Celebrity Art Party with Amy Abshier Reyes

Celebrity Art Party is a semi-occurring feature, wherein the artists we enjoy interpret their favorite song. This installment features Amy Abshier-Reyes, whom we’d never met before being introduced at a Spoon show a few months back, but quickly discovered her to be a fantastic and interesting person. Abshier-Reyes’ work is a collection of haunting portraits, and her piece for Celebrity Art Party is no different.

Amy Abshier-Reyes - Joy Division 'Ceremony' web

Song title: “Ceremony”

Artist: Joy Division/New Order

Version of song (live, album, remix, etc.): I really love the New Order 12″ version, originally released in 1981 on Factory Records.
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Simon Reynolds pulls back the post-punk curtain

book-cover-totally-wiredAnyone who’s read Simon Reynolds‘s Rip It Up and Start Again can tell you that his account of the post-punk era is a riveting read that will send you scurrying to iTunes and your local record shop to delve deeply into the music of Factory Records and beyond. While Reynolds has a website wherein you can find footnotes for Rip It Up and Start Again, there’s even more material that he compiled during the writing of the book.

That material is being released by Soft Skull next month as Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews. It contains interviews Reynolds conducted in preparation for writing Rip It Up and Start Again, as well as the “lost chapter” about SST and the Minutemen / Black Flag that was cut from the US edition of the original book.
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