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Uncle_Dracula on 03/26/2012 at 01:22AM

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mwalker on 11/03/2010 at 12:00PM

Theoretical Music

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Beginning tonight (11.3), ISSUE will host “Theoretical Music: No Wave, New Music, and the New York Art Scene, 1978-1983” a three-day event organized by art historian Branden W. Joseph and musician David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Bastro, Squirrel Bait, Red Krayola, etc) to take place at ISSUE Project Room.  Its purpose is to examine the intersections as well as the failed encounters of art, music, and cinema in downtown Manhattan from 1978-1983.  The festival commences this evening with a rare screening of James Nares' epic Rome '78 (starring Lydia Lunch, James Chance, John Lurie, amongst a host of other no wave luminaries). Tomorrow evening will feature an evening of panel discussions among some of the most notable figures to emerge from the art, music, and film scenes of the time (Dan Graham, Thurston Moore, Byron Coley, Kim Gordon, Nina Canal, John Miller & many more). The series concludes with a performance from crucial downtown band, Ut (playing their first U.S. show since '91) + an opening set from contemporary torch-bearers Talk Normal. Grab the three-day package set here.

In honor of Theoretical Music, Ut has offered a couple of tracks off their final studio album Griller (1989) produced by label-mate Steve Albini.  We've also included in the mix some Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (Lydia Lunch stars in James Nares' Rome '78, screened tonight), a track from Northampton Wools (Thurston Moore will speak on a panel discussion as part of the series), and an excellent jam from Talk Normal (live at WFMU on Marty McSorely's show!).

Formed in 1978, after Peter Gordon (speaking on Nov. 4th) introduced Sally Young and Jacqui Ham to ex-Gynecologists and ex-Dark Day member Nina Canal, Ut developed a distinctly dark sound based on free improvisation and spontaneous song writing. As with many No Wave bands Ut lacked a strong grounding in musical training, which they intentionally accentuated by changing instrumentation on each song. These methodological approaches channeled the raw energy of Ut’s song writing process into their live performances and finished songs.  Ut left the LES in 1981 to tour with The Fall and eventually settled in London releasing a number of albums, playing and recording until they disbanded in 1990.

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lizb on 01/21/2010 at 09:43AM

Free Abuse from Lydia Lunch

"Marry me for money!" a man in the crowd yelled as Teenage Jesus and the Jerks approached the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg for the final night of WFMU Fest last October. Frontwoman Lydia Lunch invited the fan closer to the stage, calmly instructing him, "Open your mouth." The man did as he was told, and in return got a mouthful of Lydia's spit. The crowd reeled with delight and disgust; the performance had begun.

These no wave legends assaulted New York for 30 minutes, 30 years after their first run, with the same harsh, guttural vocals, piercing guitar murder, and thumping minimal drums. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks' lineup this time featured original members Lydia Lunch (vox, guitar) and Jim Sclavunos (now on drums), plus ex-Swans bassist Algis Kizys.

We're lucky to have a few songs from TJJ's incredible WFMU Fest set to offer you, check out "The Closet" below. And after the jump, a mix of ugly music dedicated to Lydia Lunch.

More WFMU Fest goodies: a rocking performance by Talk Normal, and be sure to check out Faust's set on Brian Turner's archive from this week. More on the way...


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