David Grubbs creates festival celebrating balding middle aged guys I mean No Wave

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So we’re all now fully aware of how culturally avant-garde and artistically cross-sectional the New York music, art, and film scene was during the late 70s/early 80s. Thanks to recent films like Scott Crary’s Kill Your Idols and Ericka Beckman’s 135 Grand Street New York 1979, and publications like Thurston Moore and Byron Coley’s No Wave: Post-Punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980 and Marc Masters’No Wave, we now all have it fully ingrained in our minds that this scene was better than any other scene that is or ever will be, ever. David Grubbs apparently didn’t get the memo. Therefore, Grubbs (Gastr Del Sol, solo artist, academic, Drag City mainstay) and Colombia University art historian Branden W. Joseph are mounting a three-day event in celebration of the whole no wave scene or whatev titled “Theoretical Music: No Wave, New Music, and the New York Art Scene, 1978-1983.”

The event includes panel discussions with some notable no wave scene heads, one of which will be led by Grubbs himself, as well as a screening of James Nares’ no wave film epic Rome ‘78 and a performance by former downtown fixtures Ut. The hole thing takes place at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. If it all sounds a little lofty and academic, it’s because it is, which basically makes it very un-no wave.

Throbbing Gristle is dead, long live X-TG: Genesis P-Orridge quits the band

A few days ago, Genesis P-Orridge bid his adieus to Throbbing Gristle. In two emails received by TG members and their management, P-Orridge said he was no longer interested in performing with Throbbing Gristle, and was planning to return to his home in New York. As a result, TG were forced to cancel their show tonight in Prague, but will put together an alternative set under the name X-TG for their November 2 show in Bologna, Italy and their November 5 date in Porto, Portugal. The remaining members of Throbbing Gristle — Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Chris Carter — plan to continue freaking people out and being awesome as X-TG.

• Throbbing Gristle: http://www.throbbing-gristle.com

The Flaming Lips may introduce children to acid on Yo Gabba Gabba! in November

Nick Jr.’s Yo Gabba Gabba! has had its fair share of legit musical acts unafraid to represent for younger folks in the past. Artists like Mark Mothersbaugh, Biz Markie, Cornelius, of Montreal, and MGMT have all made their distinctively freakish imprint on the show at some point during its brief but highly prestigious history. And yet, none of these past guests are nearly as notoriously freakish as The Flaming Lips, who will be the featured musical act on the show come Friday, November 5, performing the Embryonic (TMT Review) favorite “I Can Be a Frog,” which was apparently penned by the Yo Gabba Gabba! writing team(!). Word has it that live performances of the jam involve the usual animal costumes, smoke machines, and full-on acid freak-out, so expect something along those lines. Or it could be like this.

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com

Small Sins announce tour of the very sinful country of Canada

Small Sins, the Toronto-based indie rock band, have made a list of “23 Sins They Must Commit Before Death,” and they plan to use their recently announced tour of Canada — a modern day Sodom — to check at least 15 of the sins off the list. Coincidentally, the band will also be promoting their new album, Pot Calls Kettle Black, which became available in stores on October 12 via Small Sins Music and Arts&Crafts Distribution.

I called up Thomas d’Arcy, frontman for Small Sins, and asked if he could tell me what any of the 23 sins were, and this is exactly what he said: “Well, I don’t… It’d be tough to… It’s. I’m not sure if… I’ll give you four clues: Buffalo, Heroin, Hockey, Rubber Gloves.” Just promise you’ll be careful.

Small Sins Canadian tour:

11.11.10 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod’s
11.12.10 - Toronto, ON - The Piston
11.13.10 - Toronto, ON - The Piston
11.15.10 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
11.18.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms Hotel
11.19.10 - Regina, SK Cultural Exchange
11.20.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s
11.21.10 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
11.22.10 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
11.25.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club

• Small Sins: http://www.smallsinsmusic.com
• Arts&Crafts: http://www.arts-crafts.ca

[Photo: Bree Kristel Clarke]

The swamp is closed: Crocodiles cancel remaining tourdates

Bad times have struck fuzz-rockers Crocodiles. The Brooklyn-based band has been forced to cancel the remainder of their lengthy US tour, citing a serious family emergency as the reason. The group states that refunds will be available for each show. Guess you’ll have to get your crocodile fix elsewhere.

Crocodiles canceled dates:

10.28.10 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
10.29.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.31.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree Cafe
11.02.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
11.03.10 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
11.04.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Engine Room
11.05.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11.06.10 - Houston, TX - Mango’s
11.07.10 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival

• Crocodiles: http://www.myspace.com/crocodilescrocodilescrocodiles

Something old, something new: The Mountain Goats compose score for screening of silent film Sir Arne’s Treasure

Little known fact about John Darnielle: in addition to having a prodigious repertoire under the guise of The Mountain Goats and, most recently, Extra Lens, he is a patron of the fine arts. We’ve all heard of those silent film screenings with live musical accompaniment: a string quartet tucked in a corner, a sole pianist tinkering along with City Lights. This year, the San Francisco Film Society has announced that on December 14, a screening of the 1919 silent film Sir Arne’s Treasure will be accompanied by an original score from The Mountain Goats, performed live at the Castro Theater.

This injection of pop into the classic Swedish film about Scots is hardly an aberration for the Film Society. In recent years, the society has commissioned such legends as Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, Black Francis, Jonathan Richman, Superchunk, and Lampchop to provide music to screenings of silent cinema. (All of which makes me wonder if the SF Film Society has an arrangement with Merge.) For more information about tickets and previous screenings, check out their website here.

• The Mountain Goats: http://www.mountain-goats.com


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