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Thurston Moore

There are many sides to Thurston Moore and each are represented when he plays- or rather, shreds- his Fender Jazzmaster so hard you can barely catch your breath. Last night (September 19, 2008) he gave the crowd at the Pearl Street Nightclub, in his hometown of Northampton, Mass., the goofy, fun and relaxed Thurston.

I've seen him with Sonic Youth many times- in venerable venues like McCarren Park Pool, Central Park SummerStage and even the tiny Maxwell's in Hoboken. I've seen him play guitar noise in dingy Bushwick lofts and at the tavern at Hampshire College in Amherst. But it was last night that Thurston came alive as a human and not just a rock star.

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photos by Lori Baily

Glacial @ le poisson rouge

Thurston Moore has always been the guy who gets around, jamming with free jazz heavies or making noise with youngsters half his age, but Lee Ranaldo, his mate in Sonic guitar battery, has also been a consistent (if less prodigious) source of compelling audio documents. Veering from near-industrial loops of pealing feedback and heavy guitar to intimate pairings of acoustic guitar and poetry, Ranaldo's catalog is one of satisfying diversity. Maelstrom From Drift, the guitarist's latest, is a microcosm of Ranaldo's catalog as a whole, a collection that spans 11 years, a variety of collaborators, and a sundry mix of approaches and sounds. [DUSTED]
Bagpipe player David Watson, drummer Tony Buck and Lee Ranaldo play as a trio called Glacial. Last night (Sept 15) they played at (le) poisson rouge here in NYC. More pictures from that show below...

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Brooklyn Book Festival

3:00 p.m. Ian MacKaye and Thurston Moore in Conversation. Two of the most influential musicians of the past 20 years--MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens) and Moore (Sonic Youth, Mirror/Dash)--discuss the parallel worlds of independent music and book publishing. Followed by Q&A. Introduced by Johnny Temple.
The whole schedule is HERE.

photos by Lori Baily

Fender anniversary party

Fender anniversary party

"There was really nothing to complain about if your expectations were correct when you got there. Verlaine did the same boring crap he has been doing for 10 years. The SY set could have been longer and contained at least SOME melody. Their set was the only disappointed of the night. Nels set was great, but only because of the pairing with Norton Wisdom. Very nice. J ripped it like always, he was never one to noodle. Dave Schools of Widespread Panic ripped it up on bass." [Anonymous 1]


"wtf that review is just WRONG. It was cool and fun to see all these guys doing their Jazzmaster thing. Lee and Moore's set disappointing I don't think anyone there would agree with that. Mascis was more disappointing after setting up 3 huge stacks of amps on stage to get just an ok sound out of all that. Nels Cline nothing without the painter? come on man, get off your ass and listen." [Anonymous 2]

More picture from Friday's Fender party at Knitting Factory, below...

Continue reading "J Mascis, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Nels Cline & friends @ Fender's 50th anniversary @ KF, NYC - pics"


I asked an Edison Glass representative how the Long Island band got on this bill of guitar legends (that now also includes Lee Ranaldo). They replied, "You're the millionth person to ask. Fender loves them, so they put them on."

I have one pair of tickets for tonight's sold out show at Knitting Factory in NYC. To win....

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Sonic Youth @ McCarren Pool (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth @ McCarren

"After rampant speculation, Matador Records can confirm the label will be releasing a new studio album from Sonic Youth sometime in 2009. Having fulfilled their contractual obligations to the Universal Music Group, Sonic Youth recently reached an agreement with Matador to release the band's 16th album of new material in all worldwide territories, save for Japan.

While Sonic Youth's status as one of the more innovative and influential bands of the past 30 years needs little explanation, the group's most recent recordings for Geffen --- 2006's 'Rather Ripped' being their final for the label --- rank amongst the current decade's best. For Matador, the opportunity to work in partnership with a group who've made such an profound impact on our roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley will commence recording the new Sonic Youth LP/CD this autumn and we look forward to sharing further details in the very near future."

Thurston Moore is performing the album "Psychic Hearts" at ATP NY on September 19th. He's also playing The Stone on September 27th as part of Northampton Wools.

photos by Lori Baily

Sonic Youth @ McCarren Pool

Sonic Youth @ McCarren Pool

The poster says "McCarren Pool Bye Bye" because Saturday's show (August 30, 2008) was billed as the last show ever at McCarren Pool. If the city has their way, that statement will be true for McCarren Pool, to quote Thurston Moore, "as we know it". That may not be 100% true though because the current renovation plans include some type of "performance space" along with the water. More pictures below....

Continue reading "Sonic Youth, Vivian Girls, Times New Viking & Wolf Eyes @ McCarren Pool's last show (as we know it) (probably) - pics"

It's almost over - McCarren Pool - Aug 13, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
McCarren Pool


Wolf Eyes
Times New Viking
Vivian Girls

Saturday, August 30th
McCarren Pool
Doors: 4pm

Tickets available through ticketmaster.com, the Nokia Theatre box office (44th & B'way), and Earwax Records.

Ryan Adams & Kim Gordon - May 2008
Ryan Adams and Kim Gordon

In anticipation of the tentative fall release of their new album, Cardinals have announced an additional run of headline dates kicking off September 25 in Schenectady NY. On-sale information will be posted on www.ryan-adams.com as it becomes available/
Dates below...

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"the Dead C are a New Zealand based noise rock trio made up of members Bruce Russell, Michael Morley and Robbie Yeats." [Wikipedia]

Dead CDead C

...The Dead C have announced a brief Stateside visit, kicking off in Philly on the 12th and wrapping just a few days later in the Chi. All kinds of noiseniks and other weirdos are coming out of the woodwork to support the Dead C on this trek, including Thurston Moore's Northampton Wools project, Wolf Eyes, Six Organs of Admittance, and Sightings.

So what's the occasion for this rare overseas voyage? Why, a new Dead C record, naturally. Secret Earth packs in four presumably long tracks and arrives October 14 on CD and vinyl thanks to Ba Da Bing.

But that's not all! Ba Da Bing is also teaming with Jagjaguwar to reissue on vinyl a pair of Dead C classics originally released by New Zealand's legendary Flying Nun label (the Clean, the Chills, the Bats, the Verlaines, etc). [Pitchfork]

NYC are the lucky ones with Thurston Moore on the bill and those tickets are on sale. All dates and a live video below...

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Hits are for squares

Washington Post: Let's talk about commerce. Some of your fans went ballistic when news came out that Sonic Youth was doing a Starbucks compilation, "Hits Are for Squares." Not very indie of you, etc., never mind that you recorded for Universal Music. Explain, please.

Thurston Moore: I was basically looking for different avenues of distribution. The reality is that nobody's going to record stores anymore - but they're going to Starbucks to buy teas and coffees and donuts. It's just another store for God's sake. I know a lot of people apply a lot of issues to Starbucks and say they have some kind of nefarious business. I don't know anything about it; I'm sure there are some young radicals who can set me straight on that. But I kind of like the absurdity of it, the [expletive] you of it. I appreciate that people are watching us, but whatever.

We put together this compilation of our songs chosen by people in the public eye who we knew were fans - actors, writers, musicians, artists. And it came out pretty well. Our original cover idea was a picture a friend of ours took in a Starbucks in New York. A homeless guy had his head down on stained copy of the New York Times, and there were some college kids in the picture, which looked like a bombed out Starbucks waiting room. We sent that in and they said: "No!" (Laughs.) Even though it's the interior of a real Starbucks. Our friend then took a picture of a yuppie wearing white headphones, which we used. And it's kind of subversive really.

A presale has started for the Sonic Youth McCarren Pool show.

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park (more by Jason Bergman)
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth w/ special guests TBA. Saturday August 30, 2008 @ McCarren Pool. Doors 4pm. $35.00 tickets on sale this Friday at Noon.

This will be Sonic Youth's fourth show in McCarren Pool's short history as a concert venue - two were with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and one was "Daydream Nation".

Thurston Moore in Battery Park - July 4, 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Sonic Youth

It's happening September 12th @ Knitting Factory in NYC and tickets are on sale!

Zelda the Turkey in Battery Park - July 4, 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)

today in NYC
* free stuff
* The Gits movie premiere party
* A tribute to the Band @ Living Room
* Crystal Antlers @ Other Music
* The Chapin Sisters @ Pete's Candy Store

Osbournes to make a variety show.


Noah & The Whale cancels NYC shows.

Radiohead ballet.

Video of Sonic Youth playing Battery Park (including the part where Thurston went nuts on the photographers) below...

What else?

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photos by Jason Bergman

DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - Made in USA theme (MP3)

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers turned out in a light drizzle Friday night to celebrate the nation's 232nd birthday with the annual Fourth of July fireworks display along the East River.

The nationally-televised Macy's Fourth of July Spactacular began around 9:20 p.m., was co-hosted by former New York Giant Tiki Barber and featured musical performances by artists including country singer Kenny Chesney and American Idol Jordin Sparks...

...Some who watched the Macy's show began their evening with a concert in Manhattan's Battery Park.

Sonic Youth and the Feelies played in front of a sold-out crowd of hundreds of thousands at the park's River to River Festival.

"I'm all about music on Fourth of July," said one concert attendee. "I kind of hate running around, fighting traffic and such. I was here summer for Fourth of July for this show, it's a great hang out for music here down in Battery Park."

"Sonic Youth outside, Fourth of July, it's a fantastic bit of Americana," said another.

"I heard it was free and I was just like, 'Wow, I'm really happy.' I've always wanted to see Sonic Youth," said a third. [NY1]

I don't think it was hundreds of thousands. It was a great show though. More pictures and the setlist below...

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photos by Jason Bergman

The Feelies @ Battery Park

The Feelies are a rock band from Haledon, New Jersey. They formed in 1976 and disbanded in 1992 after having released four albums. The band reunited in 2008. [Wikipedia]
And they played their fourth 2008 show to a large crowd in Battery Park on the Fourth of July. They opened for Sonic Youth, and they sounded surprisngly tight for a band that broke up 16 years ago. More pictures below....

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Josh, Thurston Moore, Byron Coley @ Other Music - June 14, 2008 (Leftist)
Thurston Moore @ Other Music

The Feelies kick off their three-show reunion run at Maxwell's on Tuesday July 1st. Then comes July 2nd at Maxwell's, and finally July 4th with Sonic Youth at Battery Park. I'm not sure if there will be more tickets available for the show on the 4th. Regardless, if you can't be there, you can always listen to it on WFMU. Then one day later you can catch Thurston Moore in a much smaller setting - with Gene Moore, downstairs at Rehab.

photos by Lori Baily

"So Teenage Jesus and the Jerks played the Knitting Factory in N.Y.C the other night.... (the legendary No Wave band that Lydia Lunch fronted way back in the late 70's) 2 shows for 1 night only and I wasn't there. I wasn't even remotely in the neighourhood, I was stuck in London, England." [The Dark Forest]

Teenage Jesus & The Jerks

Of all the strange and short-lived periods in the history of experimental music in New York, no wave is perhaps the strangest and shortest-lived.

Centered on a handful of late-1970s downtown groups like Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, DNA and James Chance's Contortions, it was a cacophonous, confrontational subgenre of punk rock, Dadaist in style and nihilistic in attitude. It began around 1976, and within four years most of the original bands had broken up.

But every weird rock scene -- and every era of New York bohemia -- eventually gets its coffee-table book moment. This month Abrams Image is publishing "No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980," a visual history by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley.

On Friday the book will be (was) celebrated with an exhibition opening at KS Art, at 73 Leonard Street in TriBeCa, and, across the street at the Knitting Factory, the reunion of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, whose blunt, aggressive songs had instrumentation so minimal that on its records the percussionist was sometimes credited as playing simply "drum." Lydia Lunch, the former lead singer, is flying (flew in) from Barcelona to play the show.
[NY Times]

Thurston Moore played bass.

Teenage Jesus & The Jerks

More pictures, and video, from the late show at Knitting Factory on Friday (June 13, 2008), below...

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Thurston Moore

You won't be able to hear Thurston Moore discuss his new book at McNally Robinson until July (event #4), but you can hear him read from it tomorrow (event #2)...

Join us at the shop this Saturday for a reading, signing and release party with Thurston Moore and Byron Coley, celebrating the publication of their great new no wave primer "No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York 1976-1980." Let's call this one the after-party for the Teenage Jesus & the Jerks/Information reunion gigs at the Knitting Factory the night before (event #1)... quite a weekend!

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 @ 6:30PM - 8PM
OTHER MUSIC: 15 East 4th Street NYC
Free admission / Limited capacity

Tickets were also just given out to the free show Sonic Youth is playing in Battery Park on July 4th (event #3)

Thurston Moore In Training, Bonnaroo 2007 (snerko)
Thurston Moore

Tickets are required and space is limited. The tickets are free and will be available by reservation on this website starting at noon on Thursday, June 12. There's a strict limit of 2 per person. You will need to pick up your reserved tickets at one of the specified Downtown locations and times BEFORE July 4th, so please be prepared to do so. The times and locations for pickup will be given to you when you reserve your tickets.

Gates open at 2:00 pm; concert begins at 3:30 pm.

Ironically, it looks like Starbucks won't be involved with giving out the tickets this year.

No Wave Post Punk

McNally Robinson is a bookstore on Prince St in NYC. Check out who they have visiting in May, June and July....

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Sonic Youth vs STarbucks

Sonic Youth has finalized the track list for its compilation "Hits Are for Squares," due June 10 exclusively in Starbucks stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as online.

In addition to the exclusive Sonic Youth track "Slow Revolution," the limited-edition CD features Sonic Youth songs, handpicked by Radiohead, Chloe Sevigny, Dave Eggers, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Beck, Flea, David Cross and other enthusiasts. Participants have also written about their selections for the liner notes... [Billboard]

Obviously this association with Starbucks is going to piss some people off, but Thurston doesn't care. Check out the tracklist below...

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Sonic Youth

Friday, July 4, 3:30pm
Battery Park
Sonic Youth came on the music scene in the early '80s and continues to be a major force in the indie genre today. Known to "redefine what rock guitar could do," they have created a new sonic landscape rich in alternate sounds. Bring a blanket and come Downtown to enjoy the hits that have earned them a dedicated decades-long following. The Feelies will reunite to open.
Tickets are required and space is limited. FREE.
I guess that means it's happening, but not at Summerstage.

Teenage Jesus & the Jerks

Teenage Jesus & the Jerks were an influential New York City No Wave music group of 1976-79 fronted by Lydia Lunch and James Chance, who later left the band after some conflict about their direction.

Reputed to play ten-minute sets of thirty-second songs (though "The Closet" and "I woke up dreaming" extended to around three minutes and performances up to twenty), they sought to take music beyond what Lunch saw as the traditionalism of punk rock ("I thought punk was lousy Chuck Berry music amped up to play triple fast", she later commented). Their frenzied playing and Lunch's shrieked vocals gained them a renown quickly matching and even surpassing that of other No Wave bands such as DNA or the older Mars......The group has been cited as a significant influence on post-punk groups such as Sonic Youth. [Wikipedia]

"To commemorate the publishing of NO WAVE: Post Punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980 edited by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley and published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., The Knitting Factory NYC is proud to present the one time only return of the most legendary of No Wave pioneers TEENAGE JESUS & THE JERKS."

2 shows: both on June 13th. $25 tickets are on sale. Videos below....

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