Monthly Archive for July, 2010


Lee has a new DVD of his Drift collaboration with Leah Singer.

According to DRIFT HASSELT is a live DVD by Leah Singer and Lee Ranaldo performing DRIFT at Kunstencentrum BELGIE on November 24th 2006 in Hasselt, Belgium.

DRIFT is a multimedia project in which Leah Singer uses 16mm analytical film projectors performing live while Lee Ranaldo responds with guitar, tapes, loops and texts to create an immersive surrounding.

This DVD focuses on the performance side of DRIFT, where the actions by both artists are edited together with the sounds and images much like a live concert registration. Captured with 4 camera’s and recorded on 2-track, the video shows a new perspective to an already impressive project.

DRIFT HASSELT was assembled in 2008 to be part of the traveling exposition Sensational Fix by Sonic Youth.


Sonic Youth have contributed a live version of the song ‘No Way’ as performed at the Apple store a while back to the iTunes comp ‘Elysium: A Benefit for The Art of Elysium’, curated by Elijah Wood. The charity “encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.” More info.


Kim is part of a group show called ‘Held Up By Columns’ at the Renwick gallery, 45 Renwick st. NY, NY. According to the gallery:
The Newspaper is a ticker tape of the stock of our societies. It cascades the events of the cities into the country. It cascades the events of their countries into our city. It is held up by columns. Circulation, the essential technique of today, is the old method of the newspaper. Yet few documents so inspired become so obsolete, so quick, so cyclical as the newspaper. They are witness of the day, yesterday always by their nature. They age in the sun, like those who write them and those for whom and about whom they are written. The nature of the material itself is meant to be left behind, it is frail, and bleeds copy onto the hands of its beholder. It folds everything into itself.

Held Up By Columns is an exhibition of artworks which utilize the newspaper. This utilization occurs across a broad range of techniques; from it’s material presence in collages and paintings; to its surfacing as imagery in photographs, prints and other media; to its functions, structures, and formats serving as a model for how an artwork is created and exhibited. The newspaper’s widespread availability and the supposed ubiquity of its coverage ensure it as a form of Everymaterial. It’s appearance as the thread for an exhibition is not exactly an exaltation nor an epitaph of the medium, but just a herald of its usage.

The exhibition features the work of Becca Albee, Eric Anglès, Julieta Aranda, Kerstin Brätsch, Sarah Charlesworth, Jacob Dyrenforth, Nikolas Gambaroff, Robert Gober, Kim Gordon, Joseph Grigely, Karl Haendel, Patrick Hill, Christian Holstad, Matt Keegan, Michael Krebber, Jason Loebs, Dave McKenzie, Ulrike Müller and Carola Dertnig, Florian Morlat, Matt Mullican, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Martha Rosler, Al Ruppersberg, Kate Shepherd, Paul Sietsema, Al Taylor, Wolfgang Tillmans, Paul Thek, Gabriel Vormstein, Kelley Walker, Jordan Wolfson and Amy Yao.


Thurston and Tortoise popped by to hang out with Beck and cover “Keys to Imagination” from Yanni’s ‘Live at the Acropolis’ LP.

Record Club: Yanni “Keys To Imagination” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


The High Confessions (Steve Shelley, Chris Connelly, Jeremy Lemos + Sanford Parker) will celebrate the release of their debut album “Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions” on Relapse Records with a DJ set and  record release party at The Burlington in Chicago, IL. Monday July 19 at 10pm. More info here at the Facebook event page for the party. Steve, Jeremy + Sanford will all spin DJ sets at the party while Chris will host a boogaloo dance contest and marathon.burlington-flyer1


Lee will do a rare acoustic set, playing SY songs and more, at the Midi Festival on the French Riviera, alongside The Vivian Girls, Memory Tapes and other acts.  Festival site info (in French) is here, further info (in English) here. Festival is July 23-25, Lee performs on July 23rd at 9pm.  He will also be signing copies of his recent book+CD (with Leah Singer) “Water Days” which was published in April in Paris by Dis Voir press.  The book exists in both English and French editions.


Sonic Youth will perform a free concert at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY on July 31 as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn series:  Talk Normal and Grass Widow open. Gates open at 6:00 and the show starts at 7:00. Word is that there are good sight lines outside of the gates as well, so even if the concert reaces capacity there are plenty of good spots.

Aug 1 Sonic Youth will be in Montreal at the Osheaga Music & Arts Festival.


Lee has four performances set for the Whitney Museum in NYC as part of the Christian Marclay: Festival exhibit.  Two performances with Text of LIght (Alan Licht, Ulrich Krieger) happened (!) July 2 & 3. Lee will play solo with Christian’s “music box guitar’ at 1pm on Thursday July 15, and a quartet  with Alan Licht, Ned Rothenberg and John Butcher will perform Christian’s “Screen Play” composition at 1pm on Saturday July 17th.  Info: here.


Lee will perform with Leah Singer on a bill with Nick Zinner at the New Museum in NYC on July 30 as part of the Museum’s ‘Get Weird’ series of “of performances featuring experimental and freaky jams.”  More from the New Museum site:

“In honor of the exhibition “Brion Gysin: Dream Machine,” at the New Museum through October 3, members of Sonic Youth and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs offer multimedia tributes to the Dreamachine.

Guitarist Lee Ranaldo is a founding member of Sonic Youth. Artist Leah Singer works with video and photography to create improvised, pensive visual effects. Long-time artistic collaborators, Ranaldo and Singer present an audiovisual exploration into the flicker effect, the force that powers the Dreamachine. The duo has produced countless live performances, a DVD titled Drift, and a series of books, including Moroccan journal: Jajouka excerpt, which follows the travels of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Ornette Coleman through Jajouka. For their New Museum performance, Ranaldo and Singer will combine live music, projections, and a Dreamachine, conjuring spirits in both sound and vision.

Nick Zinner is best known as the guitarist of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Zinner revealed his dedication to the work of Brion Gysin in the 2008 film Flicker, describing the tranquil fields that the Dreamachine revealed to him. For his first-ever solo performance, Zinner will channel these visions into a hazy, brilliant audio experience.”

Thurston at Glasslands, Spectre Folk w/ Steve at Shea Stadium July 24

Pretty sick lineup at Glasslands, Brooklyn on Sat. July 24: Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy), Thurston Moore, Family Battle Snake + No Fun DJ’s.
Elsewhere in Brooklyn, Steve will join Pete Nolan and Peter Meehan of Spectre Folk at Shea Stadium for a record release party for MV + EE.
MV + EE, Kuupuu + Herbcraft will all play.


Sonic Youth will perform on Austin City Limits the television program on Oct. 7 to be aired sometime later.

We will announce the air date as soon as we can.