Thursday, August 13, 2009
YOU DON'T LOVE ME YET
My band WET DIRT is playing this. I really love this Roky Erickson song from the 80s, hard to believe that it is from the 80s, so timeless. Something about this song, so direct yet with an opening line "Lightning never strikes anymore..." Pure emotion.
Anyways, it's free, it's this Saturday at 3 PM at Mercer union (1286 Bloor Street west) and it's the last day to catch Sarah Gregg Millman's art show as well.
Toronto-based musicians and artists will perform an evening of Johanna Billing’s ongoing project, You Don’t Love Me Yet. Fascinated by the ritualized potential inherent in performing cover versions of pop songs, Billing conceived a concert format based on one song only, to be interpreted by lo cal artists, bands, and groups. Taking its cue from Texas psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson’s original 1984 version of the song, Billing has reinterpreted the logic of longing and longevity and decentralized the ideal of a single performance or solo performer, creating instead a rolling series of performances based on localized aesthetic sensibilities.
Each performance is videotaped and subsequently becomes the backbone to an archival instal lation of a “neverending tour” of You Don’t Love Me Yet. Beginning as a concert tour in multiple Scandinavian art institutes around 2002, Billing’s reformatting of the song has since been per formed over a hundred times in locations worldwide ranging from museums, galleries, music clubs and art fairs.