Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – “Blackt Out” Short Film Premiere, European Dates This Month & Next

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.