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Boris @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Boris

There aren't many music news items that get me excited as ATP lineup additions. This one is no different. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Torotoise, Bardo Pond, Beak> featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Sleepy Sun, Avi Buffalo, Sunn O)) & Boris performing material from their collaborative album Altar, Dungen, and White Hills have all been added to the already-stellar bill of the 2010 festival at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, NY (Sept 3-5). All confirmed artists and more details below...

Continue reading "ATP NY expands 2010 lineup - Hope Sandoval, SUNN O)) & Boris, Tortoise, BEAK> (Geoff Barrow of Portishead) & more!"

still from Ari Marcopoulos's film Detroit...
Ari Marcopoulos

Ari Marcopoulos's photographs and videos capture the rhythm and feel of diverse youth-oriented subcultures from snowboarding to underground music. His honest portraits depict, as he has stated, "something that just stands for life lived." This evening, he brings together musicians from the electroacoustic improvisation scene, including Orphan and Yellow Tears, for a night of performance and noise. [Whitney]
Participants in the "performance and noise" described above will also include Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. It'll happen at the museum at 7:30pm on Friday, March 26th during the museum's pay-what-you-wish Fridays (6-9pm). That's less than a week before Thurston, drummer Ryan Sawyer and Daniel Carter play Rose Live Music.

In other SY news, the Thurston-led hardcore band re-forming for SXSW, Society's Ills, has changed is name to Demolished Thoughts (the lineup is still Thurston Moore: Vocals, J Mascis: Guitar, Don Fleming: Guitar, Andrew W.K.: Bass, Awesome Allison: Drums). They're playing at the Ecstatic Showcase on Friday, night (3/19) and a Mog day party on Saturday at the Mohawk (with the Black Keys). For their set, they'll expand on their 7 Seconds repertoire with a mix of hardcore selections from scenes that include Boston, Detroit, LA, DC and NYC.

Back in NYC, Lee Ranaldo, photographer/artist spouse Leah Singer and their two sons will be performing at IVANAHelsinki & Love Contemporary pop-up store (238 Mulberry St btwn Spring + Prince) on Sunday, March 14th. The event, titled "What Is That Little Black Thing I See There In The White?" features Lee Ranaldo/Leah Singer/Sage Ranaldo/Frey Ranaldo doing "Music/Movies/Candy/Paper Cutting." It's all ages and runs from 4-6:30pm.

Videos of some recent Lee Ranaldo sound performances are below...

Continue reading "Ari Marcopoulos @ the Whitney, Demolished Thoughts & other Sonic Youth-related happenings "

photos by Kevin Mazur/ Wire Image

"Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Bette midler, freaking amazing!" - nico843

yoko ono

Yoko's Plastic Ono Band will be playing a special show at BAM's Gilman Opera House on Tuesday, February 16th. The show includes guest spots from original/former Plastic Ono band members Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Jim Keltner. Other guests include Justin Bond, Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Martha Wainwright, Haruomi Hosono, Paul Simon and son Harper Simon, and current Ono Band members Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon.
That's how we listed last night's event at BAM (2/16). Martha Wainwright, whose mother recently passed away, ended up not being there, but Gene Ween showed up. Full review and setlist coming soon. In the meantime here are a set of pics...

Continue reading "Yoko's Plastic Ono Band played BAM w/ Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, Scissor Sisters & more (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: Sweet Apple - Do You Remember (MP3)

Thurston w/ Sonic Youth @ MHOW in November (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth

Society's Ills: In 1994 Society's Ills (Moore, Cadena, Watt, Markey) made their world premier with the now coveted "Skins, Brains, and Guts" release - a slab that managed to cram (9) 7 seconds covers onto one 7". In 2010, the band is back and once again fronted by Thurston but he brings with him a new crue of slayers to launch the hardcore fury:

Thurston Moore: Vocals
J Mascis: Guitar
Don Fleming: Guitar [SY producer & Velvet Monkeys/Gumball frontman]
Andrew W.K.: Bass
Awesome Allison: Drums [from Awesome Color]

This set is their first, but don't worry if you miss it cause I'm sure we can put this together again in another 15 years! [Ecstatic Peace]

Society's Ills play in addition to Thurston Moore solo, Talk Normal, The Entrance Band, Violent Soho, the Slits' Viv Albertine, Awesome Color, Jemina Pearl and more at the Ecstatic Peace SXSW Showcase happening Friday, March 19th at Red 7 in Austin. Curious about Society's Ills? Their version of 7 Seconds' "I Hate Sports" is below.

J Mascis will also be playing at SXSW with Sweet Apple, who are playing Mercury Lounge on April 20th. One of their SXSW sets will be at the showcase for TeePee Records, who are putting out the Sweet Apple debut, Love & Desperation, a track from which is above. That show is Thursday, March 18th at Habana Calle 6, and also on the bill are Priestess, Iron Age, Nebula, Naam, Imaad Wasif and more. Full details and a poster are below. Tee Pee Records has also teamed up with BrooklynVegan and Chronic Youth for another day party taking place on Saturday, March 20th in Austin. This is the first we've mentioned it. Stay tuned for more info.

Lou Barlow will also be at SXSW (backed again by The Missingmen) - one of his shows will be the Merge Records showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard on March 18th also featuring Let's Wrestle, She & Him, and others. Full lineup below. For She & Him it's one of two official SXSW shows. They also play Saturday night (March 20th) at Auditorium Shores (with Justin Townes Earle & TBA). Cheap Trick play the same slot at Auditorium Shores one night earlier.

Merge's showcase mentions that one slot will be filled by "Special Guest". We don't know who that is, but we'd have to guess Superchunk is a strong possibility since Mac & Laura have a speaking engagement (in a bookstore) on March 17th, and another one (official SXSW) at the convention center on March 19th (with Michael Azerrad), and the band is on the bill of the Village Voice day party happening at La Zona Rosa the afternoon of March 19th (with the xx, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Surfer Blood). It's definitely not Spoon who play the NPR show at Stubb's on March 17th with Deerhunter (their tour-mates) and The Walkmen.

Society's Ills Bassist Andrew W.K. will also be performing separately (and speaking) at SXSW (and at MtyMx in Mexico).

Kim and Thurston are playing with the Plastic Ono Band in their two-night Brooklyn Academy of Music run. They were at the dress rehearsal (aka the first night) last night (2/16). BV photographer Greg Cristman was in the audience and told us, "One definite highlight was Thurston and Kim played with Yoko as a trio and did a killer version of Mulberry from Unfinished Music No. 2 while the film Fly was projected on a huge screen behind them!" - a (poor quality) video clip of one of the other songs is below.

Full lineups for the showcases and videos are below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore (& Kim) rehearsed w/ Yoko @ BAM, recreating Society's Ills (w/ Mascis, WK), appearing @ SXSW (like She & Him, Merge Records, Tee Pee...) "

ATP NY

All Tomorrow's Parties will return to Kutsher's Country Club, Monticello for the third ATP New York festival over Labor Day weekend, running from Friday 3rd September - Sunday 5th September. We are very excited to announce that legendary film-maker Jim Jarmusch, well known for his fantastic collaborations and documentaries with musicians will be the guest curator on Sunday 5th.
Jim as curator is not completely surprising since he took part in the 2009 fest as well. Bigger posters, more info on the 2010 fest, and the updated lineup is below!...

Continue reading "Jim Jarmusch to curate ATP NY - updated lineup w/ Sonic Youth, EITS, Breeders, Brian Jonestown, F'd Up, Raekwon"

Yoko Ono

Yoko's Plastic Ono Band will be playing a special show at BAM's Gilman Opera House on Tuesday, February 16th. The show includes guest spots from original/former Plastic Ono band members Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Jim Keltner (one former "member," Ringo Star, isn't scheduled to be there, though he is in NYC on Jan 14th). Other guests include Justin Bond, Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Martha Wainwright, Haruomi Hosono, Paul Simon and son Harper Simon, and current Ono Band members Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon. Tickets are on sale.

Plastic Ono Band (sans guests) will also be at this year's Noise Pop Festival in San Fran on Febraury 23rd. The group's new sprawling record, Between My Head And The Sky, the first 'Ono Band' record since the '70s, came out last September. A flyer for the show is below...

Continue reading "Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band playing BAM w/ lots of special guests (Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Bette Midler) (tix on sale)"

DOWNLOAD: Velvet Underground - live from the New York Public Library (MP3)

Lou Reed

Lou Reed, John Zorn, Sonic Youth and others will play a benefit concert for Tuli Kupferberg, the Beat poet and original member of the Fugs, at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn on Jan. 22. Mr. Kupferberg, 86, has had two strokes over the last year, which have left him blind -- although he still manages to regularly post video jokes to YouTube -- and the tickets for the concert, which is being produced by Hal Willner, will help pay his medical expenses. Among the others performers are the singer John Kruth; Ed Sanders, Mr. Kupferberg's fellow Fug; and Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders (who also played on early Fugs albums). Tickets are $75 to $125 and are available at stannswarehouse.org or (718) 254.8779. [NY Times]
Hal Willner, who's putting together the show, also organized the "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues?" night at the Lincoln Center's American Songbook Festival, which is coming up on Wednesday, January 27th (featuring Rufus Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks and others).

In December, Lou Reed took part in the NYPL talk with fellow VU members Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule. A recording of that night is posted above. Coming up, Reed's "Metal Machine Music" is going to be performed by Fireworks Ensemble at Columbia's Miller Theatre on Friday, February 5th. Tickets are still on sale.

Tuli was one of the Fugs who played a benefit show at the Bell House in April.

Some of the above mentioned Tuli videos are posted below...

Continue reading "Fugs' Tuli Kupferberg benefit show w/ Lou Reed, John Zorn, Sonic Youth, more ++ Velvet Underground 'reunion' audio"

Thurston w/ Sonic Youth @ MHOW in November (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth

Thurston Moore will join White Out (noisemaking duo Lin Culbertson and Tom Surgal) for what, according to their website, is the only the group's third show this year. It happens Friday, December 18th at (Le) Poisson Rouge, and headlining will be Philly psych-rock band Bardo Pond (both acts are on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace label). Tickets are still on sale.

White Out put out two records this year, both recordings of live shows. Senso, captured at the now-defunct downtown club Tonic on December 18, 2004, and featuring Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke, came out in September on Ecstatic Peace. The other record, Live at No Fun LP, has guests Spencer Yeh and Carlos Giffoni. It came out on No Fun Productions and was recorded at No Fun Fest 2008 (...both run by Giffoni).

Bardo Pond's only other NYC show this year was at No Fun Fest 2009. They played the same night as Sonic Youth. Their most recent release, peri, is, like batholith before it, a "collection of tracks that were close to the band's heart but for various reasons had never been released."

White Out videos and a show flyer are below...

Continue reading "Bardo Pond & White Out (w/ Thurston Moore) - recent releases & an upcoming show (at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC)"

photos by Lori Baily

Talk Normal
Sonic Youth

Here's a second set of pictures from night one of Sonic Youth at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th (part of their three recent NYC shows). Unlike the first set though, this post also has shots of that night's opener Talk Normal (including some impromptu behind-the-scene portraits with the headliner). Talk Normal play NYC next on Saturday, December 5th at Secret Project Robot with Air Waves, US Girls and Total Slackers.

SY member Lee Ranaldo sat down with WFNX (the broadcast cousin of The Boston Phoenix) before their show there to discuss his favorite albums, SY and otherwise, of the decade...

WFNX: But you, Lee, what's the album from Sonic Youth you think is pivotal to this decade?

Lee:I would say for this decade, it's The Eternal, the most recent one. Because in a way I think it really - it's so cool at the end of this decade when we've been playing together for so long to be really energized about the most recent music you've made. The aughts started for us with Murray Street, made in New York City in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and all that. Sonic Nurse we made with Jim O'Rourke, and then we made another record, Rather Ripped, on our own, and then we hooked up with Mark, Mark Ibold on bass, and made this one, and it bodes well for the future that we're having a lot of fun with this one.

Lee goes on to name his top three of the decade, listed chronologically as Bob Dylan - Love and Theft (released 9/11), Cat Power - You Are Free (I can get behind these choices) and Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (one of my favorites of 2009 too). The full video interview and more pictures and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Talk Normal playing shows (dates), played w/ Sonic Youth (pics) ++ Lee Ranaldo talks about the decade (video)"

words & photos by Erez Avissar

Sonic Youth

There's not much to say aside from how excellent Tuesday night's performance was, Sonic Youth's first of two nights in a row at Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/24). You can read the review Andrew wrote about their Terminal 5 gig Saturday night. The song selection was similar. The venue was smaller.

"Sonic Youth was AWESOME. That they can still be THIS good this late in their career is amazing, and very unique. I really enjoyed the new stuff and thought it jelled well with the old stuff they did play. I can see why they're doing so much new stuff, to keep things interesting (for us and them). A bunch of songs from all over their career would have been interesting as long as they didn't stick to the same "greatest hits" every night. Still hoping like crazy for Death Valley [Wednesday]!" [Joe]
It was the third time I've seen them this year, and by far the best: the energy and execution was just on point. Looking at the photos of them at the end, you can tell they enjoyed it, too: check out Thurston's satisfied, boyish grin, right after capping encore two with "Silver Rocket".

"No more songs," a wave goodbye, and that grin.

Talk Normal opened the show Tuesday. Jemina Pearl opened Wednesday. More headliner pictures and the setlist from the first night, below...

Continue reading "Sonic Youth played 2 night in Brooklyn @ MHOW - pics, setlist"

QQ

The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.

The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.

What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..

Continue reading "Q Magazine's Top Albums of 2009 "

words & photos by Andrew Frisicano

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. played Terminal 5 on Saturday, November 21st. Opening up for those established acts were synth-heads Cold Cave (who are Sonic Youth's label-mates on Matador Records).

Dinosaur Jr. went on promptly at 8:40pm and played a set that paired old and new with equal intensity. Farm single "Over It" stood strong along earlier tracks, like the enthusiastically offered You're Living All Over Me classics. Wedged toward the front half of the stage, their towering Marshall stacks were a nice stylistic if not totally practical touch to toughen up their softie-rock anthems. The band closed with good tidings - Lou announced that their next NYC appearances would be at Bowery Ballroom on January 16th and Music Hall of Williamsburg January 17th.

Sonic Youth played in front of artistic backdrops that lit gunpowder trails in brilliant colors. The songs came almost entirely from The Eternal, with brief Daydream Nation, Sister and EVOL interruptions. The new record has a kind of thorough consistency without any outright duds or sure singles, and live it was a similar experience. The total dissection of The Eternal wasn't totally unexpected, but it was a little uneventful (my soft spot for Rather Ripped was left untickled). When "Cross The Breeze" came as the first encore's second song, the crowd applauded in recognition for its intro that slow-built into a rapid climax.

Besides the front row, which seemed packed with younger fans ("I am SO HAPPY" one screamed several times when the band took the stage), those on the outskirts of the totally packed Terminal 5 carried an expression of casual interest. But not for a lack of trying from the band. The theatrics were there - when Daydream's "Silver Rocket" came on, Thurston flew unchained to the floor while beating and prodding his guitar - as were the shout-outs. Thurston gave it up to NYC a few times in the night. He sent the crowd off with the line "See you on the streets."

You can see Sonic Youth at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, November 24th (with Talk Normal) or Wed, Nov. 25th (with Jemina Pearl).

More pictures and the SY setlist are below....

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr. played Terminal 5 w/ Sonic Youth (pics, setlist), playing Bowery Ballroom & MHOW (2010 tour dates)"

Heavy Trash @ Mercury Lounge in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Heavy Trash

tonight in NYC
* Iggy Pop @ Barnes & Noble
* The Raveonettes @ Maxwell's
* Nick Lowe, Bill Kirchen @ City Winery
* Digable Planets members @ Southpaw
* Kylie Minogue @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Former Ghost, Silk Flowers @ Monkey Town
* Lucky Dragons, Rose Lowder @ Light Industry
* Heavy Trash, Bad Girlfriend @ Bowery Electric
* Indian Jewelry, Led Er Est, Living Days @ Glasslands
* The Dodos, The Ruby Suns @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Om, Six Organs of Admittance, Lichens @ Bowery Ballroom
* Built to Spill, Disco Doom, Violent Soho @ Webster Hall
* Ladybug Transistor, The Parson Red Heads, Hymns @ Union Hall
* Ravens & Chimes, Hollands, Wires In the Walls, The Royalties @ Pianos
* Youth Group, The Static Jacks, Terminal Reynaldo, Don Lennon @ Maxwell's
* Clem Snide, Yourself & The Air, The Republic Tigers, Eleanor Whitmore with Chris Masterson @ Mercury Lounge

Two-thirds of Digable Planets reunite for a gig at Southpaw.

Iggy Pop talks with author Robert Matheu at Barnes & Noble Tribeca.

Kylie Minogue wraps up her Hammerstein Ballroom run.

Neon Indian is coming for CMJ. Indian Jewelry plays Glasslands tonight.

The Raveonettes' tour starts at Maxwell's tonight, Webster Hall tomorrow and MHOW Sunday.

Om, Six Organs of Admittance and Lichens played Europa on Sunday. Tonight they're at Bowery Ballroom.

West Coast indie-pop band The Dodos have a new-ish record out and are on tour with The Ruby Suns. They both play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and Bowery tomorrow.

Lucky Dragons recently opened some shows for Thom Yorke. Tonight they're in Brooklyn.

Built to Spill, Disco Doom and Violent Soho have three more NYC shows to play counting tonight at Webster Hall.

Former Ghost, at Monkey Town with Silk Flowers tonight, is Freddy Ruppert from This Song Is a Mess but So Am I, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, and Nika Roza of Zola Jesus.

Heavy Trash play a record release show for Midnight Soul Serenade, out now, at Bowery Electric.

The Roots aren't playing Highline Ballroom tonight.

Nick Lowe and Bill Kirchen play City Winery tonight and tomorrow.

Grizzly Bear and Sonic Youth both made (very different) appearances on TV last night. Those clips are below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

White Out

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two Brooklyn Sonic Youth shows.

A video trailer for the new double album SENSO by White Out with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore on Ecstatic Peace, below...

Continue reading "Sonic Youth MHOW tickets / Thurston O'Rourke video trailer"

Talk Normal photos by Lori Baily

Thurston "goes acoustic" @ United Palace Theater in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth will follow up their currently-sold-out November 21st Terminal 5 show (with Dinosaur Jr. and Cold Cave) with a pair of shows at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, November 24th and Wed, Nov. 25th. Talk Normal opens the 24th, while Jemina Pearl opens the second night. Tickets go on "artist presale" Thursday, October 8th at noon (Password: ETERNAL). General sale starts Friday, October 9th at noon. The band writes: "Tickets will be available with no service charge at the Mercury Lounge box office."

The band pairs those NYC shows with with two gigs at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on November 22 (with the Feelies, who play NYC the night before) and Nov. 23rd (with Meat Puppets and Cold Cave).

Jemina Pearl wraps her upcoming tour with Islands at Bowery Ballroom on November 5th. Talk Normal has two other NYC shows coming: on October 27th they play a record release party for their Sugarland LP, out the same day on Rare Book Room Records, at Cake Shop with Pterodactyl and Antimagic, and on October 30th show at Death by Audio with Teeth Mountain.

On October 3rd, Talk Normal opened the final night of the WFMU Fest at Music Hall of Williamsburg (the night Lydia Lunch's Teenage Jesus and the Jerks headlined, but not with Thurston Moore as a member of the band this time).

Texture Magazine: You've been continually (and I'd say accurately) compared to artists from the original No Wave era such as Lydia Lunch and DNA. Is that something that you aspired towards, or did it surprise you when you first heard the comparisons?

Talk Normal's SR: It wasn't an aspiration, per se, but the minimalism (at times equalizing maximalism) and fierceness, among other things, appealed to both of us. Broken down structures, broken sounds, different forms, making noises naturally yet seemingly 'inappropriate' to the source... Initially we aspired to be a take on a broken-down blues band, a la Geeshie Wiley/Jessie Mae Hemphill. Simple is always interesting, though not always the end result, and also (as it would) the 'idea' is always evolving. Too hypocritical to stay still or try to be only one thing. Of course there are many potential influences.

Pictures from Talk Normal's WFMU opening set are below.

Also related to Sonic Youth, L.A. Times reports that Thurston is getting deeper into the book business...

[October 3rd], Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore announced the upcoming launch of Ecstatic Peace Library, a boutique publisher of art books to debut in 2010. Catalogs of the initial releases...will be available from the publisher's website on Jan. 1. The publisher intends to release the art books in tandem with recordings from the artist-authors, slated to include Raymond Pettibon, Dave Markey and Kim Gordon, his wife and band-mate.
All tour dates and those Talk Normal pictures, posted below...

Continue reading "Sonic Youth add 2 MHOW shows - 1 w/ Jemina Pearl, 1 w/ Talk Normal who played WFMU Fest - pics & tour dates"

by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir

'And for like ten minutes she would just do these fucking amazing animal yelps and screams and growling and all this shit.'

Wayne Coyne

Its a beautiful warm Sunday morning at Kutscher's and Wayne Coyne is waiting for me in a golf cart near the main stage. Clad in his trademark light colored suit, I shake his hand and exchange pleasantries. Then he notices that I'm with photographer Ryan Muir.

"You want to take some pictures? Lets head to the pool."

One problem. The pool is separated by a chain-link fence and there is no way around.

"Let's just jump it" Wayne says, but he's already on the other side.

Wayne is a gracious, charismatic ringmaster/shaman who is up for anything, as long as it leaves a lasting impression, much like the lovable oddballs The Flaming Lips that he fronts.

Starting over 25 years ago as an acid-drenched punk band with a Butthole Surfers obsession, The Flaming Lips have aged gracefully into their current role as quirky pop elder statesmen by keeping their punk rock spirit and freak-out tendencies. 1999's The Soft Bulletin began the band's current trajectory towards poignant and epic melodies, which continues with the release of their new LP Embryonic. It impacts record stores on October 13th, and you can listen to it now courtesy of the Colbert Report.

As you probably heard, The Flaming Lips were invited to headline All Tomorrow's Parties New York (ATP NY) as well as curate the final day of shows at the festival this year. We sat with the Oklahoma native on that sunday (9/13), while a team of men in orange jumpsuits (read: The Lips crew) carted around giant lighting sets, trashcans filled with stuffed animals, and yeti costumes....

Continue reading "an interview w/ Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips "

DOWNLOAD: Cold Cave - The Laurels of Erotomania(MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cold Cave - Life Magazine (MP3)

Cold Cave

Tonight (9/10) is Fashion's Night Out in the Bowery (one of many Fashion Week events happening in the city this week), which, aside from being a great chance to get a new pair of slacks, is your doorway to a free performance by Cold Cave at Rogan Store at 10pm. The flyer is posted below.

The recent Matador signees will put out their debut LP, Love Comes Close, on November 3rd. Two tracks from that are posted above.

The band's upcoming schedule includes two other NYC shows: they open for Faust at MHOW on October 1st, a show that's part of WFMU Fest at the venue.

They're also opening for Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5 on November 21st.

Sonic Youth, labelmates with Cold Cave, were recently forced to reschedule their upcoming west coast tour (and cancel two shows) because Lee Renaldo fractured his wrist while playing tennis. "Tickets for the original dates will be honored. If necessary, refunds will be available at the point of purchase." New and upcoming dates are below...

Continue reading "Cold Cave (now on Matador) playing free show (tonight), WFMU show, opening for Sonic Youth (who canceled dates)"

Tickets are on "Internet presale" (@ 11am) (password = eternal) for the Sonic Youth & Dinosaur Jr. show happening at Terminal 5 on November 21st. American Express presale starts Thursday at 10am. General sale starts Friday at noon.

Tickets for the Decemberists show at Terminal 5 do the same thing.

P.S. Sonic Youth have also added a 2nd Boston date. They'll be playing the Wilbur Theatre on November 22nd and 23rd.

photos by Chris La Putt

Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. played the last free Central Park Summerstage show of the season on August 16th (setlist below). The Walkmen, who played the Guggenheim, just blocks away, two days before, opened. So did Saviours who just announced dates with Saint Vitus and Kylesa.

Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC on Saturday, November 21st for a show at Terminal 5 with Sonic Youth. For DJ, that show comes at the end of a long, and previously-announced, tour. SY, who have other shows scheduled too, also just announced another east coast date at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on Monday, November 23rd. Ticket info for both shows TBA.

Dinosaur Jr.'s Lou Barlow is psupporting his new solo CD by opening most upcoming Dinosaur Jr shows with the Missingmen as his backing band. He also plays a non-DJr show at the Mercury Lounge on October 6th (an off day on the Dino Jr tour). Tickets are on sale.

More Dinosaur Jr. Summerstage picturs, with the set list, below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr played Summerstage (pics, setlist), playing Terminal 5 w/ Sonic Youth (who added a Boston show too)"

Art of Touring

Hello Everyone,

Myself [Mia Clarke of the indefinitely-on-hiatus band Electrelane] and Sara Jaffe (formerly of Erase Errata) have co-edited a book called The Art of Touring. The book features artwork, photography and writing reflecting life on the road, plus a DVD of live footage. Contributors include Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Devendra Banhart, Electrelane, the Ex, Le Tigre, Explosions in the Sky, Jem Cohen, Tara Jane ONeil and many more.

The book is published by the wonderful Portland-based imprint, Yeti.

We are going to have a couple of events to celebrate the release of the book. The first will be in NYC on August 4th 2009. We will have a reading at Bluestockings bookstore in Manhattan from 7pm, featuring Sara Jaffe, Jem Cohen, Sara Marcus, myself and others. Then, from 10pm-2am, I will be DJing as one half of DARK HABITS at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn.

Any NYC-based people, it would be lovely to see you there!

Mia

The above-mentioned NYC reading & DJ sets are tonight (8/4) (not to be confused with the reading @ Union Hall) (or the Nick Cave one happening in September) .

Then tomorrow (8/5) at Bruar Falls:

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS reading series:
SARA JAFFE [ERASE ERRATA]
SUSAN HWANG [BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB]
AARON HARTMAN [OLD TIME RELIJUN]
SHARON VAN ETTEN 8PM
Portland, Oregon's Fontanelle Gallery is hosting an exhibition of photos from the book, which opens August 6th. The gallery is also holding a special event on August 22nd with Sara Jaffe, Tara Jane Oneil, and Julianna Bright (The Golden Bears). More info on the exhibit and event below...

Continue reading "The Art of Touring - a book w/ related NYC events (tonight) "

photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Martin Longley

Sonic Youth

The 'A' train is not carrying its accustomed load, up at 175th Street. Droves of downtown rock'n'rollers are arriving at the relatively underused United Palace Theatre, on the less-frequented Washington Heights section of Broadway. It's an architectural wonder, impressively elaborate even before entering. Once inside, the exotica magnifies, as the foyer is encrusted on all sides by highly detailed work that can only be described as a decorative fusion. This joint must surely be one of the city's most ornate theatres, and on a particularly grandiose scale. It's best described as a dripping melange of Moorish, Hindu, Gothic, Rococo and Coney Island motifs. A huge organ sits waiting, greeting arrivals upon entry. Upstairs, the sealed manager's office has a David Lynchian metal lozenge of a sign hanging above its door. Down the corridor (with its infinity of mirror-reflection lamps) is another shuttered room with a keyhole that reveals an empty banquet table. The Room Of Rest has a row of porcelain urinals to covet. Upon entering the loges (balcony, to ordinary mortals), the full scale of this massive space is revealed, the vast walls continuing the densely barnacled theme. Although grand, there's also a sense of faded decadence, an almost morbid aura of decay. Upstairs, though, the acoustics are reverberational in the extreme.

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DOWNLOAD: Nebula - "Pulse" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nebula - "The Dagger" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Horse - "Good Bye Gone" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Entrance Band - "Grim Reaper Blues" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Naam - "Kingdom" (MP3)

Nebula, inna black-metal stylee
Nebula

Call it the unofficial Tee-Pee-clusterfuck week if you want, but for nine days this August, four separate tours featuring bands on their label will pound NYC with a barrage of shows, with a few shows falling on the same day.... sigh.

First up, the psychedelic LA band Nebula have announced a US tour with The Entrance Band. That includes a stop at Santos Party House on August 22nd with Naam. Tickets are on sale. Nebula are touring to promote their Heavy Psych (the LP name and in practice), which will pounce on an unsuspecting public on July 7th via Tee Pee. Check out "Pulse" and The Dagger" from that LP, both of which are downloadable above.

The Entrance Band (an Ecstatic Peace-signed band who are sometimes just called "Entrance") are also touring with Sonic Youth even sooner. In fact they are playing United Palace in NYC with them on July 3rd (tickets are still available).

The Entrance Band is one of a few openers that are scheduled for the Sonic Youth tour which has Sonic Youth taking July 4th and 5th off. The Entrance Band aren't taking as long of a vacation though. You can catch them headline Southpaw in Brooklyn on the 5th (this Sunday) with TK Webb & the Visions. Tickets are on sale.

Meanwhile, another Tee Pee band from the westside is hitting the eastern shores within a week of Nebula's show at Santos AND have a release coming on the same day as Heavy Psych. Night Horse, who share guitarist Justin Maranga and drummer Brandon Pierce with the mighty Ancestors (not the black metal band), have scheduled a pair of NYC area dates for the second week in August. They play Pianos on August 13th with TK Webb & The Visions and Union Pool on August 16th with Tournament and Orphan. Night Horse will release the first of a three part split 7" series planned for this summer with Dirty Sweet. Look for that 7" on July 7 and check out the first track, "Good Bye Gone", available above.

Next up, Swedish doom-proto types (or is that doom-prototype types?) Graveyard are scheduled to tour the US with CKY (yes, the one with Bam Margera's brother) which includes a NYC date at Gramercy Theater on 8/13, same night as Night Horse at Pianos. Tickets are on sale.

Oh, and did I mention The Warlocks shows at Bowery Ballroom and Maxwell's on August 14th & 15th respectively? Tickets are still available (BB here, Maxwell's here).

Although Ancestors are NOT on the road in any significant fashion, they recently announced their new album, the massively epic Of Sound Mind. Featuring contributions from David Scott Stone (Unwound, Melvins) and Sera Timms (Black Math Horseman), look for Of Sound Mind to hit stores on Oct 6th via Tee Pee Records. MUCH more on this record to come... highly recommended.

Full tour dates for Nebula, Night Horse, The Entrance Band, and Graveyard are below.

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photos by Lori Baily

Sonic Youth

If you hung out in New York's Soho neighborhood in the early 1980s, chances are you could've caught an early Sonic Youth performing in an avant-garde loft space. A lot has changed in the last three decades. Last night, to celebrate the release of their terrific new album The Eternal, the indie-rock heroes returned to the now-gentrified neighborhood to perform a short-but-sweet set at the Apple store. [Rolling Stone]
More pictures and the setlist from Tuesday's show, below...

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Band of Horses @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Band of Horses

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* THIS WEEK IN INDIE
* MORE NORTHSIDE SHOWS
* Fleetwood Mac @ MSG
* Vision Festival @ Abrons Arts Center
* Band of Horses, Arboretum @ Carnegie Hall
* Previously On Lost, Anamanaguchi @ Maxwell's
* Gods & Monsters w/ Gary Lucas @ Gramercy Theatre
* Joe Lally, The Glorytellers, Outpost @ Cake Shop
* The Fiery Furnaces, Newspeak @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Marco Benevento, White Out w/ C. Spencer Yeh @ The Stone
* Rooftop Films w/ The Hungry March Band @ Automotive High School
* The Hold Steady, Hype of the States @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Northside w/ Tanlines, Solid Gold, Free Energy @ Public Assembly
* Northside w/ Gigantic Hand, Himalaya, Discovery, Me @ Spike Hill
* Northside w/ Brightblack Morning Light, Zomes, Mariee Sioux @ Studio B
* Northside w/ Men & Women, Real Estate, Julianna Barwick, SSPS @ The Cameo
* Northside w/ Class Actress, Miho Hatori, Autodrone, Exit Clov @ Glasslands
* Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Ken Stringfellow, Takka Takka @ The Bell House
* Asa Ransom, Graffiti Monsters, The Johns, The Mood, Randall Shreve @ Union Hall
* Meat Puppets, Retribution Gospel Choir, TK Webb & The Visions @ Mercury Lounge
* Northside w/ Olof Arnalds, Lisa Li Lund, Sharon Van Etten, Ivana XL @ Union Pool
* Cymbals Eat Guitars, Paragraph, The Great Unwashed, Kilgore Tout Is Dead @ Martini Red
* Loud Fast Jews! w/ Tommy Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Lenny Kaye, Chris Stein @ YIVO Institute
* Northside w/ Henry Wolfe, The Albertans, Bravo Silva, The Pleasure Circus Band, Bonnie Baxter @ Coco 66
* Northside w/ Magik Markers, Marnie Stern, The Fly Girlz/Nine 11 Thesaurus, Dynasty Handbag @ Shea Stadium
* Northside w/ This Frontier Needs Heroes, Art Sorority For Girls, The Brunettes, Kittens Ablaze @ Pete's Candy Store
* Adult Swim at Santos w/ Andrew W.K., Cherie Lily, Aleister X, Bad Brilliance, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head @ Santos

Joe Russo played Sullivan Hall last night; the other half of the Benevento-Russo, keyboardist Marco Benevento plays tonight at The Stone.

Did we mention the Northside Festival is happening? The other four-day fest kicks off today in Tennessee.

Old school guitar guys Robyn Hitchcock and Gary Lucas bring the The Venus 3 and Gods & Monsters, respectively, to the Bell House and Gramercy Theatre.

Andrew W.K. and friends kick off the Adult Swim Summer at Santos series tonight with a free show at the Party House.

Sonic Youth performed on David Letterman last night. Video below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster (MP3)

Thurston Moore @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Thurston Moore

Sonic Youth will celebrate the release of their new record 'The Eternal' by giving a special free live performance Tuesday, June 9th at at the Apple Store, Soho in NYC . Doors are at 7:30 and the performance is at 9:00.

Guest passes are required to attend this event and are available for pickup at 10am Monday June 8th at the Apple Store, SoHo. One non-transferable pass per person (with photo ID) will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Please also bring your ID to the event along with your guest pass.

Tickets are also still available for the show Sonic Youth is playing at United Palace Theater on July 3rd. All dates below...

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