Monthly Archive for May, 2010

new 7″ w/ some white light, ss and disappears

convening in the hot and sticky summer of 2009, members of the chicago groups the disappears, white/light and steve shelley recorded improvised song sessions at chicago’s Semaphore Recording studio. the first release from these d-w/l-ss sessions  is a split 7″ single on the sixgunlover label w/ austin group JBe on the flipside. numbered + limited to 600 copies – a few copies available this weekend at the sy webstore.

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Lee has a cameo in this film by cool brother-directors Josh and Benny Safdie, which stars Ronald Bronstein and co-stars his boys Sage and Frey and wife Leah Singer. check it out!

NYTIMES REVIEW here AND FEATURE here.  More info on the film at the redbucketfilms site.

Rother/Shelley/Mullan at Kilbi and Primavera Festivals

The trio of Michael Rother (NEU!, Harmonia)/Steve Shelley/Aaron Mullan(Tall Firs) will perform  at 8pm May 28 at the Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival in Düdingen, Switzerland and at 7pm May 29 at Primavera Sound in Barcelona. The three musicians gathered for some (so far unreleased) recording sessions in late 2008 which channeled some early 70’s energy. Michael Rother recently released a  NEU! vinyl box set in Europe this May- to be released in the US this July. With Rother currently in the NEU! mindset, it seems likely this trio will present some strait-ahead, rush-forward-into-the-sun style jams.

Lee Ranaldo will also be appearing at Bad Bonn Kilbi for his own set May 29th.

Steve Spins at +

Steve’s May 17th set at is archived and streaming here.

Steve’s set from earlier this Spring is archived here.

You can also visit Steve at


Lee will be playing some late May shows in Europe — in Istanbul with Matthew Ritchie’s ‘The Morning Line’ Sound-Sculpture; in the back garden of the FondationCartier in Paris-with guests; at GRIM in Marseille, with Jean-Marc Montera+films; at the VideoEx Festival in Zurich, w Gunter Mueller+films; and at the Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival in Dudingen, Switzerland, solo+films.  Info follows:


sa 22 istanbul the morning line short performance

su 23 istanbul the morning line long performance

mo 24 paris fondation cartier back garden (w guests)

click on ‘nomadic nights/les soirees nomades’

we 26 marseille GRIM – w jean-marc montera+films

th 27 zurich-videoex fest -w gunter mueller+films

sa 29 dudingen bad bon kilbi – solo+films

Sonic Youth returning to the Pleasure Dome

Sonic Youth will play with Lou Reed, Moby, The Virgins + others on May 19th at the Hiro Ballroom as a part of”Return to the Pleasure Dome”, a benefit concert event for Anthology Film Archives.   The event will also feature a Life Achievement Honor for Kenneth Anger and a performance by Technicolor Skull (Kenneth Anger and Brian Butler).  More information and tickets:

Vampire Blues

Visit a new blog by musician Chris Lee and Steve Shelley here. Musician Howe Gelb and producer/engineer John Agnello have joined the Vampire Blues team.