The last couple of times we saw Lee Ranaldo, he was out of town– first at an Inauguration Day show in DC where he and his former Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore let their feelings about Trump be known, and then in New Jersey at the Montclair Film Festival, after the premiere of Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim, a film that documents the making of the singer/guitarist’s next album.
Now Ranaldo is back in his hometown and not only is he playing a Williamsburg show to promote the new album, which comes out Sept. 15, but it’ll be a free in-store at Rough Trade. The performance, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm, will be followed a signing of the album, Electric Trim.
For an idea of what to expect, check out the above video for “Circular.” Shot by Fred Riedel, director of the forthcoming documentary, it features in-studio footage of producer Raul Fernandez and some of the guests on the new album, including Kid Millions, Sharon Van Etten, Nels Cline, and Alan Licht. When you’re done with that, the recently released video for “New Thing” is below. In it, Ranaldo walks around near his home in Tribeca, entranced by a space-age JVC television set. The good thing about taking a ’70s TV on the subway: nobody can AirDrop dick pics.