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August 5, Lincoln Center, NYC – Lee joins forces with Brooklyn’s electric guitar quartet Dither for a newly arranged performance of his “Hurricane Transcriptions”, a piece originally written for string orchestra based on wind sounds recorded during the height of the Hurricane Sandy storm in 2012. Lincoln Center Out of Doors Series. FREE.
August 8 North Adams, MA – Lee joins Oneida at Mass MoCA to perform live amidst an enveloping 12-screen video installation of twisting color and light by Clifford Ross that transforms Courtyard D into a twisting world of color and light, part of Ross’ multi-part exhibition, Landscape Seen & Imagined.
(studio version found on 'Between The Time & The Tides' ; shot on the streets of Stoa Eboron for "Stray Songs", a series of web videos featuring bands and musicians playing live in the city of Athens).
From Lee :
"While the members of The Dust are scattered to the four winds for a little while, I’m undertaking a solo acoustic tour in Europe. The plan is to play selections from the two albums, some covers and hopefully some of the new songs I’m currently working on, and to play them as most of them originated – on acoustic guitars, in stripped down style. Guitar and voice, little or no fuzz. Anyway that’s the plan right now, this will be a further ‘acoustic experiment’ for me. We’ve sought out small capacity, intimate venues with good acoustics for these shows. Hope to see some of you along the way."
Oct 18 PT Lisbon – St George Church Lisbon – ZDB show
Oct 19 PT Braga – Salão Medieval da Reitoria da UM - GNRation show
Oct 23 UK London – Café Oto
Oct 24 IR Dublin – Bello Bar
Oct 25 IR Waterford – St Patrick’s United Church
Oct 27 GR Athens – Ls Parnas
Oct 28 IT Milano – Biko
Oct 29 IT Roma – Chiesa Evangelica Metodista
Oct 30 FR Vendôme – Rockomotives Festival / Chapelle St Jacques
Oct 31 FR Nantes – Soy Festival / Le Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Nov 1 FR Toulouse – Les Abattoirs
Nov 2 FR Grenoble Le Ciel
Nov 3 MC Monaco Villa Paloma at NMNM
We have not one, not two but SIX bands on the roster playing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this weekend. Set times for all below, in CET.
Thursday, May 29th
Glasser 6:35-7:20pm, Pitchfork Stage
Majical Cloudz 8:55-9:45pm Pitchfork Stage
Queens of the Stone Age 11:00pm- 12:05am, Heineken Stage
Friday May 30th
Body/Head 8:45-9:45pm, Auditori Rockdelux Stage
Darkside 1:00-2:00am, Ray Ban Stage
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust
Familiar faces and sounds in the line-up include Spoon, Mogwai, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and Cold Cave.
10:25-11:20pm, Vice Stage (streaming live here
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: Blackt Out on Nowness.com
Over the weekend, Nowness premiered the above film directed by Fred Riedel and based on Lee Ranaldo's "Blackt Out" (original studio version found on 2013's 'Last Night On Earth') ; here's Lee's take on the 13 minute short :
The basic concept plays off particular images of the Velvet Underground as filmed by Andy Warhol in the late 60s, casually rehearsing at the Factory, performing (as The Exploding Plastic Inevitable) on St Marks Place with projections and dancers, and even Warhol’s famous 'Screen Tests'. The character of “The Projectionist” is played by legendary NYC avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs (with whom both myself and director Fred Riedel studied back in the 70s). Among the dancers can be spotted former SY drummer Bob Bert. Longtime SY associate, director David Markey, is among those behind the camera on this piece. Shot at Sonic Youth studio Echo Canyon West as well as at live gigs in New York City and Los Angeles.
Lee and the Dust return to Europe next Sunday for the following shows :
May 25 Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
May 26 Antwerpen, Belgium - Trix
May 27 Paris, France La Machine du Moulin Rouge
May 29 Nimes, France - This Is Not A Love Song Fest
May 30 Barcelona Primavera Sound
May 31 Lyon, France- Nuits Sonores Fest
June 1 Padova, Italy - Summer Student Fest (Je t'aime)
June 3 Ravenna, Italy - Beaches Brew
June 4 Bolzano, Italy - Sudwerk
June 5 Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
June 6 Arlon, Belgium - Entrepot
June 7 Porto, Portugal - Primavera Optimus
'Last Night On Earth' is available from the Matador Store on 2XLP, compact disc and digital formats.. You can order the album from iTunes here.