In my experience, breakup music can go two ways: there’s the soft, sad, slow, wallowing type, and then there’s the upbeat and/or aggressive type that makes you feel like you’ve got the world by the balls, and fuck him, anyway. Personally, I usually begin with the former and progress to the latter over time, once I feel like I’ve gotten all of the tears and self-pity out of the way and I’m ready to move on to not giving a fuck. And you know what’s the best music for making you feel like you just don’t give a fuck? Yeah, it’s probably gonna be rap. But don’t just take it from me — impossibly rad rock star Kim Gordon, who split from her Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore in late 2011 after 30 years together, knows that hip-hop, or what she calls “Traumatized Good Times Tunes,” are kind of the panacea for heartbreak and that gross, creeping “oh my god I feel so sorry for myself I could die” feeling. Gordon revealed her personal playlist and, no surprise here, it’s pretty legit, featuring tracks by Joey Bada$$, Boss, and Gang Starr, and the obligatory Iggy Azalea guilty pleasure. Check it out. We recommend. [Refinery29]
Yesterday, Jezebel revealed that they had maybe probably discovered the identity of the “other woman” in the breakup of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon’s marriage. According to the piece, Eva Prinz, 34, has been married twice and is believed to still be married to her second husband, with whom she allegedly has an open marriage. Moore and Gordon, members of the now defunct band Sonic Youth, were together for 30 years before splitting in late 2011. In an interview with Elle, Gordon said that they split because Moore, in the midst of a “midlife crisis,” was carrying on an affair with a “starstruck woman” that she declined to name. Jezebel has identified that woman as Prinz, an art book editor (bearing a striking resemblance to Emily VanCamp in this photo, BTW) who met Moore when she commissioned him to write a book about mixtapes in 2005. The details Gordon gave in her Elle interview do match Jezebel’s profile of Prinz, so while there’s no firm confirmation, yeah, looks like she’s probably the woman, as Jezebel put it, “who broke up Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore.”
Except I wouldn’t put it that way. Because, in my view, the only people who could break up Moore and Gordon’s marriage are Moore and Gordon. In this case, going by Gordon’s account (as Moore has chosen not to share his), Moore broke his wedding vows and refused to end his affair, so Gordon ended the marriage. That Prinz was — allegedly! — the third party involved still doesn’t make her responsible.
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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?
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 »