Thursday, July 15th, 2010
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Laurie Anderson Frightens Millennial

Local blog youth disturbed by world's most important performance artist on Letterman, gets thoroughly roasted by commenters.

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"according to wikipedia"

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

Matt was probably all "Oy, this is what happens when the Daily Show goes on vacation."

"According to Wikipedia" is totally going to be my new shorthand for "I am unexcusably ignorant of this important thing."

elegantfaker (#1,646)

::facestab::

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I also had no idea who Laurie Anderson was before this post, but speaking objectively, that Letterman performance is FUCKING COOL. Can I be excused for my ignorance?

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

The kids are being educated down below, Doc

Gef, I think it already serves as shorthand for that idea, although a lot of people employing said phrase don't realize it.

HiredGoons (#603)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Laurie for a gig – she's a class act, which leads me to wonder why the hell she married Lou Reed.

HiredGoons (#603)

Oh he used to be so hot and gay, I know! and Billy used to be hot too – not so much anymore…

But srsly, Lou Reed is a prick.

HiredGoons (#603)

Also: I like your comment there.

LOL KNOWLEDGE

BadUncle (#153)

INVISIBLE CULTURE

Art Yucko (#1,321)

LOL'LL SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LOLIFE LEARNING.

KarenUhOh (#19)

It's ALL a performance.

Matt (#26)

Would somebody fight the real enemy already?

Art Yucko (#1,321)

EVIL is best conquered with ELECTRIC VIOLINS.

Please, don't let Williamsburg discover Laurie Anderson.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

She is property of 1980's kids forever, I don't care what Greenpoint says.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

By the way, Grace Zabriskie has a book of poems out.

But would you PLEASE stop linking to Denton properties. I have to go have a full body peel now.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

We already did! David Byrne told us about her.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Hey, kemosabe! Long time no see. He says: hey sport. You connect the dots. You pick up the pieces. He says: you know, I can see two pictures of myself and there's one in each of your eyes; and they're doin' everything I do. Every time I light a cigarette, they light up theirs. I take a drink and I look in and they're drinkin' too. It's drivin' me crazy, it's drivin' me nuts.

And Sharkey says: deep in the heart of darkest america, home of the brave. He says: listen to my heart beat.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Hi Mom!

Art Yucko (#1,321)

…WOW, it's like I'm in evening art class making crappy MEMPHIS-inspired pottery for 1986, all over again.

HERE COME THE PLANES
HERE COME THE PLANES

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@MH: Ok now I have to go reacquire US Live I-V txalot!

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

I agree with everything the cool people on this thread are saying.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Also, you misspelled "old"

doubled277 (#2,783)

+7

evilfred (#2,351)

I don't know from art, but that guy playing the giant saxophone is all sorts of hot.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

his name is Barry Tone.

Mindpowered (#948)

The ace of bass (sax)

saythatscool (#101)

For your information, Brian Moylan Lite plays quite well in Kenosha.

allyzay (#321)

Please don't blame 30-and-unders as a whole for Matt Cherette being retarded? According to Wikipedia, some Millennials were even at her show last night at LPR!

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Based solely on what I know about her from watching this performance, I think that Matt Cherette's review is going to be one of Laurie Anderson's favorite press clippings of all time.

KarenUhOh (#19)

"I'm Lou Reed and you're watching Tune Out New York on Gawker.TV."

Art Yucko (#1,321)

-headdesking-

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

So before a half hour ago, I wouldn't have been able to pick Laurie Anderson out of a lineup of two performance artists. And now I'm kind of ashamed of that? But I'm also thinking, what's the big deal? Mommy, tell me what to do.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

But you would recognize a copy of INTERVIEW Magazine, right?

deepomega (#1,720)

I'm riding an emotional roller coaster here! What is the line I can draw between myself and Msr. Cherette? I would cheerfully smile and nod and surreptitiously according to wikipedia this sitch, but I respect you all too much for that.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Start: O Superman, Sharkey's Day.
If you like those: the rest of Big Science.
Advanced: Mister Heartbreak.
Comps: United States Live.
Lifer: Everything else.

But she's such a great live performer — light, sound, robots, gospel.

Start here maybe.

@boyofdestiny: Well, the banner ad on this page right now proclaims "The Kids Are All Right," so you can take that for what it's worth.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

YES. SUPERMAN IS THE PROPER STARTING POINT.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Wait a minute, I have heard 'O Superman' before! I WAS NOT AS IGNORANT AS WE ALL THOUGHT.

HiredGoons (#603)

There is a video of it up at MoMA right now.

shaunr (#726)

When Clive James was reviewing TV in the 'seventies he saw a future where television programmes were made by people who grew up with nothing but television.

Rodger Psczny (#3,912)

That would be Seth MacFarlane's oeuvre.

I see a future when the internet will be made by people who grew up with nothing but internet. Is there a trend in there somewhere?

HiredGoons (#603)

Ouroboros is my homedawg.

Kevin Knox (#4,475)

If you want a picture of the future, imagine an animated gif of a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@KK: Nah. But a boot floating in a pool of acid might work.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@Yucko: Yes, I would, so don't worry.
@ everybody: Thanks! But I think I was also saying "Mommy tell me what to do" in a more general way, as in like, what's the significance of not being familiar with this particular well-known-in-certain-circles artist? It's not advisable to do what Mr. Cherette did and act all dismissive of something that's unfamiliar and obscure (to him), but how much of a cultural illiterate is he really? (I'm prepared for the answer to be "a huge cultural illiterate.")

Shorter: I'd rather read what you all have to say than depend on Wikipedia.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

And this was supposed to be a reply to my previous comment. My bad!

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I vote for forgetting (or never finding out about) the heyday of performance art but Laurie Anderson charted.

OMG wait till they find out about Karen Finley.

1. Laurie Anderson is sui generis.

2. Insofar as 1. holds true, in the Venn diagram of Art, "performance art" is the big circle which the "Laurie Anderson" circle overlaps the most.

3. Compared to other well-established art genres, a much greater proportion of artists in the "performance art" circle are sui generis.

4. Because of 3., performance art, unlike "pop music" or "renaissance painting", is not really one of those areas where "X is a massive and obvious influence on Y, and therefore knowing about X will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Y" holds true.

5. It's OK not to know a lot about performance art.

6. But Laurie Anderson has high cultural currency even outside the performance-art-obsessed world. You'll be surprised how many people will perk up when you mention her name. This is good at cocktail parties, particularly considering 5.

7. You can replace "Laurie Anderson" in all of the above with "Diamanda Galas" if you're at a really art-nerd-intensive cocktail party. Did you know Diamanda Galas was on the Jon Stewart Show back in the day? Now you've impressed that cute person at the party. Perhaps he/she would like to come back to your place and listen to some Einstürzende Neubauten records.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Significance of not being familiar with Laurie Anderson: she was the third party candidate who made it supereasy for Madonna to walk all over Cyndi Lauper.

migraineheadache (#1,866)

@dntsqzthchrmn I can't count how many times I saw the "Yams" video in school.

My husband booked Diamanda as a line producer for TJSS. He and Ms. G. are still good friends. You may kiss my ring.

@BookishLookish: Hot! MTV used to be WEIRD, DUDE.

Kevin Knox (#4,475)

@Bookish: I am DYING here.
I got her to sign a CD after a show and she was as charming offstage as she is imposing onstage.

(ps: It's valet of the dolls here, btw.)

Hi, Valet!

All praise for Diamanda. She is also hysterically funny.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

@Bookish:
[lookatthisfuckingexartgothfoolkissingthisgirl'sfuckingring]

(did she really clog up the toilet in ye olde Berlin group house with tissue paper from blowing her nose?…hilarious rumors!)

Flashman (#418)

Letterman took so much heat from the FCC after that GG Allin fiasco that I never thought I'd ever see another 'performance artist' on Late Night.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Hence the conspicuous absence of Crispin Glover.

hockeymom (#143)

I love Letterman (or his producers) for booking her. This is what separates him from the other Late Night hosts. Well, this, and sleeping with much of his staff.

Mindpowered (#948)

Are you sure about that last one?

HiredGoons (#603)

*coughJaquinPhoenixcough*

leila (#5,840)

<3 Choire.

BadUncle (#153)

Last time I saw her live (more than 20 years ago), she and her band used pressure sensitive sensors embedded in their clothes to trigger percussion and sythesizer notes. They did this amazing hybrid of dance and music and spoken word, while slapping themselves silly.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

sooooooooo much cooler and less gratuitous than Stelarc.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

According to Wikipedia, you are talking about: Blue Man Group!

zidaane (#373)

other cool people born in Glen Ellyn.

skahammer (#587)

Next time you're at Pastis, do not pass up their Roasted Millennial with Goat Cheese appetizer.

I skip the pomegranate seeds because I think they makes the dish too complex, but YMMV.

buzzorhowl (#992)

Hah, remember when you guys did a whole big profile about how that kid was moving to New York City? My, how times have changed!

Br. Seamus (#217)

Matt Cherette is Moving to E. 4th Street in The Early-Mid 1970s.

"Please return to your town" is the best comment in the history of Gawker.

saythatscool (#101)

Whoever "Blactor" is, he's my new internet hero.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I was a little worried that "moving to NY" post was the set-up for an Apted-style story arc, actually…

From now on, when I want to impress upon someone that something is uber cool, I am saying, "It is so Blactor":

http://tv.gawker.com/comment/26036062/

beyondtherapy (#6,084)

That and calling Mr. Cherette a "twerp" which he is the most sterling example of, ever.
Really, his Twitter feed should win an award for being the most annoying in the history of the universe.
He actually posted (daily) updates of "Today's reason why I need to get out of Michigan ASAP" including linking to an article about a woman arrested for stealing at a local Wal Mart (because you know, there IS no crime in New York City).
His contributions to Gawker.tv are inspid and useless, and his cultural knowledge seems to begin with Lady Gaga and end with Beyonce.
Speaking of the "big profile" article, who the hell even would state "his favorite celebrities include"….and then go on to list "Gaga, of course" and in the same sentence mention Larry King and Jay Leno. Favorite CELEBRITIES?
Ugh.
But this is so typical of the under 30 set nowadays, they know all about what the Kardashians are up to (and will enthusiastically retweet the fact that one of their Twitter accounts got hacked-oooooh, the horror) but then they see someone like Laurie Anderson on Letterman and post a bewildering screed about it.
@FlippperBaby
Matt Cherette needs to move back to Michigan and spare us any more of this thought provoking, insightful articles.
Oh, wait, I forgot, he doesn't really write, he "repurposes digital media"…wasn't that what they called it in the original puff piece?

beyondtherapy (#6,084)

Mine too.

doubled277 (#2,783)

@beyondtherapy I don't understand your bile for this person. let's just mock him amusingly, shall we?

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

@beyondtherapy: I also don't understand the bile, or the nasty generalization. I'm under 30 and I couldn't even name multiple Kardashians. Maybe you should relax a little and realize that celebrity news is not something you're interested in? It's done nothing but good for my mental health.

sfbirdie (#979)

What the hell is your problem? A little excessive bitterness, don't you think?

Rodger Psczny (#3,912)

That would be the Seth MacFarlane oeuvre.

Rodger Psczny (#3,912)

Fuck me, stupid.

NinetyNine (#98)

So it's okay to make fun of Matt Cherette again?

KarenUhOh (#19)

I'd hurry.

beyondtherapy (#6,084)

I am!

TennisCourtOaf (#4,871)

Forty skinny-tie sads because that means the poor kid also didn't know about MIA's tribute to Suicide, then?

eleusiswalks (#6,082)

I used to love MIA but while it was awesome that she had Martin Rev onstage with her, I find "Born Free" to be about the laziest sample track in a long time. Samples are totally great but she just sampled "Ghost Rider" and then did… absolutely nothing with it. I dunno, I find /\/\/\Y/\ as a whole really disappointing.

beyondtherapy (#6,084)

If the artist isn't Lady Gaga, he isn't going to have any idea what you are talking about, which will elicit another "article" like the Laurie Anderson piece of garbage he "wrote".

eleusiswalks (#6,082)

I like Lady Gaga, even, but I think Lady Gaga fans of all people should appreciate the avant-garde 80s artists who she references so thoroughly a lot of the time. Grace Jones in particular comes to mind, but Laurie Anderson's thoughts on consciousness and mass media definitely come into play in Gaga's smarter stuff.

@eleusiswalks: I'm just waiting until Gaga breaks out her Klaus Nomi impression.

saythatscool (#101)

Why doesthis remind me of
this?

*HORK!*

eleusiswalks (#6,082)

Are you the person who posted that over on the Gawker article because I swear I actually laughed out loud.

eleusiswalks (#6,082)

I registered here just to express my delight at this post.

I also just want to say as a Millenial that I was the first person to call him out and Laurie Anderson has been rocking my world since my early teens. The under-30 set is not all philistines I swear to god.

beyondtherapy (#6,084)

So did I! And to also express my utter contempt for Matt Cherette's supposed writing "talents". Remember, folks, this is the guy who "created the fake Dina Lohan account". This, supposedly, was "genius" because…get ready for it…"Dina" didn't understand that Twitter had a 140 character limit so EVERY SINGLE F*CKING TWEET cut off about two words too soon.
Yeah, it was mildly funny-once. 800 tweets later, not so much.
Apparently, though, this was enough to get him a job as "night coordinator" at Gawker.TV, whatever that entails.
Apparently, watching the worst TV shows he can find, and uploading the videos to the site…and the one time he stumbles across something that is actually cool he responds with bewilderment and WTF's?, and "according to Wikipedia"'s.
But hey, I guess this is what passes for talent, at least at Gawker these days.

eleusiswalks (#6,082)

I think he's fine usually but this article left me gawping.

katiechasm (#163)

Now he's pretending he was joking…

katiechasm (#163)

… Does that make him a "Performance Artist"?

beyondtherapy (#6,084)

Unfortunately, no. Just desperate.
And, undoubtedly, wishing he could go back in time and retract the entire article.

judy shapiro (#6,086)

I hope the under 30 set can be intellectually open minded to recognize that she was making a powerful comment on how we are abdicating our wills and becoming passive participants in our own lives in deference to "experts".

I loved it for its insight — music aside.

Br. Seamus (#217)

Give it time, we'll eventually get Matt Cherette is Moving Into a Communal Loft With Judith Malina and Cat Mother and The All Night Newsboys

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I was hoping for something more like Matt Cherette Is Playing the Griffin Dunne Role In M. Night Shyamalan's Remake of After Hours.

Vulpes (#946)

"World's most important performance artist" is a phrase that makes my head cock to the side like a confused German Shepherd. Those words? Together?

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