July 10, 2012

Hear New Sound: Chelsea Light Moving's "Groovy & Linda"

Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving has got AS excited for a few different reasons. For starters, it's actually a fully functioning band featuring the talented lineup of the current (former?) Sonic Youth frontman, his Demolished Thoughts touring members Keith Wood (Hush Arbors) and Samara Lubelski (Jackie-O Motherfucker) alongside Sunburned Hand Of The Man's John Moloney. As the first listen "Burroughs" showcased, the band shares much of the same guitar-driven noise rock DNA as Moore's most famous project, and taking into account his solo outputs have either been flat-out hiss or softly strummed, it's good to hear Moore making the type of music which he's most well-known for (even if it's sans his iconic Sonic Youth bandmates.) "Groovy & Linda" is Chelsea Light Moving's latest preview, and it's got another helping of scraping distortion pedals that end with an invigorated Moore yelling, "Don't shoot!" Moore even wrote a forward for the new song on the Matablog, and like the song, it's awesome. Here's Thurston in his own words followed by "Groovy & Linda"...

"Not to be confused with the 1968 coffee house folk song by Tom Parrott (recorded for Smithsonian Folkways), this chug n’ shred burner is a psycho reflection of late 60s NYC East Village hippie idealism slayed and splayed in an Avenue B tenement boiler room. Groovy was the boy born James Leroy Hutchinson from modest American means and Linda was Linda Fitzpatrick, she from a privileged nuclear household, both runaways to the lysergic pulchritude of peace, love and marijuana. When The Fugs went on tour in 1967 ringleader Ed Sanders enlisted Groovy to care take his Peace Eye bookstore at a “secret location on the lower east side” (E. 10th St., actually). An incredible underground poetry bookstore / art gallery / hip hang out and orgy hook up scene, Groovy turned it into a barefoot mantra crash pad for all the beautiful zonkers and speed freaks of alphabet city. It was hard for even a grouch like Sanders to get too miffed at Groovy who actually believed in the wild animal dreams of hippie. Groovy was in love with Linda, a starry-eyed goddess nymph and they were the power flower couple of Tompkins Square. Tragedy flapped its nightmare wings and the two were found brutally beaten and killed bathed in blood and mystery amidst their tie-dye rags and rolling papers. It signaled the end of the fairytale that the media presented in day-glo color come-hitherness in the pages of Life and Look magazine. The following year Charles Manson and his dune buggy motherfuckers would exact an even farther cry of chaos and killing in the bamboozled hills of Los Angeles. We, Chelsea Light Moving, want to mantra the names of these two angels of beauty, regardless of the cynicism and naïveté of youth, for these are the charms of the soul. 'Don’t shoot!!' —– We are your children..."

Chelsea Light Moving - "Groovy & Linda"

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