Monday, January 21, 2019

Title TK

Title TK
Title TK
New York City, USA: Primary Information, 2017
242 pp., 6.5 x 8.5", softcover
Edition of 1000

Title TK is journalist shorthand used to signify information still forthcoming for the final copy edit. It translates to "title to come". It is also the name of a 2002 LP by the Breeders.

Here Title TK is a conceptual band consisting of artist Cory Arcangel, curator Howie Chen, and composer/guitarist Alan Licht. The group perform, but do not play music. Instead, they sit and talk about music, pop culture, art and anything else that emerges in their unplanned dialogues.

Fittingly, this collection of ten performances from between 2010 and 2014 feature only transcriptions of their conversations. The venues range from the Lit Lounge in New York to the POP Montréal festival to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Topics of conversation include American Idol, CanCon, Dan Flavin, the Grateful Dead’s Dick’s Picks, Fugazi, Guns N’ Roses, Lil Wayne, Seth Price, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, the Situationists, etc. etc.

Their previous "LP", ROCK$ tackled subjects as varied as Madonna, Deerhunter, Van Halen, Funkmaster Flex, Ben Stiller, Christina Applegate, and trying to remember every band on the 4AD label.

On-stage banter without the unnecessary music getting in the way.

Available from Tender Books, here.

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