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Thurston Moore Band announce UK & European tour

By Stuart on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Photo by Phil Sharp

Following The Thurston Moore Band’s (James Sedwards of Nought – guitar, Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine – bass and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth – drums) recent impromptu set at Café Oto in London, England, the group announce their first UK (& European) tour taking place soon after their dates in the US and Canada.

Uncut magazine were in attendance for the band’s first show in London and had this to say about the live performance:

“The album – which is due out in October – is excellent, and these live versions are muscular and digressive. Great songs, and a sense that Moore has found fresh inspiration in N16 with his latest, formidable accomplices.”

Friday, October 31 – BIME Festival, Bilbao Spain
Sunday, November 2 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Monday, November 3 – Antoniano (seated), Bologna, Italy
Tuesday, November 4 – Komplex Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday, November 5 – Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Friday, November 7 – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Saturday, November 8 – Fleece, Bristol, UK
Sunday, November 9 – Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, November 11 – Art School, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday, November 12 – Bodega, Nottingham, UK
Saturday, November 15 – Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Sunday, November 16 – Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, November 18 – Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany
Wednesday, November 19 – Ampere, Munich, Germany

Tickets for these dates are on sale now.

Pre-order The Best Day from The Matador Store (autographed posters with the first 100 LP orders), iTunes (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly) and Amazon (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly).

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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Thurston Moore, in store (at Flashback Records).

By Stuart on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Thurston stopped by one of his favourite London record stores recently, for a set at Flashback Records with James Sedwards, captured by staff at the store at uploaded to their blog.  Fans of the Dance vinyl section, you might want to skip to skip the second video.

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“Heavenmetal” video from Thurston Moore

By Stuart on Friday, February 14th, 2014
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Filmed and directed by artist Julien Langendorff in Paris this past winter, Thurston Moore brings us a Valentines video for Heavenmetal, a song that first appeared on the self-titled album by Chelsea Light Moving, released in March last year.  As previously mentioned, a new album is on the way for Thurston Moore, coming this June.

“Heavenmetal” video credits:
Director: Julien Langendorff
Producer: Franck Annese (www.sofilms.fr)
Director of Photography: Kaname Onoyama
“The Sibyls”: Sarah Maggiori & Eva Prinz
Production designer: Rudy Annese.

Cleaning up at The Fly awards

By Stuart on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Not content with The NME and Grammy nominations already circulating, The Fly magazine in London have  their inaugural awards show taking place on February 6th, with Thurston Moore to receive their “Living Legend” award, with the following Matador acts also up for nomination.  Voting is, of course,  demanded encouraged and can be done so here, with the chance to win tickets to the award show.

Artist of the Year: Kurt Vile, Queens of the Stone Age, Savages

Song of the Year: Kurt Vile ‘Air Bud‘, Queens of the Stone Age ‘My God Is The Sun‘, Savages ‘She Will

Live act of the year: Queens of the Stone Age

Label of the year: Matador (amongst others).

Coming 12/3 : A Lower-Than-Low Priced Compilation LP Of Matador 2013 Highlights

By Gerard on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

OK, we missed Black Friday by a few days, but if that means ONE LESS TRAMPLING this holiday shopping season, it was totally worth it.  On December 3, we’re releasing a limited edition, one-time pressing of a $5.99 list LP , ‘It’s Been A Business Doing Pleasure With You‘, featuring 9 songs from (most of) our 2013 releases. In addition to album tracks from Chelsea Light Moving, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, Iceage and Kurt Vile, there’s a live version of Queens of the Stone Age performing “If I Had A Tail” at the 2013 iTunes Festival (Roundhouse, London),  Savages’ “City’s Full” from last summer’s KEXP session, and Yo La Tengo performing “Before We Run” in those same KEXP studios.

We don’t have any copies for mail order, sadly, but hopefully you’ll find one at your favorite record store after they’re done sweeping up all the broken glass, blood, etc. from Black Friday.  If you prefer, you can order a digital version of the comp. right now at the Matador Store.

GET FUCKING MAD

By Gabe on Friday, May 10th, 2013

Video : Chelsea Light Moving – Live At Austin’s Mellow Johnny’s (courtesy KEXP)

By Gerard on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A fortnight ago, Chelsea Light Moving played a ridiculous number of Austin shows before and during SXSW in all manner of settings, none of ‘em more hospitable than the warehouse district’s Mellow Johnny’s bicycle emporium. Proprietor Lance Armstrong failed to make an appearance, but we’re told he was contacted mid-set for consultation on the shop’s “you break it, you bought it policy” (on the advice of our lawyers, we’re not showing the footage of Thurston breaking what was apparently a very expensive bike, but we’ll stress it was AN ACCIDENT). Thanks to KEXP for the footage.

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“Burroughs”

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“Alighted”

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“Sleeping Where I Fall”

Chelsea Light Moving’s debut LP/CD/digital full length is out now and available from The Matador Store

Chelsea Light Moving Played Trevor’s Birthday

By Nils on Friday, March 1st, 2013

Thurston Moore responded to the comments section of Brooklyn Vegan to confirm that his NEW ROCK BAND would indeed (as promised in their bio) “detonate any birthday party, wedding or hullabaloo in any country, planet or stratosphere that doesn’t support right wing extremist NRA sucking bozo-ology.”

Last weekend in Haydenville, MA, the Chelseas did just that, playing a a handsome left-winger named Trevor’s birthday party. This is the evidence:

“Empires Of Time”:
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“Alighted”:
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“Lip”:
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Chelsea Light Moving’s debut album is out this Tuesday. Stream it over at NPR, and buy it HERE.

Ecstatic Peace Library Art Show Tonight in London

By Judge on Monday, January 28th, 2013

152 Stoke(d) Newington Church Street
London N16 0JU

www.burslemandco.com

Attn : PHILLY PHANATICS, PHRIENDS – T. Moore Jazzmaster Stolen

By Gerard on Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Somebody walked off with Thurston Moore’s circa ’66 Jazzmaster (above) last night around midnight at the Best Western Inn (501 N 22nd St).  If you have any info about this guitar, please let us know.

Thurston & Fucked Up to play Japan next month

By Josh Turner on Monday, October 8th, 2012

Thurston Moore and Fucked Up will be playing the Hostess Club Weekender at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo next month..

Chelsea Light Moving “Empires Of Time” & “Frank O’Hara Hit”

By Robby on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

 

The CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING song that was posted July 25 for free entitled Frank O’Hara Hit is actually some other song, by the same band, called Empires Of Time. For your edification and further free-fall into the vortex of confusion we now present you the song Frank O’Hara Hit. The previous message from Thurston Moore pertaining to the intention of this tune is still active. If there’s anything to be known about Empires of Time, know that it is a call of honor, and a kiss on the hallowed forehead, to Roky Erickson of Austin, Texas, a maestro of American psychedelic rock n roll of the highest order.

Go for it,

Thurston Moore

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[ed: to hopefully relieve further confusion, here are links to all the songs shared by Chelsea Light Moving to date:

"Burroughs"
"Groovy & Linda"
"Frank O'Hara Hit"
"Empires of Time"

]

Free Song #3 by Chelsea Light Moving: “Frank O’Hara Hit”

By Robby on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

[edit: Due to an unfortunate mix up, the track posted here originally on July 25 was the Chelsea Light Moving track "Empires Of Time", this post has now been amended to the correct audio for "Frank O'Hara Hit".]

from on-tour in Europe, Thurston Moore writes:


“Frank O’Hara Hit”

Free Song #3 by

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING

 

Today is July 25 and it’s my birthday. I’m 54. This song is called Frank O’Hara Hit. And it’s by this band I started called Chelsea Light Moving. Right now we’re whipping around Europe playing some summer love-cry gigs. I wanted to release this song by the end of July because it’s a meditation on that month through history in events that define a lot of what mytho-romanticizes my heart, both broken and blessed at the moment. On July 25, 1965 Bob Dylan with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band delivered to rock n’ roll the dissident soul of folk music and poetry. For many it was already a viable meeting but Dylan set it on fire for the world to see. And he was famously cursed and booed by the gatekeepers of old ways wariness.  The song he sang was Phantom Engineer (later titled It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry). On July 24, 1966 the NYC poet Frank O’Hara was struck by a dune buggy while hanging out on Fire Island, and died the next day. O’Hara knew poetry in all it’s formalist glory and like John Cage’s ear to music liberated it for writers for an unending time. In his essay Personism: A Manifesto (published in Leroi Jones’ Yugen magazine in 1961) he writes, “I don’t … like rhythm, assonance, all that stuff. You just go on your nerve. If someone’s chasing you down the street with a knife you just run, you don’t turn around and shout, ‘Give it up! I was a track star for Mineola Prep’…As for measure and other technical apparatus, that’s just common sense: if you’re going to buy a pair of pants you want them to be tight enough so everyone will want to go to bed with you. There’s nothing metaphysical about it.” On July 26, 1943 Mick Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent, England and would become the 20th century’s erotic pinup for the unsafety of teeny bop girls everywhere preaching the gospel soaked blues of African-American music that their parents were most likely frightened to death of. His skill in getting it and keeping it together and continuing to honor the magic that rocks the fuck out when Howlin’ Wolf hit the mic is what inspires every tantalizing facet of real rock n’ roll. On July 29, 1966 our hero Bobby Dylan crashed his motorbike while taking it for a spin in Woodstock He had just recorded three lightning rod LPs (Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde), a book of writing (Tarantula) and was taking a breather between a just finished nine month world tour (where he was facing audiences half pissed at his “Judas!” betrayal of folk purity) and readying for sixty-four American gigs booked by money hog Albert Grossman. He was amphetamine skinny and breathing high-octane annunciation. He returned to us a man in control of his image and he provocatively crushed celebrity underfoot like a shitty Marlboro. Let us kiss our lovers gently in July as the lathered sunrays of August take us into contemplation and a sweet trust to a future we will always fight for. In rock n roll, soul, tenderness and piety.

 

Thurston Moore,

Commune di Santo Stefano di Sessanio, ITALY
July 25, 2012

 

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING

Thurston Moore (gtr/vocals/songwriter)
Keith Wood (gtr)
Samara Lubelski (bass)
John Moloney (drums)

 

july

26 – Castelbasso, Italy – Soundlabs Festival
28 – Hyeres, France  - Midi Festival
29 – Dijon, France – Le Consortium
30 – Dudingen, Switzerland – Bad Bonn
31 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Den Atelier

august

1 – Antwerp, Belgium – Rivierenhof
2 – Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
3 – Vienna, Austria – Stadtsaal
4 – Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
5 – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
6 – Copenhagen, Demnark – VEGA
8 – Oslo, Norway – OYA Festival
9 – Goteburg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival

 

Thurston vs Europe

By Josh Turner on Friday, July 20th, 2012

Next week sees the arrival of Thurston Moore on European soil. Having recently dropped the unnerving, jarring “Groovy and Linda” recorded with his new outfit Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston will hit the continent for a tour that will have him playing fifteen shows in fifteen days across twelve different countries.

Forgotten just how many strings there are to Thurston’s bow? Never.

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26 – Jul – 12 / Castelbasso, Italy, Soundlabs Festival

28 – Jul – 12 / Hyères, France, Midi Festival

29 – Jul – 12 / Dijon, France, Le Consortium

30 – Jul – 12 / Düdingen, Switzerland, Bad Bonn

31 – Jul – 12 /  Luxembourg, Den Atelier

1 – Aug – 12 /  Antwerp, Belgium, Rivierenhof

2 – Aug – 12 / Schorndorf, Germany, Manufaktur

3 – Aug – 12 / Vienna , Austria, Stadsaal

4 – Aug – 12 / Katowice, Poland, OFF Festival

5 – Aug – 12 / Dresden, Germany, Alter Schlachthof

6 – Aug – 12 / Copenhagen, Denmark, Vega

7 – Aug – 12 / Gothenburg, Sweden, -

8 – Aug – 12 / Oslo, Norway, OYA Festival

8 – Aug – 12 / Oslo, Norway, OYA Night

9 – Aug – 12 / Gothenburg, Sweden, Way Out West Fest

 

Chelsea Light Moving present “Groovy & Linda”

By Robby on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

A ways back we shared the track “Burroughs” from Thurston Moore’s new group, Chelsea Light Moving, hinting at more tunes to follow.  Here’s the second track from the group, “Groovy & Linda“… take it away, TM….

 

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING

Thurston Moore (gtr/vocals/songwriter)
Keith Wood (gtr)
Samara Lubelski (bass)
John Moloney (drums)

Has returned!! From sick 4-date international (Canada-USA) tour!! New song for free for all — ! _–

It is called:  GROOVY & LINDA [192kbps mp3]

Not to be confused with the 1968 coffee house folk song by Tom Parrott (recorded for Smithsonian Folkways), this chug n’ shred burner is a psycho reflection of late 60s NYC East Village hippie idealism slayed and splayed in an Avenue B tenement boiler room. Groovy was the boy born James Leroy Hutchinson from modest American means and Linda was Linda Fitzpatrick, she from a privileged nuclear household, both runaways to the lysergic pulchritude of peace, love and marijuana. When The Fugs went on tour in 1967 ringleader Ed Sanders enlisted Groovy to care take his Peace Eye bookstore at a “secret location on the lower east side” (E. 10th St., actually). An incredible underground poetry bookstore/art gallery/hip hang out and orgy hook up scene, Groovy turned it into a barefoot mantra crash pad for all the beautiful zonkers and speed freaks of alphabet city. It was hard for even a grouch like Sanders to get too miffed at Groovy who actually believed in the wild animal dreams of hippie. Groovy was in love with Linda, a starry-eyed goddess nymph and they were the power flower couple of Tompkins Square. Tragedy flapped its nightmare wings and the two were found brutally beaten and killed bathed in blood and mystery amidst their tie-dye rags and rolling papers. It signaled the end of the fairytale that the media presented in day-glo color come-hitherness in the pages of Life and Look magazine. The following year Charles Manson and his dune buggy motherfuckers would exact an even farther cry of chaos and killing in the bamboozled hills of Los Angeles. We, Chelsea Light Moving, want to mantra the names of these two angels of beauty, regardless of the cynicism and naïveté of youth, for these are the charms of the soul. “Don’t shoot!!” —– we are your children……

 

Peace,

Thurston Moore

Chelsea Light Moving

P.S. – in case you missed it we released the song BURROUGHS a coupla weeks ago. Check the officially unofficial video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qmIvFuF8r4&feature=g-upl

 

Watch this space for info about the forthcoming Chelsea Light Moving release on Matador!