THURSTON: ROCK N ROLL CONSCIOUSNESS 2017 TOUR – N. AMERICA/EUROPE

Rock N Roll Consciousness is now available at your local record store or click:
https://ThurstonMoore.lnk.to/RockNRollConsciousnessSo
Direct: http://thurstonmoore.kungfustore.com/

Thurston Moore Group — 2017 Tour Dates

May 27 Roundhouse London, UK – with Swans

May 30 St. George’s Hall – Liverpool, UK – special event for Liverpool Poets/Mersey Sound 50th Anniversary

June 12 St. Lukes Glasgow, UK

June 13 Gorilla Manchester, UK
June 14 The Lantern Bristol, UK
June 15 Scala London, UK
June 17 Best Kept Secret Festival Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
June 20 Knust Hamburg, Germany
June 21 Stadtgarten Koln, Germany
June 26 Aeronef Lille, France
June 27 L’Autre Canal Nancy, France
June 28 Bogen F Zurich, Switzerland
July 1 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
July 4 Beatpol Dresden, Germany
July 5 Proxima Warsaw, Poland
July 7 Pohoda Festival Trenčín, Slovakia

July 12 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club

July 14 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15 Detroit, MI – MOCAD
July 17 Toronto, ON Canada – Great Hall
July 18 Montreal, QE Canada – LA Sala Rossa
July 20 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

July 21 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
July 22 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
July 23 Washington D.C – Rock & Roll Hotel

Read More: Thurston Moore releases new single “Cease Fire,” announces tour | http://www.brooklynvegan.com/thurston-moore-releases-new-single-cease-fire-announces-tour/?trackback=tsmclip

We Sing A New Language: The Oral Discography Of Thurston Moore – Released On March 13
“We Sing A New Language” represents the first attempt made to draw together and comprehend the solo and collaborative works of Thurston Moore, outside of the Sonic Youth. Through the testimony of 170 friends and fellow musicians, the book describes the stories and inspirations behind over 200 releases Thurston has been featured on. The book features an extensive section detailing the biographies of the participants and the most extensive published discography of Thurston’s works yet seen http://smarturl.it/TMSingNew

 

Thurston’s new book “Stereo Sanctity: Lyrics & Poems” (Ecstatic Peace Library/Rough Trade) is out and available exclusively at Rough Trade and is their “Book of the Month”.

http://roughtrade.com/events/2015/10/1566

 

The Best Day – Thurston Moore –  LP/CD  

Listen to a stream of The Best Day now at NPR in N. America or at The Guardian in Europe.

Out now the latest solo album from Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore, ‘The Best Day’. Recorded in London with his new band — featuring guitarist James Sedwards (Nøught), bassist Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and SY drummer Steve Shelley, ‘The Best Day’ is a staggeringly confident, expansive work, one that not only rivals much of Moore’s past work, but also suggests his relocation to England has inspired a creative rebirth of sorts. Keep in mind, we’re already dealing with one of the harder working, prolific characters in modern music, rock or otherwise.  Listen to the song  ‘The Best Day’.

 

     The Best Day Track Listing:

1.       Speak To The Wild

2.       Forevermore

3.       Tape

4.       The Best Day

5.       Detonation

6.       Vocabularies

7.       Grace Lake

8.       Germs Burn

 

 

THURSTON MOORE – ROCK N ROLL CONSCIOUSNESS – NEW LP/CD OUT NOW

Rock N Roll Consciousness is now available!
Pick it up at your local record store or below.
https://ThurstonMoore.lnk.to/RockNRollConsciousnessSo
Direct: http://thurstonmoore.kungfustore.com/

Rock n Roll Consciousness is the new record by Thurston Moore inspired by radical love and the energies of the challenged soul of Mother Earth/Nature in direct resistance.

The music is decidedly charged by the force of positive action and a great true love where the feminine/masculine come together in new and fluid unions of beauty and light.

Thurston has written songs on Rock n Roll Consciousness inspired by the friendship of musicians with whom he’s been working since 2014: Deb Googe (of My Bloody Valentine, Snowpony) bass, James Sedwards (Nøught, Chrome Hoof) guitar and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Crucifucks) drums. The entire album was recorded with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, The Pop Group) at The Church studios in Crouch End, London and mixed by Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle, WA.

The recording focuses on this particular group’s instrumental strength, beauty and promise after two solid years of touring since 2015’s critically acclaimed The Best Day album.

These new songs are a wild step forward in their expansive, anthemic and exploratory investigation and herald of love between angels, goddess mysticism and belief in healing through new birth.

“Exalted”, with lyrics by poet Radio Radieux, is an unfolding and emotional journey in homage to sacred energy and exaltation — a drug-infused visit from sacred womyn, sibyls, prophetesses, oracles, + goddesses reclaiming consciousness.

“Cusp” is a springtime charging, propulsive singing, moving march of noise and layered harmonics with a feeling of Sonic Youth mixing in with My Bloody Valentine. Radio Radieux’ lyrics with background vocals by Deb Googe that call into play the bliss of total love where all dangers subside and creative power engages the trans-mind energy of now.

“Turn On” is a pop-sonic poem to holy love both intimate and cosmic —  a patient, yet driving song opening space for more illustrious lead-guitar extensions by James Sedwards.

“Smoke of Dreams” focuses on the contemplative mystery of life-defining time travel where Thurston recalls a New York City where spirits informed artists seeking poems of beatitude and sonic prayers of joy and wild wonder.

“Aphrodite” is a strange and heavy no wave rocker in salutation to the icon of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. The song lists tools beyond the consciousness, electric guitars, the power of mind, imagination, will and intention to practice magick. Thurston sings of spells and possession as he and James pick up energies from string sorcery in true group seance. Steve Shelley takes the power of the symbolic in actual shimmering cymbal resonance and Deb Googe’s bass moves through a mesmeric psychic shaping — all in service to the mystic song.

Rock n Roll Consciousness is a new and exhilarating chapter for Thurston Moore and promises to be a creative highpoint for anyone interested in his legacy of avant-garde music and writing, as strong a statement as anything he has recorded these last three decades with Sonic Youth, the band he founded in 1980, to the solo work he has produced from 1995’s Psychic Hearts album to the Beck produced Demolished Thoughtsalbum of 2011 as well as the myriad of collaborations and completely outside-the-margins recordings on a litany of labels (as featured in author Nick Soulsby’s new investigative book We Sing A New Language – The Oral Discography of Thurston Moore) – serious and precocious and strangely accessible.

Thurston Moore Group will commence touring springtime 2017 with the line-up of James Sedwards, Deb Googe and Steve Shelley in USA, UK, Europe, Asia and beyond.

1. Exalted (11:54)
(music: Thurston Moore / lyrics: Radio Radieux)
2. Cusp (6:33)
(music: Thurston Moore / lyrics: Radio Radieux)
3. Turn On (10:18)
(music and lyrics: Thurston Moore)
4. Smoke of Dreams (6:04)
(music + lyrics: Thurston Moore)
5. Aphrodite (8:08)
(music: Thurston Moore / lyrics: Radio Radieux + Thurston Moore)

Thurston Moore
Rock n Roll Consciousness

Recorded by Paul Epworth
at The Church Studios, London UK
2015
Mixed by Randall Dunn
at Avast! Recording Co., Seattle WA USA
2016
Mastered by Jason Ward
at CMS, Chicago IL USA
2016

Thurston Moore – guitars, vocals
James Sedwards – guitars
Deb Googe – bass, background vocals
Steve Shelley – drums

LEE: NEW ALBUM+DOC FILM, TOUR DATES, NEWS, ETC.

LR:   INSTAGRAM    •     OFFICIAL FB   •    TWITTER

NEW ALBUM ‘ELECTRIC TRIM’ ON MUTE RECORDS, SEPTEMBER 15 RELEASE ANNOUNCED
I’M very thrilled to announce that my new record, Electric Trim, will come out on @muterecords in September. So happy that this long-standing, artist-centric label is releasing my new one, which I’m very proud of. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done – I can’t wait for you all to hear it! MUTE ANNOUNCEMENT
More info here about the album very soon. A first song, ‘Circular’, will be released in early June to coincide with my tour with Steve Gunn and Meg Baird. In addition, a film documentary about the making of the record, “Hello Hello Hello : Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim” is beginning to screen at festivals and will hopefully be available for viewing in the fall around the time of the album release. More info on all this, including fall tour dates with my band, here soon!

LEE SOLO ACOUSTIC IN VIENNA 020316 FULL CONCERT VIDEO (& PRINT INTERVIEW):HERE

UPCOMING DATES:

Lee Ranaldo and Steve Gunn at the 2017 New York Guitar Festival, hosted by John Schaefer in WNYC’s The Greene Space
Thursday, June 8, 2017 7:00 PM, $15, 1 hr 30 min
44 Charlton Street, New York, NY (corner of Varick Street)
INFO HERE

Lee Ranaldo/Steve Gunn Tour with Meg Baird June 13-24
The second leg of this traveling acoustic trip! Lee and Steve co-headline this tour, swapping middle and closing slots nightly, with Meg Baird opening all shows.


Lee Ranaldo/Steve Gunn Tour with Meg Baird June 13-24
Tue-Jun-13 Richmond,VA Broadberry TIX/INFO
Wed-Jun-14 Carrboro,NC Arts Center TIX/INFO
Thu-Jun-15 Athens, GA 40 Watt TIX/INFO
Fri-Jun-16 Atlanta,GA Smith’s Olde Bar TIX/INFO
Sat-Jun-17 Birmingham,AL Saturn TIX/INFO
Sun-Jun-18 New Orleans,LA Gasa Gasa TIX/INFO
Mon-Jun-19 Houston,TX White Oak Music Hall TIX/INFO
Tue-Jun-20 Dallas,TX Sons of Hermann Hall TIX/INFO
Wed-Jun-21 Austin,TX The North Door TIX/INFO
Fri-Jun-23 Oxford,MS Proud Larry’s TIX/INFO
Sat-Jun-24 Nashville,TN The Anchor TIX/INFO

NEW RADIO BROADCAST VIDEO:

A preview of a song from forthcoming album Electric Trim, as performed live on radio in Europe, Feb 2016. Described thusly by one insider: “When Trump is the next POTUS, this will be the song of the resistance”. Lyrics written in collaboration with Jonathan Lethem.

Thrown Over The Wall, Praha/Roma Radio 

MY BILLBOARD PIECE ON THE SUMMER 2015 GRATEFUL DEAD @50 REUNION SHOWS IN CHICAGO: HERE

RECENT RELEASES:

lee_FRONT COVER MAMBIENT LOOP FOR VANCOUVER, limited edition 500 copies release, a hypnocic and lyrical 54 minute ambient composition featuring Alan Licht, Christian Marclay and William Hooker, previously only available as part of the special 10th anniversary edition of the book Road Movies. Put this on repeat for a few hours, a few days, a year or more. Available SY SHOP and thru IMPORTANT RECORDS SITE.

LOIN COVER fr webLEE RANALDO CONDUITE L’ORCHESTRE INHARMONIQUE DE NICE, limited edition 300 copies vinyl album of Lee’s Nice residency of 2014 working with the ad hoc “untrained orchestra” at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts à la Villa Arson in Nice, France. Lee conducted the performance here which was recorded live at the Villa Arson. Worth the price of admission for “Louie Louie” alone! INFO.VIDEO.

ACOUSTIC DUST LP coverACOUSTIC DUST, our album from Barcelona acoustic studio sessions from April 2013, is OUT NOW on Spanish label El Segell. Full-band acoustic versions of songs from both BETWEEN THE TIMES AND THE TIDES and LAST NIGHT ON EARTH as well as choice cover songs by Sandy Denny, Neil Young and The Monkees. www.elsegell.com.

THE HIRED HANDS A tribute to Bruce Langhorne and in particular his soundtrack album for Peter Fonda’s film The Hired Hand. INFO.

ARTIFACTS (OF YOU), a flexi disc w cover also by Lee, part of Joyful Noise Recrodings 2015 flexi series (SOLD OUT). INFO.

SHIRLEY INSPIRED, Lee contributes a cover of ‘The Plains of Waterloo’ to this triple-vinyl release celebrating the work of the British folk singer Shirley Collins on the occasion of her 80th birthday, and as a fundraiser for a film about her career, ‘The Ballad of Shirley Collins’. Earth Records (Record Store Day release). INFO.

 

TWO VIDEO MEMENTOS OF GREECE, APRIL 2015:

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INDIA ETC 2013-14 Here’s a long video (25min) I’ve been working on. It consists of a selection of (mostly) iPhone films from the last year or so, inspired in large part by my trip with The Dust to India in September 2013, set to a long instrumental mix of an early version of The Rising Tide, recorded 012313 with The Dust (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, Tim Luntzel) [and included on our double CD of Demos & Rehearsals]:

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Two New Seven Inch Single Releases:

Lee Ranaldo/Tim Rogers split single

Tim Rogers (from Aussie band You Am I, that Lee produced in the 90s) and Lee did covers of each others songs for a single (and d/l) in support of S.L.A.M. Program (“Save Australia’s Live Music). It’s expensive, yes, but it’s a benefit item for a good cause…

info here: http://slamrally.org/donate

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust: acoustic 7″

Acoustic covers of Neil Young’s Revolution Blues and Sandy Denny’s Bushes and Briars that we recorded in Spain last April. A taste of the acoustic album The Dust should have ready for release by early summer. This is on the new-ish label of Primavera Sound, El Segell.

The only info on it we can find right now is this:

http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/pro…ell-93629.html

Late Descent #2: NEW VIDEO by Vice Cooler

Lee’s Guitar Clinic at Other Music in NYC on October 28, 2013: 

Hammer Blows video

Lee on John Cage (January 2013)TEXT & AUDIO

Albatross: Lee Ranaldo Band feat. J Mascis appear on  ’Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac’ performing ‘Albatross’, originally  a Peter Green led instrumental by Fleetwood Mac/1969 that inspired The Beatles’ Sun King. Hear the record at Soundcloud or via your favorite digital supplier or record store.

Lee Ranaldo Band plays 4 songs on RollingStone.com plus interview.

LEE’S WALKING MEN 99 TUMBLR BLOG–please send a pic

SOME ‘GRAMS FR THE ROAD-Instagram images from LRB touring this year…

NEW YORKER BLOG 4/25/12: TWO ACOUSTIC SONGS AND INTERVIEW.

Pitchfork’s +1Lee discusses his new LP and performs songs from it at Glasslands

MATADOR STORE –Order ‘Between The Times & The Tides’ 

LIVE ACOUSTIC ‘BIG BAND’ INSTORE, Melbourne (October 22, 2012).  Lee, Steve, Alan w Tim Luntzel on bass, plus Tim Barnes, perc and JP Shilo, violin:

SHOUTS:      http://vimeo.com/51922165

STRANDED:  http://vimeo.com/51921478

Lee Ranaldo Band live at The HiFi, Melbourne (October 24, 2012):

OFF THE WALL   https://vimeo.com/52093156

ANGLES   https://vimeo.com/52093157

TOMORROW NEVER COMES   https://vimeo.com/52093159

XTINA AS I KNEW HER   https://vimeo.com/52093969

LAST NIGHT ON EARTH DEMOS AND REHEARSALS 2XCD RELEASE:

New Double CD: The Rising Tide (Last Night On Earth Demos and Rehearsals). This limited edition package (1000 copies) collects alternate versions of some of the songs from the Last Night On Earth LP, in some cases in multiple versions. CD1 collects band rehearsals, while CD2 has Lee’s solo acoustic demos and a 25 minute instrumental version of The Rising Tide as well. This collection is exclusively available at live shows during 2014, but there are also some available at the SY store, HERE.

Limited Edition LP and 7″ Records (1000 copies ea):

Between the Times and the Tides TOUR LP (demos) and SEVEN-INCH (ALTERNATE MIXES of album trax) are now for sale at shows–and available in the SY store. Info HERE.

Lee’s new poetry chapbook, “How Not To Get Played On The Radio”, now out on SoundBarn Press. more info HERE. Available at SY Online Store HERE.

July 2012: Glacial “On Jones Beach” Full length album of Lee’s trio with Tony Buck and David Watson. LP only, comes w d/l card w extra material. Three Lobed Records. INFO HERE.

OTHER STUFF:

AMERICAN JUKEBOX Lee and David Amram wrote introductions for Chris Felver’s new book AMERICAN JUKEBOX, photographs of musicians (including Lee, Kim, & Thurston…).

Lee has a track on the Three Lobed Records all-guitarists recordstore day release “Eight Trails, One Path.”

Lee is also featured on a new Poetry CD by poet-musician David Amram.

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KIM NEWS – BODY/HEAD SHOWS

 BODY/HEAD  Shows:

May 27 Detroit, MI Trip Metal Fest @ El Club   
June 23 Minneapolis, MN James Ballentine Uptown VFW post 246  
June 24 Chicago, IL ‘Beyond The Gate’ at Bohemian National Cemetery  

 

Body/Head’s (Kim Gordon +Bill Nace)  new 2xLP/CD/dl ‘Coming Apart’ is out now on Matador . Listen to ‘Coming Apart’ here. Stores that carry Body/Head are here. ‘Coming Apart’ is also available at Matador , iTunes & Amazon

Visit the official website for Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace).

Body/Head premiere “Actress” from their upcoming album “Coming Apart”

 

Une Danse Des Bouffons (The Jester’s Dance) is a new short film by Marcel Dzama starring Kim Gordon and Hannelore Knuts. Premieres Sept 5th at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

 

 

Kim and Bill Nace discuss their new Body/Head LP at FuseTV

Body/Head, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s improvisatory guitar duo, are playing several dates this fall in support of their Matador debut album, Coming Apart, available for pre-order HERE.

Kim is the Artist of the Month for the January 2013 Edition of Invisible-Exports art-by-subscription project.

Out Now Body/Head LP/EP available from open mouth

Kim and Bill Nace of Body/Head interviewed at LUFF Festival in Switzerland

Kim has signed an numbered prints available to benefit The Song Cave.

An oral history of Kim’s clothing line X-Girl from Paper Mag appears here.

 

 

 

 

 

STEVE: NEW LPS BY SPECTRE FOLK/THURSTON MOORE (AND TOUR)/CINNAMON TAPES – VAMPIRE BLUES

Visit Steve at : Vampire Blues . Instagram  – Facebook – Vampire Blues’ Facebook – Twitter

Steve appears on new and upcoming  records by the artists listed below and is touring with The Thurston Moore Group throughout 2017:

Sun Kil MoonCommon As Light and Love Are Rivers Of Blood 2xcd 

Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat cd

Thurston Moore – Rock n Roll Consciousness cd/lp available  here:
https://ThurstonMoore.lnk.to/RockNRollConsciousnessSo
Direct: http://thurstonmoore.kungfustore.com/

Kim Rancourt – Plum Plum cd/lp – out May 12

May 22 Bowery Electric New York, NY Kim Rancourt LP Release Party with Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult), Gary Lucas, Don Fleming support by Alan Licht, DJ Julia Caffritz

Spectre Folk – Vol. 4 (with Pete Nolan, Peter Meehan, Aaron Mullan & Mark Ibold) – out June 2
Emma  Tricca lp/cd – tba
Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim – out Sept. 2017
Cinnamon Tapes – debut record by Brazilian singer/songwriter Susan Souza produced by Steve and featuring Paulo Kishimoto and Emil Amos – out 2017
 Thurston Moore Group — 2017 Tour Dates

Thurston, Deb Googe, James Sedwards and Steve
May 20 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY

June 12 St. Lukes Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 13 Gorilla Manchester, United Kingdom
June 14 The Lantern Bristol, United Kingdom
June 15 Scala London, United Kingdom
June 17 Best Kept Secret Festival Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
June 20 Knust Hamburg, Germany
June 21 Stadtgarten Koln, Germany
June 26 Aeronef Lille, France
June 27 L’Autre Canal Nancy, France
June 28 Bogen F Zurich, Switzerland
July 1 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
July 4 Beatpol Dresden, Germany
July 5 Proxima Warsaw, Poland
July 7 Pohoda Festival Trenčín, Slovakia

July 12 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club

July 14 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15 Detroit, MI – MOCAD
July 17 Toronto, ON Canada – Great Hall
July 18 Montreal, QE Canada – LA Sala Rossa
July 20 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
July 22 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
July 23 Washington D.C – Rock & Roll Hotel

Vampire Blues, Steve Shelley’s  record label after running Smells Like Records for 20 years,  celebrates the release of two new lps this July 31 : Spectre Folk’s ‘The Ancient Storm’ and Chris Lee’s ‘Bury the Kings’. Both records to be released  as vinyl LPs (with download cards) and as digital downloads. Steve produced the Chris Lee LP and plays drums on both of the upcoming LPs. The first Vampire Blues release was a 7″ by Hallogallo 2010, a group assembled by legendary Neu! guitarist Michael Rother with Shelley + Aaron Mullan. Later in 2012 Vampire Blues will release ‘Disappears in White/Light’, a collaboration recording with two Chicago groups: Disappears and White/Light along with Steve Shelley. Vampire Blues records are available via Revolver USA/Midheaven.com and here at the vampire blues web store

Video for Chris Lee’s  ‘Bury the Kings’ here.

Check out  Spectre Folk’s ‘Please Come Home’ video from – The Ancient Storm.

Spectre Folk’s ‘The Ancient Storm’ LP is the first full-length by Pete Nolan (of Magik Markers) along with Peter Meehan, Aaron Mullan (of Tall Firs) and Steve Shelley. The 6 song LP comes with a free download card that includes 5 bonus songs not on the LP.

 

Chris Lee’s ‘Bury the Kings’ LP is the 4th full length by Chris Lee.  The LP was produced by Steve Shelley at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studio and features Chris on vocals and guitar backed by David Nagler on keyboards, Aaron McClellan on bass, Joey McClellan on guitar and Shelley on drums.

To order either LP from Midheaven, click here and here.

EXPERIMENTAL, JETSET, TRASH AND NO STAR, A THOUSAND LEAVES, AND NYC GHOSTS AND FLOWERS NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL AND HD DIGITAL

With 2016’s October 14th re-release of Experimental, Trash and No Star, A Thousand Leaves, and NYC Ghosts and Flowers – UMe concludes reissuing the entire nine-album DGC/Geffen Sonic Youth catalog – which ranges from 1990’s Goo to 2006’s Rather Ripped – remastered from the original stereo analog master tapes on both high-grade vinyl and a variety of HD audio formats (including 192kHz 24-bit, 96kHz 24-bit and Mastered for iTunes).  All vinyl album releases include a digital download card for 320kbps MP4 AAC audio.

Previously released are Goo (1990), Dirty (1992), Washing Machine (1995) and the 12” single of “The Diamond Sea,”  Murray Street (2002), a double-vinyl LP edition of Sonic Nurse (2004) and Rather Ripped (2006).
Sonic Youth’s re-issues are available here: http://sonicyouth.kungfustore.com/music.html

 

 

 

SONIC YOUTH – SPINHEAD SESSIONS – 1986 – OUT NOW LP/CD/dig

Sonic Youth Archival Recording Release.

Spinhead Sessions available here.

 

Sonic Youth – Spinhead Sessions – 1986

1. Ambient Guitar & Dreamy Theme

2. Theme with Noise
3. High Mesa
4. Unknown Theme
5. Wolf
6. Scalping
7. Theme 1 (take 4)

 

The slow-burn sounds of Sonic Youth’s 1986 rehearsals to score Ken Friedman’s spooky highway film Made In USA are yet another mile marker in the band’s long and varied existence, now being issued as Spinhead Sessions (named for the North Hollywood studio used). Home to SST label productions of roster acts like Black Flag and Painted Willie, these jams were built upon for a later full-on (and quite different) soundtrack production, but the rough sketches herein find the band taking time out to dig in and hunker down with some truly new and introspective sound worlds, taking inspiration and queues from viewings of assorted film excerpts that were in production. It was basically a brand new way of working for Sonic Youth, albeit a challenging one, under the auspices of major Hollywood film production overlords, routing their way into the world of soundtrack scoring. And it all comes at a key time and place.

 

It’s no secret that 1986 was a transformative year for the band in many ways. The gravitation to the beloved SST stable, in addition to Steve Shelley, now drumming, certainly gave Sonic Youth a renewed vigor and vocabulary. They were already an international touring machine, and gaining considerable steam with critics (now even spinning the heads of detractors who had dismissed their arty Downtown boho sensibilities prior to ’86’s Evol). Their cultdom with fans had concrete roots by this point, and the influences that were swarming in the band’s orbit marked an exciting time, where almost any trajectory seemed possible, and they were going for it.

 

Friedman’s film worked on a relatively darker frame for a mainstream Hollywood flick; characters played by stars Chris Penn and Adrian Pasdar made a journey cross country that started out in Centralia, Pennsylvania, an real-life, anthracite coal producing town that had to relocate all its residents due to a decades-long, inextinguishable underground fire. The Sonics passed through this haunted-looking locale on their next tour after the sessions, and are pictured on the sleeve standing amidst smoldering embers. For the sounds they made at Spinhead, this image seems a fitting mental picture. Guitar harmonics billow like smoke, heavily reverbed drumming and shimmering cymbals echo from what sounds like the bottom of a deep mine. Thurston described the construction of “spindly, twisting rhythms and quiet rushes of noise and melody”. Indeed, it seemed like a new light on interaction within the band, one where wordless interplay between Ranaldo, Moore, Gordon, and Shelley would itself be spotlit on future Peel Sessions and a number of the band’s later SYR releases.

 

After these rehearsals, later development of their Made In USA soundtrack took place at Hit City West (where Motley Crue once recorded) and found Sonic Youth dealing with the direction of applied producers, maybe a little less-informed about their vibe than Phil Newman and their soundman Terry Pearson, who manned the board at Spinhead. Eventually film editors fluffed up the movie’s proceedings to make it more teen-friendly and less foreboding, and cut a bunch of key mood ingredients from the final product (including music). A complete document of SY’s work in that studio appeared in 1994 on a Rhino issue of the Made In USA soundtrack. Despite Sonic Youth working within some new and alien conditions, an exciting footnote is that they were actually approached for this project after an entire score by The Outlaws was rejected for not fitting the film’s mood! Indeed, Hollywood and art rock make for strange conspirators.

 

Regardless, this newly born Spinhead Sessions release is here and once again defines Sonic Youth in a raw and engaging state of discovery at a terrific time. Is it a missing link between the complex crafted cavernosity of Evol and the frayed-electric powerline sizzle of Sister? Yes and no. It’s an entirely unique animal, a meditative album where you can soak in the template of tapping overtones, sedate explorations of new chords, even sounding at times like AMM trying to play the VU’s Sweet Sister Ray bootleg or something similar. It’s trademark Sonic Youth at the core, and in an unfettered, dreamy state and a time, there and gone like smoke.

 

—Brian Turner, WFMU Music Director, Jersey City NJ

 

REISSUES: CONFUSION IS SEX, SISTER, EVOL, BAD MOON RISING, DAYDREAM NATION, CICCONE, s/t AVAILABLE ON LP/CD

CD/LP/digital editions of Confusion is Sex, Sister, EVOL, Bad Moon Rising,  ‘Sonic Youth’ (CD/2xLP), Daydream Nation (2xlp/ CD) and Ciccone Youth  are all  available now via the band’s own label distributed by Revolver/Midheaven.

Both editions of  Bad Moon Rising will include extra tracks: Halloween, Flower and Satan is  Boring (extra tracks on a download card w/ the  LP).

Both editions of EVOL include bonus song Bubblegum (Bubblegum is on a download card w/ the  LP).

A  DVD edition of Screaming Fields of Sonic Love w/ bonus material will be available in 2017.

KIM’S MEMOIR: GIRL IN A BAND

girlinaband

Kim’s memoir, Girl in a Band, is now available via Dey Street Books. More info and pre-order ‘Girl In A Band’ – http://bit.ly/girlinaband

‘SMART BAR – CHICAGO 1985’ LIVE SONIC YOUTH ALBUM OUT NOW

[CLICK IMAGE FOR AUDIO PREVIEW – Intro/Brave Men Run (In My Family) ]

 

 

Sonic Youth – Smart Bar – Chicago 1985

2xlp/ CD / digital

Order now at the sonic youth web store or via Midheaven.

 

In August 1985 Sonic Youth were touring across the states following the

release of their recently released LP ‘Bad Moon Rising’. This performance

from August 11, 1985 at Chicago’s Smart Bar was recorded on 4-track

cassette. This live recording consists of much of Bad Moon Rising and early

performances of Secret Girl + Expressway to Yr Skull later to be released on

EVOL, as well as a rare never before released live rendition of Kat ‘N’ Hat.

 

Mixed and mastered by the band from the original tape source for this double

LP edition w/ download card (or CD or digital edition) along w/ liner notes by Gerard

Cosloy and Sonic Youth engineer Aaron Mullan and photos by Pat Blashill and

Steven Koress and released by Sonic Youth on their own label, Goofin’

Records and distributed via Revolver USA.

 

An excerpt from the LP’s liner notes: “Having now listened to this tape maybe 100 times, I can say this: it’s a killer show. The material was mostly released on the studio album Bad Moon Rising. The album is brilliant, but the material is also so visceral and improvisatory that it greatly benefits from the additional perspective offered by a live recording. Kim’s vocals, more detached on the album, are fierce here. Sheets of feedback insanity on the album which I always assumed to be lucky studio accidents turn out to be actual parts that Lee and Thurston can re-create at will. The album was recorded with Bob Bert on drums, but this show was one of the first after Bob left and Steve took over. Bob’s primal stomps doubtlessly propel the studio versions, but hearing these parts as interpreted by Steve’s systematic pummeling, illuminates the crucial transition to the Evol and Sister albums and beyond. We do get a taste of Evol too, with an early performance of ‘Expressway To Yr Skull’ and the first known live performance of ‘Secret Girl,’ plus an instrumental version of the rarely performed, and never released, ‘Kat ’n’ Hat.’” —Aaron Mullan, Feb. 2012

 

 

 

 

Sonic Youth – Smart Bar – Chicago 1985

1- Hallowe’en

2- Death Valley ’69

3- Intro/Brave Men Run(In My Family)

4- I Love Her All The Time

5- Ghost Bitch

6- I’m Insane

7- Kat ‘N’ Hat

8- Brother James

9- Kill Yr Idols

10- Secret Girl

11- Flower

12- The Burning Spear

13- Expressway To Yr Skull

14- Making The Nature Scene

 

Thurston’s Black Jazzmaster Guitar Stolen 12/13/12

 Thurston Moore had his 1960 (circa) Fender Jazzmaster stolen from the Best Western in Philadelphia (501 N 22nd St) last night 12-12-12 around 12 midnight. It’s Thurston’s iconic Sonic Youth black Jazzmaster with all the stickers on its body. Here’s a couple of photos. A police report has been filed. Please email us if anyone tries to sell this relic to your store, it would be appreciated. Please forward to other guitar stores you may know in the area.

more added:  it has a Mastery Bridge, and the pickguard has been changed so stickers might be different.  it’s a 1960 serial#41927

 

 

YOKOKIMTHURSTON LP + LIMITED EDITION 10″

Yoko Ono, Kim and Thurston announce their new album, YOKOKIMTHURSTON, is now available everywhere. Download it from iTunes here.

KIm, Thurston and Yoko Ono have released ‘Early in the Morning’ a one-sided 10″ vinyl featuring a Yoko etching on the flip side, packaged in a clear plastic sleeve in a limited edition of 1000. Proceeds to benefit ASHINAGA Tokyo Rainbow House for orphans of the Japanese tsunami. Available here at the sonic youth webstore.

KIM ART SHOW IN BERLIN

Kim is part of an art show currently viewing in Berlin, Germany:


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Monika Baer, Kim Gordon, Nick Mauss
27.04.2012 – 26.05.2012


When David Lieske and I met to discuss the exhibition by Monika Baer, Kim Gordon and Nick Mauss and the press release I had agreed to write for it, David told me about paintings he had seen at Monika Baer’s studio: something with a disconnected hand on it, a red brick wall and a scratched white surface, and canvases with small mirrors integrated into a monochrome relief-like texture that would be perfect for a group show because they visually incorporated their surroundings but might not end up at Mathew, and about her laborious painting procedures.

David showed me photos Kim Gordon had sent of her studio wall with arrangements of small-scale paintings on paper, rather gestural, some of them with text, others abstract or semi-figurative, and also pieces with panties stretched over canvas that were overpainted black afterwards.

Nick Mauss would produce his first ever works on canvas, David assumed, stretched on a column-like construction extending from floor to ceiling in the middle of the space. Motifs yet unknown.

We spoke about how there was a demand for painting, obviously, although often not acknowledged in discussions, also a commercial demand. A demand for signifiers of subjectivity, taste, discourse and/or sophistication and why these three artists could function so well as projection screens for all these kinds of demands and desires and how they might satisfy them with what they appear to offer, or actually offer and what that would probably lead to. But then there are also nuances in these desires, and there are other desires as well, and the works seem to insist on that too.

Magnus Schäfer

LEE RANALDO BAND ON WNYC

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck…andalo-studio/

Lee’s Band will play 2 or 3 songs live in studio and John Schaefer will talk to Lee about his new LP.

Lee and Steve will also be sitting in as John Schaefer talks about legendary British DJ John Peel in the hour before 2pm…

Soundcheck on Twitter: @Soundcheck.
Soundcheck on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WNYCSoundcheck.

Soundcheck airs:

NEW YORK: live at 2 on 93.9 FM WNYC and wnyc.org. Show repeats at 10 pm.
DETROIT: live at 2 on 101.9 FM WDET and wdet.org. Show repeats at 10 pm.
U.S.: live at 2 on Sirius XM channel 121.
ARCHIVED: on WNYC.org

LEE’S NEW ALBUM STREAMING ON ROLLINGSTONE.COM

YOU CAN HEAR THE NEW ALBUM NOW, HERE.

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LEE RANALDO BAND-RECORD RELEASE DAY EVENTS 3/20/12

LEE’S BAND- LIVE ON WFMU AND AT OTHER MUSIC NYC 3/20/12

WFMU’S Brian Turner will air a set from the Lee Ranaldo Band at 4pm on Tuesday,  March 20, to celebrate the release of his solo album “Between The Times and The Tides”.  Brian will also be talking with Lee about the new album.  Later that evening Lee’s band will perform a special ‘acoustic instore’  at Other Music record store, 15 E 4th Street, NYC. While the radio show will be Lee with his full band (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, Irwin Menken), the evening show will be a trio, without Steve, who had to jet outta town!  So be prepared for some one-of-a-kind versions of songs from the new LP…

WFMU 91.1 fm (NYC/metro NJ), 90.1 fm (Catskills/Hudson Valley/E Penna/W NJ)

Lee Ranaldo

Tuesday, March 20th, 3pm – 6pm

on Brian Turner’s show

Despite a vast history of production, poetry, writing, photography, and of course helping re-invent the modern approach to electric guitar chronicled under his belt, Sonic Youth guitarist and co-founder Lee Ranaldo has yet to release a solo album of his songs in a rock band context until now. His brand new Matador release “Between the Time and Tides” comes out March 20th, and on this day Lee visits Brian Turner’s show to blast through what’s sure to be an amazing set of new songs and probably some surprises as well. His live band, which features Alan Licht, Irwin Menken, and longtime SY drummer cohort Steve Shelley, has been playing around NYC since October’s debut at the Bell House. Not only do they evoke Lee’s finest moments and songcraft from his contributions to Sonic Youth, but also can be said to further feed his pure classic rock jones via the likes of Crazy Horse and Television. Not to be missed!

Link to Brian’s show playlists/archives: www.wfmu.org/playlists/BT

twitter: @btrnr

Lee’s session will be archived for streaming at that URL after the Tuesday broadcast.

Lee + Leah Vivo Arte.Mov–Belo Horizonte Brasil 4/29

as part of the festival Vivo Arte.Mov, Lee and Leah are presenting an installation and will perform live on 4/29/12. there must be info somewhere out there on the web, but it’s in Portugese and hard to find…  SOME INFO HERE. Info on the exhibition HERE.

INDIE-O FEST 2012 – MEXICO CITY – APRIL 7, 2012

Thurston and Lee will each perform in Mexico City, Mexico on April 7th, 2012 as part of Indie-O Fest 2012 at Polyforum Siqueiros. Tickets are on  sale –  Indie-O on facebook + twitter.

Indie-O Fest 2012

Thurston Moore

Lee Ranaldo  Band

Kurt Vile and the Violators
City and Colour
Wild Flag
Youth Lagoon
Antoine Reverb
Date: April 7
Venue: Polyforum Siqueiros
Address: Insurgentes Sur 701, Mexico City


Date: April 7
Venue: Polyfórum Siqueiros
Address: Insurgentes Sur 701, México DF
Time: 18:00
Price before the show: $490 Mexican Pesos
Day of the show: $550 Mexican pesos

Tickets go on sale on the 1st of February at 12:00pm, CSTime through Etciket: http://eticket.mx/ <http://eticket.mx/> Phone number  01.800.ETICKET (01.800.384.25.38)

Fecha: Sábado 7 de abril
Lugar: Polyfórum Siqueiros
Dirección: Insurgentes Sur 701, México DF
Hora: 18:00
Precio preventa: $490 pesos más cargo por servicio
Precio día del evento: $550 más cargo por servicio.

Venta de boletos a partir del 1 de febrero a las 12:00 pm. a tráves del sistema Eticket (http://eticket.mx/ <http://eticket.mx/> y al 01.800.ETICKET (01.800.384.25.38))

This is the link to our Facebook event


1991:THE YEAR PUNK BROKE DVD – NOW AVAILABLE

For the first time, 1991: The Year Punk Broke will finally make its debut on DVD on September 13, 2011. All footage has been fully restored with audio re-synced and remastered in uncompressed PCM stereo under the supervision of Sonic Youth. The DVD is available for order now at SY webstore and at amazon.com.

Filmed a month prior to the release of their breakthrough album Nevermind, 1991: The Year Punk Broke also includes footage of Nirvana unknowingly on the cusp of leading a massive cultural movement as they performed  “Smells Like Teen Spirit,“ “Polly” and “Negative Creep.” Also featured is Dinosaur Jr.’s live versions of “Freak Scene” and “The Wagon” and Babes In Toyland’s brutal performance of “Dustcake Boy”. 1991: The Year Punk Broke is also packed with 65 minutes of bonus material, including the previously unreleased featurette “(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale” featuring over 40 minutes of additional live footage of Sonic Youth performing “White Kross,” “Eric’s Trip,” “Chapel Hill” and “Inhuman” plus a rare Nirvana performance of “In Bloom.” Other extras include live rough cuts of “Mote” and “Flower,” the original movie trailer, and “Broken Punk” — a 2003 panel discussion Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo, Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and Filmmaker Dave Markey.

1991: The Year Punk Broke was recently screened at Cinefamily in Los Angeles, CA July 23 at 6:30pm as part of the annual Don’t Knock The Rock Festival. Director David Markey was present for a Q + A after the film.


HITS ARE FOR SQUARES – NOW AVAILABLE

In conjunction with the release of 1991 The Year Punk Broke on DVD is Sonic Youth’s Hits Are For Squares, previously available only through limited outlets. Hits Are For Squares was released on CD on August 23, 2011 –   a collection of songs from Sonic Youth’s career selected by a diverse group of artists, actors, directors and musicians whose own progressive and unconventional style is akin to the freestyle expression of Sonic Youth’s music. The artisans handpicked by Sonic Youth include Catherine Keener, Beck, Mike D, Radiohead, Portia De Rossi, Diablo Cody, Allison Anders, Dave Eggers and Mike Watt, Eddie Vedder, Michelle Williams, Flea, Gus Van Sant, David Cross, Chloe Sevigny, and The Flaming Lips. Also included is the track “Slow Revolution” written and recorded for the original release. Find Hits Are for Squares  at the SY webstore.

SONIC YOUTH ON THE BRIDGE SCHOOL CONCERTS CD

Sonic Youth’s live version of ‘Rain on Tin’ recorded live at Neil and Pegi Young’s The Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA will be released on the 25th Anniversary CD Edition of ‘ The Bridge School Concerts’ on October 24th.

Other artist to appear on the CD are Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, CSNY and The Who.

Click to learn more about The Bridge School .

COMPILATION BLUES – BODY/HEAD

Kim and Bill Nace (as Body/Head) have a new track on this Ultra Eczema compilation LP Fever.

SINGER-RANALDO ‘contre-jour’ BELGIUM SEPT. 30


Leah &amp; Lee will stage the musical+visual performance ‘contre-jour’(<em>against the light</em>) in the church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The duo will enter into a dialogue with Brion Gysin &amp; Ian Sommerville’s ‘Dream Machines’, which are on view in the church for the entire run of the Biennial.
info <a href=”http://www.contour2011.be/newsletter/september_2011.html”>HERE</a>.
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Lee w Glacial Trio Knitting Factory Bklyn Sept 26

The Glacial Trio–Lee Ranaldo/David Watson/Tony Buck–will perform a rare gig in NYC at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, Sept 26th, 8pm.  More info here: http://bk.knittingfactory.com/event-details/?tfly_event_id=58097

Also on the bill will be Man Forever (Kid Millions/Brian Chase/Emily Manzo/Richard Hoffman/Shahin Motia) and a trio of Knitting Factory Brooklyn presents Magda Mayas, C Spencer Yeh and Okkyung Lee.  Come on out!

The show will also be streamed live and then archived here:  www.livestream.com/theknitbrooklyn

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THURSTON/LEE/JEAN-MARC MONTERA DUETS LP RELEASED

Thurston and Lee, each in duet with longtime friend from Marseilles, guitarist Jean-Marc Montera. Thurston and JMM recorded 1997 in NYC, Lee and JMM recorded 2010 in Marseilles.  info here.

LEE PLAYS ELLNORA GUITAR FESTIVAL, ILLINOIS SEPT 9

Lee will perform solo suspended guitar phenomena to accompany Buster Keaton’s classic film “COPS” at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, in Urbana-Champagne, Illinois on Sept 9, on a bill alongside Marc Ribot.  info here.

LEE AND KIM IN POWDERFINGER ART SHOW, AUCKLAND

both Lee and Kim have works in a show curated by Dead C. guitarist Michael Morley currently on view 11-27 August at Auckland, NZ’s rice and beans gallery.  go here for gallery info, here for Michael’s blog catalog.

NOT THE SPACES YOU KNOW, BUT BETWEEN THEM – SONIC YOUTH ON THE 3 LOBED BOX SET

A special broadcast this Saturday at 10am on Durham, NC’s WXDU 88.7 will feature the complete box set of ‘Not the spaces You Know, But Between Them’. In addition to broadcasting the full box set, we will also air interviews and play the bonus material that accompanies some versions of the set.

NPR’s blog All Things Considered is streaming Sonic Youth’s song ‘Out & In’ from the soon-to-be released four-vinyl-LP box set compilation Not the Spaces You Know, But Between Them on Three Lobed Recordings.

Sonic Youth have an LP side on ‘Not the Spaces You Know, But the Spaces Between Them’, a 4x LP box set from Three Lobed Records. The side features two cuts: ‘In & Out’ was recorded in Pomona, CA in early 2010.  ‘Out & In’ is an unheard 13-minute shredding studio jam from 2000 with Jim O’Rourke on bass.

The other artists with sides are: Sun City Girls, Steve Gunn, Mouthus, Comets on Fire, Charles Speer & The Helix/Wooden Wand, Eternal Tapestry, and Bardo Pond.

Only a few boxsets still available and can be ordered from Three Lobed .

Watch for a few more box sets to become available here.

INNOVATORS IN MUSIC – SY ON THE DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL

On August 20th at 9:00PM ET/PT and again on the 27th at 1:00AM ET/PT you can catch the Sonic Youth episode of Innovators in Music on the Documentary Channel. If you don’t have access to the channel request it here .

THURSTON: NEW LP – DEMOLISHED THOUGHTS – OUT NOW

Thurston was interviewed and performed live for Le Blogoteque.

‘Demolished Thoughts’ cd/lp/digital is now available everywhere and here  iTunes. Limited edition of BLUE VINYL is available via indies/direct.  ‘Demolished Thoughts’ is streaming in it’s entirety at NPR and also via the Guardian. The Benediction video is here.

The song ‘Circulation’ can now be heard at Matador’s Matablog or by clicking ‘like’ on the facebook for Thurston Moore’s ‘Demolished Thoughts’ album. ‘Benediction’ also from Thurston’s solo record can be heard at npr.org and here at Matador’s site.


On May 24 Matador released  ‘Demolished Thoughts’, the 4th solo album from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (5th if you count 1998′s ‘Root’) and the first to be produced by Beck Hansen.   Recorded in Los Angeles and Northampton, MA this past autumn & winter, with a title culled from The Faith’s “It’s Time”, ‘Demolished Thoughts’ is an equally beautiful and brooding work ; while there’s more than a few tonal similarities to some of your favorite Moore compositions from years past, the execution this time around is nothing short of staggering.  No disrespect to 1995′s ‘Psychic Hearts’ or 2007′s ‘Trees Outside The Academy’ is intended on our part when we promise ‘Demolished Thoughts’ burnishes Thurston’s rep as a classic songwriter in ways we never anticipated when this album was first being talked about last year.

In addition to Moore’s guitars and vocals, other players include violinist Samara Lubelski (she of prior Moore recordings and touring, her own solo works, Metal Mountains, Hall Of Fame, Tower Recordings, Metabolismus, etc.), harpist Mary Lattimore (also heard on Kurt Vile’s latest), bassist Bram Inscore, drummer Joey Waronker and Beck.



Announcement For a Poem

Ben Estes   Kim Gordon   Rick Myers
Flying Object, Hadley, MA.
15th July – 14th August 2011

The fibers of the page became pronounced. Lit another cigarette, crossed my legs, and settled back. Shadows cast by its pages became as prominent as the words. Bravo, another wall collapsed… all the loving attention I’d need. How about we all undog this hatch and get the hell outta here.  The sun threw no shadow at its feet, near the edge of the motionless flat water, where at the same spot the same small wave welled up and broke. 94 minutes of total astonishment. A dislocating picture; similar to a white background cut into innumerable little rectangles, or a rising fog that begins to mix with the slow dissipation of gun smoke. According to its most favorable calculations, it brims with bracing humor and ravishing romance – but there are also haunting shadows, luxuries no longer expensive… that alone makes it a keeper. If you pretend to understand, you will find yourself among its ambiguities – liberated from all rigid structures… Like some great rusted amulet fallen from the belt of a demi-god picking cigarette butts up off the ground. A miracle. Pitch perfect. Much beauty found most difficult. At low tide it remains extremely modest, strewed like the leather sides of trunks and briefcases, wet and shining in an electric glare in the naked mud. Kids no doubt have better games to play. An attack upon action, glancingly funny. Genuinely graceful, looking like the yellow of that longest lasting rose. It becomes difficult to determine whether you are turning its pages towards or away from you, the body, a giant gray spot on the concrete road. A sad creature. Offered it a job. Our very life probed. It has only happened once, but once is enough… If you get bushwhacked on this don’t come cryin’, and I’ll try not to tell you I told you so. Victory emerged. An early death, a group example that then included nature barely slanting backwards, a blackish surface of pretended gentleness, spoken without anger between extremities like a crushed corpse. Only at the end of its cycle could a few sounds, distorted by the distance, be heard again, served up for us to look upon. Take thought tonight… A boy about 10 years old, wearing a yellow turtleneck sweater and tight blue denim pants, turned his face upward and to the right. Diffuse yet powerful in its mystery, with no allusions to a moral order. A good-time universal anxiety. Inks absorption into the page becomes evident, reads like a detective story or a thriller, except that there was no reason for it to stop. The next step is to find a way to project this as a sensual stream of energy. You couldn’t be a true woman if you didn’t fear such things. Oh to live the exquisite life! An adventure of comedic proportions unseen since I was six years old. Once it gave itself a name it seemed impossible to kill it. Do not be deceived… The letters dislocate themselves from each other and from the page. Like pretend virginity, it tortures a little, then cascades forth – unsentimentally gushing about with purposeful abandonment after the first half calculates discipline and restraint.

DISKAHOLICS ANONYMOUS TRIO – REISSUED ON CD

Smalltown Superjazzz is proud to to rerelase the debut album by Diskaholics Anonymous Trio. The album was released 10 years ago on the now defunct Crazy Wisdom/Universal label, and the album has been unavailable since then.

Thurston Moore – guitar
Jim O`Rourke – synth, computer
Mats Gustafsson – tubax, tenor sax, french flageolet

The album features three long improvisational tracks: “Three Collectors of Bird Note”, “Totally Gump (Gump Completist)”, & “Yellow Label Silence”.

LEE AND LEAH SINGER IN ITALY AUG 5-6-7

Lee and Leah are in Lecce Italy for a few weeks, in residence as part of the SoundRes program there. Leah will lead a workshop for children on Aug 5 in the seaside town of Specchiulla. On Aug 6 Lee will hold a ‘workshop/demonstration’ at 6 pm and at around 8pm he will perform another SoundRes artist, Phill Niblock’s piece “Guitar too, for four” which also includes Thurston Moore and Alan Licht on tape.  On Aug 7 Leah and Lee will present a special expanded version of their piece “sight unseen” in the Palazzo dei Celestini at 9 pm. More info on all this, here. soundres.org

KIM ON SHUFFLE

Kim is part of a group show called ‘On Shuffle’ at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery at 540 W26th in New York.  The other artists in the show are Billy Childish,  Kalup Linzy, Ryan McNamara, Tony Oursler, Dave Muller, Dario Robleto and Stephen Vitiello. According to the gallery: “On Shuffle presents works by these interdisciplinary underground cult figures in various mediums, which use and reference music, including sound, performance, painting, mixed media and video.” The show runs July 6-August 19.

SONIC YOUTH + WILD FLAG + KURT VILE – WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT – AUG. 12

Sonic Youth will perform at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, NY on August 12 , 2011. WILD FLAG and Kurt Vile will also perform.




LEE IN ‘TRANSPORT’ SHOW IN BRATISLAVA

Lee is included in the 4-person show ‘Transport: Tara Fracalossi, Thomas Lail, Leah Singer, Lee Ranaldo’ at Galeria Cypriana Majernika, Bratislava, Slovakia. July 6- Sept 4, 2011.  Info is currently limited and mostly in Slovakian, but should hold more soon, here.  Lee will show a music-heavy 2 channel video work w quad sound,”Endless Sleep”, featuring the San Jose, California ‘stoner-metal’ band Sleep and Parisian noisician and ‘metal turntable destroyer’ Arnaud Riviere.  His audio will also be heard on Leah Singer’s video piece “sight unseen”.

SY ON BEST OF AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FEST 2010 TV SPECIAL

Sonic Youth along w/ The Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon and others will be featured on the tv program ‘Best of Austin City Limits Festival 2010’ premiering Saturday June 18 at 9pm EST on Palladia.tv. Additional airings of the show throughout June are listed here

Lee dates in France, Portugal, Canada June 17-24

Lee is doing 5 very differnent dates in the coming week or so—a solo gtr performance in Bordeaux at the CAPC Museum on June 17: info here, ‘sight-unseen’, a suspended gtr performance with films by Leah Singer at Cote Court Festival, just on the edge of Paris, on June 18: info here, a fully spoken word session at the Silencio Festival in Lisbon on June 19: info here, and two dates at Sled Island Festival in Calgary–June 23–suspended gtr performance w films in a beaut old church, should be pretty great: info here, and on June 24, a free-ranging workshop or talk on extended gtr techniques, tunings ,etc. Info here.  AND he continues to work completing the recordings for his album continues throughout June and early July…

SYR 9 ‘Simon Werner A Disparu’ CD/LP/DIGITAL OUT NOW

Sonic Youth’s soundtrack of the French film ‘Simon Werner A Disparu’ is now available – cds and lps(with download card) are available   now at our webstore and the digital download is available via Midheaven.com (song samples available here) or iTunes. The album is available in France at major retailers or via iTunes.

In Spring 2010 Sonic Youth gathered at their Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, New Jersey to watch the rushes of a new film, ‘Simon Werner a Disparu,’ by French director Fabrice Gobert. The band spent the following few weeks recording music which was then shaped to fit the various scenes of the film.  For this release it was decided to do more than present the abbreviated clips of music used in the film. Instead the band went back to the original tapes and re-organized the various pieces; sometimes montaging multiple tracks together, other times extending cues into new sonic realms.

SYR 9 – SIMON WERNER A DISPARU

1- Thème de Jérémie  
2- Alice et Simon 
3- Les Anges au piano  
4- Chez Yves (Alice et Clara) 
5- Jean-Baptiste à la fenêtre 
6- Thème de Laetitia  
7- Escapades  
8- La Cabane au Zodiac 
9- Dans les bois / M. Rabier  
10- Jean-Baptiste et Laetitia 
11- Thème de Simon 
12- Au Café

13- Thème d’Alice – cd bonus track + available as download w/  vinyl.

The film ‘Simon Werner a Disparu’ is available in France on DVD  with a bonus preview CD featuring Sonic Youth’s music from the film.

Track list as follows:

1. M. Rabier (aspect)

2. Jean-Baptiste à la fenêtre (aspect)

3. Alice et Clara (aspect)

4. Thème de Jérémie (aspect)

5. Thème de Simon

A trailer to the film ‘Simon Werner a Disparu’ here




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