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is taking his Mickey Hart Band to Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is playing a few Northeast shows this year, including 9/26 at The Paramount (tickets), 10/5 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and 10/10 at Town Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.

And, both Vampire Weekend (tickets) and Kurt Vile (tickets) are each about to play their biggest NYC shows yet this fall.

Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...

Continue reading "The National enlist members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, Walkmen & War on Drugs for Grateful Dead tribute"

photos by Kenneth Bachor

Lee Ranaldo & the Dust @ Maxwell's - 7/30/13
Lee Ranaldo @ Maxwell's - 7/30/2013

The second to last show ever at legendary Hoboken rock club Maxwell's happened last night (7/30), headlined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and his current band, The Dust, whose lineup also includes Sonic Youth drummer/Maxwell's co-owner Steve Shelley. The night began with a set from Houndmouth (who had just played Newport Folk Festival), and direct support came from a "secret" band, Single Dynamite, which ended up including Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Quasi/Wild Flag's Janet Weiss. Pictures of last night's show (unfortunately none of Houndmouth) are in this post.

Maxwell's farewell block party just began (4 PM), and the final two shows tonight are an early one with The Individuals and Delicate Steve and a late one with The Bongos and "a" ( both sold out). And just a heads up that if you planned to use the Lincoln Tunnel to get to Maxwell's today, it was apparently closed due to a debris spill but just reopened, reports ABC News.

Lee Ranaldo & the Dust will be heading out on a full tour around the time of their new album that hits NYC on October 25 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures from last night below...

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

Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth released his first rock-oriented solo album, Between the Times and the Tides in 2012, and did a ton of touring in support of it with his band (Alan Licht, Steve Shelly, and Tim Luntzel), that he's since renamed The Dust. Now, Lee Ranaldo and the Dust are set to release what will technically be their debut album ("reflecting its more band-oriented approach and sound") this fall. It's a double album due out in October, but no exact release date or album title have been announced yet.

As discussed, Lee Ranaldo and the Dust are set to play the second-to-last Maxwell's show ever on July 30 with Houndmouth (who play Newport Folk Festival first). That show has long sold out, but the band have now announced a full international tour, which they'll kick off this October. The tour begins in Hudson, NY and it brings the band back to NYC for a show on October 25 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with a recent live video, below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo and the Dust announce new album & tour (dates)"

Body Head

Body/Head began as a freeform side project for Kim Gordon and noise artist Bill Nace. But with Gordon and Thurston Moore's split in 2011 -- which brought an end to Sonic Youth as well -- the duo (who played Northside most recently) has taken more shape and form, becoming more of an actual band. After a single and tour EP, Body/Head have just announced their debut album, Coming Apart, will be out September 10 on Matador. That's the cover art above.

A video of Body/Head from Northside below...

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

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (which appears to be the new name of the Lee Ranaldo Band, as the members -- Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel -- are the same) will be kicking off an international tour soon, which includes dates in Europe and South America. Upon returning home, they'll play a NYC-area show on July 30 at Maxwell's, which will be one of the last shows to take place at the Hoboken venue. Support at the show comes from folk rockers Houndmouth. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

Lee's ex-Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon plays Saint Vitus on Thursday (6/13) as one of half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. That bill also includes Majical Cloudz, Foreplay, and "Special Guests." Tickets are still available.

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

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo and the Dust touring, playing Maxwell's (dates)"

Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon talked to Elle:

"We have all these books, records, and art and are getting it all assessed; that's what is taking so long," she says after ordering a glass of rosé. But both have moved on. Among her suitors are a restaurateur, an architect, and an actor. "It's just weird," Gordon says of navigating new romance. "I can't tell what's normal." And Moore has regularly been seen with the same woman, fueling the rumor that his affair helped doom their marriage. "We seemed to have a normal relationship inside of a crazy world," Gordon says of her marriage. "And in fact, it ended in a kind of normal way--midlife crisis, starstruck woman."

Some years ago, a woman Gordon declines to name became a part of the Sonic Youth world, first as the girlfriend of an erstwhile band member and later as a partner on a literary project with Moore. Eventually, Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him about having an affair. They went to counseling, but he kept seeing the other woman. "We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do," Gordon says. "Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul." Moore moved out. Gordon stayed home and listened to a lot of hip-hop. "Rap music is really good when you're traumatized," she says.

Read the whole article at Elle.

Info on upcoming Kim Gordon and related Sonic Youth appearances, HERE.

Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lee Ranaldo

The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.

Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.

Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...

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Thurston Moore

Matador Records confirms that it is in fact Thurston Moore in the BrooklynVegan comments, who wrote this:

I'm in London now - but i'm heading to east coast USA feb 16 -- gonna conspire with the band and matador and figure out where to do this -- i'm thinking sick house basement birthday party --- gonna see about inviting some heavy peeps like alice cooper, negative approach, savages (from france!), trash kit (from uk!), ZZZs (from japan!) -- or at least some local, wherever that may be, killer krusherzzzz!!! insanity approaches!!!!!
thurston
Matador also confirms that Thurston is still looking for ideas. Make your pitch in the comments of this post. See previous ideas, multiple comments from Thurston, and all CLM tour dates, in our previous post.

Body/Head
Understated

A lot has been written about Thurston Moore since Sonic Youth went on indefinite hiatus, his new project Chelsea Light Moving perhaps being the highest profile of the splinter projects. But his ex-wife Kim Gordon has been busy too, playing with Dinosaur Jr. at their You're Living All Over Me anniversary show at T5 and will perform at John Cale's Nico tribute at BAM next month.

Kim has also been exercising her experimental side, forming Body/Head with free noise guitarist Bill Nace. They released a single through Belgian label Ultra Eczema over the summer and you can check out live video of the duo below. Body/Head will play NYC at Union Pool on January 26 with Sightings and Jake Meginsky also on the bill. Tickets to that show just went on sale at noon today (12/18).

Chicagoans can also catch Kim in their city in March, at the Museum of Contemporary Art with White/Light.

Continue reading "Kim Gordon's new project Body/Head playing NYC in January"

The stolen guitar...
Maccavana

Hi -- Thurston Moore had his 1966 (circa) Fender Jazzmaster stolen from the Best Western in Philadelphia (501 N 22nd St) last night 12-12-12 around 12 midnight. It's Thurston's iconic Sonic Youth black Jazzmaster with all the stickers on its body. Here's a couple of photos. A police report has been filed. Please email us if anyone tries to sell this relic to yur store, it would be appreciated. Please forward to other guitar stores you may know in the area.

Thanks,

Thurston

Be on the lookout! Additional info: "it has a Mastery Bridge, and the pickguard has been changed so stickers might be different. it's a 1960 serial#41927." Hope you get it back Thurston.

Thurston played SPACE in Philly last night as part of a short string of dates that included Union Pool the other night and includes an upcoming show at Bowery Electric. Another shot of the guitar is below...

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Thurston & John on stage w/ Sharon Van Etten in Nov. (more by Chris La Putt)
Thurston Moore John Moloney

Thurston Moore and his Chelsea Light Moving bandmate John Moloney, who released the collaborative Caught On Tape earlier this year, are teaming up for a NYC show at Union Pool on December 11 with Speedy Ortiz and Lone Wolf (aka Ryan Sawyer, who also appears at Union Pool a few days earlier with Yeah Yeah Yeahs for a Sandy benefit). Admission is $10 at the door.

For Northampton's Speedy Ortiz, the show is part of a short December tour which also includes another Brooklyn show happening on December 13 at Shea Stadium with Grooms, Lushes, and Eartheater. After that tour, they plan to head out with Roomrunner in January but the dates for that tour have not been announced yet. Roomrunner meanwhile open for Future of the Left at Knitting Factory tonight (11/27).

As mentioned, Thurston Moore's ex-Sonic Youth bandmate/wife Kim Gordon will appear at the Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me show at Terminal 5 (12/1), along with Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep) and Johnny Marr. Kurt Vile opens the show and tickets are still available.

A list of all Speedy Ortiz dates and an excerpt of Thurston & John's Caught On Tape release, below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore & John Moloney playing collaborative set; Speedy Ortiz touring (dates, stream)"

Kurt Cobains

Via Buzzfeed & Laughing Squid, comes this handwritten list Kurt Cobain made, as published in Journals in 2002. Read the whole thing typed, below...

Continue reading "Kurt Cobain's 50 favorite albums"

Loren Connors at Le Poisson Rouge in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Loren Connors

Speaking of Loren Connors, who opens for Jozef Van Wissem tonight, he's releasing a collaborative single with singer Suzanne Langille called I Wish I Didn't Dream on Northern Spy Records. You can order that single and listen to some samples at the Northern Spy website. They'll be celebrating it with a Northern Spy-presented release show in Brooklyn on November 13 at 285 Kent with Text of Light (aka Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, and Ryan Sawyer and Tom Carter & Pat Murano. No advance tickets for that one at the moment. $10 at the door.

This isn't the first time that Loren Connors associated with a member of Sonic Youth. Over the summer he played a collaborative set with Thurston Moore as part of Spy Music Festival.

Speaking of Sonic Youth members, Steve Shelley isn't in Disappears anymore but he's still in Spectre Folk with Pavement/Sonic Youth bassist Mark Ibold, and Spectre Folk will play a Brooklyn show on Sunday (10/7) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Scott & Charlene's Wedding (who also play the Oh My Rockness CMJ kickoff show at Pianos on 10/15 with Murals), Images, and Gem Trails.

The Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore album, YOKOKIMTHURSTON, is out now. You can stream that in its entirety below via a spotify widget.

Continue reading "Loren Connors playing shows (one w/ Lee Ranaldo's Text of Light); Spectre Folk playing w/ Scott & Charlene's Wedding"

Lee Ranaldo @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by jessierocks)
Lee Ranaldo

Jello Biafra @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by zacharylipez)
Jello Biafra

Today (9/17,Rosh Hashanah for many), protestors have taken to the streets around Wall Street on the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movment. The anniversary celebration kicked off yesterday, on Sunday, in Foley Square near City Hall where a stage was setup for a five-hour concert featuring familiar, OWS-supporting names like Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Lee Ranaldo (and Steve Shelley) of Sonic Youth, Michelle Shocked, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and Jimmy McMillan, who as we pointed out last week, will be running for mayor again because the rent is still too damn high! Watch videos from the show, below...

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Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth promised us some "news" at noon today, and that news is...

Sonic Youth - Smart Bar - Chicago 1985
2xlp/ CD / digital
Release Date : November 14, 2012

In August 1985 Sonic Youth were touring across the states following the release of their recently released LP 'Bad Moon Rising'. This performance from August 11, 1985 at Chicago's Smart Bar was recorded on 4-track cassette. This live recording consists of much of Bad Moon Rising and early performances of Secret Girl + Expressway to Yr Skull later to be released on EVOL, as well as a rare never before released live rendition of Kat 'N' Hat.

Mixed and mastered by the band from the original tape source for this double LP edition w/ download card (or CD or digital edition) along w/ liner notes by Gerard Cosloy and Sonic Youth engineer Aaron Mullan and photos by Pat Blashill and Steven Koress and released by Sonic Youth on their own label Goofin' Records and distributed via Revolver USA.

Tracklisting below...

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Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth are promising some kind of "news" at noon Monday. Meanwhile we can hope it's related to Steve Shelley leaving Disappears (but we'll keep our expectations low by listening to the Facebook commenter who wrote " Likely announcing one of the archival releases Lee already mentioned in an interview: '85 live show, '86 tour film or the deluxe Sister reissue.").

UPDATE: It's a live album.

Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park, July 2012 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

While the status on Lee Ranaldo best-known musical endeavor remains up in the air, he's keeping busy supporting his new solo album which came out on Matador earlier this year, like opening for Wilco at Prospect Park last month. Next up: he's playing Union Pool on August 30 with Chris Lee and Spectre Folk. No advance tickets for this show at the moment.

UPDATE: Tickets go on sale today (8/15) at 6 PM.

Lee's Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley not only plays in Lee Ranaldo's band and Spectre Folk, but also runs new label Vampire Blues which just released new records by Spectre Folk and Chris Lee so this is basically a big label launch / record release party. You can stream both below via a Spotify player. Shelley plays drums on Chris Lee's new album, Bury the Kings, so he may not leave the drum kit all night.

In other related news, Ranaldo's other other band, Glacial, just released their new album, On Jones Beach, which consists of one 42-minute track. (Pitchfork gave it an 8.0.) Ranaldo will also be playing this year's ATP New York in September. And Thurston Moore's new band, Chelsea Light Moving, plays their first NYC show at 285 Kent on September 12 and tickets are still available with proceeds going to benefit Charalambides' Tom Carter who fell seriously ill this year while touring Europe.

Flyer for the Union Pool show and album streams are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Groovy & Linda" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Frank O'Hara Hit" (MP3)

Chelsea Light Moving at Sled Island 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore's new band, Chelsea Light Moving, who played a few shows in June (Sled Island included) has finally announced a show in Thurston's hometown of NYC. Chelsea Light Moving will play Issue Project Room 285 Kent on September 12 with Steve Gunn and White Out. (UPDATE: The show is presented by Issue Project Room but it's happening at 285 Kent.) Tickets for that show are on sale now. All proceeds go to Tom Carter.

You've already heard the band's first song, "Burroughs," which you can now watch "the officially unofficial video" for below. They've since revealed two more songs, "Groovy & Linda" and "Frank O'Hara Hit," both of which you can download above.

Chelsea Light Moving isn't the only new project of Thurston's. It was also recently confirmed that he joined black metal supergroup Twilight, which there has been talk of since 2010. Thurston joins a lineup of Nachtmystium's Blake Judd and Sanford Parker, The Atlas Moth's Stavros Giannopolous, Leviathan's Wrest (aka Jef Whitehead), Krieg's Imperial (aka Neill Jameson), and Isis/Old Man Gloom's Aaron Turner. In a press release (via P4K) Thurston says, "We're not coming together to make music, we're joining forces to destroy all rational thought."

In other Sonic Youth news, in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Lee Ranaldo revealed that the band hope to release a deluxe edition of Sister and live albums from specific points in their career, with a 1985 live album coming "in the next couple months." They also have recordings they made for films that were never released that they'd like to get out there.

That video is below.

Continue reading "Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving playing NYC show; Thurston joins Twilight; Sonic Youth planning reissues"