On November 13 2013 a benefit for ISSUE Project Room (IPR) staring Kim Gordon’s duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head, was held at the ISSUE Project Room in New York.
At ISSUE’s website is this info about ISSUE: “ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering performance center, presenting time-based work by emerging and established experimental artists that expand the boundaries of creative practice and stimulate critical dialogue about art and culture in the broader community.”
There’s more info about the benefit, which in addition to Body/Head, featured Ikue Mori, I.U.D. and J. Mascis, here.
The bright lights shine on Kim Gordon. The New Yorker, which never profiled Sonic Youth during the group’s 30 years as one of New York’s most celebrated and influential bands, kicked things off by devoting six upfront pages to Gordon this past June.
Since then, as the early October release date of Coming Apart, the album she recorded with her current musical collaborator Bill Nace under the name Body/Head, came and went, other major publications devoted space to Gordon. From the New York Times and Rolling Stone to Pitchfork, writers have been more than excited to talk to Gordon about whatever she’s willing to talk about, including her new, challenging noise rock.
“I wasn’t trained as a musician,” Gordon told the New York Times’ Ben Ratliff. “But I did grow up listening to a lot of jazz records, and John Coltrane.”
Coming Apart’s opening song, “Abstract,” Gordon said, has a structure similar to Coltrane’s Meditations: “You have a theme,” she said, “and it falls apart, and then it comes back.”
Body/Heat, Kim Gordon’s collaboration with guitarist Bill Nace, is currently streaming at Pitchfork. The album is called Coming Apart, an apt description of the music. Lots of noisy guitar experiments plus Gordon’s inimitable voice. Listen here.