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Kim Gordon Talks Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth Reunion, and Her Dream ‘Louie’ Gig

Gordon (left) with Schappel.

Gordon (left) with Schappell.

Kim Gordon managed to avoid talk of the whole Lana Del Rey fiasco when she appeared at BAM earlier this week, but during a talk at Strand last night, moderator Elissa Schappell wasn’t about to let her off easy. Their conversation started with some softballs (Kim has an astrologist and she wrote Girl in a Band because she has “a fear of having to get a 9-to-5 job,” heh). But eventually Schappell cut to the chase and asked her about the passage removed from the memoir, in which Gordon opines that Ms. Summertime Sadness “doesn’t even know what feminism is” and says that if she’s serious about the beauty of self-destruction, “why doesn’t she just off herself?”
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Kim Gordon On Avoiding the Audience, and 9 More Musings Form Her BAM Talk

(Photo courtesy of BAM)

(Photo courtesy of BAM)

Last night at BAM, Kim Gordon didn’t go into Thurston Moore, Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth’s breakup or any of the other lurid headlines that preceded today’s release of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Instead the antifrontwoman used her conversation with film producer Margaret Bodde to celebrate fellow luminaries like Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell and Kathleen Hannah. Gordon played seven video clips spanning over 20 years of charged musical moments, from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the scene in Gimme Shelter where Mick Jagger tries to control the crowd at Altamont as the Hells Angels stir things up.

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Glenn Branca Premiered 'Orgasm,' His New Symphony For 100 Guitars

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

Kim Gordon’s forthcoming memoir (being plugged at BAM tonight and Strand tomorrow) has brought new attention to the No Wave scene she emerged from during her downtown days in the early ’80s — Glenn Branca, one of the movement’s forerunners, was even name-checked in yesterday’s All Things Considered story about the book. And yet the premiere of Branca’s sixteenth symphony at the Paris Philharmonic on Friday strangely hasn’t received much attention, even though the hour-long opus has a hell of a title (“Orgasm”) and was written for a staggering 100 electric guitars (that’s 80 six-string guitars and 20 basses).
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Read an Excerpt From Kim Gordon’s Memoir, Then See Her at Strand

UnknownIf you’re still kind of devastated that you weren’t there to see Broad City chat with Sleater Kinney, relax: the whole thing is online plus you’ve got another couple of chances to recoup your riot grrrl cred. First off, in an equally epic meeting of the minds, Lena Dunham is going to be chatting with Miranda July tomorrow, and somehow there are still tickets left (BAM just announced that July will be singing copies of her new novel after the event). And also: the Strand just announced that none other than Kim Gordon is coming to chat about her memoir, out in about a month.
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Lee Ranaldo Has an Art Show; Kim and Thurston Have Some Show Shows

A sketch by Lee Ranaldo

A sketch by Lee Ranaldo

If you were looking for an excuse to sport your $100 designer Sonic Youth t-shirt, here are a few of them. You may have missed Lee Ranaldo’s show at Union Pool last week, but if you’re up for a short jaunt upstate to Kingston, you can still catch him at an exhibition of his art.
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Kim Gordon w/Raymond Pettibon

If you missed Raymond Pettibon’s exhibition of surfer paintings back in April, this is yet another chance to enter his warped pop-art world: the Venice, Calif.-based illustrator has just published a new book, Raymond Pettibon: To Wit, that documents his time as a sort of artist in residence at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, and reproduces many of the drawings and paintings — of icons like Bob Dylan, Joe DiMaggio, and Bazooka Joe — that he created for an exhibition there last summer.

The book contains an interview with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, and the two will reprise their talk live in the Strand’s Rare Book Room on June 25, at 7 p.m. You’ll just have to buy a copy of the book or a $20 Strand gift card in order to attend.

Read more: See Kim Gordon Chat With Raymond Pettibon About His New Book

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Check Out Kathleen Hanna’s Anti-Evan Dando Zine, Plus an Excerpt From Bamboo Girl

evandando001This week is your last chance to see The Punk Singer on the big screen, and you should definitely, definitely catch this cool doc about Kathleen Hanna – one of the most visible and outspoken figures of the Riot Grrl movement – before it leaves IFC Center and Nitehawk on Thursday.

The film’s archival footage of Hanna’s band Bikini Kill – not to mention its interviews with Kim Gordon, Hanna’s bandmates in Le Tigre and her husband Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys – filled us with so much nostalgia for the ‘90s (when Courtney Love was so, so much nuttier than she is now) that we were inspired to check out the Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU’s Fales Library.
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Watch Glenn Branca Hold Forth On Bowie, Byrne, CBGB, Sonic Youth + His Own Bad Self

As excited as we were to celebrate Glenn Branca’s 65th birthday at the B+B Newsroom last week, we didn’t expect our discussion with the trailblazing composer to be as epic as, say, the time in 2001 that we were blown away by his 100-guitar symphony beneath the Twin Towers, and (more recently, in 2010) the debut of his 15th symphony at Le Poisson Rouge. How wrong we were: the master rolled into 155 Grand with a bottle of whiskey and, just like when New York spoke to him in 2004, immediately lit up a cig. We weren’t about to tell him to put it out.
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Watch the 13-Minute Finale of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s Show at Union Pool

Kim Gordon’s North Brooklyn reign continues. Last week we spotted the former Sonic Youther at the opening of 3rd Ward’s new restaurant, Fitzcarraldo, and last night at Union Pool she and Bill Nace, as Body/Head, kicked off a tour supporting their new album.
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Kool Thing: Kim Gordon Is Crashing in Greenpoint These Days

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North Brooklyn has seen a lot of Kim Gordon in the past month: she introduced a screening of “A Woman Under the Influence” at Nighthawk and performed with Body/Head, her project with noise guitarist Bill Nace, at Saint Vitus during Northside. Plus, that show at Knockdown Center in May.

No, she hasn’t been commuting in from her home in Western Massachusetts. Turns out, the former(?) Sonic Youth bassist/singer/guitarist/blond-badass has been “keeping a room in a friend’s apartment” in Greenpoint since March, according to her rep at Matador Records.
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