When he isn’t composing French film soundtracks, covering Burt Bacharach with Jim O’Rourke, or performing noise music with children, Thurston Moore has been known to dust off the ol’ acoustic 12-string for a few decidedly non-art-rock love songs. Dig For Fire and Other Music hosted a so-called Lawn Party at Austin’s SXSW this year in which Moore performed “a song [he] wrote for a girlfriend” called “Friend,” “You Lost Your Lover,” and other songs from a forthcoming solo album tentatively set for release this fall.
Fortunately for those unable to attend this year’s festivities, Babelgum is streaming beautifully recorded, professionally shot footage from the event, which includes a brief chat with Moore, as well as his performance of the aforementioned new tunes. Each of the two videos below include a separate segment in which Califone and Anni Rossi perform, as well.
Check out Thurston’s solo songs below and head over here for a host of videos from the event, including performances by the XX, Dum Dum Girls, Memory Tapes, Holly Miranda, Toro Y Moi, Sharon Van Etten, and many more: