Yo Philadelphia, stop stealing musicians’ gear! (Thurston Moore’s guitar stolen last night)

Seriously – how many times are we going to tell this story? Awesome musician comes to town, plays show, wakes up the next morning to find all their gear stolen. In the case of Thurston Moore, who played Space 1026 last night, it was his sticker-covered circa-1960 Fender Jazzmaster guitar, one he often played live and one which appeared in many Sonic Youth photos and videos over the years. It was taken from the Best Western on 22nd and Pennsylvania Avenue, just north of the Parkway. From Thurston on Sonic Youth’s website:

A police report has been filed. Please email us if anyone tries to sell this relic to your store, it would be appreciated. Please forward to other guitar stores you may know in the area. … it has a Mastery Bridge, and the pickguard has been changed so stickers might be different. it’s a 1960 serial#41927

This isn’t the first time Sonic Youth had gear stolen; on tour in July of 1999, they suffered quite a loss of guitars, amps and records. It’s also not the first time a touring musician in Philadelphia has had gear stolen; folks from Frank Black to Kill Hannah have suffered this fate over the years. I’d try to make a log of all the incidents just in recent memory but it’s almost too embarrassing / depressing. For real, Philadelphia – stop stealing from touring musicians.


Photo Recap: Thurston Moore and John Maloney with Speedy Ortiz at Space 1026

Last night, experimental guitarist and Sonic Youth founding member Thurston Moore played a collaborative, improvisatory set at Space 1026 in Chinatown with drummer John Maloney. Northampton, Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz opened the show; you can check out a gallery images from both sets above, and see a 14-second YouTube clip to give you a sense of the overall vibe after the jump. Continue reading →


The Week So Far: Eight must-read stories on The Key

Bing & Ruth’s David Moore on the ambient performance he brings to The Barnes Friday [link]

The new LP from The Fleeting Ends, Our Eyes are Peeled, gets the Unlocked treatment [link]

Dave Hartley, bassist for The War on Drugs, launches his sports column From The Key [link]

South Jersey pop-punks Aspiga treat us to a song from each release in their Key session [link]

Roots collaborator Truck North releases Our American Cousin free EP [link]

Does cover art make the album? We ponder this and look at some great local album covers [link]

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and drummer John Maloney tonight at Space 1026 [link]

Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees is features on this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at the First Unitarian Church, Cold Fronts at Kung Fu Necktie, Thurston Moore at Space 1026

Photo by Brian Hamelman
Roanoke, VA trio Eternal Summers open for Nada Surf tonight at the First Unitarian Church.  The indie dream-pop/”who-cares-rock” band released their second full-length record earlier this year called Correct Behavior through Kanine Records, with the opening song “Millions” earning a Best New Track rating on Pitchfork.  Tickets and information for tonight’s intimate show with Nada Surf and It’s a King Thing can be found here.  Below, watch Eternal Summer’s video for “Good As You.”

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Thurston Moore & John Moloney coming to Space 1026 on 12/12

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore teamed up with frequent on-stage collaborator John Moloney (Howlin’ Rain) for the experimental Caught on Tape release earlier this year, and the duo is now taking the project on the road.  Moore’s work has spanned the punk rock, avant-garde singer-songwriter and drone-y noise genres over the years and this latest work falls heavily into the latter to the delight of psychedelic distortion fans.  You may recognize Moloney as the sometimes-drummer in Moore’s solo project touring band and more recently as a member of Chelsea Light Moving, a quartet featuring fellow touring band members Keith Wood (Hush Arbors) and Samara Lubelski.  Thurston Moore & John Moloney perform with Speedy Ortiz at Space 1026 on Wednesday, December 12th.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Listen to an excerpt of Caught on Tape below, and download the more rock-angled Chelsea Light Moving tracks for free here.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Thurston Moore + Meg Baird at First Unitarian Church

Thurston Moore has been a music scene fixture for nearly 30 years. You might think that, at 53, the former Sonic Youth guitarist would be thinking about retirement. But you’d be wrong. Moore returned yet again this spring with the Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts, a thoughtful, meandering album that takes his talents in a new (and no less interesting) direction. Though Moore’s reputation was built on experimental rock, Demolished Thoughts is a tight succession of folksy acoustic songs, full of harps, violins and 12-string guitars. Its attention to detail and melodic flourishes will win Moore new fans. Thurston Moore plays with Meg Baird at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tckets to the all-ages show are $15–$17.


This weekend’s NON-COMM live broadcasts with Bright Eyes, The Head And The Heart, G. Love, Thurston Moore, and more

WXPN’s Non-Comm music conference starts tomorrow and with it, lots of amazing music. XPN will be broadcasting much of the music from the conference, this year being held at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware. Below is the entire schedule of our live broadcasts over the next several days.

Free At Noon Double Header with the Blind Boys of Alabama & John Popper & The Duskray Troubadors

Evening live broadcast schedule
8:25-8:55 PM Over The Rhine
9:25-9:55 PM G Love
10:30-11:00 PM The Head & The Heart
11:40 PM – 12:25 AM Thurston Moore

Free At Noon Double Header with Raphael Saadiq & Ben Harper

Evening live broadcast schedule
8:25-8:55 PM XPN Artist To Watch the Civil Wars
9:25-9:55 PM Junip
10:30-11:15 PM Bright Eyes
11:55 PM – 12:25 AM The Cave Singers

Free at Noon Double Header with the Sam Roberts Band & The Jayhawks


Kurt Vile to tour w/Thurston Moore in July, perform w/Pissed Jeans and Meg Baird at the Church on June 12

Kurt Vile photo by Shawn Brackbill

Announced earlier this afternoon at Matador Records’ Matablog:

In what’s likely to be one of the hotter tickets of Summer 2011, Thurston Moore and Kurt Vile & The Violators are hooking up for 7 North American dates this July in support of both of their most recent album, the former’s upcoming ‘Demolished Thoughts’, and Vile’s wildly acclaimed ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’.  Additional dates for both — sadly, only playing in tandem from July 18 to the 30th — are listed below.

The dates for Kurt Vile’s week-long tour with Thurston Moore are posted below, as are a handful of additional Kurt Vile shows (including a performance with Pissed Jeans and Meg Baird at First Unitarian Church on June 12th).

Thurston Moore / Kurt Vile And The Violators / Hush Arbors dates:
7/18 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre (tickets, on sale April 29, noon)
7/21 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (tickets, on sale April 29)
7/23 Portland, OR – Alladin Theatre
7/26 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
7/28 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
7/29 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
7/30 San Diego, CA – Casbah

Additional Kurt Vile And The Violators dates:
6/11 Bowery Ballroom, NYC (with Pissed Jeans and Meg Baird)
6/12 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA (with Pissed Jeans and Meg Baird)
6/25-6/26 Sled Island Festival, Calgary, AB
7/11 Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA (with Woods)
7/12 Le Salsa Rossa, Montreal, QUE (with Woods)
7/14, The Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH (with Woods)
7/15 Russian Recording, Bloomington IN (with Woods)