My house is entirely surrounded by a hedge maze with 10-foot high walls. Usually it’s no problem at all. I mean, I’ve seen The Shining and read that one Harry Potter book; I am totally down with hedge maze strategy; and, as friends and lovers will attest, I love a good brain teaser now and then. Sometimes, though, a guy wants to get up a little later in the morning, he wants to not have to include a “hedge maze buffer” in his travel schedule (what the phrase “hedge maze buffer” lacks in creativity it makes up for in being exactly descriptive). Sometimes a guy wants to not have to constantly be looking over his shoulder wondering if that sound was the huff of a minotaur or just wind in the leaves.
Imagine my glee, then, when lateral problem-solving guitar kings Thurston Moore and Loren Connors announced their thinking-without-a-box solution to my morning complaints in the form of a Record Store Day-exclusive release: The Only Way to Go Is Straight Through. Straight through!!! What will my landlord think when I charge straight through his hedge maze?? I don’t care!! I’m not even sure my landlord exists!!! The collaboration comes in the form of two long-form live performances recorded on separate occasions last year, and it’ll be out on Northern Spy Records. The release date is set for Record Store Day a.k.a. April 20 (“Record Store Day Exclusive,” while also not terribly creative, pretty much sums it up exactly). Record Store Day, in case you were wondering, is kind of like Black Friday for people who like to buy records from people who also live in their neighborhood (and can therefore relate to their hedge maze issues). And it’s usually on a Saturday, I guess. It’s pretty cool if you’re into that sort of thing.
Thurston Moore is also on tour right now with his band Chelsea Light Moving. You can check out those dates below, or just simplify things and catch Thurston today at 4 PM, performing with Sunburned’s John Moloney as Caught On Tape!
The Only Way to Go Is Straight Through tracklisting:
01. Manhattan, NY - The Stone - July 14th, 2012
02. Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly - October 17th, 2012
Chelsea Light Moving tourdates:
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
03.19.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex @
03.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall @
03.22.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir @
03.23.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s @
03.27.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock %
03.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle %
03.30.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick %
03.31.13 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
04.02.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
04.03.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04.04.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.05.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.07.13 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
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