Entries tagged with: Throwing Muses
by Bill Pearis
It's been ten years since Throwing Muses released their last album but the indie veterans will return this fall with Purgatory/Paradise on November 11 via Harper Collins/It Books. That's the cover art above and, as you might have wondered by its shape (and who is putting it out), this will be released as an art book, designed by drummer Dave Narcizo, that features a college of lyrics, photographs, and writing by singer/songwriter Kristin Hersh. The music part contains 32 songs and you can stream one of them, "Sleepwalking 1," below and another track, "Sunray Venus" (very classic Muses-sounding) can be heard at their website.
The current line-up of the band (Hersh, Narcizo and bassist Bernard Georges) has been constant since 1992. The original line-up of the band featured Tanya Donnely (Belly, The Breeders). They were the first American band signed to 4AD and were kind of a link, sonically, between the gothy/ethereal bands the label began and the more noisy sound that would come with the signing of fellow New Englanders, Pixies. They also provided the title for legendary 4AD compilation Lonely is an Eyesore.
No tour dates have been announced yet, but hopefully that will come soon. (The band have toured much more recently than they've made albums.) Song stream and album tracklist below...
This solo spoken word and musical performance draws from Hersh's acclaimed memoir of life as a teenager wrestling with issues of mental illness, creativity, teenage pregnancy, and the pressures of sudden fame. Combining film, music, and scripted excerpts from the book, the show is an intense, moving, and original experience.You can purchase the book on Amazon.
In October and November Kristin will tour internationally as part of Throwing Muses, who reunited in 2009. That tour will bring the band to NYC on October 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon.
All dates and a video of Kristin performing at a Paradoxical Undressing show in 2008...
Kristin Hersh (el fletcher)
Kristin Hersh is going on tour across Europe this May. She'll play shows both solo and as part of the reunited Throwing Muses. Then in June Hersh currently has just one show scheduled, and it's at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 18th ("a partially seated event. First come, first served"). Tickets are on sale.
Earlier this year, Throwing Muses performed at the "Music of REM" concert on March 11th at Carnegie Hall. The next night, March 12th, the band played with Hersh's other group, 50 Foot Wave, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
All Kristin Hersh and Throwing Muses tour dates, and a live video from 2007, below...
Enrique Cardenas: Is the legend of the guitar god dead? Are there any young guitarists that will make an impact in 2009?
Sasha Frere-Jones: The last three "guitar heroes" I saw were women: Marnie Stern, Kaki King, and Marissa Paternoster of the the Screaming Females. And the only old-fashioned guitar solos coming to mind are on Chris Brown and Braid Paisley albums.
Heartonastick: Paternoster's hard to see, impossible to take your eyes off.
Screaming Females are on tour with Throwing Muses. They play Music Hall of Williamsburg together tonight (3/12).
Lissy Trullie is everywhere lately. One of those places is opening for The Soundtrack of our Lives at Bowery Ballroom tonight (3/12) (not sold out).
We knew Throwing Muses would be in town to play one R.E.M. song at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. Now we also know that show is party of a small tour that has the classic-indie rock band also playing more than one song in Philly, Brooklyn, and in their hometown of Boston (well, Cambridge). The Brooklyn show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 12th (one day after Carnegie Hall), and 50 Foot Wave is opening which means this show will be chock full of Krisin Hersh.
Current TM lineup:Tickets go on Am Ex presale Wednesday and on regular sale Friday.
Kristin Hersh (vocals/guitar)
Bernard Georges (bass)
David Narcizo (drums)
Throwing Muses will also be playing a set at the Breeders-curated ATP Festival in the UK in May, and at Primavera Sound in Spain that same month. All dates below...
Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard of The Frames & Swell Season, Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The Db's, Bob Mould, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and others will be singing R.E.M. songs at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. "100% of net proceeds to benefit musical education programs for underprivileged youth." Regular tickets are on sale at the venue's site. VIP tickets are available at the event's own site (thx rajohn)...
Your VIP ticket includes entrance to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali. Food will be delicious and the free wine will be flowing. Join the artists and friends in New York's first full winery and amazing new event space. The party will start immediately after the concert and go to 1am. With a full stage and sound system at City Winery, we expect many musical surprises!Mario Batali and Michael Stipe are good friends. Michael Dorf is producing this whole event. Michael Dorf owns the new City Winery which is opening on New Years Eve which is the night Michael Dorf's old club Knitting Factory is closing (which Michael pointed out himself in that NY Press article).
Vic Chetnutt & Elf Power are also touring and playing NYC together in January.
Pro-shot video of R.E.M.'s encore in Mexico City the other day, below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Breeders at McCarren Pool (more by Ryan Muir)
All Tomorrow's Parties recently announced another UK festival, this time curated by The Breeders and taking place May 15-17 2009 at Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead, England. 40+ bands will play the festival including The Breeders as well as Throwing Muses, Bon Iver, Teenage Fanclub, and Holy Fuck. Tickets are on sale.
The Breeders festival, also know as "ATP UK Weekend 2", comes, believe it or not, one weekend after "ATP UK Weekend 1" which is the ATP that Sleep are reuniting for (and which is also known as "The Fans Strike Back").
ATP is also coming back to NY in 2009. All Breeders tour dates below....