BAM presents Unbound with Kim Gordon

Photo by Rebecca Greenfield

Photo by Rebecca Greenfield


“To see a seamless performance is kind of boring. I like to see things kind of fall apart.”

These are the words of Kim Gordon, after watching clip after clip of live performances gone wrong. As part of the “Unbound” series, last week BAM and Greenlight Books hosted Kim Gordon to talk about her new memoir, “Girl in a Band” with longtime friend Margaret Bodde, although not much about the book was actually uttered the whole night. At the start, Bodde and Gordon reminisced a few minutes about the early 80s and (possibly) meeting each other for the first time at CBGBs. Bodde showered Gordon with accolades for her various works, then dived in to questions, starting with one about Gordon’s relationship to an audience. Gordon talked about how music is different than other mediums of art and admitted feeling self-conscious at times. [Read more…]

Kim Gordon and Kathleen Hanna played Saint Vitus

Kim Gordon and Bill Nace (Body/Head) headlined an eclectic and sold out bill last night at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint. The former Sonic Youth ‘chanteuse’ engulfs herself primarily in dreary free form guitar squeals these days. Her Northside Festival outing marked no exception. A late addition to the show, Kathleen Hanna’s newish project “The Julie Ruin” offered more of a conventional and dancy indie/punk fair. Next to Hanna, the band features another ex-Bikini Kill(erette), Kathie Wilcox on bass. One wouldn’t have been able to tell from the overwhelming crowd response that this was only the band’s second live show. Canadian Grimes collaborators Majical Cloudz and local harsh noise duo Foreplay had the honors of kicking off this Pitchfork presented shindig. Video edits of all performances are below.


The Julie Ruin

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Retromania: Sonic Youth at Battery Park in 2008

Here’s a little Sonic Youth diddy called “Silver Rocket” from when they played Battery Park on 4th of July back in 2008.

Jeff Mangum, members of Sonic Youth, Fugazi, TV on the Radio play OWS Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge

On Nov. 15, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum will join Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and others for a “variety show and telethon” to benefit an OWS aligned group devoted to spreading the word about predatory debt practices, student loans, and eliminating debt.

Organizers are calling it “The People’s Bailout.”

Mangum showed his love for Occupy Wall Street last year with a surprise performance at Zuccotti Park, but this event at Le Poisson Rouge hopes to raise $50,000 for Strike Debt, which according to their website believe “debt is a global system of domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%.”

Join Strike Debt for an updated version of an old classic, the telethon, to launch The Rolling Jubilee, a campaign that buys debt for pennies on the dollar and does away with it. Instead of collecting the debt, we will abolish it and help free the debtors!”

Other guests include Janeane Garofalo ,  Lizz Winstead , Max Silvestri , Hari Kondabolu , David Rees , The Yes Men , John Cameron Mitchell , Climbing PoeTree , the Invisible Army of Defaulters , members of Healthcare for the 99% , Occupy Faith and many more

In case you can’t make it all the way into Manhattan for the show, the event will be streamed live, but tickets go on sale Friday, November 2, starting at $25 – enough to abolish an estimated $500 worth of debt

Editorial note: While personal debt plagues many Americans, and does in fact restrict social movement and personal liberty, prominent economists argue that greater government spending, thus national debt, is needed to get the nation out of the unemployment slump.

Thurston Moore+Loren Connors played The Stone

A bit of a belated post, but on July 14 Thurston Moore & Loren Connors played The Stone in Manhattan as part of Spy Fest. Watch about half of the performance below. That day I was convinced, this would qualify for ‘hottest show of the year’. Needless to say, I hadn’t been to the Trash Talk/Odd Future outing at 285 Kent yet.

Just Gimme Indie Rock!

Indie rock is such an overused term that defining it and charting the genre’s evolution is almost impossible, but with his new film Just Gimme Indie Rock!: The Story of an Underground Uprising, Brad Katz is attempting to do just that.

Just Gimme will cover indie music history of the past 40 years, from genre pioneers Sonic Youth and Hüsker Dü to current heavy hitters Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend. According to the website, the film, “will be the first to connect the dots between divergent eras of indie,” using archival concert footage and “insider” interviews.

For this epic undertaking Katz is relying on support from the fans themselves. Indie loving rockers can donate their funds to a Kickstarter account until August 23. Pledge today, and help preserve indie rock history so that future generations of hipsters can be as pretentious about their obscure music knowledge as the hipsters of today.

Sonic Youth At Prospect Park 7/31

Until last night, I had somehow never managed to see Sonic Youth live. I rectified that huge oversight in my concert-going experience last night, enjoying their flawless set at Prospect Park. The set was chock full of hits and the requisite bursts of drone and noise never once slowed down the momentum. Apparently Benjamin Button was based on the life of Thurston Moore since he has begun to age in reverse. He looked like he was about 16. Kim looked beautiful as always. Overall, it was an amazing set and I look forward to seeing them again. A big thanks to Big Ass Lens, who has another video posted here.