Trying to maintain two careers, visual art and music, and to be a mother at the same time, always felt kind of impossible. When you’re feeling that you can and should do everything, then you never feel like you’re going to achieve anything. I think what kept me going was this deep understanding that it wasn’t going to be perfect, and that it didn’t have to be.
God, I love Kim Gordon. The ex-Sonic Youth band member has a piece up at Dame magazine (excerpted from a new book called Mistakes I Made At Work) about the lessons she’s learned as her career and personal life have evolved from artist to bad member to mother to solo artist, sometimes doing all at once. The “having it all” discussion/debate has frustrated me because it all too often sets women up for failure or at least feeling like they’ve failed. But as Kim suggests, if you cut yourself a break and accept that imperfection is a part of life, you have a much better shot at achieving at and having maybe not it all but all that really matters. Check out Gordon’s full essay at the link — and check out the book too, looks cool! [Dame Magazine]
A few months ago, in an interview with ELLE, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon discussed, amongst other things, the breakup of her 30-year-long marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore, after she discovered he was carrying on “a double life” with a “starstruck woman.” That woman, Eva Prinz, is still Moore’s girlfriend, and he addressed their relationship in an interview with The Fly earlier this week. “I’m in a really romantic place with Eva; we’ve kinda been a couple for close to six years,” he said, as if having a multi-year-long extramarital affair is, like, a meet-cute. “A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat’s been out of the bag a while now, that’s kinda where I’m at.”
As Tom Hawking at Flavorwire points out, by Moore’s own timeline, he would have been cheated on Kim with Prinz back in 2007, when he and Kim posed for Bust‘s Love issue. Moore and Prinz would have also been carrying on their affair around the time that Prinz gave birth to some Dutch prince’s kid. Talk about a beautiful story to tell the grandkids! Keep reading »
“Women make natural anarchists and revolutionaries, because they’ve always been second-class citizens, kinda having had to claw their way up. I mean, who made up all the rules in the culture? Men—white male corporate society. So why wouldn’t a woman want to rebel against that?”
–Former Sonic Youth member and sometimes-fashion designer Kim Gordon, on why women excel at fighting against oppression. Here, she’s speaking directly about imprisoned Russian feminist activists Pussy Riot, but I think this quote kind of applies to all of us, no? Also, her daughter Coco (with soon-to-be-ex-husband Thurston Moore) is a freshman in college. My, we’re old. [Elle]
Lady Gaga has been prepping us for her album Born This Way since last summer. But honestly, we feel so underwhelmed by the title track and “Judas” that, even though the record dropped yesterday, we’re just kind of over it. So instead, we’d like to direct your record-buying attention to Thurston Moore’s Demolished Thoughts. Thurston is married to Kim Gordon, his Sonic Youth bandmate, and together they’re the kind of power couple we all want to be—rockstars yet completely unassuming, insanely talented yet totally humble. Demolished Thoughts is full of sweet acoustic tunes—with strange twists and turns, and often with harp and violin backing. When a man starts an album with a song like “Benediction,” an ode to his longtime love, it’s hard not to be hooked. Oh, and did we mention it’s produced by Beck?
Before directing “Where the Wild Things Are,” Spike Jonze was just a skater punk who hung out with the effortlessly cool noise band Sonic Youth. This video for SY’s “100 Percent” was Jonze’s directorial debut, and features him and a baby Jason Lee skating and house partying with the band. The song is about the band’s friend, Joe Cole, who was shot and killed in front of his house in 1991. [YouTube
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For those of you youngins out there, let me explain to you the rocking indie impact that the band Sonic Youth had on me my freshman year of high school when I first saw them play. The small room went wild as a bunch of dirty teens half-headbanged, half-moshed to their raw sound. When alternative music was a newborn, Sonic Youth was the band that first introduced me to the hardcore post-punk, pre-emo sound that shaped my musical taste and defined the angsty sound of my generation. That’s why I was so intrigued to hear that Sonic Youth would be performing an acoustic version of “Starpower,” a song they wrote in 1986, on the fifth episode of “Gossip Girl” this season! Under what circumstances will the band appear? “It’s a big event that involves [engaged adults] Rufus and Lily. Just draw your own conclusions,” says Stephanie Savage, “GG”‘s showrunner. Keep reading »
Thurston Moore isn’t the type you’d expect to stir up controversy on a late-night television show, least of all on “Jimmy Fallon.” Apparently, the Sonic Youth member’s Monday night appearance was punctuated with some drama once people figured out what was on his shirt. It was Questlove who tweeted, “thurston moore is wearing the riskiest tshirt ive ever seen on broadcast tv…gangsta move son,” that prompted further inspection. The Village Voice found that the culprit was a pornographic image lifted from the cover of an album by Mokinox called I’m Your Chair, which shows a cartoon of two naked men, one sitting atop the other guy’s butt. It sounds a bit strange at first, but not when you learn that the connection comes from Thurston’s friend, Chris Habib, who is behind the project and also has a design outlet.
And here we thought any Sonic Youth fashion issues would have to be taken up with Kim Gordon. [Village Voice] Keep reading »
It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week, the Black Eyed Peas pack a punch, Sonic Youth prove they’re young at heart, The Dirty Projectors clean up their act, Mos Def gets us ecstatic, and the Low Anthem takes folk higher. Keep reading »
Forget Christmas. On this day in history, the glam messiah, David Bowie, was born. Although it isn’t one of those official holidays recognized by the Post Office and the bank, January 8, 1947, was, in fact, a day that literally rocked our world! While we have no confirmation that Bowie danced himself right out of the womb wearing platform pumps and guyliner, the man we’ve come to know and love has influenced many of his fellow artists. Hit songs like “Rebel Rebel,” “Heroes,” and “Fashion” have stood the test of time, just like his good looks. Damn, the dude still looks slick in a suit at 62! So, to celebrate this special day, we compiled a playlist of bands and musicians who also worship the Thin White Duke, after the jump…
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When it comes to female rock legends, Kim Gordon has a top ranking thanks to her distinctive performance style and badass voice. Musical abilities aside, she’s also about to become a fashion mogul with her newly-launched line, Mirror/Dash.
Inspired by Françoise Hardy, the collection is intended for ladies closer to Kim’s demo. “There’s a need for clothes for cool moms,” she told The New York Times. The first piece is a wool jacket with military details , a stand-up collar, and overlapping flaps — called “The Hardy Jacket”, it retails for $415. While the debut piece is a limited edition (only 50 made!), Mirror/Dash will release more styles throughout the year.
If this jacket is any indication of the awesomeness of the rest of the collection, we’re excited. Hurry up, Kim. We’re not getting any younger. [Mirror/Dash]
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