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DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Burroughs" (MP3)

Chelsea Light Moving

News on the current state of Sonic Youth remains ambiguous, but the members are certainly keeping busy. Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon are releasing a collaborative album with Yoko Ono (recorded before Thurston and Kim's split?) called YOKOKIMTHURSTON, which is due out on September 25 via Chimera Music. The cover art and tracklist, along with a video of the three musicians playing together at BAM in 2010 is below.

Thurston is also now the vocalist/guitarist for a new band called Chelsea Light Moving with Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski, and John Moloney. They've got a full length in the works, which is due out on Matador. You can download their first track, "Burroughs," which was inspired William S. Burroughs' last words ("Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is"), at the top of this post. Chelsea Light Moving have a few shows scheduled, including a Sled Island show in Calgary tonight.

Thurston was also added to Spy Music Festival, which goes down in NYC across multiple venues from June 29 to July 15. He'll be playing his first ever set as a duo with experimental guitarist Loren Connors at The Stone on July 14. Raajamahal (Pat Murano of No Neck Blues Band and Decimus, Carla Backer from Baba Yaga, and Santa Wolanczyk from Flower Orgy) was also added to the fest, and will be playing Death by Audio on July 13. Check out a sampler of artists playing the festival below.

Speaking of Yoko Ono, NY Post reports that she exhibited a new art piece in London's Serpentine Gallery called "To the Light," which featured no more than three piles of dirt. The post mentions that Britain's Guardian newspaper trashed the exhibit, suggesting "the exhibition's title has got to be a "mistake," noting that "those who have suffered near-death experiences often complain of a bright light -- and a voice telling them to go towards it." And no one would want to go toward this."

A list of all dates, video, and stream below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore has a new band, made an LP w/ Kim Gordon & Yoko Ono, playing Spy Music Fest w/ Loren Connors"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

Bang on a Can 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Bang on a Can

The 2012 River to River Festival kicked off today (6/17) at noon with the Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. As mentioned the marathon runs through midnight and features a huge variety of performers including Kaki King, David Longstreth, Steve Reich, and many others.

If you missed it, the full schedule for today's marathon is listed below...

Continue reading "Bang on a Can Marathon kicked off today (running through midnight)"

Glenn Branca Ensemble at last year's Marathon (more by Andrew Frisicano) Bang on a Can - Glenn Branca

As previously announced, the 2012 River to River Festival will kick off with the annual 12-hour Bang on a Can Marathon on June 17 from noon to midnight at the World Financial Center Winter Garden:

Some highlights include Bang on a Can All-Stars, astonishing cellist Maya Beiser, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, indie guitar sensation Kaki King, jazz genius Matthew Shipp, music by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, David T Little, Ruby Fulton, Michael Harrison; film by Bill Morrison, and much more. Stay all Day!
Presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can.
River to River just released the full Bang on a Can Marathon schedule which is detailed below.

Meanwhile, you can also catch Thurston Moore in NYC tonight (5/31) with Bill Nace and Joe McPhee.

Continue reading "Bang on a Can Marathon schedule released"

Thurston Moore at LPR w/ Mike Watt (more by BBG)
Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore is set to kick off a European tour in late July, but before he heads overseas, he'll be playing in Brooklyn TONIGHT (5/31) at Roulette for a show as part of a trio with guitarist Bill Nace (who Thurston has played with in Northampton Wools) and saxophonist Joe McPhee. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

Thurston also recently published a book, By The Lightswitch, which is available via Mondo Bummer. Mondo Bummer writes that the book "is a poem about hanging out. It hangs out with stars, it hangs out with girls, and it wants to hang out with you. 'Rockstars can't be poets / which sucks,' but you wouldn't know that from reading this." Thurston just read at a Mondo Bummer event on Tuesday (5/29) at ACA Galleries. Did you catch that, how was it?

All dates listed below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore playing Roulette tonight w/ Bill Nace & Joe McPhee; published a book, 'By The Lightswitch'"

sledisland

The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

Continue reading "Feist, Stephen Malkmus, The Hold Steady and lots more playing Calgary's Sled Island Festival (full line-up)"

Bang on a Can Marathon last year (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Bang on a can

Bang on a Can, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a big show at Lincoln Center, bring the annual, free Marathon back to the World Financial Center Winter Garden this year from June 17,12PM - June 18, 12AM...

Bang on a Can brings its 25 Year celebration back downtown with its incomparable 12-hour super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe. What started as a scruffy loft concert in Soho back in 1987, now ranks among the iconic annual concert events in NYC. This year's edition features rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today's newest music pioneers. Some highlights include Bang on a Can All-Stars, astonishing cellist Maya Beiser, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, indie guitar sensation Kaki King, jazz genius Matthew Shipp, music by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, David T Little, Ruby Fulton, Michael Harrison; film by Bill Morrison, and much more. Stay all Day!
Presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can.
Stay tuned for more details.

by BBG

Mike Watt, J Mascis & friends
Mike Watt, J Mascis & friends

In the live interview that took place before Hellride East (aka J.Mascis and Murph of Dinosaur Jr, and the guest of honor for the evening Mike Watt) hit the stage, Watt told rock critic Byron Coley about his intense love for John Coltrane ("I thought he was a punk") and how The Stooges changed his life. It was the latter that formed the basis for Hellride East's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (5/2), as part of a release party for Mike Watt's new book On & Off Bass.

Featuring opening sets from throwback punk rockers Dead Trend and Brooklyn post-punkers Appomattox, the Hellride East set was comprised of 100% Stooges covers along with a shockingly large number of guest appearances. Names like Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Steve Shelley, and a gang of other guests sauntered on stage to help tear through Stooges classics like "TV Eye", "Loose" (with Thurston), "Dirt" (with Sharon), "Not Right", "Down on the Street", "1970", set closer "Fun House" and many more. Though the band was clearly loose and out to have a good time, it was a night of wonderful surprises and, like Iggy would say, a "Real Cool Time".

If you were there last night, you might already have a copy of the book (and signed). If not, you can still order yours. Mike Watt recently completed a tour with his old band fIREHOSE which hit Coachella.

Pictures and the setlist from Le Poisson Rouge, a video from the interview session, and the audio from an interview Mike did on WNYC Soundcheck earlier in the day, below...

Continue reading "Mike Watt played Stooges songs w/ J Mascis & many guests @ LPR (to celebrate his book) -- pics, video, setlist"

by Andrew Sacher

"So, um, yeah that was Kim Gordon who just walked by me and then got on stage to play one Kraftwerk song. This not happen again." - Joel Mellin

Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde musician/composer John Zorn will team up for a benefit for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church on May 4 with John on reeds and Thurston on electric guitar. The show will begin with an opening set of poetry by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Erica Kaufman & Dana Ward, and will be hosted by John S. Hall. The performance will be in the Sanctuary with drinks served before and after the show in The Parish Hall. Beer will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery and wine by City Winery. Tickets are on sale now.

In other Sonic Youth-related news, Steve Shelley kicks off a tour as the drummer of Disappears in Chicago tonight in support of their new album, Pre Language, which is the first recorded with Steve. The tour is with Lotus Plaza and hits NYC on Thursday (4/19) at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, the Lee Ranaldo Band will hit the road next month with M. Ward in support of Lee's new album, Between the Time and the Tides. That tour hits NYC on 5/11 at Webster Hall and is sold out. Lee also opens four of the just-announced Wilco shows including two in NY and one in CT. Check out the video for "Off the Wall," which includes live footage from Glasslands, along with the four Wilco dates listed, below.

As for Kim, to coincide with Kraftwerk's MoMA residency, a tribute show for the band went down this past Tuesday (4/10) at Littlefield and featured a performance by an altered lineup of Free Kitten (billed as Free Kitten[esque] with Kim Gordon, Julie Cafritz and Pete Nolan of Magick Markers. Check out video footage of that tribute show below and skip to the 1:29 mark for Free Kitten[esque]'s take on Kraftwerk's "Heavy Metal Kids."

In other Sonic Youth news, a 13-year old "fan" wrote them a letter about their unfortunate lack of talent which the band posted to their facebook page and you can read here:

Our fan's writing:

"I'm going to be 100% honest with you.
I'm 13. I have a little band. We are so much better than you. Honestly. You are the worst band I have ever seen in your entire life. You are worse than Rebecca Black. The bass player just hacks the bass and plays one chord. The guitar players are playing out of tune guitars and... well not even playing actually chords. I couldn't sound worse if I tried. It actually sounds like a joke to me. The drummer is okay. But honestly the vocalist is completely out of tune. Oh and The Black keys have two people and are better than you.

From: Me, and pretty much everyone else who has accidentally stumbled upon your terrible music."

Looks like Juno had it right.

Videos below...

Continue reading "a Thurston Moore & John Zorn show; Lee Ranaldo and Wilco; a 13 year old Sonic Youth hater & other news"

Thurston Moore & Samara Lubelski in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
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As you may have seen on BV Austin (and above), Thurston Moore brought his current tour to Austin last week and played sold out show at St. David's Church, not long after his NYC show at the Allen Room as part of the American Songbook Series (that Tune-Yards and Bill Callahan also played)...

"Why can't we play facing this way?" Thurston Moore asked during his February 2nd acoustic, solo concert at New York's Allen Room, turning from the audience and gazing through the floor-to-ceiling glass behind his band. In fact, he did. Halfway through "Ono Soul," from his 1995 album Psychic Hearts, the Sonic Youth guitarist swung around toward the winter's-night view across Central Park, holding his instrument over his head, then aiming it at his small amp like a divining rod, drawing out a broad drone of distortion." [Rolling Stone]
Watch a video from the NYC show below (of Thurston playing and reciting poetry), and check out the pictures from Austin.

Thurston's band included Samara Lubelski on violin, and that's who will be playing with him next Thursday (2/23) at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn as part of a poetry event called "Littoral: Flowers & Cream" and along with sets (or poetry?) by Anselm Berrigan, John Coletti, and Ben Estes & Elaine Kahn. Admission is FREE, but you need a ticket.

Speaking of Issue Project Room, Ensemble Pamplemousse plays there tonight (2/17).

Speaking of St. David's Church in Austin, Islands plays there tonight.

Speaking of churches in Austin, Pitchfork announced their SXSW showcase.

Continue reading "Thurston Moore & Samara Lubelski playing free Brooklyn show (RSVP), played the Allen Room & Austin (pics & video)"

Mike Kelley in 1983's The Banana Man
Mike Kelley RIP

Artist Mike Kelley has passed away at his home in Los Angeles, having apparently taken his own life. The tragic news was confirmed... by Helene Winer, of New York's Metro Pictures gallery, a long-time associate of the artist.

"It is totally shocking that someone would decide to do this, someone who has success and renown and options," said Winer. "It's extremely sad." She added that the artist had been depressed.

Kelley was born in 1954 in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. He became involved in the city's music scene as a teen, and while a student at the University of Michigan, formed the influential proto-punk band Destroy All Monsters with fellow artists Jim Shaw, Niagara, and Cary Loren (a retrospective devoted to Destroy All Monsters was held at L.A.'s Prism gallery last year). Together, the band hatched a style of performance that skirted the edge of performance art...

Kelley's career took off in the early 1990s, with solo shows at the Whitney, LACMA, and other international venues. He and Oursler organized a well-recived installation -- a kind of monument to punk -- at Documenta X in 1997. In the early 2000s, he began exhibiting with Gagosian Gallery after 20 years with Metro Pictures. -[ArtInfo]

Many in the music world might also know Mike Kelley's art from the iconic cover of Sonic Youth's Dirty (Thurston Moore was also the one who released the Destroy All Monsters albums in 1994). Read more about his fruitful career at Wikipedia.

R.I.P. Mike Kelley.

by BBG

Rhyton

Rhyton, featuring Dave Shuford (No Neck Blues Band, D. Charles Speer), Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills), and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama), specialize in space-y psychedelia that tips its hat to greats of the genre including Krautrock titans like Can. The largely-improvisational troupe is currently prepping to release their new self-titled LP on January 24th via Thrill Jockey and will celebrate said release with a show on January 26th at Shea Stadium alongside special guests Electroputas, 1129, and Woodsman. $8 gets you into the 9PM show.

The band will also play a second area show a little more than a week later at Maxwell's on February 6th supporting Thurston Moore. Tickets are still available.

Thurston Moore has a few shows coming up including an acoustic set at Lincoln Center and one tomorrow (1/13) at Rockwood as part of the NY Guitar Festival (win two tickets at our Facebook page).

What better way to explore the far reaches of the human psyche with Rhyton than with a video? Check out "Stone Colored" by Rhyton, which makes its first appearance, below...

Continue reading "Rhyton releasing LP, made a new video (premiere), playing shows (one with Thurston Moore who plays Rockwood Friday)"

Anand Wilder with Yeasayer at Jones Beach in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Anand Wilder

The record label David Byrne started in 1988, Luaka Bop, has been curating the club John Zorn started, The Stone, since December 15. If you've been paying close attention to What's Going On posts, you may have noticed more familiar names on the lineups lately (like Lucky Dragons and Kelly Pratt who have both played so far).

The curation continues through the end of the month. Tonight (12/20), Anand Wilder of Yeasayer is playing with Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, and Austin Fisher of Suckers, performing songs they've written specifically for tonight's performance. Steve leads his own group at the venue on 12/27 with members of Banned Books. Also tonight, George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk of Javelin and friends are playing. Those friends include Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer, Powpow of Man Man, and Miho Hatori of Cibo Mato. According to George, it's going to be an "electronic drum circle rave cave."

On Thursday (12/22), Sleepy Doug Shaw/Highlife is playing. On Friday (12/23), The Present, lead by Rusty Samtos Rusty is playing the venue. Rusty is a singer/songwriter and has produced Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Born Ruffians, Owen Pallet, and others. On 12/28, Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of Pygmy Shrews and Zs), and on 12/29 it will be Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo.

The Stone will also host their annual end of the year improv party on December 30 and 31 with tons of musicians and special guests including Thurston Moore, John Zorn, Jeremiah Cymerman, Sam Kulik, Ned Rothenburg, Eyal Maoz, David Fulmer, and others. Starting at 11 PM on 12/31, Spiritual Unity (which features Marc Ribot) will perform a ritual/jam that leads through a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler's "Bells."

Check out the full December schedule and more details on these shows at The Stone's website.

Javelin also have a show coming up on 2/24 at Glasslands with Pat Jordache.

by Andrew Sacher

Thurston Moore at MHOW in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Thurston Moore

New York Guitar Festival have added some new shows to their initial lineup for this January, which included shows at the Merkin Concert Hall. They've since added a 30th anniversary celebration of Brian Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks at the World Financial Center Winter Garden on January 6. The show will be a a rendition of Eno's album by the Brooklyn ambient ensemble itsnotyouitsme and guitarist Larry Campbell with special guests Noveller and Jeff Parker (of Tortoise).

They've also added the Alternative Guitar Summit, which will take place at LES venue Rockwood Music Hall from January 13-15. January 13 will feature performances by Pillow Wand (aka Nels Cline and Thurston Moore, Ben Monder and Pete Rende playing the music of Jimmy Webb, Joel Harrison and Anupan Shobhakar, and Mark Stewart and Gyan Riley (1/13 tickets). January 14 includes Liberty Ellman and Vijay Iyer, Dave Tronzo and Jay Granelli, and Knox Chandler (1/14 tickets), and January 15 will bring a number of musicians together to honor Jim Hall, including Nels Cline, Chris Potter, Scott Colley, Trevor Dunn, and others (1/15 tickets). You can also purchase a 3 night pass to all of those shows.

On January 29, NY Guitar Fest will hold a day-long guitar marathon at the 92nd Street Y celebrating Italian guitar music with a number of different performers. Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of guitarists and lists, Rolling Stone recently issued their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, as voted on by other guitarists. Thurston Moore, who plays NY Guitar Fest (and is touring in February), made the list. Nels Cline, who Thurston is performing with, made it too. Though aside from a few others (J Mascis, Jonny Greenwood, Jack White) the list is pretty much what you'd expect it to be.

Bardo Pond at Music Hall of Williamsburg 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
Bardo Pond

Bardo Pond will play Death By Audio TONIGHT (11/19), as part of a Northern Spy event with Eleven Twenty Nine and Steve Gunn. Doors open at 8PM for the $10 show, and more info is here. Though Northern Spy is hosting the DBA show, Northern Spy artist Hubble will be just down the street tonight at 285 Kent, celebrating a record release and supporting Psychic Ills.

Bardo Pond recently played the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham. Clash wrote...

One of the more frustrating things about Supersonic is just how much great music you end up missing. Pioneers like Silver Apples and Tony Conrad are both sacrificed throughout the weekend, the disappointingly washed out Wolves In The Throne Room and the inconceivably overrated Skull Defekts somehow flickering onto my radar in their place. Yet a band doesn't necessarily need to be innovative or even particularly refreshing to steal the show. Bardo Pond, performing early in the evening in space number 2 and having to negotiate theirs and everyone elses hangovers delight, a gorgeously crushing celebration of wistful acid tracer trails and shoegaze psyche. That these old hands stole the show is perhaps indicative of inconsistent yet strangely satisfying blend that comprised this years festival as a whole.
Listen to Thurston Moore talk about Bardo Pond HERE. See Thurston Moore on tour in early 2012.

Thurston at Pitchfork Fest in July (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Thurston Moore

As mentioned, Thurston Moore is playing an acoustic set for Lincoln Center's American Songbook 2012 Season on February 2. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Thurston has since scheduled a tour around the Lincoln Center show which hits Hoboken, NJ the next night at Maxwell's on February 3. Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (11/18) at noon. He also plays New Hope Winery on February 4. All shows will be Thurston with his Demolished Thoughts ensemble (Keith Wood, Mary Lattimore, John Moloney, Samara Lubelski). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, you can catch Thurston's Sonic Youth bandmates Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley at the previously announced Glasslands show on 12/16 (tickets), where they'll be playing material off Lee's upcoming solo album Between The Times & The Tides, which comes out March 20 via Matador.

You can see Steve Shelley even sooner when his other band Spectre Folk play the new Brooklyn venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on November 19 and an older Brooklyn venue two days later, Death by Audio on November 21.

Sonic Youth, despite recent troubles, just played a show in San Paulo, Brazil on November 14th. Many on the Internet are asking if it could be their last show ever. We hope not. Regardless, you can watch video of the whole thing, along with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Sonic Youth played Brazil (their last show ever? --- video), Thurston Moore announces tour (dates include Maxwell's)"

Bill Callahan @ MHOW in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bill Callahan

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns to the elegant Allen Room in January for its fourteenth season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. For 16 nights the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today's most dynamic songwriting. The music of Broadway, Latin culture and hip-hop, bluegrass, rock, and pop will be presented, along with three evenings devoted to great American composers and lyricists. The 2012 season - January 11 through February 11 - will bring to the stage some of today's most gifted interpreters of song, including Tony Award winners Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, and LaChanze, as well as the "Queen of British Musicals," the great Elaine Paige. In keeping with American Songbook's tradition of honoring great composers and lyricists, those being celebrated this season are William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos), folk icon Woody Guthrie, and Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl). A relatively new composer on the scene, multiple Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) will open the series with a new rap composition about Alexander Hamilton. Also performing in the rap/hip- hop vein is the exciting ensemble Ozomatli.

From the rock canon will be J.D. Souther, performing songs he wrote for Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles as well as newer compositions, guitar god Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth doing an acoustic set, and the wildly expressive Merrill Garbus, known as tUnE-yArDs.

Singer/songwriters, both emerging and veteran, are part of American Songbook as well. Diva of the demi-monde Keren Ann is part of the series, as is the man whose deep voice and masculine presence has earned him the nickname "The John Wayne of Indie Rock," Bill Callahan.

The spectacular Allen Room is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th Street. The Allen Room possesses one of New York's greatest settings - a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 14, 2011 at Lincoln Center's website www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for the Friends of Lincoln Center go on sale November 3, and single tickets go on sale to the public beginning November 14.
The full schedule is at Lincoln Center's site and below...

Continue reading "Lincoln Center's American Songbook 2012 Season (Thurston Moore, tUnE-yArDs, Bill Callahan, Keren Ann & more)"

Kim & Thurston in Brooklyn - 8/12/11 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth

SPIN reports the unfortunate news:

If the demise of R.E.M. didn't put the final nail in the '90s alternative-rock dream, this news sure will: Sonic Youth super-couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have split up after 27 years of marriage -- and the future of the band they've played in together since 1981 is unclear.

The pair confirmed the news in a statement from their Matador Records rep that reads, "Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separated. Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment."

Hopefully the recent Williamsburg Waterfront show wasn't the last NYC has seen of Sonic Youth.

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Neko Case
Pitchfork Festival

Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices
Pitchfork Festival

James Blake
Pitchfork Festival

The 2011 Pitchfork Festival continues through Sunday at Union Park in Chicago. Some of it is streaming online. A set of pictures from Friday continues below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2011 ---- Day One in pics (part 1) "

Paul McCartney @ Citi Field in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Paul M

"When the Beatles played at Shea Stadium on Aug. 15, 1965 (and again on Aug. 23, 1966), I was a little puzzled, maybe even a little miffed, at their choice of location. As an 11-year-old I had what I figured was a clear idea of what was right and proper, and to me the spanking new Shea Stadium was the home of the Mets, an upstart team that seemed destined forever to inhabit the basement in the National League standings, and not, therefore, the kind of place that deserved the Beatles' magic. As I saw it, the Beatles were to music as the Yankees were to baseball, and if they were going to play at a baseball stadium, Yankee Stadium was the place for them.

I admit that there were other, equally silly ways of looking at it. You could reason, for example, that playing at Shea was perfect: The Yankees were the Establishment, and the Mets, like the Beatles, were the feisty newcomers, eager to take on the world. And as it turned out, it took the Mets only seven years to become regarded as miraculous -- roughly the amount of time that elapsed between John Lennon's formation of the Quarry Men and the Beatles' first big hit.

At any rate, Paul McCartney appears to have seen the error of his youthful ways: Friday and Saturday he is playing at Yankee Stadium, as the kickoff -- whoops, wrong metaphor -- of a brief tour of ball fields. Granted, Mr. McCartney played at the new Citi Field, Shea's replacement, in July 2009, but I think that was a fundamentally clerical decision. Since the Beatles were the first band to play at the "old" Shea, Mr. McCartney wanted pride of place at the new stadium too." [NY Times]

today in NYC
* Midsummer Night Swing
* Underground Horns @ Barbes
* Nate Wooley Quintet @ The Stone
* A Perfect Circle @ Beacon Theatre
* Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium
* Bombino, Nymph @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Denis Leary @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Swamp Dogg, The Revelations @ Southpaw
* Natur, Space Vacation, Wizardry @ The Gutter
* Extra Arms, Libel, Metal Feathers @ Union Hall
* Darwin Deez, Caged Animals @ Bowery Ballroom
* Brenton Duvall, Xaphoon Jones @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dwarves, The Stalkers, Lugosi @ Knitting Factory
* Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra @ The Stone
* John Wesley Coleman, Rayon Beach @ Bruar Falls
* Grupo Fantasma, Rene Lopez @ Highline Ballroom
* Jucifer, Mockingbird, Ominous Black @ Union Pool
* Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra @ Barbes
* Gang Green, Scrapes, Two Man Advantage @ Europa
* The Radio Dept., Asobi Seksu @ South Street Seaport
* The Wooden Birds, Mascott, Backwords @ The Rock Shop
* The Black Angels, The Sadies, The Black Hollies @ Maxwell's
* Truckfighters, Kings Destroy, Blue Aside, Borracho @ Cake Shop
* Noveller, Garrincha & The Stolen Elk, Diamond Terrifier @ Shea Stadium
* Christina Courtin, Christopher Hoffman, Clara Kennedy @ Bowery Electric
* My Teenage Stride, Woven Bones, Easter Vomit, Teen Witch @ 285 Kent Ave
* Heaven, Spacecamp, Machu Picchu, Vacation, DJ Andy Rourke @ Glasslands
* Shirley Caesar, Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, Supagroup, Bambi @ Brooklyn Bowl
* I'm Turning Into, Dinosaur Bones, Shark?, Sweet Tooth @ Monster Island Basement
* Steve Moore, Jonas Reinhardt, Long Distance Poison, Lussuria, ODO, Andy & Zeus @ Silent Barn
* Indian Rebound, The Honey Dos, DDIILLIIAANN, Crazy and The Brain @ Monster Island Basement
* Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Sim Redmond Band, Black Castle, Thousands of One @ Mercury Lounge
* ArpLine, Grandchildren, Beast Make Bomb, Camden, Rifle Recoil (Bushwick Walkabout Festival) @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East

Todd P presents three shows tonight.

Check out This Week in Indie for more info on many shows.

Say "the obelisk" at the door of Truckfighters show at Cake Shop tonight for free entry.

BBG put together the show at Union Pool tonight. Flyer below.

Saturday afternoon options include Warm Up @ PS1 and the Village Voice 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport. You can basically go to the Seaport tonight for Radio Dept and Asobi Seksu and just stay there seeing free music all weekend. It's especially crazy for the Seaport guys who put it all together since last night's Tune-Yards show is them too.

Thurston Moore has a video for "Circulation." Check it out below.

What else?

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Mould

Thurston Moore and his band played "Circulation" off his recently released Demolished Thoughts on Fallon last night (6/22) and "Blood Never Lies" as a web exclusive. Questlove tweeted "damn...Thurston is channeling Sun Ra." Bob Mould of Husker Du/Sugar also performed on Fallon last night. With help from The Roots, he took on the Sugar song "If I Can't Change Your Mind."

Thurston also played a PS122 benefit last night. Three more similar benefits happen tonight, tomorrow and the next day.

Bob Mould reads from his new book and performs solo acoustic songs at 92YTRibeca tonight (6/23). Tickets are still available.

Also last night in late night television (that you can watch below), Colbert's musical week continued with Jack White and Talib Kweli. It was Jack's 2nd appearance (first night's video HERE). His third is tonight (6/23) when his Third Man-signed The Black Belles will also play the show.

Videos below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Kurt Vile @ Bowery Ballroom
Kurt Vile

Speaking of Kurt Vile, he played Bowery Ballroom earlier this month with Purling Hiss and Meg Baird. Pics from the show are in this post.

Kurt heads out on tour with Thurston Moore soon. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Kurt opens for Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Front, and opens for M Ward at Wellmont Theater in NJ one day earlier.

Updated tour dates and more pictures from the Bowery show, including one of Kurt's setlist, below...

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Thurston at MHOW in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Thurston Moore

Dinosaur Jr. brought their "Bug" tour to Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA last night (6/21). They were supported by Northampton resident Thurston Moore who played a "Demolished Thoughts"-heavy set before Henry Rollins took the stage for a live interview of the headliners (which was followed by a set of spoken word).

A friend and casual fan texted me during the Whole Children benefit show. He said, "Henry Rollins just interviewed dino jr for 30 minutes. People are starting to get antsy." That said, afterwards I got a "show was great." Hartford Courant reports:

[Dinosaur Jr.] dispelled the awkwardness when the musicians came out to play, charging through a pair of post-"Bug" songs including "The Wagon," a wistful melody cutting through a churning blend of bass, drums and singer J Mascis' super-heated guitar.

Next came "Bug," the last album the original lineup of the band released before Mascis kicked out bassist Lou Barlow, leading to years of enmity before Mascis, Barlow and drummer Murph regrouped in 2005.

It sounded on "Bug" as though someone remembered belatedly to turn on the house PA system: everything was suddenly louder and crisper, with overpowering blasts of guitar pushed to the brink of feedback on "Freak Scene," the booming crack of Murph's drums on "Yeah We Know" and guitar squall worthy of an army of screeching wildcats on "Let It Ride."

On "Don't," the last song on the original version of "Bug" (the 2005 reissue included an extra track the band didn't play), Barlow invited a fan to help shriek the lyrics in his place after the bassist blew out his voice doing the song Monday night in Maine. Not only did the fan look a little like Barlow, with a big mess of curly hair, he took to the part like a Method actor, howling into the microphone and eventually shedding his shirt as the band thrashed around behind him.

Dinosaur returned after a pause for two more songs, ending with its cover of the Cure's Just Like Heaven."

Dino's tour continues, but without Thurston. It hits NYC on Thursday (6/23) at Terminal 5 with Off!, Fucked Up (who have a new video), and another live interview by Henry Rollins. Tickets are still on sale.

Thurston doesn't appear on any of the other dates on the tour, but he does play a different type of show tonight (6/22) in NYC. The show is the first of four benefits at PS 122. He performs tonight, along with John Fleck, the TEAM, Temporary Distortion, Yoshiko Chuma, and many others. Other notable appearances include Reggie Watts (who plays Summerstage tonight) on Thursday (6/23) and Amanda Palmer (who plays Maxwell's tonight) and John Zorn on Saturday (6/25). Tickets are still available. Full PS122 Benefit lineup below.

Thurston also plays Fallon tonight (6/22) (Bon Iver played last night).

La Blogotheque recently filmed Thurston at his NYC apartment for the Take Away Shows. He played "Benediction," "Blood Never Lies" and "Circulation" off the new album and talked about getting his start in New York City, CBGB, and the like. To quote Matador, "These videos are essential viewing, complete with shots of Manhattan's streets, Thurston's reminiscences on his early days in the city and some insights into the record." Watch the videos below.

Thurston heads out on his tour with Kurt Vile soon. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Kurt is also on the bill for the Sonic Youth show at Williamsburg Waterfront with Wild Flag. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available. All tour dates below.

Meanwhile, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's daughter Coco Gorden Moore is currently fronting the Massachusetts punk band Big Nils. Their album Sibling is streaming on their bandcamp and is available for a $5 digital download. We recently heard from Coco when she performed in the band She Murders at the Kathleen Hanna tribute at Knitting Factory in December.

And as mentioned, Thurston's Sonic Youth-bandmate Steve Shelley plays this Friday (6/24) at Death By Audio with his band Spectre Folk. The bill also includes Sic Alps, Weekends, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

All Thurston dates, PS122 lineup and videos below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"Last night I saw Thurston Moore at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (amazing) and Thor (ugh, not so good - the trailer fooled me)." - James Dye

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore celebrated the release of his new album 'Demolished Thoughts' at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. He plays again tonight (5/23) at Other Music. Get there early for a chance at getting in to the free show. Info and more dates HERE. More pictures (including one of the setlist) and some videos from the Brooklyn show, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Thurston Moore - Benediction (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thurston Moore - Circulation (MP3)

Thurston

The above picture is an actual photo of Thurston Moore's new record 'demolished thoughts' on blue vinyl in front of one of the pressing machines. You can look for that in a store on Tuesday (May 24th) or pre-order directly from Matador. You can also download two of the album's nine tracks for free above.

Today is Friday, May 20th, which means that TONIGHT is Thurston's big record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. As mentioned before, poet Eileen Myles and I Feel Tractor are opening the show. As maybe not mentioned, Thurston will be playing "with the full band (including Samara and Mary, and adding Keith Woods on guitar, Matt Heyner on bass and John Maloney on drums)." Tickets are still available, AND we have THREE PAIRS YOU CAN WIN. To sweeten the deal, each pair of tickets comes with a signed copy of the new album. Details on how to enter the contest are below.

As mentioned before, Thurston also has a free show coming up Monday inside the Other Music record store. As maybe not mentioned, that show will also be "plugged in and full band." After that, Thurston doesn't have any other dates scheduled until June and July. They are all listed below.

Most of Thurston's July dates are with Kurt Vile, who as mentioned before, is also opening for Wild Flag and Sonic Youth at Willimasburg Waterfront on August 12th. Tickets are still on sale for that show, tickets go on sale today at noon for the DFA1979 & TVOTR/BSS shows happening at the same venue this summer.

A flyer for tonight's MHOW show, the contest details and all Thurston dates, below...

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