BC35 refers to a weekend of performances and the resulting album on Bronson Recordings,

which marked Martin Bisi's 35-Year Anniversary of BC Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

includes members of​:​

Sonic Youth, Swans, White Hills, JG Thirlwell. Cop Shoot Cop, Live Skull reunion, Pop 1280, The Dresden Dolls,

Alice Donut, Lubricated Goat, Sxip Shirey, Parlor Walls

Photos of the weekend can be found at the link here

t r a c k l i s t

1. "Nowhere Near the Rainbow"

Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore)

Alyse Lamb (Parlor Walls)

Stu Spasm (Lubricated Goat, Art Gray Noizz Quintet)

Skeleton Boy (Woman, Art Gray Noizz Quintet)

Martin Bisi


2. "Denton's Dive"

Rich Hutchins (Live Skull, Shilpa Ray, Art Gray Noizz Quintet)

Phil Puleo (Cop Shoot Cop, Swans)

Ivan Lip (Pop 1280)

Skeleton Boy (Woman, Art Gray Noizz Quintet)

Dave W (White Hills)

Martin Bisi


3. "Details of the Madness" ** - New Old Skull:

Rich Hutchins (Live Skull, Shilpa Ray, Art Gray Noizz Quintet)

Marnie Jaffe (Live Skull)

Mark C (Live Skull)


4. "What a Jerk" - EXCOP:

Algis Kizys (Swans, Lydia Lunch)

Phil Puleo (Cop Shoot Cop, Swans)

Jack Nantz (Cop Shoot Cop)

Jim Coleman (Cop Shoot Cop)


5. "Humash Wealth Management, Inc."

Genevieve Fernworthy (Tidal Channel, Lauds, Martin Bisi's band)

Billy Cancel (Tidal Channel)


6. "Downhill" **

JG Thirlwell (Foetus)

Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, Gnaw)

Laura Ortman

The BC Radiophonic Choir (audience members)


7. "The Animals Speak Truth"

Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Violent Femmes)

Dan Kaufman (Barbez)

Paul Wallfisch (Swans)

Jason LaFarge (Pants Exploder)

Neil Exall (The Mercurymen)

Martin Bisi


8. "His Word Against Mine"

Jeannie Fry (Kitty Badass)

Andrea Havis (Susu)

Oliver Rivera Drew (Martin Bisi's band)

Diego Ferri (Martin Bisi's band)


9. "SYNESTHESIA!" **

Sissi Schulmeister (Alice Donut)

Steve Moses (Alice Donut)

Laura Ortman


10. "End of the Line"

Dave W (White Hills)

Ego Sensation (White Hills)


11. "Take this Ride"

Ajda The Turkish Queen

Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Violent Femmes)

Paul Wallfisch (Swans)

Lorde Buckingham


12. "Disintegration in the Well" (on the 7" insert)

Ev Gold (Cinema Cinema)

Paul Claro (Cinema Cinema)

David Lackner (Blue Jazz TV)

Mikel Dos Santos (The Realistics)


13. "Soft Glitter Cosmos Needs a Pig War" (on the 7" insert)

Genevieve Fernworthy (Tidal Channel, Lauds, Martin Bisi's band)

Billy Cancel (Tidal Channel)


** All tracks mixed by Martin Bisi, except:

"Details of the Madness" - mixed by Mark C

"Downhill" - mixed by JG Thirlwell

"SYNESTHESIA!" - mixed by Michael Jung


Associate producer and art director: Genevieve Fernworthy

Album cover photo by Alexey Novikov

the BC35 recording weekend

some of the additional music will appear on BC35 Volume 2, to be released in 2019

day 1: January 16th 2016

Dan Kaufman and John Bolinger of Barbez kicked it off with their new duo, John & Dan

A semi-reunion mashup featuring members of Cop Shoot Cop / Swans followed—with Jim Coleman, Natz, Phil Puleo and Algis Kizys

White Hills performed a written piece exclusive to BC35

Brian Viglione (Violent Femmes, Dresden Dolls), Paul Wallfisch (Swans, Little Annie), and Ajda Snyder created a unique backup group for songs composed by Snyder

Performance artist Robbie O Leaver led a set with Paul Wallfisch, Phil Puleo, and Jim Coleman, as Birdthrower

Michael Bazini (Controlled Bleeding) Jim Coleman, and Torch performed a new industrial piece as Mega Tormenta

Live Skull—a No Wave band formed in 1982 – reunited with original members Mark C, Marnie Jaffe and Rich Hutchins. Debuting new songs, they called themselves New Old Skull

Ivan Lipp (Pop 1280), Dave W. (White Hills),Skeleton Boy (WOMAN), and Martin Bisi did a noise jam with 2 drummers— Phil Puleo (Swans, Cop Shoot Cop) and Rich Hutchins (Live Skull)

Day 1 wrapped with a final noise extravaganza from Dan Kaufman (Barbez), Brian Viglione (Violent Femmes, Dresden Dolls), Paul Wallfisch, Jason LaFarge (Pants Exploder), Neil Exall (The Mercurymen) and Martin Bisi


Day 2 : January 17, 2016

Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Lydia Lunch), Martin Bisi, Stu Spasm (Lubricated Goat), Skeleton Boy (WOMAN), and Alyse Lamb (Parlor Walls) performed the opening track of the BC35 album, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, Violent Femmes), and Don Godwin started off the day with a zydeco-driven jam led by Sxip Shirey on megaphone

Sissi Schulmeister and Steve Moses of Alice Donut (Alternative Tentacles Records) were joined by Ernest Anderson and Laura Ortman, and called this new lineup SAMO—an acronym of their last names

JADO—a first name acronym of Oliver Rivera Drew, Andrea Havis, Jeannie Fry and Diego Ferri – played 2 new songs written for BC35

JG Thirlwell (FOETUS) and Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, GNAW) prepared a piece with Laura Ortman on violin, and featured an impromptu 'choir' of audience members holding out notes at Thirwell's direction.

Tidal Chanel performed with poet Billy Cancel over electro industrial sounds by Genevieve Fernworthy (LAUDS)

Andy Hawkins (Blind Idiot God) did a heavy set with Algis Kizys (Swans) and Laura Ortman, together with alternating drummers Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Retrovirus) and Rich Hutchins (Live Skull)

Violist Genevieve Kammel Morris (LAUDS) brought a 3-minute participatory performance featuring vocals + bowed instruments sustaining the note G (at roughly 390Hz) including Lawry Zilmrah bowing a modified bicycle wheel with pickups, Megan Moncrief on ukelin, Valerie Kuehne and John Schwartz on cello, and Jason LaFarge, Laura Ortman, and Kolin Zein on violin

The BC35 weekend closed with guitar + drums duo, Cinema Cinema, joined by sax player David Lackner (Synthetic Love Dream, Blue Jazz TV) and bassist Mikel Dos Santos (The Realistics)

Post / Production

Creating pieces from the improvisations, along with editing and selective balancing, took weeks at a time per song –

a behemoth had been created.

Overdubs soon followed on the pieces that were written specifically for the event,

and in the case of some ensembles, a member would handle the mixing.


Mastering was completed in May 2017 by Fred Kevorkian.