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The Thurston Moore Band -- aka Thurston Moore, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards -- brought their tour in support of their brand new album The Best Day to Saint Vitus Tuesday night ("we're on our tour of Northeast black metal clubs," Thurston joked on stage). Thurston's new album is the most Sonic Youth-sounding thing he's been involved with since The Eternal, and he's definitely got the right band for the job. James Sedwards is a bit more of a J Mascis type than a Lee Ranaldo (he threw a few wailing guitar solos in there), but Deb held down that SY-style bass playing really well and it was fun to watch her rock out on a small stage in comparison to seeing her with MBV last year. And of course Steve and Thurston have insane chemistry. It's impossible to not wish Kim and Lee were on stage too, but during some of those noise buildups it almost felt like being at a SY show.

Opening the night was their tourmates PCPC, the collaborative band that Andrew Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts formed with members of PC Worship. This year, Andrew and Austin already have a Parquet Courts album out and a Parkay Quarts album on the way that they recently put out a track from, but it was a mystery as to what PCPC would sound like. Turns out they sound... a lot like Sonic Youth. You could argue it was almost a little too similar to be opening for Thurston Moore, but PCPC did it well. Their set had plenty of noise jams too, but these were definitely well-written songs, kind of in the Bad Moon Rising style. Andrew splits lead vocals with one of the PC Worship members, and though Austin doesn't sing in this one, he still stands there looking a lot like a young Thurston Moore. Andrew had jokes too -- "Have you had enough? Or are you thurston for some moore?" Heh heh.

The Thurston/PCPC tour returns to NYC on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. That show is sold out but we're giving away tickets.

Video of PCPC's set and one of Thurston playing "Psychic Hearts," with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...

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Thurston Moore Band (photo by Bebe Labree Besch)
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Thurston Moore releases his Sonic Youth-y new solo album, The Best Day, this week via Matador (stream it), and he's now made a video for the 8+ minute opening track, "Speak to the Wild," which was directed by Santiago Mostyn. You can check that out below.

As discussed, Thurston will be on tour with Parquet Courts/PC Worship spinoff PCPC and that tour hits NYC on Tuesday (10/21) at Saint Vitus (during but not part of CMJ) and Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade (right after CMJ). Both shows are sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets to the Rough Trade show. Details on how to enter to win are below.

The Thurston Moore Band will also be on WNYC's 'Soundcheck' today (10/20) at 2 PM. Listen here.

Contest details, with the new video and full list of dates, below...

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Thurston Moore at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
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The ninth annual NY Art Book Fair is happening from September 26-28 at MoMA PS1 with a preview being held the evening of September 25. The preview features a live set from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and his collaborator James Nares, as well as a DJ set from MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson. That goes from 6-9 PM, and at 7 PM Thurston will be in PS1's lobby signing copies of his new chapbook of lyrics from his new album The Best Day. Skater/poet Mark Gonzalez will also be there for the launch and signing of Non Stop Poetry, his collection of over 145 of his zines. That's about a month before Thurston's tour with PCPC.

The fair will feature over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries. Here's more details:

This year's NY Art Book Fair includes an ever-growing variety of exhibitors - from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history. NYABF-classic Friendly Fire focuses on the intersections of art and activism, and with the support of the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, the NYABF and Printed Matter presents NORWAY FOCUS: KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers.

NYABF14 is also host to an array of programming and special events: now in its sixth year, The Classroom is a curated engagement of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led interventions. The Contemporary Artists' Book Conference (CABC), now in its seventh year, features two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture. The stage at the top of the stairs will have continuous musical performances programmed by Printed Matter, Showpaper, and Know-Wave Radio.
The fair is FREE and open to the public.

On the Saturday (9/27), there will also be more live music at PS1 during the fair, this time from I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing), Prince Rama, Psalm Zero, Ratking, Junglepussy, Juiceboxxx, King Concubine, Dark Sister, Trollkrem, Fortunate Dad and onre more TBA.

More details on the art fair below...

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Thurston Moore at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Last month, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore called black metal "music made by pussies of the lowest order" and now in a new Rolling Stone interview, he's further discussed the comment:

Were you trying to be provocative?

That was really taken out of context. It was really funny how people got tweaked by that. I was answering a question. How do you answer a question about black metal? Black metal, it doesn't even consider itself music. In fact, it doesn't want to be confused with any kind of music because it's something else entirely. It's a voided concept from its start [laughs]. It's all about complete disintegration of existence. It's a music that uses the elements of rock instrumentation but it's so anti-everything that, for me, it doesn't matter what you say about it because it doesn't exist. I figured I would just write something ridiculous about it. And boy, did black-metal devotees get really upset by it. You're not supposed to be alive, so why are you getting upset?

(For the record, yes it was taken out of context... by being the only quote provided in Thurston Moore's press release.) The interview continues:
Earlier this year, you played on a black metal album, Twilight's III: Beneath Trident's Tomb. What did you take from that experience?

There are certain stylistic maneuvers within black metal that really informed me as a guitarist and I use in my own playing. And I think some of the people who are seriously involved with that scene realized this about me and reached out to me. That's certainly true of Neil [who records as "Imperial"] from Krieg, who sings on Twilight. He's a true black metal aficionado and devotee and he's a real important exponent of that music, and he reached out to me and wanted to know if I would take part in this project. And I think it was a little bit of a risk for those guys having somebody who's not exactly 100 percent in the scene to get involved. But I think they trusted my integrity with it.

Sonic Youth once recorded a song titled "Non-Metal Dude Wearing Metal Tee."

And as somebody else said, "Sonic Youth had a song called 'Satan Is Boring' - he's been attacking our lord ever since the Eighties!" I super enjoyed making that record. That's a wild community. It takes a lot of stamina to keep up with those guys because they're monsters.

The Thurston Moore Band (featuring Sonic Youth's Steve Shelly, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards) will bring their tour to NYC on October 21 at Saint Vitus (tickets) and October 26 at Rough Trade (sold out). Both shows are with PCPC, the new collaborative project of Parquet Courts and PC Worship.

In related news, Thurston Moore's Twilight bandmate Blake Judd's heroin addition saga continues.

Blake Judd

Despite being notorious for stealing and screwing people over (and even going to jail for it), people continue to work with Nachtmystium's Blake Judd (also of Twilight, Krieg, and Hate Meditation). Last week Century Media released an unfortunate, but noble statement saying they will send records to anyone who got scammed by Blake's recent, fake, direct pre-order for the new Nachtmystium record ("the last album NACHTMYSTIUM has with Century Media Records"). Blake is known for never sending people orders, but yet he found more people to send him money. Read that statement in full below.

Now, Blake's long-time friend and bandmate Neill Jameson (Krieg, Twilight) has also had enough and wants the world to know his full story. It's a long, sad tale of being screwed over by a heroin addict again and again and again and again. It paints Blake as an even bigger liar and scumbag than the public knew. The whole thing is at Noisey. Here's an excerpt:

"I decided to do the third Twilight record [with Blake] simply because of the other musicians in the band. By this point, I was fed up with the Blake-circus-shitshow but went ahead anyway. The night before I was to fly out to record Blake called me in tears. He told me that the money that was sent to cover my expenses and my cut of the publishing advance (totaling around $1500) was gone. He told me that his wife had left him (no shit, Helen Keller saw that coming) after they got into a fight; He threw her and she broke her leg in several places. When he took her to the hospital they would only accept cash because they didn't have insurance. He fucking sobbed and said everyone in Chicago wanted to kill him and he couldn't leave his house and he hoped I didn't hate him. What the fuck was I supposed to do? I already had paid for the flight and was in the hole from the "tour" a few weeks before."
Twilight is/was a supergroup that featured Blake and Neill along with Thurston Moore, Aaron Turner, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth), and more. No wonder Thurston said black metal is "music made by pussies of the lowest order".

Century Media's recent statement below...

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Parquet Courts @ Sugarhill Supper Club in June (more by Joe McCabe)
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As you may know, Parquet Courts and PC Worship will be on tour together this fall, concluding with a holiday show at NYC's Webster Hall on December 11 with Blues Control (tickets). But those two are doing more than just touring together, they've formed a new band called PCPC who will also play smaller shows along the tour. Andrew Savage explains:

Like P-Funk, MinuteFlag, Ciccone Youth, Loutallica and Red House Chili Painters (bet you didn't know about that one), PCPC is what happens when two legendary rock juggernauts join forces. In this instance, members of PC Worship and Parquet Courts have merged into a NY noise-rock confederacy, each band bringing their own sonic distinctions. Spawning from a long history of playing shows together as separate entities, PCPC is born out of an aesthetic solidarity, and will to create something new. Look for them this Fall in select cities throughout USA and Europe.
PCPC will first bring the noise as opener for Thurston Moore's upcoming Northeast tour, including both the 10/21 Saint Vitus (tickets) and 10/26 Rough Trade (tickets) shows. All Parquet Courts (and Parkay Quarts, which they're being billed as for some reason) and PCPC dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Parquet Courts have a new video for "Bodies" from this year's Sunbathing Animal. It was shot at their sweaty record release party at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard who made the new Nick Cave movie, 20,000 Days on Earth. You can check that out below.

PC Worship's new album, Social Rust, is out this week and can be streamed below too.

Dates are listed, along with the new Parquet Courts video, below...

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Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a bunch of live appearances coming up, including three very different shows in NYC and a solo/acoustic tour in Europe. The first one is this Friday (9/5) at St. Ann & The Holo Trinity Church for the fifth annual Dither Extravaganza with electric guitar quartet Dither and a big, impressive lineup that also features a duo set of composer Andrea Parkins with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, noise metal band Cleric, turntablist DJ Rupture percussion trio Tigue, banjoist Brandon Seabrook and still more. Full lineup below.

Then on September 27 at Union Pool, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will play a full-band show, their only one scheduled at the moment. The Dust have a new acoustic LP planned, so maybe we'll hear some of that at the show. Most details on that LP are still TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Lee also has previously discussed duo set with Noveller at Lincoln Center on November 20. Noveller also opens for Sun Araw at Baby's tonight (9/4). All of Lee's various dates are listed below.

In related news, back when Sonic Youth were still active they recorded the instrumental song "Creepers & Climbers" for artist Peter Coffin's Music for Plants project. As the title implies, the music was written specifically to be "heard" by plants, but it was recently made available to humans as well. You can stream it below.

In more Sonic Youth news, Art Info points out that Kim Gordon will have a show at Chelsea's 303 Gallery from June 4 to July 15, 2015. More details TBA.

And as previously discussed, Thurston Moore (whose new band also includes Sonic Youth/The Dust drummer Steve Shelley) has a new album and tour on the way. He also has some pretty serious opinions on black metal.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, with the 'Dither Extravaganza' lineup, below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo touring, including 3 NYC shows; Sonic Youth ft. on 'Music for Plants'; Kim Gordon show at 303 Gallery coming"

photo by PJ Sykes
Caught on Tape

Just yesterday (8/20), Thurston Moore detailed his new album, The Best Day, which was recorded with his new band -- his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards. Now he's announced another new LP, this one with Caught on Tape, his avant-garde collaborative project with John Moloney who he played with in Chelsea Light Moving. The album's called Full Bleed, is due out October 21 via Nothern Spy, and while no music has been released from it yet, the press release did come with this gem of a quote:

Q: How did playing black metal rub off on you for Full Bleed? It certainly sounds like it may have.

Thurston Moore: Black Metal is music made by pussies of the lowest order, and we felt it was necessary to investigate this aberrant anti-music behaviour. We feel like the sound and attitude of black metal is a loss of self, life, light and desire in a way where it becomes so negative that a whole new bliss arrives where we become super pussy.

Well there you have it. Watch a live video of Caught On Tape from 2012 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Phil Sharp
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We recently mentioned that Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore formed a new band with SY drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards, and will be releasing an album with them, The Best Day, via Matador. Though SY's site originally said the album would be out September 23, it's actually coming October 21 and can be pre-ordered now. The title track was just released, and it's one of Thurston's more traditionally indie rock-sounding songs, though with a blues riff and a classic rock guitar solo thrown in. Check it out below. The band also recently made their live debut at a secret show in London. Watch a video of them playing "Detonation" at that show, below.

The Thurston Moore Band have also added more tour dates to their schedule, including two in NYC: Saint Vitus on October 21 and Rough Trade on October 26. Tickets for the Vitus show and tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. Sebadoh support on many dates, but no openers announced for the NYC shows yet. The tour also includes Riot Fest Chicago and a Riot Fest aftershow with Mudhoney.

All dates are listed, with the video, new song stream, LP artwork & tracklist, below...

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Thurston Moore at Ornette Coleman tribute in June (more by Greg Cristman)
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After releasing an album with his post-Sonic Youth band Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston Moore revealed plans for a new solo album coming out on Matador. Sonic Youth's site now says the album is called The Best Day and comes out on September 23 (though Matador hasn't confirmed the exact date). Most of it was recorded with his new band which features Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on drums, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe on bass, and James Sedwards on guitar. A few of the songs were recorded with the Chelsea Light Moving members as well.

That band, dubbed The Thurston Moore Band, will be going on a tour this year that includes the Toronto and Chicago Riot Fests, as well as a West Coast run with Sebadoh. They don't have a NYC date announced at the moment, but Thurston will be back on his old stomping grounds to read at a Brooklyn Book Festival bookend event on September 20. More details on that event and other events at the festival TBA.

All dates are listed below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.

Denver single day tickets are on sale too. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

Toronto single day tickets are also on sale. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

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Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew released his new solo album, Darlings, earlier this year, and has already come to the US to open Feist's solo tour and play a full band release show (with multiple Arts & Crafts musicians) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, which happened after being postponed a few weeks in April. Now, he's announced a much longer North American tour which brings him back to NYC on September 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No word yet on what his live lineup will be like this time. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon.

No openers announced for the MHOW show yet, but many dates are with J Mascis (who plays his own NYC show and also with Witch this week, 7/23). A few others are with Belle & Sebastian and one is with Thurston Moore. This month into August, Kevin's on a Canadian run with Modest Mouse (who have a few NYC-area dates after). All dates are listed, with a video from the new LP, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

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The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

The 2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! season continued with another free show in Prospect Park this past Thursday (6/12), a tribute to pioneering free jazz great Ornette Coleman (also part of Blue Note Jazz Fest). A large handful of musicians from many genres appeared on stage to pay tribute to Ornette, including Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace/Antemasque bassist Flea, joined separately by two jazz veterans Henry Threadgill and David Murray. Punk legend Patti Smith appeared with her daughter Jesse and bandmate Tony Shanahan. Laurie Anderson was joined by past collaborators/NYC avant-garde lifers Bill Laswell and John Zorn for a performance that was also partly in honor of her late husband Lou Reed. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore performed a duo set with guitar great Nels Cline (Wilco, Lee Ranaldo's band, etc), and still so many other guests performed including Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Savion Glover, Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, James Blood and more.

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The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

One very special guest of the night was Ornette Coleman himself, who wasn't billed as a performer but but spent a good deal of the show on stage, often chiming in. The New York Times writes:

Again, Mr. Coleman played: a significant fact and an increasingly rare occasion in the last several years. This was billed as a concert for him, not by him; it was not clear whether he would play a note until showtime. But he sat in a chair onstage for most of the concert's first half, either with an alto saxophone in his lap, or taking part as if he were playing along with nature, joining when he wanted to and how he wanted to.

The concert was organized by Mr. Coleman's son, Denardo, who was also the bandleader, as a program of Coleman compositions, except for a couple of free improvisations. But Mr. Coleman wasn't there to play Ornette Coleman compositions. He was just there to play, and he started from soft and lovely unaccompanied lines, like some precursor to blues language.

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with the setlist a video from Patti Smith's performance, below...

Continue reading "Ornette Coleman celebrated at Prospect Park w/ Patti Smith, Flea, Thurston Moore, Ornette himself & more (pics, setlist)"

Riot Fest

The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...

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Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

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Hopscotch

We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.

Full initial lineup below...

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Literary and postmodern icon William S Burroughs, who died in 1997, would have turned 100 this year and there are Centenary celebration events happening all over the world. In New York, WSB100 (which was [and still is] being funded by an Indiegogo campaign) is happening the entire month of April at various venues around the the city:

Help us celebrate 100 years of America's preeminent avant garde literary iconoclast: William S. Burroughs. As ferocious, provocative, disturbing, and exciting as the artist himself, NYC's month-long WSB100 features extraordinary original performances, films, readings, panels, and world premiere tributes in honor of the legendary mindbending troublemaker himself.
You can buy a festival pass for $100 that gets you in to all the WSB events, or buy individual tickets.

On the musical side, the WSB100 takes over The Stone this month through April 20. Tonight is Kenny Wollesen at 8 PM and Ariana Reiens at 10 PM. Other notable nights include Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth played on WSB's 1990 album Dead City Radio) on April 17; John Zorn and Bill Laswell on April 19; Hal Willner, Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang and Lenny Pickett on April 20. No advance tickets for these shows.

Then on April 21 at Issue Project Room, Elliot Sharp and Steve Buscemi will have a collaborative performance, creating "a collage of sound and words integrating texts by William S. Burroughs with Elliott Sharp's vast soundworlds." Buscemi spent a lot of time with Burroughs in the author's later years and currently has a screenplay of Burroughs' Queer in development. Tickets are on sale.

On April 22 at the Incubator Arts Project it's a collaborative performance by Lydia Lunch and Quintan Ana Wikswo. Tickets are on sale. Then on April 23 at Poetry Project, there is a "reading marathon" featuring Anne Waldman, Penny Arcade, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Elliott Sharp, Sam Mickens, and many more. Full line-up and more info is here.

There are more events happening too. Details are at WSB100 but the full schedule is listed, along with a few Burroughs-related videos, below...

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Thurston Moore at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Thurston Moore recently talked to The Fly about his divorce with Kim Gordon and his new relationship with Eva Prinz, not long after Kim Gordon talked to Elle about the divorce. Following The Fly interview, feminist website Jezebel posted an article about it, headlined "Thurston Moore Confirms He Is A Dick."

Pitchfork now points out that Thurston has responded to Jezebel with a Facebook post where he calls the website "gender fascism":

Jezebel is gender fascism. By not having any real critical facility to understand, in their case, men in relationship to women (presumably them) they opt to promote hate by imperialist blather. By couching it in feminism is a distinct lack of class, but i'm sure they're having a bit of online fun and when they grow up maybe they'll glean the complexities of real life and love.
If you missed them the first time, you can read Thurston's interview here and Kim's interview here.

Thurston at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Last year, Kim Gordon talked to Elle about her divorce with Thurston Moore, and now in an interview with The Fly, Thurston has finally discussed it too:

"I've had some life issues," he said. "In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it, it's very personal and I don't really talk about it so much. It's extremely... it's just something I work through in my own world."

Moore is now living in London with Eva Prinz, the woman Gordon referred to in the interview. Of his new relationship, he said:

"I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does. But I'll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me but everybody around us. There have been some fall-outs, but that's to be expected. It's pretty heavy."

He continued: "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now, that's kinda where I'm at."

Read the full article at The Fly.

by Doug Moore

Chelsea Light Moving at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by PSquared)
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As we mentioned a ways back, the recently defunct Chicago black metal supergroup Twilight -- which features Jef "Wrest" Whitehead (Leviathan), Neill "Imperial" Jameson (Krieg), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth), Sanford Parker, and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) (one of these things is not like the others) -- have a posthumous third album, III: Beneath Trident's Tomb, coming out on March 18 (pre-order). Though opinion on the subject is mixed, I consider it easily their strongest and most coherent work to date. It's a shame that they chose this moment to throw in the towel.

We just premiered the second single from the Beneath Trident's Tomb, titled "Swarming Funeral Mass" over on Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:

Moore's presence will undoubtedly skew the narrative around Beneath Trident's Tomb, lightning rod for grumblings about hipster invasions and aging rock douches that he is. But though his contributions merit note (the squealing feedback intro to leadoff single "Lungs" has his prints all over it), he is but one strong personality among several. The real story should be how goddamn good the whole album is. The first two Twilight efforts suffered from classic supergroup syndrome: they were less than the sum of their parts. But the band's final lineup cohered smoothly, if only for this one studio session, into a single beast. It clanks and groans like it's powered by steam, but the pain it feels is very human.
Stream it (and the other Twilight single, "Lungs") below.

Thurston Moore also just released a video for the Chelsea Light Moving tune "Heavenmetal" from their 2013 LP. Oddly, the video bills the song as a Moore solo venture, though SPIN does point out he has a new solo album coming out via Matador this June. Watch the new video below.

Thurston also performed a new song with The Horrors earlier this week, and recently announced dates (none in NYC).

Check out the two Twilight songs and the new Thurston video below...

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by Doug Moore

Twilight

We were pretty confused/excited when indie rock figurehead Thurston Moore joined Chicagoan black metal supergroup Twilight (no, no glittery vampires involved) back in 2012. It's been a long wait since. The rest of their then-lineup went through the wringer, with both Blake Judd (Nachtmystium) and Jef "Wrest" Whitehead (Leviathan) dealing with legal issues and Aaron Turner (ISIS) folding his beloved Hydra Head label.

Twilight finally announced the details for III: Beneath Trident's Tomb, their forthcoming third album (and first with Thurston Moore), today. The bad news is that this album will be their last -- the band has already been "dissolved." Turner and Judd are out of the picture; it's easy to imagine that Judd was booted because of his recent troubles. Wrest has hung on, though, and performs bass, drums, and some vocals on the album. The rest of the lineup is rounded out by Moore (guitar/vox), Neill "Imperial" Jameson (Krieg) on vocals, Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) on guitar and vox, and Chicago sound guy extraordinaire Sanford Parker handling synths and electronics. The album will come out on March 18 via Century Media.

The really noteworthy bit here is the new track the band has posted -- "Lungs," which is both the album's leadoff cut and a total burner. The press release credits Wrest and Imperial with the composition, but man, if that noise-freakout intro isn't a dead ringer for a Sonic Youth part. (I hear shades of "100%" from Dirty.) The rest of the song is a pretty major departure from Twilight's past work, too -- it plows away in grubby, antagonistic noise rock fashion underneath a skein of layered harsh and clean vocals.

Thurston Moore also just listed his favorite songs of all time.

Stream "Lungs" and check out III: Beneath Trident's Tomb's track listing below...

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Chelsea Light Moving at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.

That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...

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Chelsea Light Moving @ The Stone - 12/31/13 (via @mashavsl)
Chelsea Light Moving

Initially, Messrs. Moore and Zorn played together contrasting their musical vocabularies. Mr. Zorn was full of quicksilver licks, rhythmic clucking sounds and urgent wails from his horn, with Mr. Moore offering deep atmospheric sounds and the occasional quick-fading power chord.

When the brilliant guitarist Joe Morris, a late addition to the bill, joined the duo, the music turned elegantly introspective. Mr. Morris's single notes intertwined with Mr. Zorn's playing as Mr. Moore cast deep sonic backdrops. Occasionally the three men turned up the dissonance, but the major takeaway from the hourlong set was of complex, wistful music that could transform into something else at moment's notice. [Wall Street Journal]

Thuston Moore rang in the new year by kicking off his residency at The Stone (which goes through Sunday, 1/5) with two shows on New Year's Eve. The first show, which the above review is from, was a collaborative set from Thurston Moore and John Zorn, that also included late addition Joe Morris, and actually started earlier than its planned 8 PM start time, being that the venue was already filled to capacity. Then for the second show, Thurston played a collaborative set with Mike Watt (The Minutemen/fIREHOSE) and Raymond Pettibon, followed by a set by his current band Chelsea Light Moving (pictured above).

The residency continues with his CLM bandmate Samara Lubelski and others tonight (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on 1/3, SY bandmate Lee Ranaldo on 1/4, and White Out on 1/5.

In related news, 1991: The Year Punk Broke, the 1993 documentary filmed during Sonic Youth's 1991 European tour with Nirvana, will screen for one night in Brooklyn on Saturday (1/4) at Spectatcle (124 S. 3rd St near Bedford Ave). The screenings are at 7:30 PM and 10 PM, and admission is $5 at the door. Trailer video below.

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Chelsea Light Moving at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Greg Cristman)
CLM

As discussed, Thurston Moore is kicking off a residency at The Stone with two New Year's Eve shows at the venue. His first show is an 8 PM duo set with the venue's artistic director John Zorn ($25 at the door), and since we last spoke, he's expanded the schedule for the second show.

It begins at 10 PM with a previously discussed trio set of Thurston, The Minutemen's Mike Watt, and Black Flag/Sonic Youth/Minutemen/etc album designer Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn). Then from 11:30 PM to 1 AM, Thurston's current band Chelsea Light Moving will play. Admission for the late show is $50 at the door and that gets you into the 10 PM set and the 11:30 set. Doors open at 9:45 and only 75 people will be admitted, so get there early.

Thurston's residency continues through January 5, and includes shows with his Chelsea Light Moving bandmate Samara Lubelkski (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley (1/3), and SY's Lee Ranaldo was added to the one with CLM's John Moloney (1/4).

Full schedule below...

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Thurston Moore on the 'Station to Station' tour (more by Lukas Hodge)
Thurston Moore

As discussed, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is playing two New Year's Eve shows at The Stone, an early one with John Zorn, and a late one with Mike Watt. Since we last spoke, we realized those shows are actually part of Thurston's residency at the venue, which kicks off on NYE and continues through January 5. He's curating for the week, and also performing with different collaborators each night.

Most notably, the residency has him performing with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley for two shows on 1/3, with Chelsea Light Moving drummer John Moloney for two shows on 1/4, and with another CLM member, Samara Lubelski, on 1/2. Probably don't expect Sonic Youth or Chelsea Light Moving songs though. He'll also be performing with NYC experimental duo White Out (who have releases on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace label) on the final night (1/5). The full schedule and an updated list of Chelsea Light Moving tour dates are below.

Meanwhile, as we speak, avant guitarist/banjoist Eugene Chadbourne's residency at the venue is underway. It kicked off this past Tuesday (10/29) and included his Halloween show at the venue last night (10/31). It continues with Eugene playing as a duo with Tatsuya Nakatani tonight (11/1), solo on Saturday (11/2), and as part of a 5-piece on Sunday (11/3).

Most of the other Nov/Dec curators are all notable jazz musicians and improvisers. One that's especially exciting to us is Ikue Mori, drummer of seminal no wave band DNA, 1/3 of Death Ambient (with Fred Frith and Kato Hideki), and a frequent collaborator of John Zorn, Mike Patton, various members of Sonic Youth, and more. She curates/performs at The Stone from December 17-22 and collaborators for the week include Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Sylvie Courvoisier, John Zorn and more, plus a "SPECIAL SURPRISE BAND" TBA on 12/20. Full schedule for her residency below.

In related news, Ikue Mori plays a previously discussed special Body/Head trio set with B/H members Kim Gordon and Bill Nace at the Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room.

Then, from December 25-29 at The Stone, it's the annual John Zorn end of the year improv week, leading up to Thurston Moore's NYE shows. Zorn will be joined by multiple other improvisers throughout the week, including Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Erik Friedlander, Okkyung Lee, and many more. Full schedule below.

All mentioned Stone residency schedules, along with Chelsea Light Moving dates, below...

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