(photo : David Black)
On July 13, we're releasing the new album from BODY/HEAD, 'The Switch'. The duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace recorded their 2nd studio album for Matador last summer in Western Massachusetts with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato and the results are equal parts dizzying & intense. Summer & Autumn U.S. dates are listed below, with several of the shows in question already on sale.
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Creative alchemy doesn’t just happen in the studio or in the practice space; so much of it is the product of solo time with one’s instrument, learning how body and wood and electronics fuse, and of subconscious processes as one lives one’s daily life—picking up the ambient noise of the world outside, listening to others’ work, talking through ideas with friends. For Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, time together these days is limited to live performances and recording, so they’ve got to bring all their magic to every encounter. Lucky for us, these are two experimental sorcerers of significant renown.
Their debut album together as Body/Head, 'Coming Apart', from 2013, was more of a rock record—heavy, emotional, cathartic, spellwork in shades of black and grey. T'he Switch' is their second studio full-length, and it finds the duo working with a more subtle palette, refining their ideas and identity. Some of it was sketched out live (if you’ve not had the fortune of seeing them in that natural environment yet, see 2016’s improvisational document 'No Waves'), but much of it happened purely in the moment. Working in the same studio and with the same producer as 'Coming Apart', here Body/Head stretch out, making spacious pieces that build shivering drones, dissonant interplay, Gordon’s manipulated vocals, and scraping, haunting textures into something that feels both delicate and dangerous. Less discrete songs than one composition broken up into thematic movements, a slow-moving narrative that requires as much attention and care from the listener as it did from everyone involved in its creation, it is a record that sticks around after it’s done playing.
This is Nace’s favorite of Gordon’s guitar work; she’s truly come into her own as a guitarist, having built up her confidence through solo shows. The way the duo work together, you’d never know they spend so much time apart; on 'The Switch', their vision and focus feel truly unified. If Coming Apart was dark magic, 'The Switch' works with light, though it never forgets that these approaches are two sides of the same coin, and that binaries—black/white, near/far, emotion/analysis, body/head—are made to be broken open, and that the truth of things is in the energy between.
-Jes Skolnik, May 2018
Body/Head on tour :
Thursday, June 21 No Response Festival, Cincinnati OH
Friday, July 13 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, July 14 The Lab San Francisco CA
Thursday, July 19 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, July 20 BSP, Kingston NY *
Saturday, July 21 Statehouse, New Haven CT *
Sunday, July 22 The Root Cellar, Greenfield MA *
Tuesday, July 24 Great Scott, Boston MA *
Thursday, July 26 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA *
September 6-8 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 15 Beerland, Austin TX
* w/ Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Body/Head online :
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Reminder - all vinyl pre-orders on the Matador webstore received
a free poster of the Raymond Pettibon cover art.
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Friday, November 11 –PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, November 12 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY
photo by Annabel Mehran and Andrew Kesin
album art by Raymond Pettibon
Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) will be releasing their new record, 'No Waves', on November 11th. The live record documents a single show (Big Ears Festival in 2014 in Knoxville, TN) from a band renowned for clearing pathways of possibility using great waves of amplification and voice.
Body/Head's debut release for Matador Records, 'Coming Apart', was arguably the heaviest record of 2013 and received with open arms and blown minds across the world. The fact that a record steeped so heavily in non-traditional structures and improvisation could touch so many people was not a surprise to anyone who had seen Body/Head in a live setting. No Waves captures that raw improvisation and harnesses the power into a listening experience of pure, unmediated intensity.
The fire of improvisation is not the fire of the elements. Body/Head deal in electricity, but they exist in the fire of improvisation. As such, they need to play live to sustain themselves. Call it the ontological necessity of a band working heavily with the flow of power (power flowing back and forth between the members of the band, flowing through band and audience, flowing through the mental and material planes, etc). 'No Waves', a document of this flow of power, offers a different side of the band they revealed on 'Coming Apart'. Yes, some of the songs cross over in undefinable ways, but the live foundation of No Waves brings all new energies to the fore. Everything reveals itself in the now.
One of the pleasures of a live record is a chance for the listener to feel the music develop and unfold from a previously known departure point. This experience is magnified with Body/Head due to the improvisatory basis of the band, which encourages new sounds and modes of communication with every show. We hear new vocal melodies developing, new attacks on strings, new clusters of intervals. It is the sound of sound evolving. Listening to No Waves, one can't help feel that despite the title of their previous record, 'Coming Apart', we're actually hearing Kim and Bill become one. Guitars and vocals flow into each as if played by a single creature. The sound of their evolution causes audiomorphic sensations. Two guitars or eight? Four hands or one? One voice or two?
The live record also plays with orientation via it's concentration on communication. Which way are you listening to it? Listen once and hear certain forms. Listen to the same part again and you may perceive new forms, like overhearing a game of telephone. With 'No Waves', Body/Head adds a document to the library of classic live records that never exhaust themselves no matter how many times they are listened to. Musicians and groups such as Albert Ayler, High Rise, Van Morrison, Rudolph Grey, Bill Evens, Swans, etc. knew the unique possibilities of a live record that invites participation from the listener. It's the beauty of a path cleared at the moment it was recorded and for every moment to come. It's Body/Head doing what they do best - making the listener smile as they participate with the band in joyous, creative time. The Élan vital never rocked so hard.
- Ben Chasny
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Thursday, November 10 – Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Friday, November 11 –PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, November 12 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, November 17 – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles CA
Body/Head (Bill Nace and Kim Gordon) have not toured in nearly a year, so it's with great pleasure that we here share the news of new tour dates coming up fast. Details and ticket links (for most) below.
Thursday, November 10 - Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
Friday, November 11 -PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, November 12 - National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, November 17 - Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA
PS - If you have not already done so (and even if you already have), listen to Kim's new single "Murdered Out" HERE.
(photo by Jamie Brisick)
Earlier this morning, NPR Music premiered "Murdered Out", the first single by Kim Gordon issued under her own name, recorded with producer Justin Raisen and Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa. The following are Kim's words on the subject :
Black matte spray.
When I moved back to LA I noticed more and more cars painted with black matte spray, tinted windows, blackened logos, and black wheels. This was something I had occasionally seen in the past, part of low-rider car culture. A reclaiming of a corporate symbol of American success, The Car, from an outsider’s point of view. A statement-making rejection of the shiny brand new look, the idea of a new start, the promise of power, and the freedom on the open road. Like an option on a voting ballot, "none of the above.”
“Murdered Out," as a look, is now creeping into mainstream culture as a design trend. A coffee brand. A clothing line. A nail polish color.
Black-on-black matte is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul. Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself, the outsider as an unwilling participant as the “It" look.
I met the uber talented Justin Raisen, the producer, offhandedly. He was working on a project with another artist and kept sending me tracks to listen to with the possibility of getting me to sing on one of them. When I learned I could make up my own lyrics, I was in. With the remaining bits of unused vocals, he started what would be "Murdered Out." Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) plays drums, based on the trashy drums that Justin first laid down. I went back and did more vocals and guitar and we mixed it…"Murdered Out" was such a great surprise! Looking forward to our next collaboration.
Stream or download "Murdered Out"
Kim Gordon playlist at Spotify
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Just a reminder the duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, aka Body/Head (shown above) are playing at the Hollywood Palladium tonight prior to the reunited Sleater-Kinney (tickets). Beloved-by-some revivalist Ian Rubbish plays first of three.
In addition, Body/Head will be appearing at Calgary's Sled Island Festival in late June.
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Just a reminder that earlier this week we released a new 7" from Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head, "The Show Is Over" b/w "The Canyon". It's in stores now or available direct from Matador.
In addition, Body/Head have a series of Eastern USA appearances starting this week, following by a performance at Melbourne's Sugar Mountain Festival in January :
Thursday, November 6 – Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (with Nate Young’s Regressive Nightmare, Steve Baczkowoski)
Friday, November, 7 - Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (with Nate Young’s Regressive Nightmare, Vanessa Rossetto)
Saturday, November, 8 – Boston Hassle Fest 6, Cusine En Local, Boston MA
Saturday, November, 15 – Kings Barcade, Raleigh NC (a benefit for NARAL Pro Choice NC)
Saturday, January, 24 – Sugar Mountain Festival, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne AUS
On November 4, we'll be releasing a new 7" from Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, "The Show Is Over" b/w "The Canyon". Preorders are being accepted now at The Matador Store.
While some of you might've caught news of Kim's upcoming book, 'Girl In A Band : A Memoir' (Harper/Collins) yesterday, there's a some upcoming Body/Head dates you might've missed in the process :
Thursday, November 6 - Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (with Nate Young's Regressive Nightmare, Steve Baczkowoski)
Friday, November 7 - Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (with Nate Young's Regressive Nightmare, Steve Baczkowoski)
Saturday, November 8 - Boston Hassle Fest 6, Cusine En Local, Boston MA
Saturday, November 15 - Kings Barcade, Raleigh NC (a benefit for NARAL Pro Choice NC)
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
The Weekly Feed's Kyle Meredith traveled to Knoxville, TN to chat with Body/Head's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace at The Big Ears Festival. NOTE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T ACTUALLY WANT TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW AND NEED AN EASY QUOTE FOR A "NEWS" ITEM : Kim insists Sonic Youth never had "radio hits" (YOU'RE WELCOME!)
(hey, it's a Body/Head flyer for a show other than the one plugged below!)
Tomorrow night at the Sanctuary Of St. Mark's Church (131 E. 10th St.), Body/Head will be appearing alongside authors Sheila Heti, Hilton Als, and Mira Gonzalez in a night curated by Eileen Myles. Tickets are $20 in advance and all proceeds benefit The Poetry Project.
It's another mini-Matador fest at Primavera Sound festival this year, as Queens of the Stone Age, DARKSIDE, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Majical Cloudz and Glasser all descend upon Barcelona for the weekend of May 29th-31st. Elsewhere amongst the line-up familiar faces include Spoon, Mogwai and Cold Cave ,with tickets on sale now from www.primaverasound.es.
video courtesy Windows Have Eyes. More footage here.
OK, we missed Black Friday by a few days, but if that means ONE LESS TRAMPLING this holiday shopping season, it was totally worth it. On December 3, we're releasing a limited edition, one-time pressing of a $5.99 list LP , 'It's Been A Business Doing Pleasure With You', featuring 9 songs from (most of) our 2013 releases. In addition to album tracks from Chelsea Light Moving, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, Iceage and Kurt Vile, there's a live version of Queens of the Stone Age performing "If I Had A Tail" at the 2013 iTunes Festival (Roundhouse, London), Savages' "City's Full" from last summer's KEXP session, and Yo La Tengo performing "Before We Run" in those same KEXP studios.
We don't have any copies for mail order, sadly, but hopefully you'll find one at your favorite record store after they're done sweeping up all the broken glass, blood, etc. from Black Friday. If you prefer, you can order a digital version of the comp. right now at the Matador Store.
Pitchfork's Marc Masters has called Body/Head's 'Coming Apart', "intoxicating". Tiny Mix Tapes cites the album's "unusual synergy, exploration, and focus", while the New York Times' Ben Ratliff writes, "there are no wrong notes on 'Coming Apart'. Nor is there a possibility of any." Today, you can formulate your own opinion with the format of your choice ; the new album from the duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace is in stores (or in some instances, in your mailboxes), and Body/Head will kick off their global touring tonight at Brooklyn's Union Pool.
Tue-Sep-10 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
Thu-Sep-12 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Fri-Sep-13 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Sat-Sep-14 San Diago, CA San Diego Music Thing (feat. presentation by Kim)
Thu-Sep-19 Portland, OR TBA : 13, Portland Institute Of Contemporary Art
Sat-Sep-21 Lexington, KY Boomslang Festival
Tue-Sep-24 Chicago, IL Museum of Contemporary Art
Wed-Sep-25 Detroit, MI Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Tue-Oct-01 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Wed-Oct-02 Augusta, GA Westobou Festival- Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Sat-Oct-05 New York, NY The New Yorker Festival
White Magic & Bad News support 9/12
Sunday, October 20 Amplifest, Porto (Portugal)
Tuesday, October 22 ZDB, Lisbon (Portugal)
Wednesday, October 23 Enjoy Jazz Festival, Heidelberg (Germany)
Thursday, October 24 Spazio 211, Torino (Italy)
Friday, October 25 Covo, Bologna (Italy)
Saturday, October 26 Serendipity, Foligno (Italy)
Sunday, October 27 Bloom, Milano (Italy)
Tuesday, October 29 La Cartonnerie, Reims (France)
Wednesday, October 30 La Poudriere, Belfort (France)
Thursday, October 31 La Centrifugeuse, Pau (France)
Friday, November 01 Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (France)
Saturday, November 02 Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
Tuesday, November 05 Bi Nuu, Berlin (Germany)
Wednesday, November 06 Salon, Istanbul (Turkey)
Friday, November 08 Unlimited Festival, Wels (Austria)
Sunday, November 10 Cafe Oto, London (United Kingdom)
order 'Coming Apart' from The Matador Store, Amazon or iTunes.
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'Coming Apart' ; the new 2XLP/CD/digital album from Body/Head, aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, is streaming today at Pitchfork Advance, prior to the September 10 release date. Mojo's Stevie Chick has likened 'Coming Apart' to "70 minutes of drone, feedback amp-noise and guitar squall that swings between abstract beauty and rolling turmoil...freeform and improvisational, it's peaks are primal and powerful." The bad news is that Stevie penned the review too late for our sticker copy ; the good news is that you'll be able to find the album in the abstract beauty bin of your local record shop (or failing that, the rolling turmoil department). The Wire's Phil Freeman calls 'Coming Apart', "just the thing for listeners who always found Sonic Youth too timid and bound to rock convention," though we hope he and his publishers do not mind that we've edited his quote to read "...just the the thing. For listeners".
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Body/Head's upcoming dates are below ;
Tuesday, Sept 10: Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
Thursday, Sept 12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Friday, Sept 13: San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing ( feature presentation by Kim Gordon)
Saturday, Sept 14: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Thursday, Sept 19: Portland, OR @ TBA Festival
Saturday, Sept 21: Lexington, KY @ Boomslang
Tuesday, Sept 24: Chicago, IL @ MOCA
Wednesday, Sept 25: Detroit, MI @ MOCA
Wednesday, October 2: Augusta, GA @ Westobou Festival
Sunday, October 20 @ Amplifest, Porto (Portugal)
Tuesday, October 22 @ ZDB, Lisbon (Portugal)
Wednesday, October 23 @ Enjoy Jazz Festival, Heidelberg (Germany)
Thursday, October 24 @ Spazio 211, Torino (Italy)
Friday, October 25 @ Covo, Bologna (Italy)
Saturday, October 26 @ Serendipity, Foligno (Italy)
Sunday, October 27 @ Bloom, Milano (Italy)
Tuesday, October 29 @ La Cartonnerie, Reims (France)
Wednesday, October 30 @ La Poudriere, Belfort (France)
Thursday, October 31 @ La Centrifugeuse, Pau (France)
Friday, November 01 @ Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (France)
Saturday, November 02 @ Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
Tuesday, November 05 @ Bi Nuu, Berlin (Germany)
Wednesday, November 06 @ Salon, Istanbul (Turkey)
Friday, November 08 @ Unlimited Festival, Wels (Austria)
Sunday, November 10 @ Cafe Oto, London (United Kingdom)
Body/Head, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's improvisatory guitar duo, are playing several dates this fall in support of their Matador debut album, Coming Apart, available for pre-order HERE. The first batch are below, but watch this space for more fall dates at unexpected venues and events.
Tue Sep 10 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
Thu Sep 12 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Fri Sep 13 San Diego, CA San Diego Music Thing (featured presentation by Kim)
Sat Sep 14 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Sat Sep 21 Lexington, KY Boomslang Festival
Tue Sep 24 Chicago, IL Museum of Contemporary Art
Wed Sep 25 Detroit, MI Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Wed Oct 02 Augusta GA Westobou Festival - Sacred Heart Cultural Center
As previously announced, Coming Apart is out on Matador Sep 10 (Sep 16 in UK/Europe).
Additionally, Bill Nace will be playing the following shows:
Thu July 18
Steve Baczkowski/Bill Nace duo with Tamio Shirashi
JACK, Brooklyn, NY
Thu July 25
Jake Meginsky/Bill Nace/Vic Rawlings Trio
Montague Bookmill, Montague MA
Sat Aug 31
Paul Flaherty/Bill Nace duo
Stanhope House, Stanhope NJ
Check out some of Bill's other projects at his Open Mouth Records.
Kim Gordon will also have an exhibition of her visual art, Design Office Since 1980, opening at White Columns gallery in New York on September 7 and running through October 19.
(photograph by Annabel Mehran)
Body/Head are an electric guitar duo comprised of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012.
Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental -- lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim's voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the vocals now have become an intrinsic part of their musical architecture. They have even started writing and playing “songs” now, compositionally distinct from their purely aleatory origins, but still featuring lots of built-in improvisational space.
Body/Head have also worked with guest artists since their inception. An early session with Michael Morley of The Dead C resulted in the Body/Gate/Head LP 'Glare Luring Yo', and live collaborations with Ikue Mori. Ikue has been focusing on electronics as her primary instrument in the decades since the end of her groundbreaking trio DNA, but Kim was able to talk her into trying drums again, and the results have been astounding. Ikue's percussion grounds the spirals of guitar and vocals with its strong central pulse, allowing everybody to achieve greater heights of musical/visual disorientation.
Body/Head have thus far recorded a single for Dennis Tyfuss' Ultra Eczema Editions, a tour EP for Nace's own Open Mouth Productions, and released their collaboration with Morley through Feeding Tube Records. Their next release , 'Coming Apart', will be issued as a double LP /CD/digital album by Matador Records on September 10 (September 16 in the United Kingdom and Europe)
preorder 'Coming Apart' from The Matador Store