I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Kim Gordon. I mean, she talked about the dissolution of her marriage to Elle a while back and that article bounced around the web. So there’s that, I guess. We also know she’s been working with avant garde dude Bill Nace for a project called Body/Head and that they’ve played some festival dates and put out a limited release or two but she most certainly kept a lower profile than (possibly) ex-bandmate Lee Ranaldo and (definitely) ex-husband Thurston Moore. Until this fall anyway.
Gordon and Nace have announced a debut album proper and an accompanying (short) US tour. Coming Apart is due out September 10 on 2xLP and CD from Matador (as were Moore’s and Ranaldo’s albums). The album represents a shift in the duo’s approach to music making. Initially started as an improvisational and instrumental project, Gordon slowly started to incorporate vocals into the mix. As time, the occasional live date, and studio sessions went on, vocals and some semblance of structure began to emerge. That isn’t to say there’s no room for long, jammy improvisations. There’s bound to be plenty of that.
In addition to the record release, Gordon will be opening an art exhibit at the White Columns Gallery in New York. The exhibition is titled Design Office with Kim Gordon since 1980 and runs from September 7 to October 19. A graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, Gordon’s Design Office is something of an experimental/psychological interior decoration project that she started in 1980 and if the title of the exhibition wasn’t a giveaway, it collects the work she’s done on the project over the past 30+ years.
Anyway, back to the music. Here are the upcoming tourdates:
09.10.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
09.12.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
09.13.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
09.14.13 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing *
09.21.13 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival
09.24.13 - Chicago, IL - Museum of Contemporary Art
09.25.13 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
10.02.13 - Augusta GA - Sacred Heart Cultural Center at Westobou Festival
* (also features a speaking engagement from Gordon)
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com
[Photo: Samantha Marble]