Exene Cervenka is a founding member of punk legends X. Perhaps you knew that.
They are hitting the road this fall and will be playing their seminal LP "Los Angeles" in its entirety. The shows will open with a screening of the super cool movie "X- The Unheard Music."
HERE'S the list of tour dates
Due to health concerns, Exene unfortunately will not be able to continue her tour. All dates from April 4th thru the 18th.
Here is a statement from her:
"as you probably know by now, i was diagnosed with ms. i have been doing relatively well. i thought i could handle sxsw in austin, and a short solo tour. however, i got sick in austin during sx, it is a hard event even under the best of circumstances. it didn't seem that hot to me, but heat is very bad for those of us with ms. i started feeling bad almost as soon as i started playing on wednesday and by sunday night, i had a terrible headache and couldn't get out of bed. i didn't feel any better by wednesday so i called my neurologist and got a prescription for steroids. i started to improve a little and thought i'd be okay to start my southwest southeast tour on the following friday. in retrospect, i should have called off the tour then and there. but i didn't want to cancel. kevin seconds, who was on the tour with me, met me in austin, and we played our first show. but i wasn't getting better in knoxville tn, a week later, i was fatigued and having a hard time functioning. when i took the stage that night, i was surprised to discover that my right hand and arm were not responding to my commands, and i couldn't play guitar. i apologized to the audience, talked alot, and sang acapella. because i had driven ten hours from new orleans, i hoped it was just fatigue from gripping the steering wheel so long. but i knew the tour was over. the next morning, after i called my booking agent and gave her the news, i sat down with kevin seconds and explained to him that i was too sick to continue, and would only be going as far as memphis. i apologized. my friend flew into memphis and drove me home, where i am now. i wouldn't have made it as far as i did without the help of my friends and the kindness of fans strangers along the way. i am not an invincible road warrior anymore. the easiest part of touring is the hour on stage. the driving and staying with friends and finding hotels and advancing the shows and hauling around merch and guitars is the hard part. i've never cancelled a tour before but it is more important for me to regain my health than continue. i never know when my ms will strike, and this was certainly bad timing for an attack. my apologies to the clubs, the fans, my label, and mr. seconds for this unfortunate event"
It is a genuine thrill and honor to have someone of her cailber in our humble and musically-dorky little family. She sent this note to her fans for us to post today:
"hi everyone who cares! thank you xxxso much for the positive, loving, kind comments about excitement of maybe! it means a lot to me to know you are there and that what i do brings something meaningful into your lives. i am so happy today, i worked hard (but it sure was fun!) on these songs and the recording. so again thank you as always for listening!!! love exene"
The nice folks at KCRW in Los Angeles are currently streaming Exene's new album, The Excitement of Maybe, a week before the release date (and til the end of the month!). So head on over there, take a listen, and if you like what you hear, be sure to pick it up on CD, limited-edition LP or digitally.
Yeah, sometimes we find out things about our artists that make our tiny little monkey brains spin. This would be one of them. Exene Cervenka and Kevin Costner made a movie together way back when, with Dave Alvin and John Doe and a load of others. Note the fundraising for Gulf Coast charities.
The Degree of Separation betwixt Bloodshot and Kevin Costner has shrunk to 1! Will a Nicolas Cage/Sally Timms duet album from 1986 be unearthed soon too?
From the Huffington Post: "Before he danced with wolves, Academy Award winning actor/director Kevin Costner made a never-before-seen movie that's being released today after nearly 25 years in a vault: Bad Day, directed by the award-winning rock video director, Modi Frank, and photographed by punk rock queen, singer, poet and visual artist, Exene Cervenka, co-founder of the seminal band X. The duo are releasing the cowboy-themed short as a digital downloaded for a "you decide" amount. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gulf charities providing aid to both people and the environment."
Have a peek at the trailer HERE
Spirit in the Dark
Monday, July 12 at 8:00
Featuring Yo La Tengo, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, Lambchop, Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Horns, and Exene Cervenka with headliners the Blind Boys of Alabama
That's some serious star power.
The Blind Boys invite a variety of artists from rock's most cutting edges to bring their lyrical expressions of spirituality to the stage for an unprecedented musical dialogue. This unscripted musical adventure is an evening not to be missed.
For tickets and more information go HERE
Recently, Exene Cervenka stopped by the Philly studios of the venerable radio station WXPN to record an interview for its ongoing series, A Musician's Life. Exene talks to host Tracey Tanenbaum about moving to California, her MS, and talking about punk rock with Dick Clark.
Here's a grand interview with Exene Cervenka from the The Sunbreak in Seattle. She talks about working with Ray Manzarek of the Doors, how X would jam to Carl Perkins tunes early on, why record stores are important, what her favorite albums are and so much more. It's a great, informative read and, as we keep mentioning, that's getting rarer and rarer in the blogosphere. There's even this little snippet that made us blush (for the record, we did NOT pay her to say this, or threaten her in any way.)
"Tell me a little about your relationship with Bloodshot Records. They're very akin spiritually to the vibe you've always been on."
Exene: "That's the first time I've ever heard of a record label being accused of spirituality--they're usually considered heartless bastards that everyone hates [laughs]. But not in the case of Bloodshot. Spirituality, indeed. They asked me to do a record, and I was thrilled to death, because I love Bloodshot Records, and they've been nothing but good to me. They really have worked hard. Everyone who works there is smart, intuitive, caring. I've done a couple of South-by-Southwests since I've been on Bloodshot. They just work their asses off to get this music out. They really believe in what they're doing, and they're awesome. Best label I've ever been on."