Sonic Youth add 2 MHOW shows – 1 w/ Jemina Pearl, 1 w/ Talk Normal who played WFMU Fest – pics & tour dates
Talk Normal photos by Lori Baily
Thurston "goes acoustic" @ United Palace Theater in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Sonic Youth will follow up their currently-sold-out November 21st Terminal 5 show (with Dinosaur Jr. and Cold Cave) with a pair of shows at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, November 24th and Wed, Nov. 25th. Talk Normal opens the 24th, while Jemina Pearl opens the second night. Tickets go on "artist presale" Thursday, October 8th at noon (Password: ETERNAL). General sale starts Friday, October 9th at noon. The band writes: "Tickets will be available with no service charge at the Mercury Lounge box office."
The band pairs those NYC shows with with two gigs at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on November 22 (with the Feelies, who play NYC the night before) and Nov. 23rd (with Meat Puppets and Cold Cave).
Jemina Pearl wraps her upcoming tour with Islands at Bowery Ballroom on November 5th. Talk Normal has two other NYC shows coming: on October 27th they play a record release party for their Sugarland LP, out the same day on Rare Book Room Records, at Cake Shop with Pterodactyl and Antimagic, and on October 30th show at Death by Audio with Teeth Mountain.
On October 3rd, Talk Normal opened the final night of the WFMU Fest at Music Hall of Williamsburg (the night Lydia Lunch's Teenage Jesus and the Jerks headlined, but not with Thurston Moore as a member of the band this time).
Texture Magazine: You've been continually (and I'd say accurately) compared to artists from the original No Wave era such as Lydia Lunch and DNA. Is that something that you aspired towards, or did it surprise you when you first heard the comparisons?
Talk Normal's SR: It wasn't an aspiration, per se, but the minimalism (at times equalizing maximalism) and fierceness, among other things, appealed to both of us. Broken down structures, broken sounds, different forms, making noises naturally yet seemingly 'inappropriate' to the source... Initially we aspired to be a take on a broken-down blues band, a la Geeshie Wiley/Jessie Mae Hemphill. Simple is always interesting, though not always the end result, and also (as it would) the 'idea' is always evolving. Too hypocritical to stay still or try to be only one thing. Of course there are many potential influences.
Pictures from Talk Normal's WFMU opening set are below.
Also related to Sonic Youth, L.A. Times reports that Thurston is getting deeper into the book business...
[October 3rd], Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore announced the upcoming launch of Ecstatic Peace Library, a boutique publisher of art books to debut in 2010. Catalogs of the initial releases...will be available from the publisher's website on Jan. 1. The publisher intends to release the art books in tandem with recordings from the artist-authors, slated to include Raymond Pettibon, Dave Markey and Kim Gordon, his wife and band-mate.
All tour dates and those Talk Normal pictures, posted below...
Talk Normal at Music Hall of Williamsburg...
Talk Normal - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 27 Cakeshop RECORD RELEASE!! w/ PTERODACTYL & ANTIMAGIC New York, New York
Oct 28 Mount Holyoke Vincent Price Concert Series SOUTH HADLEY, Massachusetts
Oct 29 TBD!! Providence, Rhode Island
Oct 30 Death By Audio w/ TEETH MOUNTAIN + TBA BROOKLYN, New York
Oct 31 American U w/TICKLEY FEATHER & SOFT POWER (Mary Timony) Washington DC
Nov 01 Zodiac w/ ART DEPARTMENT + TBA BALTIMORE, Maryland
Nov 02 TBD w/SOCIAL JUNK + TBA PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Nov 03 the Nerve w/DARK LINGO Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nov 04 Cafe Bourbon w/ UNHOLY TWO + TBA COLUMBUS, Ohio
Nov 05 TBD LOUISVILLE, Kentucky
Nov 06 The Mopery Chicago, Illinois
Nov 07 Public Space One w/ WET HAIR & CURILLISTAS IOWA CITY, Iowa
Nov 11 Ye Olde Bike Saviors w/ YELLOW FEVER, WET HAIR + TBA TEMPE, Arizona
Nov 12 Music Trader w/ BLESSURE GRAVE, WET HAIR & ENTERTAINMENT SAN DIEGO, California
Nov 13 Synchronicity w/ WET HAIR, LITTLE CLAW +TBA LOS ANGELES, California
Nov 14 The Smell w/WET HAIR, SUN ARAW, EARN Los Angeles
Nov 15 TBD... w/WET HAIR Los Angeles, California
Nov 16 21 Grand w/WET HAIR, LITTLE CLAW +TBA OAKLAND, California
Nov 17 TBD... w/WET HAIR San Francisco, California
Nov 18 TBD... w/WET HAIR Sacramento, California
Nov 20 Backspace w/WET HAIR, SILVER INTERIOR Portland, Oregon
Nov 21 Le Voyeur w/WET HAIR, SILVER INTERIOR, BROKEN WATER Olympia, Washington
Nov 22 TBD... w/WET HAIR Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 23 TBD... w/WET HAIR Seattle, Washington
Nov 24 Williamsburg Hall of Music w/ SONIC YOUTH (!!!) BROOKLYN, New York
Nov 27 TBD... w/WET HAIR Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 28 TBD... w/WET HAIR Denver, Colorado
Jemina Pearl - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 07 The Brillobox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct 08 Cosmic Charlie's Lexington, Kentucky
Oct 09 The Summit Columbus, Ohio
Oct 10 Exit In Nashville, Tennessee
Oct 13 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, Ohio
Oct 14 Majestic Cafe Detroit, Michigan
Oct 15 Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Oct 18 Badlander Missoula, Montana
Oct 19 Chop Suey Seattle, Washington
Oct 20 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 21 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Oct 22 UC Davis The Old Fellows Lodge Davis, California
Oct 23 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Oct 25 Rhythm Room Phoenix, Arizona
Oct 27 Mohawk Austin, Texas
Oct 28 Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas
Oct 29 Hi Tone Cafe Memphis, Tennessee
Oct 30 Bottletree Cafe Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 31 Lenny's Bar Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 01 Duke Coffee House Durham, North Carolina
Nov 02 G-Spot Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 03 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 04 Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nov 05 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Nov 25 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY #
Oct 15-Nov15 w/ Islands
# opening for Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth - 2009/10 Tour Dates
Oct 21 Berlin - Columbiahalle Berlin, Berlin
Oct 22 Ancienne Belgique - Brussels - Sold Out Brussels, Brussels-capital
Oct 23 London The Forum - Sold Out London, London and South East
Oct 25 Paris - Palais des Congrés Paris, Ile-de-France
Nov 07 Sao Paulo -Brazil - Planeta Terra Festival Sao Paulo, São Paulo
Nov 21 New York, NY - Terminal 5 w/ dinosaur jr. sold out New York, New York
Nov 22 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre w/ the feelies Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 23 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre w/ meat puppets + cold cave Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 24 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Nov 25 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Dec 05 ATP Butlin's Holiday Centre Minehead
Dec 06 Dublin - Vicar Street - Sold Out Dublin, Dublin
Jan 04 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona
Jan 05 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
Jan 07 San Diego, CA - House of Blues San Diego, California
Jan 08 Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre Pomona, California
Jan 09 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles, California