Since the release of her first official recordings in late 2013, The Space Lady's myth has grown larger and more life-like. Emerging from the shadows of cultdom, she is embarking on her first ever live performances in some of the world's most venerated venues and spaces. While accustomed to hours of street performances to bedazzled and bewildered passers-by, The Space Lady's World Tour 2014 will be the first time she has performed on stage to dedicated followers.
Beginning this episode of the saga in Bellingham, USA, The Space Lady will visit the North West of America before heading down the Californian cost, ending at a Mount Analogue / Dublab presentation in L.A. From there she will visit the United Kingdom and Ireland for an intensive mission taking in Manchester Art Gallery, a Victorian bandstand in Glasgow, Dundee Contemporary Arts and many other cities. After a summer break The Space Lady will be hitting mainland Europe. Dates are as follows...
6th March - Makeshift Art Space, Bellingham, WA.
7th March - Secret House Show, Vancouver, Canada
8th March - Secret House Show, Olympia, WA.
9th March - MAGMA festival @ Chop Suey w Geneva Jacuzzi / Goddess Kring / SciFiSol, Seattle
10th March - Little Axe Records w Baronic Wall / Star Child, Portland, OR.
11th March - Mississippi Records DAYTIME In-Store, Portland, OR.
14th March - The Elbo Rooms w Group Rhoda / Bronze, San Francisco
21st March - Mount Analog / Dublab co-present at Complex, Los Angeles.
UK & IRELAND DATES:
31st March - FutureEverything Festival, Manchester Art Gallery. Debut European performance.
2nd April - Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham. Venue TBC
4th April - Counterflows Festival, Glasgow. w/ Ela Orleans
5th April - Cry Parrot at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
6th April - Counterflows Festival, Glasgow. Matinee Bandstand performance
9th April - The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh
10th April - The Star And Shadow Cinema, Newcastle. w/ Wilt Wagner / Pentecoastal Party
11th April - Pacinos, Dublin
12th April - Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
14th April - Joy Collective @ Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
16th April - Tye Die Tapes, Sheffield
17th April - Upset The Rhythm, Rudolf Steiner House, NW1 6XT, London.
18th April - Riots Not Diets, West Hill Hall, Brighton w/ Keel Her / Woolf / R Elizabeth
19th April - Bristol, Cube Cinema, Bristol w/ Wanda Group + Dirty Talk DJs
20th April - The Kave Gallery, 8 Kings Road, St Leonards On Sea
You may have spotted The Space Lady's name alongside Daniel Johnston's, and Jandek's, on Irwin Chusid's seminal Outsider compilation Songs in the Key of Z. Perhaps you registered the lo-fi synth minimalism of her Peter Schilling cover 'Major Tom,' on Erol Alkan's Bugged Out mix last year, or John Maus' 2011 Rough Trade set.
But now, after 30 years of building a reputation on word-of-mouth plaudits that have gradually taken the cult busker musician from the streets into the studio, The Space Lady's Greatest Hits has marked the first official introduction to a most remarkable artist, and is available now via Night School Records. Initially self-released on hand-made cassette in 1990, Greatest Hits marks a return from outer orbit of a life that's taken in UFO sightings, hiding from the US government, homelessness, communing, hitchhiking, and over two decades of playing the street corners, storefronts, and subways of America.
Often seen performing in 1980's Boston, and then a decade later in San Francisco's Castro community - where she would play and sing for hours on end for the gay scene, and got her apt moniker - The Space Lady's winged helmet and setup of a Casio battery-powered keyboard, vocal mic, and echo & phaser controls, became a small but striking phenomenon. Greatest Hits is a fascinating document of her journey; the covers, originally recorded in 1990 at a friend's San Fran studio, reflect both the longevity of her own time performing, and a certain lineage of American radio and chart music itself.
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.