Built To Spill [SOLD OUT]
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Slam Dunk
2706 Olive St
Saint Louis, MO, 63103
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Built To Spill
Three and a half years in the making, the efforts of writing and recording THERE IS NO ENEMY led Built to Spill founder Doug Martsch to wonder whether this would be the last album he ever makes. As his wife, I watched him work, pouring hour after hour , day after day into writing. Song lyrics were labored over then thrown in the trash, guitar parts revised again (and again). A musician and artist like Doug edits far more than he keeps.
For over twenty years, Doug Martsch has been writing and recording music. Built to Spill members Brett Nelson (bass), Scott Plouf (drums) Jim Roth (guitar), and Brett Netson (guitar) have all been musicians for two decades. That adds up to more than a century. Doug's strong aesthetic combines with the band members' mix of approaches to create an aural topography. Doug sets course and navigates. Each member of Built to Spill comes to the music with a different set of expectations and ideals.
With the complexity and variety of music they have created, Built to Spill endeavors to make songs interesting to themselves and their audience. They hope that the band will remain special and that people will discover the music for themselves. Year after year, new fans show up. Just like the band members, listeners come to the music with expectations and ideals. They make up their own ideas about the songs.
I once overheard Doug on the phone being interviewed. He sounded almost stand-offish in not "telling" an interviewer the meaning of a song or describing its origin. Doug and I have speculated about this sometimes: meaning (whether intended or not )is not inherent in lyrics or in any art. Listening, looking closely, and responding with one's feelings, thoughts, and senses transforms. Doug simply does wish to disrupt any meaning someone else has found.
I can barely repress the urge to tell you what THERE IS NO ENEMY means to me. When making the new record, Doug literally lived in the studio. To be able to work all day and all night. To spend hours and hours laying down guitar tracks he realized he couldn't use since the first live takes had the best tone and feel. To undigitally remix the record. With so much work behind the band, the record is here. Now comes the album's journey into the world. This venture Built to Spill does not map out. The record is yours to respond to.
When I listen to songs Doug writes and the whole band plays, I think, "How can people make music this good?" Even though I witness and minorly assist, I still do not understand how theirs or any beloved music comes into the world. To me, the process and result are magic.
BUILT TO SPILL:
Doug Martsch • guitars, vocals / Brett Netson • guitars / Jim Roth • guitars / Brett Nelson • bass / Scott Plouf • drums
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust
Founding member of Sonic Youth, now in 30th year; composer/visual artist/writer etc. Recent live performances with partner Leah Singer, Contre Jour , have been large scale, multi-projection quadraphonic sound+light events, w Lee performing suspended electric guitar phenomena.
Lee and band are currently finishing up his second solo effort, a follow-up to 2012's Between the Times & the Tides. The new record, as yet untitled, is to be released in September 2013, again on Matador. This will be Lee's second fully self-penned, song-based album, a much more band-oriented affair this time out. After a year of touring behind the last record, the band is now fully road-tested, and features Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and new bassist Tim Luntzel. Fellow traveler John Medeski again puts in an appearance playing keyboards on the new disc. The band has an ongoing series of dates thru the summer, and will have a full touring schedule behind the record in the fall.
Although performing with the band is his current focus, Lee continues to perform experimental events with partner Leah Singer, and will premiere a new work for Berlin-based string ensemble Kaleidoskop (with Lee on acoustic guitar) with the group at the Holland Festival on June 14, 2013, with more performances to follow in the fall and spring 2014.
Lee currently has a drawing show in Porto, Portugal at Galeria Pedro Oliveira (May 2013). His visual and sound works have been on view recently at gallery and museum shows in Vienna, Prague, Antwerp, Tampa, Bratislava, Auckland, Salt Lake City and in Brooklyn and Manhattan NYC.
Other recent solo recordings include Glacial (LR/Tony Buck/David Watson) [Three Lobed, 2012]; Les Anges Du Peche: Thurston Moore/Jean-Marc Montera/Lee Ranaldo: guitar duets [Dysmusie, 2011]; and Afternoon Saints: The Shirley Jangle (with Christian Marclay, Gunter Muller, David Watson) [Kraak, 2009].
His latest collections of writings, How Not To Get Played On The Radio [SoundBarn Press 2011] and Against Refusing [Waterrow Press, 2010], enlist Internet spam as a springboard for poetry.
Slam Dunk's format of catchy sing-a-longs and genre-busting breakdowns, built without a theme, will induce a cosmic and slobbering attendance to any dance hall booked. They will show up late, play short sets, eat your food, and sleep in your bed. Nothing but fun will come of it, and you will wake up throbbing weeks after, jonesin' for another round of THE DUNK!
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