Thurston Moore

Episode 283: Rock N Roll Consciousness - Thurston Moore

Episode 283: Rock N Roll Consciousness - Thurston Moore

Sexual assault and harassment has plagued the music industry since it's earliest days. Th e latest band to write a chapter in this sad story are New York pop-punkers PWR BTTM. Over the past few weeks, the world saw the band literally fall apart before its eyes afte singer, Ben Hopkins, found himself the subject of serious and credible accusations of sexual assault, an act that is antithetical to message that the LGBTQ-friendly duo has been preaching in their music and at their shows since their inception. Kevin, Marcus and Eduardo are sitting down to take a hard look at sexual assault in the music industry, what people can do to protect themselves from these situations, and, most importantly, what can all of us to help the survivors of these most heinous of acts. 

Sonic shaman Thurston Moore is back with a new solo LP, and loads of feedback to spare. But is the world better with yet another piece of wax in it, or is rock-and-roll best left as an art that lives on the stage? Kevin and Eduardo are getting real with the rock legend's latest.

PLUS! Montreal's She-Devil were the big hit of this years SXSW, and now their debut, self-titled LP has finally landed. Get a taste of what everyone has been talking about with 

REVIEW: Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving

It is often difficult to discuss newer releases from legendary musicians without addressing their prior efforts.  When the legend in question is a talent with the expansive body of work of Thurston Moore, the challenge is particularly daunting. From his staggering catalog of frenetic fretwork with innovative rock leviathan Sonic Youth, to countless collaborations with legends in the improv/avant garde/ experimental scenes to his solo gems, Psychic Hearts, Trees Outside the Academyand Demolished Thoughts, Moore has shown that he is consistently prolific, pioneering, and fearless.  What’s refreshing about his new outing at the helm of Chelsea Light Moving is Moore’s ability to incorporate so many elements of his prior work into a project this invigorating.  Through ten great songs, the band proves adept at melding the melodic and the dissonant, alternating the uplifting with the pugnacious, and making it sound effortless and fun along the way.  As a result,it is easy to review the self-titled debut from this new band on its own merits, if for no other reason than because this record is so audibly engaging from start to finish.

LIVE MUSIC: Kurt Vile @ The Black Cat - 2/6/12

Photos: Andre Radloff

Redemption.  That’s why I went to the Black Cat on Monday.  I needed to see Kurt Vile perform in a great venue in front of an appreciative crowd to see just how well the material from his excellent 2011 album, Smoke Ring For My Halo (one of the last, and most painful, cuts from my top-10 list [link]) played in concert and to exorcise the memory of the godawful show he played at the Rock and Roll Hotel last year. Thankfully, Mr. Vile did not disappoint, proving once and for all that the venue, not the man, was to blame for last fall’s debacle.

New Releases 5/22/11: A single sonic youth and "The Sex Pistols" are back!!

Welcome to the new New Releases format! From here on out we're going to be picking just a few releases of note each week to bring to your attention and start acting like the filter we set out to be. If you still want to know EVERYTHING that's coming out any given week just head on over to the highly informative and get your full dose of information on! So without further ado...

Andre's Pick

Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts

Continuing down a similar road he began paving on Trees Outside the Academy, Thurston Moore teams up with Beck in the production seat to create one of the most ominous and beautifully cohesive albums of his solo career. By completely trading in the noisy electric guitars and walls of feedback, Moore focuses his attention on creating more acoustic based soundscapes, which ultimately showcases his real talent as a songwriter. Relying on a menagerie of acoustic guitars, orchestrated string and harp sections, doubled vocals, and minimal drums, you really get a chance to hear why Moore is revered as a musician. And as they build up the acoustic wall of sound in songs like “Orchard Street”, a sense of tension is created in the music that is uniquely enjoyable, and distinctively Thurston.



Kevin's Pick

Art Brut - Brilliant Tragic

They say if something ain't broke then don't fix it, and that's clearly Art Brut's philosophy on this, their third record. Sounding more like The Sex Pistols than ever, the band, with Frank Black again behind the control board, has jettisoned the slight polish that could be heard on 2009's Art Brut vs Satan in favor of a cleaner, more to the point sound. Yes it's the same old snarky revisionist punk that we are used to from the band but with lead singer Eddie Argos cranking the energy level to 11 for the duration of the albums 40 odd minute running time it's fun visit to a past sound that still sounds vital today.





Other Noteable Releases

She Wants Revenge - Valley Heart

The Prodigy - World's on Fire

Brad Paisley - This Is Country Music

Ray Manzarek/Roy Rogers - Translucent Blues

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Friendly Fires - Pala (playing TOMORROW at the 9:30 Club)


And then there's this....


Imposter Steve Perry is sending his
rock scarabs to take over the WORLD!!

Daily Listen: Thurston Moore - Orchard Street

A sonic youth out on his own, Thurston Moore released his excellent solo effort, demolished thoughts, on Tuesday. This Beck produced album strips the Sonic Youth frontman of all of the volume of his usual band, but none of the noise or the power. Just when you think he's going for a simple folk-ish song, an explosion of strings or percussive metal will occur out of nowhere. It's a record that will keep you guessing...and satisfied for the entire ride.

We can't recommend that you pick demolished thoughts up enough, and this track is one of the big reasons why.

Thurston Moore - Orchard Street


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