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Preview: Chelsea Light Moving

Noah Bonaparte Pais on Thurston Moore's latest project

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Whither Thurston Moore? Last year, the guitar fetishist joined the tungsten-heavy supergroup Twilight, adding black-metal bandit to a resume that reads like that of a reborn renaissance man: noise legend, boundary pusher, heart psychic, cinematic scorekeeper, NatGeo narrator, academy arborist, thought demolisher, Music Boxer. Idling in the purgatory between Sonic Death and Ciccone Youth, Moore never abandoned the hide-and-seek game he started with Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo, even as his players ceased to be found — ex-everything Gordon joining Bill Nace to form Body/Head; six-string twin Ranaldo discorporating into the Dust. Moore's 2011 solo outing, the Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts, is the ringing in his ears after 30 years of feedback; however gently and oddly moving, it pins his weird wings behind a pane of glass, a formerly unidentifiable flying object grounded in the names of taxidermy and taxonomy. On Chelsea Light Moving — the self-titled debut of a new ensemble, named for an actual New York moving company run by Philip Glass and Steve Reich in the early 1970s — he begins in the same vein, bending light and color into notes and chords on misleading opener "Heavenmetal." It's all churned into a thick black soup on "Alighted," the eight minutes of which play like a descent into atonal madness, coming to rest in a distortion carpet-bombing and its charred aftermath. Once he's crossed over, there's no going back, and so Moore goes deeper: assuaging Roky Erickson with the 13th Floor-elevating "Empires of Time," autopsying murdered East Village couple James Leroy Hutchinson and Linda Fitzpatrick on "Groovy & Linda" and shouting out William Burroughs and Frank O'Hara on beaten-poetry epics "Burroughs" and "Frank O'Hara Hit." Tampa, Fla., underdog Merchandise, which appended 2012 favorite Children of Desire (Katorga Works) with April's Totale Nite EP, opens. Tickets $16. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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