(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.
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 29thGlasser 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 10:25-11:20pm, Vice Stage (streaming live here)
Familiar faces and sounds in the line-up include Spoon, Mogwai, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and Cold Cave.