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Edie Sedgwick - Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer

posted Oct 16, 2008, 1:44 PM by Vu Nguyen
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EDIE SEDGWICK [1999 - Present] 
Justin Moyer - Edie Sedgwick 


Edie Sedgwick - Things Are Getting Sinister and Sinisterer (11/03/08)
When Justin Moyer was stricken by his first epileptic seizure at age 25 in 2001, whispers of concern rippled through Washington, D.C.'s close-knit punk community. Was the founding member of third-generation Dischord stalwarts El Guapo and Antelope to be sidelined by a long-dormant neurological malady? 

"Justin's seizures spawned erratic behavior," says Ian MacKaye, Dischord Record's co-founder. "His bands broke up. He started wearing cocktail dresses. He wrote an autobiography of Meryl Streep and tried to stage readings at Fugazi shows. And Edie Sedgwick was born." 

"Edie Sedgwick" - the nom de plume Moyer swiped from a forgotten Andy Warhol Superstar - became a vehicle for new songs, writing, and video art about mainstream celebrity culture. Like many outsider artists, Moyer was prolific - he started a blog at www.ediesedgwick.biz and released Her Love is Real...But She is Not, a sprawling electroclash full-length, on Desoto Records in 2005. 

"Justin reinvented himself," says Kim Coletta, DeSoto's founder. "He wanted to be the white, booger-drag version of Fela Kuti, Screaming Jay Hawkins, and the Ol' Dirty Bastard. Or, maybe, a transgendered Ian Svenonius." 

After a ill-fated solo European tour in 2006 - a mid-air seizure forced the grounding of Moyer's 747 in Prague, where he was detained by Czech authorities for possession of contraband pantyhose - Moyer's family convinced him to start performing with a back-up band for safety's sake. Edie's funky collaborations with the DC punk diaspora - including members of The Captiol City DustersSoccer TeamThe EvensThe Aquarium and Medications - resulted in Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer, ten songs produced by MacKaye for release on Dischord.

"Justin's font of creativity runneth over, but his font of stability? Bone dry," says MacKaye. "[Engineer] Don Zientara and I were happy to play the foil." 

At Moyer's insistence, Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer will be released on vinyl and mp3 only - a Dischord first. To further his vision of "an inter-actable record," Moyer will post videos for each track on www.ediesedgwick.biz between now and the release date. The results will offer a startling glimpse into a most unusual mind. 

"Justin's fragile health and atypical artistic development make him a unique voice in our buttoned-down capital city," says Alec Bourgeois, a Dischord employee. "He is, if nothing else, a visionary." 

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Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer was composed and performed by Edie Sedgwick. Live personnel include Melissa Quinley [Soccer Team], Chad Molter [FaraquetMedications], Jason Hutto [The Aquarium], Ben Azzara [The Capitol City Dusters], Amy Farina [The Evens], Basla Andlosun [Beauty Pill] and more.

Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer track listing: 

01.) Sissy Spacek 
02.) Mary-Kate Olsen
03.) Angelina Jolie  
04.) Anthony Perkins  
05.) March Of The Penguins 
06.) Bambi/ G.W. Bush  
07.) O.D.B.   
08.) Red Dawn
09.) Rob Lowe  
10.) Edie Sedgwick II 

Upcoming Edie Sedgwick shows:

10.18.08 Richmond, VA @ Ghostprint Gallery 
11.06.08 Arlington, VA @ Kansas House 
11.07.08 Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
11.08.08 New York, NY @ Cake Shop [Queers, Beers and Rears] 
11.09.08 Ithaca, NY @ No Radio Records 
11.10.08 Boston, MA @ Tufts University - Oxfam Cafe 
11.11.08 Providence, RI @ AS 220
11.13.08 Chicago, IL @ Ronny's
11.14.08 DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe 
11.15.08 Ypsilanti, MI @ Elbow Room 
11.17.08 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room 
11.18.08 Little Rock, AR @ The Lazer Puzzy 
11.19.08 Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange 
11.20.08 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory 

DISCOGRAPHY 
Mud Memory/Dischord Records - First Reflections
Desoto Records - Her Love Is Real...But She Is Not 
Dischord Records - Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer
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