Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus just released a new one from his forthcoming album with The Jicks, out May 18. “Refute,” a duet with Kim Gordon, is a country ditty about infidelity. But rather than being the victim of it, as she notoriously was in her marriage with Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore, Gordon narrates the role of “a woman who dared to fall head first for her young au pair.” Malkmus, meanwhile, sings about a “man who dared to fall head over heels for a woman” even though “the world was telling him love is dead.”
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“I don’t want to have to deal with blonde Kardashians for the next four years,” Kim Gordon told us last night at a book signing in Miami. “The Kardashians were annoying enough and now the blonde version is upon us.”
Even in the midst of this post-election anxiety, the former Sonic Youther has been busy as ever. Just a couple of months after releasing her first solo song, she played a Nov. 12 show at National Sawdust with her current project, Body/Head, to celebrate their new live EP, No Waves. Then she jetted down to South Beach, where she has a short in Art Basel’s film program. Add to all that, the book signing last night at the The Miami Beach Edition, an intimate rosé-and-canapés affair in a bungalow by the hotel’s pool.
November is a good time to be a Sonic Youth fan, since onetime Lower East Side fixtures Kim Gordon (now based in Los Angeles) and Thurston Moore (now based in London) are coming ’round Williamsburg to make some noise.
If you’ve been meaning to check out National Sawdust, Williamsburg’s ambitious new avant-garde venue, this is a fine time to do it: Hot on the heels of her first solo song, Gordon, the artist/writer/musician/icon, is playing there with Body/Head, her moody collaboration with fellow guitarist Bill Nace. Tickets ($20) for the Nov. 12 show are available here.
On Nov. 23, Thurston is also appearing as part of a duo, teaming up with fellow downtown legend John Zorn to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rough Trade.
Kim Gordon just released a surprise single. I say surprise because since leaving Sonic Youth, Gordon has formed experimental music duo Body/Head, published a memoir, rocked out with Dinosaur Jr. and Nirvana, and shown some paintings. But this is the first music she’s released under her own name.
Before Dinosaur Jr. took the stage last night to play its debut album in its entirety, superfan Henry Rollins told the packed house at Bowery Ballroom what he thought about Dinosaur, released in 1985: “It was a standout record then, it is a standout record now.”
Up till now, our footage of DNA at the Mudd Club was as close as you were going to get to reliving a night at the legendary Tribeca club frequented by Warhol, Haring, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Lydia Lunch and pretty much everyone else who was anyone in downtown New York between 1978 and 1983. But on Nov. 19, you’ll have a chance to experience something close to it.
Everything that’s avant garde is new again! First the Nova Convention made a kind of comeback at the William S. Borroughs 100, and now yet more of NYC’s counterculture icons are recreating the 1975 Schizo-Culture conference, which aimed to introduce French forward-thinkers like Foucault to their kindred spirits in NYC.
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
The cover to Sonic Youth’s Goo is a bit of a fetish object — it’s even spawned parodies featuring everyone from George Bluth to Walter White. If you, like me, have owned it in cassette, CD, vinyl and Spotify thumbnail format, then you’ll be excited to hear that Kim Gordon, of the band, is chatting with the illustrator of the cover (and, of course, of so many Black Flag album covers) at The Strand.