Sonic Youth has had lots of interesting adventures lately, but this one might just take the cake: being trapped inside a huge, metallic, futuristic-looking fish bowl (with John Paul Jones, no less) while playing music for a dance show at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Gilman Opera House.
As we told you back in December, Sonic Youth teamed up with the former Led Zeppelin bass player to perform the music for the Merce Cunningham number. The Village Voice said that the contraption from which the musicians (Sonic Youth, Jones and composer Takehisa Kosugi) played "designed by architect Benedetta Tagliabue, did an entertaining job of upstaging Cunningham's dancers, despite their 1967-season Star Trek costumes."
The dance show is Merce Cunningham's "Nearly Ninety", and if you don't know Mr. Cunningham the scoop is that he's actually 90 years old. So the title works like that. The New York Times gives a more through review of the performance, calling the bandstand "an ugly science fiction cross between various Marcel Duchamp works ("Nude Descending a Staircase," "The Bride and the Bachelors") and some "Star Wars" battleship."
The whole thing probably would've been pretty weird all on its own, even without the possibility that the band could initiate lift-off sequences at any moment.