(video courtesy TBS / Team Coco)
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.
(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
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.
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
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)
‘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”.
preorder ‘Coming Apart’ from The Matador Store|
Body/Head’s upcoming dates are below ;
Continue reading “Body/Head – ‘Coming Apart’ streaming today at Pitchfork Advance”
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.
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
Body/Head, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s improvisatory guitar duo, are playing several dates this fall in support of their Matador debut album, Coming Apart, available for pre-order HERE. The first batch are below, but watch this space for more fall dates at unexpected venues and events.
Tue Sep 10 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
Thu Sep 12 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Fri Sep 13 San Diego, CA San Diego Music Thing (featured presentation by Kim)
Sat Sep 14 San Diego, CA The Casbah
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
Wed Oct 02 Augusta GA Westobou Festival – Sacred Heart Cultural Center
As previously announced, Coming Apart is out on Matador Sep 10 (Sep 16 in UK/Europe).
Additionally, Bill Nace will be playing the following shows:
Thu July 18
Steve Baczkowski/Bill Nace duo with Tamio Shirashi
JACK, Brooklyn, NY
Thu July 25
Jake Meginsky/Bill Nace/Vic Rawlings Trio
Montague Bookmill, Montague MA
Sat Aug 31
Paul Flaherty/Bill Nace duo
Stanhope House, Stanhope NJ
Check out some of Bill’s other projects at his Open Mouth Records.
Kim Gordon will also have an exhibition of her visual art, Design Office Since 1980, opening at White Columns gallery in New York on September 7 and running through October 19.
Good news! Lee Ranaldo & The Dust will make their way to South America in a few weeks.
Sunday 14 Sanitiago, CLEz OZ
Monday 15 Monteviedo, UY La Trastienda
Tuesday 16 Buenos Aires, AR Teatro Vorteriz
Thursday18 Araraquara, BR SESC Araquara
Friday19 Pompeia, BR SESC Pompeia
Saturday 20 Pompeia, BR SESC Pompeia
Tuesday 23 Pompeia, BR SESC Pompeia
Wednesday 24 Pompeia, BR SESC Pompeia
Sunday28 Guelph, ON Hillside Festival
Tuesday30 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
photo lifted from PhotoCowbell‘s flickr
(photograph by Annabel Mehran)
Body/Head are an electric guitar duo comprised of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012.
Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental — lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the vocals now have become an intrinsic part of their musical architecture. They have even started writing and playing “songs” now, compositionally distinct from their purely aleatory origins, but still featuring lots of built-in improvisational space.
Body/Head have also worked with guest artists since their inception. An early session with Michael Morley of The Dead C resulted in the Body/Gate/Head LP ‘Glare Luring Yo’, and live collaborations with Ikue Mori. Ikue has been focusing on electronics as her primary instrument in the decades since the end of her groundbreaking trio DNA, but Kim was able to talk her into trying drums again, and the results have been astounding. Ikue’s percussion grounds the spirals of guitar and vocals with its strong central pulse, allowing everybody to achieve greater heights of musical/visual disorientation.
Body/Head have thus far recorded a single for Dennis Tyfuss’ Ultra Eczema Editions, a tour EP for Nace’s own Open Mouth Productions, and released their collaboration with Morley through Feeding Tube Records. Their next release , ‘Coming Apart’, will be issued as a double LP /CD/digital album by Matador Records on September 10 (September 16 in the United Kingdom and Europe)
preorder ‘Coming Apart’ from The Matador Store
Thurston Moore and his merry band of agitators offer this opening salvo for a springtime revolution, 2013:
Directed by Eva at Ecstatic Peace Library
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.
“Sleeping Where I Fall”
Chelsea Light Moving’s debut LP/CD/digital full length is out now and available from The Matador Store
(photo by Carlos van Hijfte)
…two whole weeks before release date (March 5). Plenty of time to be sold on the self-titled album’s brilliance (or alternately, an opportunity several days in to turn off the computer and get some fresh air — you could probably use a meal, too).
Pre-order Chelsea Light Moving -s/t on LP or CD from The Matador Store
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,
[ed: to hopefully relieve further confusion, here are links to all the songs shared by Chelsea Light Moving to date:
[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:
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.
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)
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
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
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……
Chelsea Light Moving
P.S. – in case you missed it we released the song BURROUGHS a coupla weeks ago. Check the officially unofficial video:
Watch this space for info about the forthcoming Chelsea Light Moving release on Matador!