Slipping a Roger Miller LP off a turntable and replacing it with an Alan Vega disc, Ian Svenonius took a moment to explain how he ended up spinning at the latest edition of Hirshhorn After Hours last Friday. “We wanted to create disjunction,” he said, adding that his set list was created in collaboration with artists exhibiting at the museum. Were there any specific requests? He said that the Adolescents’ “Amoeba” was definitely on tap. If he somehow made the classic punk track work with the Grace Jones disc he pulled out while we spoke, or with the stack of Francine Gall singles stacked by the decks, we didn’t catch it.
Svenonius also noted that his 2006 book, The Psychic Soviet, which promised to “clear up much of the confusion regarding events of the last millennium—-artistic, geo-political, philosophical, et al,” has gone into another pressing on Drag City Books. And, in honor of spinning in a building full of sculptures, he struck this pose a la The Thinker: