Entries tagged with: Thurston Moore
photos by Lori Baily
"Is there any better big venue live band these days than Sonic Youth? Okay, maybe Radiohead, maybe Phish, and maybe--depending on how their Madison Square Garden debut goes this week--even Arcade Fire. (Yes, we just used Phish in the same sentence as Sonic Youth; the crucifixion line forms on the right!) But none of those bands possess Sonic Youth's illustrious history, or restless dynamism, or reckless edge. Frontman Thurston Moore is middle age (his wife/bandmate Kim Gordon's even older!) but after seeing them crush the Celebrate Brooklyn bandshell in Prospect Park Saturday night, it's clear that their particular blend of punk-pop-noise rock is some sort of magical, anti-aging elixir that ought to be bottled and sold worldwide. Don't grow old gracefully; shred it every step of the way with Tonic Youth." [Gothamist]Sonic Youth played a free Celebrate Brooklyn show to a packed Prospect Park on Saturday, July 31st. It was magnificent. Show highlights, if I can remember back that far, included the pre-encore set closer, "Shaking Hell" and Thurston trying to get Kim back on stage to play the encore-closing number, "Expressway To Yr Skull". He did so by having the whole crowd chant "Kim G" over and over ("kimchee, kimchee").
Brooklyn's Talk Normal and SanFran's Grass Widow opened. The latter will be back in September for two TBA shows (both still listed without venues by Todd P). Sonic Youth were minus bassist Mark Ibold, who was/is touring with his old band, Pavement (who played Osheaga that weekend). SY's set list is posted below.
Sonic Youth's, and Lee Ranaldo's Text of Light's, upcoming shows include ATP NY over Labor Day weekend. Now that's true for Thurston solo too:
"Today we're happy to announce a few last minute additions to the ATP New York line-up.Comedian Todd Barry (who performs at MHOW tonight) was also recently added to the fest. The rest of the ATP NY lineup is HERE. More pictures and the set list from the SY show are below...
First of all Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore will play a solo set on Sunday as chosen by Jim Jarmusch.
Second we have a fourth comedian to add to Friday's line-up as chosen by Syd Butler; Matt McCarthy." [ATP]
Sonic Youth @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
"What I'm aiming for all the time when we play live is a balance between the high energy of loud music, and a calm meditational energy you sometimes find at its core. Recording tends to restrict too much experimentation, 'cause when you're making a record it's a part of you, for that time it's your whole fabric. But when we tour the songs, they tend to get more and more expansive, and actually evolve over time until they are something quite different. For this reason I never go back and listen to the recorded document. The thrill, instead of listening to our cds, comes when the balance I was talking about can be attained. Everyone in the room can have a shared, communal rock experience. I'm only too happy to be the conduit of it, after all rock'n'roll saved my soul." [Thurston Moore]On Saturday (7/24), Thurston Moore will be opening for Bill Orcutt (of '90s noise band Harry Pussy) at Glasslands. Opening up are Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos (who play the Charleston the next night and have lots more shows coming up) and Family Battle Snake.
Another member of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo will join Leah Singer and Nick Zinner at the New Museum to "offer multimedia tributes to the Dreamachine," its new exhibit, on July 30th Tickets are on sale.
Lee Ranaldo plays with Text of Light at ATP NY (where Sonic Youth are also playing) and (Le) Poisson Rouge in September.
Bill Orcutt videos and all Sonic Youth and Grass Window dates are below...
Eyehategod at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)
Saturday (6/12) marks the massive Eyehategod / Brutal Truth / Nachtmystium / Black Anvil / Tombs show at Europa. The uber-stacked bill still has tickets available but if you are lucky, you can win one of FOUR sets for free! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
Of all of the above touring bands, only Nachtmystium have a freshly minted album under their wings (Black Anvil's Triumvirate impacts on 9/28). The followup to the critical/fan smash Assassins: Black Meddle, the highly controversial LP Addicts: Black Meddle Part II, is out now via Century Media. Check out a few tracks from that LP available for download above.
In an recent interview that I did for Metalsucks, Blake Judd of Nachtmystium revealed that the Twilight project (featuring Aaron Turner of Isis, Sanford Parker of Minsk, N. Imperial of Kreig, Wrest of Leviathan, and Stavros Giannopolous of The Atlas Moth) was working on new material and might have a new member:
There are talks that somebody from Sonic Youth might be playing with us as well. Sanford's [Parker] partner is Jeremy Lemos. He's Sonic Youth's sound technician live. So we're pretty closely connected to them through him. Thurston Moore is a big black metal fan, so we've been in talks with him about getting him involved and doing something on the next record, which we're all really hoping will happen.We'll see if that formulates. In the meantime, Nachmystium fans can nerd out by picking up the "White Powder not White Power" shirt via Shirts & Destroy (designed by Autarch of Lightning Swords Of Death).
Some videos and contest details are below...
Flaming Lips in Poughkeepsie on Saturday (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Snoop Dogg @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Toby Driver, Tartar Lamb @ Coco 66
* Wizardry, Devil Be Gone @ Mercury Lounge
* Past Lives, Air Waves, Violent Bullshit @ Cake Shop
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Darlings, The Sneaks, Cybelle Blood, Night Reports @ Bruar Falls
* The Flaming Lips, Stardeath And White Dwarfs @ The Wellmont Theatre
* CSC Funk Band, Greg Ginn and the Taylor Texas Corrugators @ Issue Project Room
* Fat Worm of Error, Bill Nace, ZEBU!, We Are The Seahorses, White Suns @ Death By Audio
Snoop Dogg in a bowling alley. The same place Jon Spencer played over the weekend.
Bill Nace is one of the noisemakers at Death By Audio tonight (so is Darren Mabee's band We are the Seahorses). On April 11th Bill and Thurston Moore hosted an 'Avant Garde Preschool' session for kids. Video of the class is below.
The Flaming Lips play NJ tonight. Over the weekend they visited upstate NY.
Los Campesinos! are playing Maxwell's Wednesday (instead of this past Saturday).
Bad Lieutenant won't make it here this week at all.
Hopefully The Specials will.
"I took an Ecstaic Peace advert out in an early issue of Forced Exposure fanzine and made up a bunch names of forthcoming releases - one 'em being Mirror/Dash. So I had to fulfill the dream/info and proceeded to record a Mirror/Dash single. Mirror became me, Dash became Kim and we threw down this baby in one afternoon. It was subsequently used on the Last Days (Gus van Sant film) soundtrack released in France." [Ecstatic Peace!]Mirror/Dash (Thurston & Kim), also the name of Kim Gordon's Urban Outfitters clothing line, performs a free show at "Family Bookstore" on 70 Franklin Street in NYC tonight (4/10). The show is part of a month-long series of events at the store in conjunction with Absolut Vodka's event "Thirty Days NY"...
Family Bookstore is happy to announce our contribution to Thirty Days NY! From April 8 - May 7, we'll have a 4200 sq foot Tribeca storefront to host a Family Bookstore, an 'artists in conversation' series, bands, performances, author readings, an art exhibition, and artists in residency. Thirty Days NY is the next wave of Absolut Vodka's creative collaborations and expands its commitment to the artistic space. A TBWA Production... and are listed below...
The interior of the space and flier image are designed by Ben Jones of Paper Rad. All events are free and open to the public...
"Hello, and welcome to Portland, Oregon," quipped James Mercer, as he and Danger Mouse greeted the freezing crowd at Mog Day Party on the final day of SXSW. A 40-degree drop in temperature from Friday caused flip-flops and t-shirts to be replaced by hoodies, coats and gloves. Broken Bells were just one of several excellent bands that filled the indoor and outdoor venues of the Mohawk.
I finally made it downtown before 2pm by taking the rather efficient Metro Capitol bus. Traffic along I-35 into downtown took almost an hour the day before from just 10 minutes north. Arriving a little after noon Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers were already on inside. Ray was squeezing the hell out of that squeezbox and her raspy, scowling voice was alarming so early in the day. It certainly set a tone. And Free Energy complete with free cassettes started things outside with their unabashed good times garage rock.
Back inside The Dum Dum Girls were up next with more of the same hazy lo-fi pop that drummer Frankie Rose was laying down the night before on the same stage with her band. I skipped back outside for Demolished Thoughts though Andrew WK (an advertised member along with Thurston Moore and J Mascis) was absent and the bassist for Fucked Up was filling in. It was thrashing punk stuff with silly songs like the 45-second "I Hate Kids" (those were the lyrics) followed by the 45-second "I Hate Sports" (some videos below).
Then it was back inside for a little dance - hip hop with Rye Rye and then back outside for Broken Bells - who kept busy at the festival. For a band only a couple months old they were tight and the songs sounded great. Inside again for Freelance Whales and then back outside for The Antlers, back inside for Real Estate and finally back outside for the Black Keys who straight up killed. Mercer and Danger Mouse (who produced the Keys' Attack & Release) and members of the Antlers were sidestage rocking out. The crowd was hanging over rails and pushing in toward the stage. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney had everyone riveted and rocking. Certainly the most polished performance of the day, perhaps the festival.
Unexpectedly, as I ventured back to the convention center, I stumbled upon Fanfarlo about to perform in Brush Square with free drinks (Shiner Bock!) and heaters to keep the tent warm. Fantastic live show. "If we knew there were going to be so many photographers, we'd have done better," quipped multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas about the the band's appearance.
For the evening it was all about finishing strong. I made my way to the Victorian Room at the Driskill for Miss Li who was great and her band was stellar, over to St. David's Bethel Hall to see some Texas bands as part of the Western Vinyl Showcase, including an unimpressive Matthew and the Arrogant Sea. I decided to go all out and dashed over to Barbarella for the excellent Best Coast who also played a couple of new songs that sounded really good. Back to St. David's for the ambient Sleep Whale (formerly MOM) from Denton, TX down to Paradise for crazy afro-beat inflected dance music courtesy of New York's Tanlines (it was a full-on dance party.) Finally, it was back over to St. David's for the beautiful, classical-leaning experimental band Balmorhea.
still from Ari Marcopoulos's film Detroit...
Ari Marcopoulos's photographs and videos capture the rhythm and feel of diverse youth-oriented subcultures from snowboarding to underground music. His honest portraits depict, as he has stated, "something that just stands for life lived." This evening, he brings together musicians from the electroacoustic improvisation scene, including Orphan and Yellow Tears, for a night of performance and noise. [Whitney]Participants in the "performance and noise" described above will also include Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. It'll happen at the museum at 7:30pm on Friday, March 26th during the museum's pay-what-you-wish Fridays (6-9pm). That's less than a week before Thurston, drummer Ryan Sawyer and Daniel Carter play Rose Live Music.
In other SY news, the Thurston-led hardcore band re-forming for SXSW, Society's Ills, has changed is name to Demolished Thoughts (the lineup is still Thurston Moore: Vocals, J Mascis: Guitar, Don Fleming: Guitar, Andrew W.K.: Bass, Awesome Allison: Drums). They're playing at the Ecstatic Showcase on Friday, night (3/19) and a Mog day party on Saturday at the Mohawk (with the Black Keys). For their set, they'll expand on their 7 Seconds repertoire with a mix of hardcore selections from scenes that include Boston, Detroit, LA, DC and NYC.
Back in NYC, Lee Ranaldo, photographer/artist spouse Leah Singer and their two sons will be performing at IVANAHelsinki & Love Contemporary pop-up store (238 Mulberry St btwn Spring + Prince) on Sunday, March 14th. The event, titled "What Is That Little Black Thing I See There In The White?" features Lee Ranaldo/Leah Singer/Sage Ranaldo/Frey Ranaldo doing "Music/Movies/Candy/Paper Cutting." It's all ages and runs from 4-6:30pm.
Videos of some recent Lee Ranaldo sound performances are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Rose Live Music (Found the Band)
Rose Live Music, the dance club/venue behind that glowing sign on Williamsburg's Grand Street, has been running a Tuesday night series of drummer-led bands for a couple weeks now. Past editions have included music from jazz/metal drummer Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys and frenetic Latin drummer Dafnis Prieto.
Tonight (3/2) eclectic drummer/composer Bobby Previte plays two sets: one with Sex Mob saxist Briggan Krauss and another with guitarist Mike Gamble and bassist Ari Folman-Cohen (who will play as Previte's Coalition of the Willing Trio). Bobby Previte has other gigs coming up (hear a podcast with Bobby here). On the horizon, he's working on a project called Terminals in collaboration with So Percussion and an impressive list of soloists, which is planned for 2011.
TERMINALS is an evening-length work of nine concertos for improviser and percussion ensemble, featuring the SO Percussion group. Each piece will feature a different improviser in a setting composed specifically for them. The soloists include John Medeski, Greg Osby, Elliott Sharp. DJ Olive, Elizabeth Brown, Zeena Parkins, and Bobby Previte.The upcoming schedule for the drummer-led series includes Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra, an female drummer showcase put on by Tom Tom Magazine, and series closer Ryan Sawyer (Tall Firs, Stars Like Fleas, Eye Contact and solo project Lone Wolf), who'll play with Thurston Moore and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, on March 31st.
The full schedule (which extends to Wednesdays for a few weeks in March) and videos (including one from Charlie Hunter's residency at the club earlier this year) are below...
photos by Kevin Mazur/ Wire Image
"Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Bette midler, freaking amazing!" - nico843
Yoko's Plastic Ono Band will be playing a special show at BAM's Gilman Opera House on Tuesday, February 16th. The show includes guest spots from original/former Plastic Ono band members Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Jim Keltner. Other guests include Justin Bond, Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Martha Wainwright, Haruomi Hosono, Paul Simon and son Harper Simon, and current Ono Band members Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon.That's how we listed last night's event at BAM (2/16). Martha Wainwright, whose mother recently passed away, ended up not being there, but Gene Ween showed up. Full review and setlist coming soon. In the meantime here are a set of pics...
DOWNLOAD: Sweet Apple - Do You Remember (MP3)
Thurston w/ Sonic Youth @ MHOW in November (more by Lori Baily)
Society's Ills: In 1994 Society's Ills (Moore, Cadena, Watt, Markey) made their world premier with the now coveted "Skins, Brains, and Guts" release - a slab that managed to cram (9) 7 seconds covers onto one 7". In 2010, the band is back and once again fronted by Thurston but he brings with him a new crue of slayers to launch the hardcore fury:Society's Ills play in addition to Thurston Moore solo, Talk Normal, The Entrance Band, Violent Soho, the Slits' Viv Albertine, Awesome Color, Jemina Pearl and more at the Ecstatic Peace SXSW Showcase happening Friday, March 19th at Red 7 in Austin. Curious about Society's Ills? Their version of 7 Seconds' "I Hate Sports" is below.
Thurston Moore: Vocals
J Mascis: Guitar
Don Fleming: Guitar [SY producer & Velvet Monkeys/Gumball frontman]
Andrew W.K.: Bass
Awesome Allison: Drums [from Awesome Color]
This set is their first, but don't worry if you miss it cause I'm sure we can put this together again in another 15 years! [Ecstatic Peace]
J Mascis will also be playing at SXSW with Sweet Apple, who are playing Mercury Lounge on April 20th. One of their SXSW sets will be at the showcase for TeePee Records, who are putting out the Sweet Apple debut, Love & Desperation, a track from which is above. That show is Thursday, March 18th at Habana Calle 6, and also on the bill are Priestess, Iron Age, Nebula, Naam, Imaad Wasif and more. Full details and a poster are below. Tee Pee Records has also teamed up with BrooklynVegan and Chronic Youth for another day party taking place on Saturday, March 20th in Austin. This is the first we've mentioned it. Stay tuned for more info.
Lou Barlow will also be at SXSW (backed again by The Missingmen) - one of his shows will be the Merge Records showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard on March 18th also featuring Let's Wrestle, She & Him, and others. Full lineup below. For She & Him it's one of two official SXSW shows. They also play Saturday night (March 20th) at Auditorium Shores (with Justin Townes Earle & TBA). Cheap Trick play the same slot at Auditorium Shores one night earlier.
Merge's showcase mentions that one slot will be filled by "Special Guest". We don't know who that is, but we'd have to guess Superchunk is a strong possibility since Mac & Laura have a speaking engagement (in a bookstore) on March 17th, and another one (official SXSW) at the convention center on March 19th (with Michael Azerrad), and the band is on the bill of the Village Voice day party happening at La Zona Rosa the afternoon of March 19th (with the xx, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Surfer Blood). It's definitely not Spoon who play the NPR show at Stubb's on March 17th with Deerhunter (their tour-mates) and The Walkmen.
Kim and Thurston are playing with the Plastic Ono Band in their two-night Brooklyn Academy of Music run. They were at the dress rehearsal (aka the first night) last night (2/16). BV photographer Greg Cristman was in the audience and told us, "One definite highlight was Thurston and Kim played with Yoko as a trio and did a killer version of Mulberry from Unfinished Music No. 2 while the film Fly was projected on a huge screen behind them!" - a (poor quality) video clip of one of the other songs is below.
Full lineups for the showcases and videos are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Jemina Pearl @ Union Pool...
The audience was left to wonder exactly what happened when Jemina Pearl walked off stage less than 30 minutes into her headlining set Saturday night (2/13) at Union Pool. The question wasn't the shortness itself, but the abruptness of her departure: after getting increasingly frustrated with something, she kicked the drum set, gave the one-finger salute to her band and left, to the stunned then embarrassed faces of her supporting trio. The show was really just getting started. "As long as everyone had fun, that's what matters," said the bass player sheepishly before getting a lit cigarette thrown at him by the singer, in a brief return to the stage.
They did manage to get through "I Hate People," a cover of "Band on the Run" and a handful of others (though not "Heartbeats" which one of the most enthusiastic fans requested as a not-to-be encore). It was an awkward hometown end to nearly a month of touring.
Openers Harlem were admirably sloppy and enthused (it's hard not to think of a less manic Black Lips). Their animated, banadana-ed singer/guitarist and more straight-laced drummer swapped roles halfway through the set, which brought out a different dynamic for sure - round two was cleaner with more of a focus on pointed guitar riffs and less on effusive vocals. The Austin band's second album is due this summer on Matador, and they'll be touring the West Coast for the next few weeks.
Jemina's next scheduled show/shows are SXSW. The full Ecstatic Peace SXSW showcase lineup (Thurston Moore, J Mascis & Andrew WK included), more Union Pool pictures, a video and Harlem tour dates are below...
Yoko's Plastic Ono Band will be playing a special show at BAM's Gilman Opera House on Tuesday, February 16th. The show includes guest spots from original/former Plastic Ono band members Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Jim Keltner (one former "member," Ringo Star, isn't scheduled to be there, though he is in NYC on Jan 14th). Other guests include Justin Bond, Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Martha Wainwright, Haruomi Hosono, Paul Simon and son Harper Simon, and current Ono Band members Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon. Tickets are on sale.
Plastic Ono Band (sans guests) will also be at this year's Noise Pop Festival in San Fran on Febraury 23rd. The group's new sprawling record, Between My Head And The Sky, the first 'Ono Band' record since the '70s, came out last September. A flyer for the show is below...
Thurston w/ Sonic Youth @ MHOW in November (more by Lori Baily)
Thurston Moore will join White Out (noisemaking duo Lin Culbertson and Tom Surgal) for what, according to their website, is the only the group's third show this year. It happens Friday, December 18th at (Le) Poisson Rouge, and headlining will be Philly psych-rock band Bardo Pond (both acts are on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace label). Tickets are still on sale.
White Out put out two records this year, both recordings of live shows. Senso, captured at the now-defunct downtown club Tonic on December 18, 2004, and featuring Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke, came out in September on Ecstatic Peace. The other record, Live at No Fun LP, has guests Spencer Yeh and Carlos Giffoni. It came out on No Fun Productions and was recorded at No Fun Fest 2008 (...both run by Giffoni).
Bardo Pond's only other NYC show this year was at No Fun Fest 2009. They played the same night as Sonic Youth. Their most recent release, peri, is, like batholith before it, a "collection of tracks that were close to the band's heart but for various reasons had never been released."
White Out videos and a show flyer are below...
photos by Lori Baily
Here's a second set of pictures from night one of Sonic Youth at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th (part of their three recent NYC shows). Unlike the first set though, this post also has shots of that night's opener Talk Normal (including some impromptu behind-the-scene portraits with the headliner). Talk Normal play NYC next on Saturday, December 5th at Secret Project Robot with Air Waves, US Girls and Total Slackers.
SY member Lee Ranaldo sat down with WFNX (the broadcast cousin of The Boston Phoenix) before their show there to discuss his favorite albums, SY and otherwise, of the decade...
WFNX: But you, Lee, what's the album from Sonic Youth you think is pivotal to this decade?Lee goes on to name his top three of the decade, listed chronologically as Bob Dylan - Love and Theft (released 9/11), Cat Power - You Are Free (I can get behind these choices) and Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (one of my favorites of 2009 too). The full video interview and more pictures and tour dates, below...
Lee:I would say for this decade, it's The Eternal, the most recent one. Because in a way I think it really - it's so cool at the end of this decade when we've been playing together for so long to be really energized about the most recent music you've made. The aughts started for us with Murray Street, made in New York City in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and all that. Sonic Nurse we made with Jim O'Rourke, and then we made another record, Rather Ripped, on our own, and then we hooked up with Mark, Mark Ibold on bass, and made this one, and it bodes well for the future that we're having a lot of fun with this one.
A video trailer for the new double album SENSO by White Out with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore on Ecstatic Peace, below...
photos by Lori Baily
LA Record (via): When Teenage Jesus and the Jerks played in New York City last year, it was always set up as a one-shot deal. Yet here we are.Teenage Jesus and the Jerks returned over the weekend to headline the third and final night of the WFMU Festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/3). Drunkdriver, Sightings, and Talk Normal were also on the bill.
Lydia Lunch (vocals/guitar): I never thought I would have done reunions--it's ridiculous to me. It's Thurston Moore that's to be blamed with his no wave book that he put out last year. A few months before it was coming out he was actually in Barcelona on my couch and he turned to me and said, 'Well, what about a Teenage Jesus reunion?' I said, 'What about the fact that they're all dead except for Sclavunos? Are you ready to take the wrath of the wire coat hanger and play bass?' And he jumped up and down and said, 'Yes!' So that's how Teenage Jesus got together in the beginning. He decided he'd go under the coat hanger so we did the New York show and then we developed All Tomorrow's Parties. I guess the final nail in the coffin for the next couple of shows was based in the fact that in Montreal there's something called a Pop Symposium--they invited me last year with my multimedia thing and then they got the snifter of Teenage Jesus and they were so kind and I said, 'Well, I'm not going all the way to the States for one fucking show--I don't even want to come there for five shows!' Also the fact that I knew Thurston couldn't do it and so my favorite bass player in the world must be Algis Kizys from the Swans and he's doing it. This is what you get in L.A.--Jim Sclavunos, the original bass player, now on drums and Algis Kizys from Swans on bass--how could I say no? Mostly to me, it's kind of ridiculous. It's absurdist and I've always been absurd anyway. I've always considered myself a Dadaist and it's the most Dada fucking music, and it must be the most Dada idea that 30 years later we're doing this. One of the reasons is there is still not enough women playing ugly fucking music as a counter to all these pop princesses.
One night later Lydia Lunch joined JG Thirwell and a bunch of pop princesses for a benefit show at Carnegie Hall.
photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Martin Longley
The 'A' train is not carrying its accustomed load, up at 175th Street. Droves of downtown rock'n'rollers are arriving at the relatively underused United Palace Theatre, on the less-frequented Washington Heights section of Broadway. It's an architectural wonder, impressively elaborate even before entering. Once inside, the exotica magnifies, as the foyer is encrusted on all sides by highly detailed work that can only be described as a decorative fusion. This joint must surely be one of the city's most ornate theatres, and on a particularly grandiose scale. It's best described as a dripping melange of Moorish, Hindu, Gothic, Rococo and Coney Island motifs. A huge organ sits waiting, greeting arrivals upon entry. Upstairs, the sealed manager's office has a David Lynchian metal lozenge of a sign hanging above its door. Down the corridor (with its infinity of mirror-reflection lamps) is another shuttered room with a keyhole that reveals an empty banquet table. The Room Of Rest has a row of porcelain urinals to covet. Upon entering the loges (balcony, to ordinary mortals), the full scale of this massive space is revealed, the vast walls continuing the densely barnacled theme. Although grand, there's also a sense of faded decadence, an almost morbid aura of decay. Upstairs, though, the acoustics are reverberational in the extreme.
review continued w/ more pictures & setlist, below...
photos by Lori Baily
Matador Records helped Sonic Youth celebrate the release of their new record The Eternal with a party at Home Sweet Home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan last Friday. The semi-private show had local bands playing Sonic Youth covers while the actual Sonic Youth was hanging out in the crowd.
Bands included The Antlers, Tiny Masters of Today, Apache Beat, The Homosexuals (backed by members of Fiasco), and "The Goo Believers" (at least that's what I think they called themselves). They were Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), Jemina Pearl (Be Your Own Pet, Ecstatic Peace label), Matt Krefting (Ecstatic Peace label), Zachary Cale, John Maloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man), and Jaiko Suzuki (Electroputas). You can see Thurston Moore watching them from the sidelines in some of the pictures below...
A lightsaber battle in Washington Square Park yesterday (NYCmiri)
The (Grateful) Dead played MSG yesterday (kgandarillas)
tonight in NYC
* Tribeca Film Festival
* The Dead @ XL Center (CT)
* WBAR-B-Q @ Barnard College
* Terry Riley & Gyan Riley @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Crystal Stilts, Mahogany, Motel Motel @ Maxwell's
* Midnight Magic, Nomi (DJ), Justin Chearno @ Glasslands
* Spectrum, Psychic Ills, Cheval Sombre @ Mercury Lounge
* The Austerity Program, Wetnurse, Tournament @ Union Pool
* Crime in Stereo, Bane, Have Heart, Capital, The Agent, Backtrack @ Europa
* Alkaline Trio, Saves The Day, Death In The Park @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Valient Thorr, The Golden Error, J. Roddy & The Business, Ex-Humans @ Trash Bar
* Chain and the Gang, The Hive Dwellers, Mahjongg, Noah Britton @ Market Hotel
* Craig G, John Robinson (Scienz of Life), DJ DP1, Afrika Bambaataa & Lord Finesse @ Southpaw
"Thousands gathered under blue skies Saturday to hear the music of neo-soul artist Erykah Badu, who took the stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival burning a stick of incense and wearing a lavender kimono." [AP]
"The worst book about pop music I have ever read" [By Jeff Salamon]
Gang Gang Dance are playing the WBAR BBQ.
Chain and the Gang are at Market Hotel tonight. They played 92YTribeca the other day. Videos below...
Video of Thurston Moore / Okkyung Lee / Ikue Mori Trio performing live at Sessions at Santa's, also below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - "Swedish Couch" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh & Greg Kelley - "Track One" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh & Greg Kelley - "Track Two" (MP3)
Tony Conrad & Keiji Haino
Experimentalists collide when Keiji Haino and Tony Conrad team up for a show at The Studio At Webster Hall on April 25th (tonight), one of only three US shows for the duo. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Full tour dates are below.
Although the duo has not recorded anything, Keiji Haino recently dropped a new record under the moniker The Haino/Masataka Fujikake Duo, on the Japanese label Full Design Records on February 11. A collection of live material from a batch of 2005 shows in Yokohama, the record is currently available to us yankees here.
Opening The Studio show will be another violinist of the avant-garde persuasion, C Spencer Yeh, who recently dropped two collaborative LPs: Cincinatti with noise technician John Wiese (available on CSY's label, DroneDisco) and New York Nuts and Boston Beans with Paul Flaherty and Greg Kelley (available here). April 25th will be the only solo show for CSY over the next few weeks, but he does have dates as part of a duo (with Michael Johnsen) and a trio (with Rafael Toral & Trevor Tremaine). One of those trio dates will take place in NYC in the next few weeks, as part of the No Fun Fest featuring headliner Sonic Youth.
Hopefully SY's Lee Ranaldo gets his long lost Fender Mustang back by then.
The guitar (pictured above) was stolen from Lee in July 1999. Then, last week, someone unknowingly bought it on eBay, and before even receiving it (he still hasn't received it as of this post), the buyer coincidentally was "just looking at Sonic Youth´s guitars", and recognized the guitar that he had just bought as Lee's stolen guitar.
He posted his story in a thread (that is currently 35 pages long) on Offsetguitars.com. Lee was then contacted, offered the guitar back (at the eBay auction cost) and accepted. In another coincidence, the buyer lives in the Netherlands and Sonic Youth is in Europe this week. Unfortunately the guitar didn't arrive from seller to buyer in time for the buyer to hand it to Lee in person, but...
"So my brother, a friend and me went to Dusseldorf yesterday to see Sonic Youth. We spent the whole afternoon in museums to see the Sonic Youth exhibition, which was really great. I can recommend it to anyone with the possibility of going there. It made me want to start reading William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg immediately.Awesome story. (thx Raymond)
The concert was supposed to start at 20:30 and we arrived at that time, we figured it probably wouldn´t start until 22:00 or so as that´s what we´re used to. Surprisingly, they started exactly on time so I missed a chance to get onto the balcony for special guests. So we watched the gig among the ´common´ people , which wasn't so bad, though it´s sometimes hard to stand the smell of those puny creatures. Tongue The concert was amazing, as usual with these guys, they played a normal set but when it was over it felt like they had only played for 15 minutes. The highlight for me was Kim´s singing, her voice sounds better than ever. The new songs (I think they played 4) sounded good too, but I can´t comment on the specific songs as I don´t know the titles.
After the gig was over I pushed my way up to the front row and called the guitar tech, Eric Baecht, he came up to us, gave me a mastery bridge (from one of Lee´s guitars, he even included the allen wrench keys!) on which Lee had written a thank you note, along with a couple of picks with Sonic Youth prints on them. Can´t wait to try it on my Jazzmaster! Eric then told me to wait for him to finish clearing the stage and took us to the backstage where I met Lee. We had a little chat about the guitar, Mark Ibold also showed up briefly. I met Eric again who told us we can get on the guest list for any SY gig in the future (!!!). I also spotted Thurston but he left quite early , Kim was there the whole time, didn´t see Steve.
So my friends and me hung out at the bar for a while feeling quite awkward and trying to think of something to talk to Lee about without sounding cliché but it seemed impossible so we left soon after. It was a bit of shame because they´re really kind and approachable people, but I just didn´t know what to talk about.
After all we had a great day and I´m looking forward to going to their gigs in the future. For free! HA! Plus I won´t have to worry about the show being sold out or anything." [Sauerkraut the guitar finder]
Speaking of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore will perform as part of a trio with saxophonist Daniel Carter and Ryan Sawyer (Tall Firs, Stars Like Fleas) at Union Pool on May 2nd, with Trevor Dunn's Madlove, and Pink Noise. Madlove recently announced the release of their new album, White With Foam on Ipecac Records.
DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster (MP3)
photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano
Thurston Moore came out with Okkyung Lee, and Ikue More. I was optimistic. Thurston with a circuit bent guitar on his lap with all sorts of homemade attachments. Then a lap top and a Cello. It seemed harmless and intriguing. It wasn't. Explosions of beats, randomized harmonics and bends from the cello mixed with the constant screaming of the guitar played with knives. I took my pictures and then left. I was loosing it. This music was definitely for someone else. I had to catch my breath outside and let my mind calm back down. I was truly affected by what I had seen. So in a since I guess it did it's job. Truly Experiential Sound had been made. I really wouldn't even call it music. Do I have the jurisdiction to say that? [Quiet Color]The pictures in this post are from that show.
Matador has released a new MP3 (above) of song "Sacred Trickster" from Sonic Youth's forthcoming record, The Eternal, due June 9th. Preorders for that disc through Matador's Buy Early Get Now program get a bunch of extras (including an LP of Sonic Youth at Battery Park last July 4th). Matador also reports that SY is confirmed for the "My Bloody Valentine-curated ATP Nightmare Before Christmas...in Minehead [UK] from December 4th - 6th, 2009."
Last week, Sonic Youth performed four unique shows at BAM.
More details on The Eternal preorder plus info on a "secret" Sonic Youth London show, with all photos, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - The Eternal (montage) (MP3)
Sonic Youth @ Battery Park (4th of July) (more by Jason Bergman)
Along with your preorder of 'The Eternal' on LP or CD, you'll get an instant stream of the album when BEGN launches on April 28, and later (either picking it up at your fave local record store or through the auspices of the U.S. Postal Service) a bonus limited edition live LP [while supplies last] culled from Sonic Youth's July 4, 2008 show in Battery Park, which will contain an exclusive poster. Additional MP3's will be delivered via the BEGN site before or after the album's physical release date (June 9).As reported previously, Sonic Youth is also releasing two exclusive split 7"s (one with Beck, one with Jay Reatard) for Record Store Day on April 18th.
Tuesday, April 7th (tonight), Thurston Moore curates and performs at the Sessions at Santa's at Santos Party House. You may remember the Stereogum-hosted series from its Tuesdays in March at the venue. The bill includes performances by Thurston Moore/OkkyungLee/Ikue Mori Trio, Fat Worm of Error and Noise Nomads. (Tickets are on sale.) Flyers for the next three Sessions are below.
STEREOGUM: No Fun is coming up as well. Will [Sonic Youth] be playing material from the new album at that? Doing a noisier set?That might shed a little light on Sonic Youth's No Fun Fest plans, but not on the program for the group's four-night run (April 16th-19th) at BAM. Those unique performances will celebrate the 90th birthday of dance choreographer Merce Cunningham. Also on the BAM bill are "former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and mixed-media sound composer Takehisa Kosugi."
TM: We're going to compose something distinct for No Fun -- it will be fucking insane...
SY's Lee Ranaldo just performed an original composition with the Bang on a Can All-Stars on Thursday, April 2nd. How was that?
Flyers (NSFW) for the April dates of the Sessions at Santa's series (minus the unannounced April 28th lineup), plus a 1991 Nardwuar interview that includes Kim Gordon complimenting Led Zeppelin (at the end), and all SY tour dates (with a bunch of European festival stops) below...
Mumford and Sons @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Motley Crue @ MSG
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Fight Like Apes @ Pianos
* Mumford & Sons @ Mercury Lounge
* Screaming Tea Party @ Fontana's
* Rosie and the Goldbug (UK) @ Maxwell's
* Jason Anderson @ Pete's Candy Store
* Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
* Morrissey and Red Cortez @ The Wellmont Theater
* We Have Band, Post War Years & Slow Club @ The Delancey
* Casiokids, Anamanaguchi, the New Wine & Kittens Ablaze @ The Bell House
* Crunchy Frog Showcase w/ 18th Dye, Snakes & Jets, Powersolo & DJ Jon Spencer
* Whiplash w/ Kumail Nanjiani & Noah Garfinkle. Hosted by Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schall @ UCB
AT&T couldn't handle the amount of iPhones that landed in Austin for SXSW, but reacted quickly and may have solved the problem.
SXSW Music starts on Wednesday. We just posted some Lee Ranaldo, So Percussion and Steve Reich info. Check out a Pitchfork TV video special on Reich, starring Thurston Moore and So Percussion, and made partly at SXSW 2008, below...
DOWNLOAD: Peelander-Z - Let's Go! Karaoke Party! (MP3)
The Hold Steady (Franz Nicolay) @ Terminal 5 (more by Leia Jospe)
today in NYC
* Paper @ Cake Shop
* The Antlers @ Union Hall
* Peelander-Z @ Public Assembly
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Levon Helm Band @ the Beacon Theater
* Franz Nicolay & Jennifer O'Connor @ The Delancey
* A Place to Bury Strangers, Marnie Stern & Ra Ra Riot @ NYU
* Stars Like Fleas, La Strada, Frances, Twi The Humble Feather @ MHOW
"Thanks to the amazingly douchey neighbors, Sound Fix Lounge is seeing its final days. In true DYI fashion, they're going out with a bang by giving away what's left of their bar stock at this closing night party. Liquor. Beer. Fun times. All you can drink for $10, all night. That's it. Oh yeah, and make sure you say "fuck you" to the neighbors before stumbling home." [MyOpenBar.com]
Thurston Moore and Byron Coley discuss Bush Tetras in the video below...
(album artwork features a painting by John Fahey)As previously announced, Sonic Youth is headlining one of the three No Fun Fest nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg in May. Here is the three-day breakdown:
Sonic Youth's 16th album, 'The Eternal', will be released on double vinyl, compact disc, and digital album by Matador Records on June 9. Produced by John Agnello and the band, 'The Eternal' not only marks Sonic Youth's return to the independent label sphere (titles on their own SYR label excepted) after a long association with Geffen, but more importantly, ranks as one of their more inspired efforts in a 28 year career.
Recorded through November and December of last year at the band's Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, NJ, 'The Eternal' features many firsts for a Sonic Youth album, including a number of shared vocals between Kim, Thurston, and Lee, and the studio debut of former Pavement/Dustdevils bassist Mark Ibold, a member of Sonic Youth's touring band for the past few years.
No Fun Fest 5/15/2009 (tix)
Bastard Noise / Thrones / Grey Wolves / Xeno and Oaklander / Carlos Giffoni / Chris Corsano / Axolotl / Raglani / Noveller / DJs: Greh Holger, Steve Lowenthal
No Fun Fest 5/16/2009 (tix)
Sonic Youth / Bardo Pond / Rafael Toral with C. Spencer Yeh, Trevor Tremaine / Sons of God / Pedestrian Deposit / Blank Dogs / Yellow Tears / Mattin / Pulse Emitter / DJs: Invernomuto, DJ JONBENET
No Fun Fest 5/17/2009 (tix)
Merzbow / Skullflower / Con-Dom / Black Pus / Emeralds / Peter Rehberg/Marcus Schmickler / Cold Cave / Jazzfinger / Conrad Schnitzler Con-Cert / DJs: Mike Bernstein,CG Warrior
All SY tour dates and the new album tracklisting below...