Entries tagged with: Throbbing Gristle
Kim Gordon & Jutta Koether
MoMA PS1 is currently featuring a retrospective on visual artist Mike Kelley, whose work -- often using cloth toys and dolls -- has been highly influential. Indie rock fans might recognize his orange knit doll on the cover of Sonic Youth's 1992 album, Dirty. This is the largest exhibition ever of Kelly who died last year at age 57. It's up through February 2.
As part of the retrospective, MoMA PS1 is holding Mike Kelley Sunday Sessions, including that Chris & Cosey show where they're performing a "live remix" of post-Throbbing Gristle project X-TG on January 5. While advance tickets are sold out, we are now told if you want to go there will be a few tickets available at the box office on day of show. That show starts at 1 PM with the performance at 4 PM.
There is another Sunday Session for the closing day of the retrospective (2/2) featuring a collaboration between Kim Gordon and visual artist Jutta Koether. The two (pictured above) have worked together several times before (like the recent IPR benefit) and will create a unique event for the occasion. The event starts at 4 PM and tickets are on sale now. Kim's band Body/Head also play Mass MoCA on Saturday (12/14) in North Adams, MA (their only upcoming date).
This Sunday (12/15) there is a non-musical Sunday Session called "Mike Kelly Moving Forward" that will present "new ideas about the influence of his work going forward. With lectures by Elisabeth Sussman (The Whitney Museum of American Art), Stacy Wolf (Princeton University), John C. Welchman (University of California, San Diego; chair Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts). Artists Rachel Harrison, William Pope. L, and Joe Scanlan comprise a panel discussion." Tickets for that are on sale now.
When industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle shut down operations in 1981, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti kept working together, making icy, trance-like dance music with occasional forays into pop -- their 1982 single "October (Love Song)" remains a new wave / goth night staple. Chris & Cosey have remained active (and a couple) ever since, sometimes as CTI and most recently as Carter Tutti.
Carter and Tutti will be in North America next month, having been invited to play a MoMA PS1 "Sunday Session" on January 5. They'll be performing as X-TG, which was all of Throbbing Gristle (minus Genesis P-Orridge), a project that only played live twice before Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson died in 2010. XT-G, with vocal help from Antony, Marc Almond, and Blixa Bargeld and others, released a double album, Desertshore/The Final Document, last year. (Stream tracks from it below.) The MoMA PS 1 show will be a "live remix" of select tracks from that double album, and will be the first time it's been presented live in North America. The show, which also features performances from Branden W. Joseph and James Hoff, is sold out.
However, in addition to that X-TG performance, there will be Chris & Cosey shows as well. The duo play Santos Party House on January 11 with Excepter. Tickets for that show are on sale now. C&C also play Chicago at Metro on January 9.
Streams and the video for "October (Love Song)" below...
Industrial vets Throbbing Gristle are finally getting around to completing their "reinterpretation" of Nico's Desertshore, an idea of member Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, who has since passed away. The record, finished by Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, is being billed as TG's "nascent, and final, studio album," will come out on November 26, two years after Christopherson's death. It's set to include guest vocals by Antony Hegarty, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Blixa Bargeld, Marc Almond (who was a member of Soft Cell and also collaborated with Christopherson's other band Coil), and Sasha Grey. The band have two teaser videos for the album, which you can watch below.
Speaking of tributes to albums that Nico took part in, there's a Velvet Underground & Nico tribute on the way which features Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees (who both just played The Well and will play Death by Audio tonight [9/24]), plus The Fresh & Onlys, White Fence, Kelley Stoltz and others. The album will gradually surface digitally across various websites from October 15 to 29 and will be out on vinyl on November 6 via John Dwyer's Castle Face label. The tracklist is below.
Antony and the Johnsons - 'Cut The World'
Speaking of Antony Hegarty, he released his new album, Cut The World, last month via Secretly Canadian. The album features "live symphonic performances" of songs from his first four albums which were recorded on September 2 and 3, 2011 at the DK Concert Hall in Copenhagen. The title track for the album is a new one, however, and it will be featured in The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi, directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi and Willem Dafoe. He also just made a video for that song, directed by Nabil (Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Kanye West). Watch that video below. You can read an interview with Antony and Nabil about the video at Pitchfork.
All videos are below.
MoMA PS1 Summer School returns this August for its second year in a row. MoMA describes it as, "An annual series of workshops, lectures, and discussions, Summer School brings students together for a focused conversation on contemporary practice with artists, authors, musicians, curators, theorists, and scholars who have made significant contributions in their respective fields." This year's classes will be taught by Throbbing Gristle's Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Marina Abramovic, and Steve Paxton. The deadline to apply for classes is today (7/20), but all three of those teachers, including Genesis P-Orridge, will give a presentation open to the public at MoMA PS1 on September 9.
Genesis P-Orridge is also reissuing What's History for the first time on vinyl this month on Dais Records. The album was recorded in 1981 with filmmaker Dan Landin and originally came out on cassette in 1983. Only 500 copies are being pressed and you can pre-order it at the Dais webstore.
Speaking of MoMA PS1, the 2012 Warm Up series continues there this Saturday (7/21) with Matthew Dear (DJ), Sepalcure, Le1f, MikeQ, and JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are still available. You can stream MikeQ's Fader/MoMA PS1 Warm Up mix for this week, which includes Azealia Banks, Brenmar, and more below.
Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (1955 - 2010) (photo by Greg Cristman)
Throbbing Gristle sadly report:
We are saddened to announce the death of Peter Christopherson.Chris Carter also tweeted, "Our dearest beautiful Sleazy left this mortal coil as he slept in peace last night. Words cannot express our grief." RIP Sleazy.
Sleazy passed away peacefully in his sleep on the
24th November 2010 at his home in Bankok.
Throbbing Gristle recently ended a tour early, but were still scheduled to play ATP's upcoming The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Marissa Nadler and Glass Ghost will team up to play Envelope, a new Bushwick venue, record label and recording studio that was founded by indie-folk artist Chris Garneau and Caralee McElroy (ex-Xiu Xiu/Cold Cave). The $30 tickets to the November 11th show include beer, wine, liquor and food and are on sale now. The address of the venue isn't listed, but will be revealed to ticket buyers.
The NYC show is one of three east coast dates for Nadler who will also play ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Minehead (with Godspeed, Neurosis, countless others), and go on a short Irish tour. All dates below.
Nadler is also looking to record a new LP, but she needs your help! (well, not anymore actually). She has started a Kickstarter page to aid in the funding of her new LP and its associated costs. The campaign ends in early December, but
is already well on its way toward completion ($8900 of $11k raised) is already complete, and then some. As of this posting, which is now an updated version of a post that was written a few days ago, $11,550 has been pledged, and she only asked for $11,000. You still might want to give though because each donation actually gets you something - varying in increments of $10 (a digital download of the LP) to $6k (Marissa plays any set you want whereever you want).
Speaking of ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Nadler will probably cross paths with Genesis P-Orridge who WILL be on hand when Throbbing Gristle performs at the festival, despite recent reports of P-Orridge's exit from the band:
Dear Friends,Glass Ghost's latest LP, Idol Omen out now on Western Vinyl, features both "Like A Diamond" and "The Same". Check 'em both out above. The Envelope show is their only current tour date.
We have seen and heard various inaccurate, erroneous, even sometimes libelous speculations about why we felt compelled to drop out of the current Throbbing Gristle tour. As a result we intend to address these matters in full as soon as possible. We hope that what we state now, and later, will be clear, will not fan the flames of destructive gossip, will not seem negative and will reduce an somewhat dramatic situation into a simpler story. We want to make it clear right now that we did not, and have no wish to quit TG. Obviously there is more involved than just that simple statement. Personally, at this point of my life, my position is that the inner workings and dynamics of any band, but especially of TG, are as intimate, unique and most of all complex as they are within any family. Unfortunately, even at the level TG occupy in popular culture, band business becomes potentially everyone's business. We all know the internet has amplified the speed of distribution of "information" almost as fast as it has accelerated the decline of accuracy worldwide. We have no interest in pointing fingers (or is it claws?) at various people or sites and accusing them of letting the cat out of the bag. Bickering is never attractive, not one on one nor within the realms of an ever expanding media fueled by smart phone technologies and laptops. As soon as we have composed a written version of what series of events we believe led to my feeling unable to remain part of THIS short tour by the re-grouped TG that feels acceptable we will post it here.
All Marissa Nadler tour dates and some video is below.
Psychic TV at Europa (more by Zach Dilgard)
Genesis P-Orridge is also scheduled to hit the road with Throbbing Gristle in the coming months. The band will play select European Dates including their recently announced appearance at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas with Godspeed You Black Emperor, Neurosis, Weird Al, and a ton of others. Get yer tix.
Full ATP Nightmare Before Christmas lineup, all Throbbing Gristle dates and some video is below...
DOWNLOAD: Liars - Scissor (MP3)
Liars announce details of an expanded edition of their eagerly awaited fifth studio album, Sisterworld, out on March 9th 2010.You can download "Scissor" for free above. Liars' North American tour is happening in April and includes shows at Bowery Ballroom (4/15) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/18). The main album's tracklist and all dates below...
This version comes with a second CD of remixes and reinterpretations of all 11 tracks on Sisterworld from artists including Thom Yorke, Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter / Atlas Sound), Melvins, Alan Vega (Suicide), Chris & Cosey (Throbbing Gristle) and Blonde Redhead. Full tracklisting to follow in the coming weeks.
Says Angus Andrew, "On this project we wanted to help develop and expand the role of the remix, particularly to engage artists less acknowledged for their work in the field. They were asked to 're-interpret' the song by any means necessary and the result is definitely the most exciting collaborative effort we've been involved in."
Liars also announce a string of North American tour dates in support of Sisterworld. The tour sees fellow LA band Fol Chen supporting Liars on all dates. The first single from Sisterworld, Scissor will be released as a digital single February 16th, 2010.
photos by Lori Baily
GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE | 30 YEARS OF BEING CUT UPThe exhibit is running now and up through October 18th at Invisible Exports (14A Orchard St). A few more details are below.
"30 Years of Being Cut Up" is a three decade retrospective of photomontage and Expanded Polaroids, which includes many works never exhibited before, as well as a sampling of P-Orridge's early Mail Art. The show will mark the culmination of a new, re-emergent phase in BREYER P-ORRIDGE's life. He/r career -- and most particularly he/r recent pursuit of pandrogyny -- tests the limits of transgression and traces the tragic fate of the underground, proving again the expressive power and pervasive influence of those artists who take the world not as it comes to them -- sensible, orthodox, predictable -- but as they would like it to be.
P-Orridge will be on the road with Psychic TV this fall, with European dates in September and November. Before that, s/he plays with Thee Majesty on the first night of Santos' Musicka Mystica Festival which runs on September 21st and 22nd.
Back in April, Genesis got back together with he/r old band Throbbing Gristle to play a bunch of shows. That included a major festival and three in NYC - April 16th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, April 17th at Le Poisson Rouge, April 19th at Coachella, and then again back at the Masonic Temple on April 28th. In light of all the coverage we were giving them at the time, I let our set of pictures from that final show go unposted. I even had something written that included mention of the crazy, voluptous, pierced and topless lady in the balcony who you can see from afar, while she still had her bra on, in one of Lori's pictures that are, now finally, below (you can literally say I saved them for a rainy day).
All upcoming Psychic TV tour dates (with a radio session clip from last year), and more info on the art show, are below too...
photos by Carl Johnson
A band needs to bring it, and -- in fits -- Throbbing Gristle did just that. The start of the show found [Genesis] P-Orridge, dressed as a Palm Springs mom possessed by a satanic shaman, lustily swinging a microphone between her legs. "Hamburger Lady" fairly devastated the crowd with its haunted lyrics, such as "she's burned from the waist up," calling to mind alienation from one's body, bizarre stock that Throbbing Gristle trades in well.The above review is from Throbbing Gristle's Coachella set on April 19th.
The middle of the set was too bogged down with instrumentals, as precision-crafted as they were by original members Chris Carter and Peter Christopherson, the latter of whom was robed in a way that could only bring to mind the Grand Puba of "101 Dalmatians." But at the end, they picked up the juice once again. The last couple of songs reveled in tribal trance, a video-game stomp that felt like the perfect laser of doom, penetrating teenage and old art-scenester hearts alike. It was similar to the "wall of sound" interlude in My Bloody Valentine's "You Made Me Realise" but with more grace and control. [LA Times]
That show came after the band's first ever NYC shows which took place: Thursday, April 16th at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple and Friday, April 17th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Since they they toured back to the east coast, hitting Chicago along the way, and are back for their third and last NYC show (for this tour or maybe ever) tonight, Tuesday, April 28th at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets are still/back on sale.
While in LA last week, the band recorded an interview for Boing Boing and Richard Metzger. That video is still to come. In the meantime, check out TG member Chris Carter's trip-documenting photographs on Flickr. And a few more pictures from Coachella, below...
by Martin Longley
Throbbing Gristle @ Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Negative reports from Throbbing Gristle's sold out Brooklyn Masonic Temple gig the night before were creating an expectation of cynical non-communication and lazy noisemongering, but the long-lost English quartet's Friday appearance at (le) Poisson Rouge was surprisingly direct, targeted with precision and offered no messing about whatsoever. Formed in 1975, their last Stateside performance was back in 1981, after which they disbanded until 2004. This current cluster of gigs mark their first ever appearances in NYC. Even though the Throbs take to the stage an hour later than promised (well, according to the club's website, but not their own), once ensconced, the foursome set about pummelling the crowded (but not overcrowded) space with an onslaught of completely uncompromising industrial ramming.
Throbbing Gristle @ Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
The blonde-tressed Genesis P. Orridge is the punk Marianne Faithfull, mainly concentrating on his/her deadpan intonations, but occasionally making an overloaded racket on the violin. Peter Christopherson and Chris Carter hunch over the computers, their table littered with manual devices, allowing plenty of hands-on sample triggering. Cosey Fanni Tutti is mainly playing slide guitar, adding acidic decorations to the brutal electro-hammering, and briefly turning to her cornet. The set is roughly divided between songs and instrumental grooves, opening with "Very Friendly" (the first song that they ever wrote together, thirty-four years ago, Orridge marvels), soon followed by "Hamburger Lady". It's the bangin' instrumental work-outs that attain the highest peaks of frenzy, though, filtered and fed back through the techno and breakbeat experience, hung around hard bassy granite, and trimmed with violent distortion, gradually increasing the volume curve up to massive. The club's sound balance is excellent, delivering all the loving details of Gristle's grit. There's more jocularity onstage than expected: amidst the sinister threat and diseased vibrations. Orridge and Tutti are frequently caught having a giggle, before weighing into the next evil riff. Instead of being mysterious legends who disappoint, Throbbing Gristle are now performing with a vital, energised edge, repeatedly switching the emphasis from narrative song to twitchily danceable pulse-repetitions.
Kode9 @ Museum of Natural History (more by Zach Dilgard)
Half an hour later, Kode9 is representing the newer generation of British electronica at the American Museum Of Natural History's One Step Beyond night. The setting is immediately underneath the museum's impressive cosmic planetarium sphere, the crowd promenading down its surrounding spiral pathway to the dancefloor below.These Friday night sessions perch between mainstream partying and left-side dance beats, so Kode9's DJ-ing is not as extreme as expected, not offering up the hardcore dubstep sounds that were doubtless in evidence the previous night at his Love show. Perhaps surprisingly, it's LA's Flying Lotus who wins out in the extremity stakes, proceeding to deliver a shorter set of wrenched beats and side-shunting time signatures, grabbing the dancefloor's peak momentum just as the witching hour passes.
Video from Throbbing Gristle's set at Coachella on Sunday, below...
words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Judging from the comments generated by their Thursday night Brooklyn show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Throbbing Gristle succeeded in leaving fans, gawkers and devotees with a sense of being f'd with, which is quite in-line with their history and reputation of subversive, antagonistic, repulsive, turn-the-concept-inside-out performance art. Friday night's show at Le Poisson Rouge had an air of menace, but really turned out to be a straight ahead show, "a single set of material from throughout their history'".
Once again, the announced show time was early, 7PM with doors a half hour earlier.
The security was spooked into a state of tension, when I went in to the main room I was both welcomed and warned "enjoy ... but behave yourself." The crowd was thin at 6:45, but by 7:30 it had filled in and we were all facing the stage, waiting for the show, wondering when it would start (but maybe this was the 'show'). Several of the people around me in the crowd had been to the Brooklyn show the night before and were more than happy to take it all in again.
TG came on about 8. A large security guard stood at the right side of the stage and the band's manager was perched on the left. Really there was no incident besides the music, though my friend Ryan reported being deliberately kneed in the head by a weirdo fan.
The set was nearly identical to the second set from the first night. Genesis P-Orridge recited lyrics with a magnetic/repulsive presence, darkly removed, but engaging- sometimes contributing to the noise with an electric violin and processed bass. Chris Carter provided most of the sonic structure of the music emitting the minimal beats from his laptop and layering additional sounds generated and manipulated by custom made electronic devices.
Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson sat opposite Carter in a cow hide robe fiddling with synthesizers and other custom made gadgets. His casual but focused demeanor (plus the robe) made him look like someone sitting down to do the Sunday crossword puzzle. Last but not least Cosey manipulated a headless guitar with a slide and laptop, switching to pocket trumpet played with both hands on the valves.
Musically, the sound was dark and rich, all members layering their sounds carefully on top of each other. After about an hour they left the stage and did not return for an encore.
Last night (4/19) they performed at the Coachella Music Festival. Next is San Francisco. Then comes Chicago, and then Brooklyn Masonic Temple again for a 3rd and final NYC show. More pictures from Le Poisson Rouge below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
"Their rendition of "In The Shadow of the Sun" was captivating and excruciatingly loud - the Brooklyn Masonic Temple is a good venue if handled correctly, contra los gentes del Yelp. But the 40 minutes of throb by some other guy was far less so. There's a line between "blowing minds" and "insulting people" and it is very important to dance about that line sometimes. It's where the confrontation and captivation of any kind of aggressive/transgressive music comes from. Forty minutes of throb guy never quite made it back over the line.Throbbing Gristle played their first US show in 28 years last night at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (4/16). It was also their first-ever NYC show. Their second, which will be their first-ever Manhattan show, is tonight (4/17) at Le Poisson Rouge, and then it's off to Coachella followed by a tour that brings them back to the Masonic Temple again, for their 3rd-ever NYC show on April 28th. More pictures from last night, and some videos, below...
The house lights were on for their entire closing set, which sorely vexed some gentleman in the upper deck, or as I liked to call it, "The Class of Nuke 'Em High". Maybe he just wanted to smoke a joint, or perhaps he never considered that those four on stage might actually want to look at the people who dropped nearly 40 bucks to see them. How surreal must that be?"
[here there be rodents]
DOWNLOAD: The Juan Maclean - One Day (James Curd remix) (MP3)
Favorite concert: Most memorable concert ever attended was Nu Shooz in the parking lot of Beaverton Mall, Ore. in 1980-something. Billy Bragg at Big Day Out last year was moving. The favorite show I ever played was at Coachella with LCD Soundsystem -- the second time.The Juan MacLean is celebrating the release of his new album The Future Will Come, out April 14th on DFA, with a live (full band) performance at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (4/17). Advanced tickets available here.
Music: Thee Oh Sees from San Francisco. I listen to "Heaven" or "Las Vegas" by the Cocteau Twins and Arthur Russell's "World of Echo" every time I go running, but mostly because they're what's on my iPod Shuffle and I haven't been bothered to change it.
[Nancy Whang of the Juan Maclean talked to the NY Times]
Throbbing Gristle, who played Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night, is playing earlier tonight at the same venue. Tickets to both TG and JM would cost you a combined $52, OR you can pay $35 (before fees) for the combo by going HERE and entering the code GENESIS.
I really like the new Juan MacLean track "One Day" (video below and download the James Curd remix at the top of this post), and most of his past shows I've been to, so I'm hoping his show at Bowery Ballroom in October (which I found disappointing) was a fluke. The excellent Holy Ghost will be deejaying the LPR show, as well as Matt Cash, plus a live performance by Black Meteoric Star.
Juan begins a European tour just days after this show, followed by a US tour with the Field starting mid-May. The Field's new album, Yesterday & Today, is due out May 19 on Anti- Records. All dates, the new video and Juan MacLean cover art, below..
Throbbing Gristle have added another NYC show! That makes the total three. April 16th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple is back on sale. April 28th at the Masonic Temple is now sold out. April 17th at Le Poisson Rouge (the only Manhattan show), where "TG will play one set of various material from throughout their history" is ON SALE NOW.
All dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
My Bloody Valentine @ Roseland in 2008 (more)
"We are very excited to confirm 7 more artists for the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival [April 17-19]. These include: The Chemical Brothers (DJ Set), Etienne De Crecy, The Orb, The Murder City Devils, Devendra Banhart, Busy P and Plump DJs."Besides that recent electro-heavy update, the Coachella line-up already includes reunited industrial band Throbbing Gristle, My Bloody Valentine, and many more (but not Amy Winehouse).
In addition to the Coachella date, Throbbing Gristle is playing a few more US shows, two NYC dates included: a sold-out April 16th show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and an April 28th gig at the same venue. Tickets for the second are on sale today (3/16) at noon. The first show (possibly both) will be a two-set evening, with TG first playing a live soundtrack to the film "In The Shadow Of The Sun" followed by a "set of material from across Throbbing Gristle's history." Opening on April 28th are Alan Vega (Suicide) and Emeralds.
My Bloody Valentine have also announced a few dates around their appearance at Coachella, though nothing in NYC yet. All of those dates, and a Throbbing Gristle live video, below...
The previously announced Throbbing Gristle tour has been extended (thx anon). Now there is a second chance to see the reunited band if you don't have a ticket to their sold out shows in Brooklyn and Chicago. Tickets go on sale Monday at 11:55am for an April 28th show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Alan Vega (Suicide) and Emeralds. Their first show at the same venue happens 12 days earlier which is before they play Coachella and San Francisco, but not LA:
The U.C.L.A. event has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond TG's control.The new Chicago date is on sale now. No word yet if the format of the new dates will be the same (two sets) as the old dates. All tour dates, including a couple in Europe, below...
Discussions are ongoing to find a replacement event at a venue TBC.
Details will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Throbbing Gristle in 2005
Throbbing Gristle announce their first US performances in 28 years - including an appearance Sunday April 19th at the 2009 Coachella Music Festival! The band, who have not performed in the United States since 1981, will also be playing Chicago and New York for the first time ever.Tickets for the NYC show are going to sell out. All dates below...
To mark these special occasions, Throbbing Gristle will play TWO SET events in New York and Chicago. The performances begin with a new live soundtrack to Derek Jarman's 60-minute 1980 alchemical film "In The Shadow Of The Sun" followed by a second set of material from across Throbbing Gristle's history.
Throbbing Gristle will be available for a fan signing session between sets in both New York and Chicago. Fans are encouraged to bring along one item from their collection for the band to sign. There will also be special 'TG USA 2009' merchandise including an all new album, t-shirt specific to the event, tour enamel badge, and tour embroidered patch for sale.
In addition, Throbbing Gristle will perform their live soundtrack to Derek Jarman's 60-minute 1980 alchemical film "In The Shadow Of The Sun" at UCLA in Los Angeles on April 21st and a full set of material from across their history at The Grand Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on April 23rd.
Throbbing Gristle - Chris Carter, Peter Christopherson, Genesis Breyer-P.Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti - formed in 1975 and released a string of albums until 1981, including The Second Annual Report, 20 Jazz Funk Greats and the legendary 24 Hours Cassette Boxed Set (reissued as TG24 on CD by the Grey Area of Mute in 2002 and followed by the companion box set TG+ in 2004). Unlike many of their punk peers, Throbbing Gristle deployed their music as a weapon attacking the apparatus of the music industry, which they treated as the propaganda wing of the then growing entertainment industry. TG set up their own imprint, Industrial Records (giving rise to the term "industrial music"), for the distribution of their clanging factory noises and as a cold parody of the entertainment industry's process of industrializing music.
In 2007 Throbbing Gristle released their first new studio album in over 25 years, Part Two - The Endless Not which was followed later that year by TGV, a live DVD box set featuring 10 full shows - most never-before-seen - ranging from the fascinating beginnings in 1979 through to the notorious RE~TG 're-grouping' 23 years later at London's Astoria and three further European shows.
2008 saw the reactivation of Industrial Records and the release of Thirty-Second Annual Report, a reinterpretation of The Second Annual Report recorded at La Villette in Paris, 30 years after its original release and available on download and as a special edition vinyl, pre-framed and limited to 777 copies.
by Black Bubblegum
P-Orridge, Carter, Tutti, and Christopherson circa 1978
Throbbing Gristle, the confrontational pioneers of industrial music, have scheduled their FIRST EVER NYC area show (!) at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on April 16th, just three days before the band ships out to the desert to play Coachella along with Morrissey & Paul McCartney. Hmmm... Paul McCartney and Throbbing Gristle playing the same show. Interesting.
For those of you that may need it, here's a little Throbbing Gristle learn for ya:
Abrasive, aggressive, and antagonistic, Britain's Throbbing Gristle pioneered industrial music; exploring death, mutilation, fascism, and degradation amid a thunderous cacophony of mechanical noise, tape loops, extremist anti-melodies, and bludgeoning beats, the group's cultural terrorism -- the "wreckers of civilization," one tabloid called them -- raised the stakes of artistic confrontation to new heights, combating all notions of commerciality and good taste with a maniacal fervor.Throbbing Gristle recently issued The Thirty-Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle on their own Industrial Records imprint ("This 12" 180gm vinyl LP comprises a recording of Throbbing Gristle's live demonstration at La Villette in Paris on 6th June 2008 at which they performed a reinterpretation of their original album."). The limited-to-777 LP comes framed and is up for sale at their website for £120 + shipping. Pick that up here.
Formed in London in the autumn of 1975, Throbbing Gristle consisted of vocalist/ringleader Genesis P-Orridge, his then-lover, guitarist Cosey Fanni Tutti, tape manipulator Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, and keyboardist Chris Carter....
Upon forming their own label, Industrial, the group issued their introductory release, The Best of Throbbing Gristle, Vol. 2, in 1976. A full-length debut, The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle, followed in 1977, in a pressing of only 500 copies; bowing to fan demand, the record was later reissued -- cut from a master tape played backward...
20 Jazz Funk Greats, a harsh electro-pop outing, followed a year later, and after 1980's live-in-the-studio Heathen Earth, Throbbing Gristle called it quits. P-Orridge and Christopherson soon formed Psychic TV (though Christopherson split again to form Coil), while the remaining duo continued on as Chris & Cosey... Throbbing Gristle reunited during the early 2000s for performances, and released Part Two: Endless Not, their first album in 25 years, in 2007. -[allmusic]
TG have also collaborated with sculptor Cerith Wyn Evans on A=p=p=a=r=i=t=i=o=n, "large sculpture incorporating 16 suspended and highly polished circular Audio Spotlight panels". This art exhibition, which recently closed in Yokohama but is searching for a new home in 2009, had the band providing a "special multi-channel soundtrack that plays back through the sculpture". More details can be found here.
Peter Christophersen recently played the Brainwaves Festival in Boston with Silver Apples, Matmos, Stars Of The Lid, Marissa Nadler, and many others. Drew Daniel (of Matmos) wrote a book for the 33 1/3 series profiling Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats.
Throbbing Gristle videos below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
by Black Bubblegum
I used to take took the infamous Chinatown bus from NYC to Boston all the time, but one ride was particularly memorable. I was sitting in the back of a full bus. There were no more seats, but then one more passenger wanted to get on, so the driver told this passenger to wait a minute and proceeded to put a lawn chair for them in the aisle...
Where am I going with this? Well, the Brainwaves Festival taking place at the Regent Theatre in Boston this weekend is a good reason to risk sitting in a lawn chair.
Two years ago, [Brainwashed's Jon] Whitney [that's not him in the picture] took on the role of concert promoter in a big way when he organized Brainwaves, an expansive, three-day festival of Brainwashed-related music and video. True to form, it was a monstrously ambitious undertaking.This year's eclectic, experimental lineup includes Matmos, Meat Beat Manifesto, Silver Apples, Stars of the Lid along with a day dedicated to Kranky, Major Stars,JG Thirlwell's Manorexia, Gary Wilson, Marisa Nadler (who started a new blog), and one bonafide legend in Peter Christopherson [that's him in the picture above], founder of Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, and the performing Threshold HouseBoys Choir (the latter is the one billed as playing the fest). Christopherson recently told TinyMixTapes he is retiring THBC, so this is your last shot to see him live before he retires to his home in Thailand. Tickets are still available, and check the festival's site for more travel and lodging options.
"Brainwashed was 10 years old. For 10 years it hadn't really made any sense, so why not do a festival that didn't make sense? You know, we needed a party! And though it was two years in the making, all the work was worth it, since we eventually came up with a great group of musicians." [The Phoenix]
A few of the festival participants have hit or will be hitting NYC this week as well... Silver Apples will be in NYC with Grails (but not Flower Travellin' Band, who postponed), To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie and Boduf Songs play Pianos and the Annex, Meat Beat Manifesto played Bowery Ballroom Wednesday, and Stars Of The Lid will play a pair of shows at Le Poisson Rouge while they're on this coast.
Psychic TV (sans Christophersen) recently played Europa. The full Brainwaves lineup is below...
We just got back from a bucolic recording session in Montana where we worked on a new collaborative sextet project with So Percussion, ate BBQ, and played a wild and beer-soaked show for the townsfolk of Whitefish. Having blown one deadline already, Drew is desperately pulling the manuscript of his book about Throbbing Gristle's "Twenty Jazz Funk Greats" for Continuum's 33 1/3 series into quasi-acceptability. Martin is squiggling away with his all synthesizer, all improv trio project Phase Chancellor (with Nate Boyce and a now-out-of-the-wheelchair Jay Lesser). Both Martin and Drew are gearing up for some apartment hunting adventures in Baltimore, Maryland, because Matmos is moving there as of August. But before that, we're bracing ourselves for a month of European touring this summer, including a set at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Citizens of New York City, please note that Matmos & So Percussion will be playing two shows at Lincoln Center this summer in honor of National Contact-Mic Awareness Month. The concerts will take place July 20th and July 21st, and each night will feature different special top secret guest stars, so you should go to both. Please come and show your support."Zeena Parkins and Dave Douglas are joining them for the NYC shows - not sure if they are the "top secret guest starts" they're talking about. If I had to guess, I'd say there's a good chance Antony is one of them. Tickets are on sale.