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Coming October 21 : Thurston Moore’s ‘The Best Day’

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

(photo by Phil Sharp)

On October 21, Matador will be releasing 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.

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The newly dubbed Thurston Moore Band will be playing dates in Europe, UK, and North America, including Riot Fest in Denver, Chicago and Toronto as well as a West coast run with Sebadoh (all dates are below).

The Best Day Track Listing:
1. Speak To The Wild
2. Forevermore
3. Tape
4. The Best Day
5. Vocabularies
6. Grace Lake
7. Germs Burn

Preorders :
The Matador Store (autographed posters with the first 100 LP orders)
iTunes (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly)
Amazon (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly)

(in Japan, ‘The Best Day’ will be available from Hostess)

tour dates :

8/21– Portugal — Parades De Coura Festival
8/23 — Pully-Laussane, Switzerland — For Noise Festival
8/24 — Paris, France – Rock en Seine
8/29 — Birmingham, UK — Moseley Folk Festival (solo 12 string performance)
9/4 — Raleigh, NC — Hopscotch Music Festival
9/7 — Toronto, ON — Riot Fest
9/11 – RIfflandia, Victoria BC
9/14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest
9/14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest after show @ Double Door w/ Mudhoney
10/2 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir
10/3 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret*
10/4 — Seattle, WA – Neumo’s *
10/7 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall *
10/8 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst Atrium *
10/9 — Santa Barbara, CA — Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
10/10 — Los Angeles, CA — Echoplex *
10/11 — Santa, Ana, CA — Constellation Room *
10/21 — Brooklyn, NY — St. Vitus (on sale noon, Friday)
10/22 — Cambridge, MA — The Sinclair (on sale, noon, Friday)
10/23 — Hamden, CT — The Ballroom at The Outer Space (on sale noon, Friday)
10/24 — Pawtucket, RI — The Met (on sale noon, Friday)
10/25 — Philadelphia, PA — Boot & Saddle (on sale noon, Friday)
10/26 — Brooklyn, NY — Rough Trade NYC (on sale noon, Friday)

* – with Sebadoh

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VIDEO : Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – In Session at KEXP

By Gerard on Friday, January 31st, 2014

from December 8, 2013, footage courtesy KEXP.org

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Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – in session today on WFMU, 3pm

By Gerard on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust — confusingly enough, shown above performing at another radio station a few months ago — can be heard today on Brian Turner’s WFMU program from a session recorded this past Saturday afternoon in beautiful Jersey City.

VIDEO : Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – “Lecce, Leaving” (from “Conan”, 12/12/13)

By Gerard on Friday, December 13th, 2013

(video courtesy TBS / Team Coco)

VIDEO : Body/Head with Ikue Mori, Issue Project Room, Nov. 13

By Gerard on Friday, November 29th, 2013

video courtesy Windows Have Eyes. More footage here.

“Ambulancer” – A New Song From Lee Ranaldo & The Dust

By Nils on Friday, September 27th, 2013

Lee Ranaldo and his faithful Dust (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel) revealed the second song of their forthcoming LP “Last Night On Earth” today via Rolling Stone:

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Lee tells RS that the song originated acoustically and resembling Neil Young’s “Ambulance Blues,” before morphing & expanding (as most of the songs on this album do) into a beautifully turbulent, darkly melodic guitar freakout.

You can also check out another album track, “Lecce, Leaving,” HERE. “Last Night On Earth” is out October 8.

Body/Head – November 21 at MOMA (NYC)

By Gerard on Friday, September 20th, 2013

(photo by Djil)

Body/Head (Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) will be performing at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art on November 21 as part of the PopRally series ; there will be a DJ set from Kathleen Hanna as well.  Tickets are $24 ($22 for MOMA members) and are available here.

(order ‘Coming Apart’ on 2XLP or single CD from The Matador Store

Out Today : Body/Head – ‘Coming Apart’ double LP/CD/digital album

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Pitchfork‘s Marc Masters has called Body/Head’s ‘Coming Apart’, “intoxicating”. Tiny Mix Tapes cites the album’s “unusual synergy, exploration, and focus”, while the New York Times’ Ben Ratliff writes, “there are no wrong notes on ‘Coming Apart’. Nor is there a possibility of any.” Today, you can formulate your own opinion with the format of your choice ; the new album from the duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace is in stores (or in some instances, in your mailboxes), and Body/Head will kick off their global touring tonight at Brooklyn’s Union Pool.

US
Tue-Sep-10 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
Thu-Sep-12 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Fri-Sep-13 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Sat-Sep-14 San Diago, CA San Diego Music Thing (feat. presentation by Kim)
Thu-Sep-19 Portland, OR TBA : 13, Portland Institute Of Contemporary Art
Sat-Sep-21 Lexington, KY Boomslang Festival
Tue-Sep-24 Chicago, IL Museum of Contemporary Art
Wed-Sep-25 Detroit, MI Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Tue-Oct-01 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Wed-Oct-02 Augusta, GA Westobou Festival- Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Sat-Oct-05 New York, NY The New Yorker Festival
White Magic & Bad News support 9/12

Europe
Sunday, October 20 Amplifest, Porto (Portugal)
Tuesday, October 22 ZDB, Lisbon (Portugal)
Wednesday, October 23 Enjoy Jazz Festival, Heidelberg (Germany)
Thursday, October 24 Spazio 211, Torino (Italy)
Friday, October 25 Covo, Bologna (Italy)
Saturday, October 26 Serendipity, Foligno (Italy)
Sunday, October 27 Bloom, Milano (Italy)
Tuesday, October 29 La Cartonnerie, Reims (France)
Wednesday, October 30 La Poudriere, Belfort (France)
Thursday, October 31 La Centrifugeuse, Pau (France)
Friday, November 01 Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (France)
Saturday, November 02 Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
Tuesday, November 05 Bi Nuu, Berlin (Germany)
Wednesday, November 06 Salon, Istanbul (Turkey)
Friday, November 08 Unlimited Festival, Wels (Austria)
Sunday, November 10 Cafe Oto, London (United Kingdom)

order ‘Coming Apart’ from The Matador Store, Amazon or iTunes.

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Body/Head – ‘Coming Apart’ streaming today at Pitchfork Advance

By Gerard on Monday, September 2nd, 2013

‘Coming Apart’ ; the new 2XLP/CD/digital album from Body/Head, aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, is streaming today at Pitchfork Advance, prior to the September 10 release date. Mojo’s Stevie Chick has likened ‘Coming Apart’ to “70 minutes of drone, feedback amp-noise and guitar squall that swings between abstract beauty and rolling turmoil…freeform and improvisational, it’s peaks are primal and powerful.”  The bad news is that Stevie penned the review too late for our sticker copy ; the good news is that you’ll be able to find the album in the abstract beauty bin of your local record shop (or failing that, the rolling turmoil department).   The Wire’s Phil Freeman calls ‘Coming Apart’, “just the thing for listeners who always found Sonic Youth too timid and bound to rock convention,” though we hope he and his publishers do not mind that we’ve edited his quote to read “…just the the thing. For listeners”.

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Body/Head’s upcoming dates are below ;
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New Lee Ranaldo and The Dust Tour Dates; Album Due In October

By Nils on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will be touring the US and Canada this fall and winter in support of a new album to be released in October, the followup to 2012′s Between The Times and The Tides. The album will technically be the debut release from Lee Ranaldo and The Dust [Alan Licht, Steve Shelley, Tim Luntzel], reflecting its more band-oriented approach and sound. The first round of dates is below, more dates coming soon (including UK/Europe), and full album details will be released in August.

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All US dates on sale this Friday, July 26.

Oct 8 — Hudson, NY — Club Helsinki

Oct 9 — Buffalo, NY — Tralf Music Hall

Oct 11 — Toronto, ON — Horseshoe Tavern

Oct 12 — Detroit, MI — Trinosophes

Oct 13 — Chicago, IL — The Empty Bottle

Oct 14 — Madison, WI — High Noon Saloon

Oct 15 — Minneapolis, MN — Triple Rock

Oct 17 — Iowa City, IA — Gabe’s

Oct 18 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room*

Oct 19 — Lawrence, KS — The Bottleneck*

Oct 20 — St. Louis, MO — The Firebird*

Oct 22 — Nashville, TN — Exit/Inn

Oct 23 — Asheville, NC — The Grey Eagle

Oct 25 — New York, NY — The Bell House

Dec 6 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge

Dec 7 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret

Dec 8 — Seattle, WA — Barboza

Dec 11 — San Francisco, CA — The Chapel

Dec 13 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo

* = with Built To Spill

European dates – on sale at different times, please watch this space:

Sun 10-Nov-2013 NL GRONINGEN – VERA
Mon 11-Nov-2013 DE HAMBURG – KAMPNAGEL
Tue 12-Nov-2013 DE BERLIN – TBC
Wed 13-Nov-2013 DE COLOGNE – GEBAUDE 9
Thu 14-Nov-2013 FR METZ – acoustic show at le musée de la cour d’or
Fri 15-Nov-2013 FR METZ – CAVEAU DES TRINITAIRES – MUSIQUE VOLANTE FESTIVAL
Sun 17-Nov-2013 CH LAUSANNE – LE ROMANDIE
Mon 18-Nov-2013 FR FEYZIN – Epicerie Moderne
Wed 20-Nov-2013 FR VILLENEUVE D’ASQ – FESTIVAL TOUR DE CHAUFFE AT LA FERME D’EN HAUT
Thu 21-Nov-2013 UK LONDON – THE GARAGE
Fri 22-Nov-2013 UK CAMBER SANDS – ATP FESTIVAL at Camber Sands
Sat 23-Nov-2013 FR PARIS – Boulogne Billancourt BB MIX FESTIVAL
Mon 25-Nov-2013 FR POITIERS – CONFORT MODERNE
Tue 26-Nov-2013 FR TOURS – TEMPS MACHINE

Photo by Stefano Giovannini