BC35: The 35 Year Anniversary Of BC Studio


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With Members of Sonic Youth, Swans, White Hills, JG Thirlwell, Cop Shoot Cop, Live Skull reunion, Pop 1280, The Dresden Dolls, Alice Donut, Lubricated Goat, Sxip Shirley, Parlor Walls and many more!

BC35 refers to the weekend of performances and resulting album making the 35 year anniversary of BC Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Musicians were invited to participate by Martin Bisi, and were assembled by Genevieve Fernworthy into improv ensembles – in the instances where no group had already self-organised – with particular attention to production logistics, and respect for sonic-dynamic possibility.
There were also some long-awaited reunions.
Recorded with a live audience comprised of sound pioneers, social deviants, and studio fans, these tracks were mixed and edited with care over several month by Martin Bisi and by veterans of the studio throughout the decades.



recorded January 16-17 2016

1. “Nowhere Near The Rainbow”
Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Lydia Lunch), Martin Bisi, Stu Spasm (Lubricated Goat), Skeleton Boy (WOMAN), and Alyse Lamb (Parlor Walls)

2. “Denton’s Dive”
Ivan Lipp (Pop 1280), Dave W. (White Hills),Skeleton Boy (WOMAN), and Martin Bisi did a noise jam with 2 drummers— Phil Puleo (Swans, Cop Shoot Cop) and Rich Hutchins (Live Skull)

3. “Details Of The Madness”
New Old Skull (x-Live Skull)

4. “What A Jerk”
A semi-reunion mashup featuring members of Cop Shoot Cop / Swans followed—with Jim Coleman, Natz, Phil Puleo and Algis Kizys

5. “Humash Wealth Management, Inc.”
Tidal Chanel performed with poet Billy Cancel

6. “Downhill”
JG Thirlwell (FOETUS) and Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, GNAW) prepared a piece with Laura Ortman on violin, and featured an impromptu ‘choir’ of audience members holding out notes at Thirwell’s direction.

7. “The Animals Speak Truth”
Dan Kaufman (Barbez), Brian Viglione (Violent Femmes, Dresden Dolls), Paul Wallfisch, Jason LaFarge (Pants Exploder), Neil Exall (The Mercurymen) and Martin Bisi

8. “His Word Against Mine”
Oliver Rivera Drew, Andrea Havis, Jeannie Fry and Diego Ferri

Ernest Rogers Anderson, Sissi Schulmeister, Stephen Moses, Laura Ortman

10. “End Of The Line”

White Hills

11. “Take This Ride”
Ajda the Turkish Queen w/ Brian Viglione (Violent Femmes, Dresden Dolls), Paul Wallfisch (Swans, Little Annie),

12. “Disintegration In The Well”
Cinema Cinema – David Lackner – Mike Dos Santos

13. “Soft Glitter Cosmos Needs A Pig War”
Tidal Channel