Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: Blackt Out on Nowness.com
Over the weekend, Nowness premiered the above film directed by Fred Riedel and based on Lee Ranaldo’s “Blackt Out” (original studio version found on 2013’s ‘Last Night On Earth’) ; here’s Lee’s take on the 13 minute short :
The basic concept plays off particular images of the Velvet Underground as filmed by Andy Warhol in the late 60s, casually rehearsing at the Factory, performing (as The Exploding Plastic Inevitable) on St Marks Place with projections and dancers, and even Warhol’s famous ‘Screen Tests’. The character of “The Projectionist” is played by legendary NYC avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs (with whom both myself and director Fred Riedel studied back in the 70s). Among the dancers can be spotted former SY drummer Bob Bert. Longtime SY associate, director David Markey, is among those behind the camera on this piece. Shot at Sonic Youth studio Echo Canyon West as well as at live gigs in New York City and Los Angeles.
Lee and the Dust return to Europe next Sunday for the following shows :
May 25 Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun
May 26 Antwerpen, Belgium – Trix
May 27 Paris, France La Machine du Moulin Rouge
May 29 Nimes, France – This Is Not A Love Song Fest
May 30 Barcelona Primavera Sound
May 31 Lyon, France- Nuits Sonores Fest
June 1 Padova, Italy – Summer Student Fest (Je t’aime)
June 3 Ravenna, Italy – Beaches Brew
June 4 Bolzano, Italy – Sudwerk
June 5 Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
June 6 Arlon, Belgium – Entrepot
June 7 Porto, Portugal – Primavera Optimus
‘Last Night On Earth’ is available from the Matador Store on 2XLP, compact disc and digital formats.. You can order the album from iTunes here.
I should probably apologise to the human race for that horrendous attempt at ‘wit of the week’, but first and foremost, here are the details for Lee Ranaldo’s upcoming Australian tour.
“Songs can go a million different ways,” declares Lee Ranaldo in the liner notes for his forthcoming Matador solo album, ‘Between The Times & The Tides’, and let me be the first to accuse the Sonic Youth guitarist / not-often-enough vocalist of severe hyperbole. The kinetic, crafted results on ‘Between…’ are more in the several thousand territory, but it’s most certainly a record that will amaze even the most ardent followers of Ranaldo’s work. Joined by an all-star cast including Nels Cline, Alan Licht, John Medeski, bassist Irwin Menken and longtime associate Steve Shelley (and featuring cameos from old friends Jim O’Rourke and Bob Bert), the album is equal parts smart, confident and loose in a manner that recalls some of our favorite rock’n’roll projects…yet sounds like a fantastic new band that was apparently being assembled right under our noses.
Fresh off a Bell House date last month supporting Wild Flag, Lee and a lineup featuring Alan Licht, Irwin Menken and Steve Shelley will be playing Glasslands, Friday December 16. 2012 tour dates will announced when we have ’em, and look forward to preorder info from the Matador Store and other outlets shortly as well.
Lee Ranaldo – official site.