Falmouth Woman Who Released Album As 12-Year-Old Helps Kids Find Their Voice

When Chandra Oppenheim’s debut album, “Transportation,” came out in 1980, it was quickly embraced by the tastemakers of the day. She played gigs at CBGB in New York and sold out shows in Berkeley, California, and she was only 12 years old.

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OPPENHEIM AND COLE PLUGGED IN: MULTI-MEDIA SLIGHTLY BETTER IDEA BRINGS THE SURREAL TO THOMPSON’S POINT

A rabbit head, a tiny green matchbox car, a sofa and an alarm-clock are our disarming first clues to the narrator’s dreamlike plight, in the new multi-media work and album A Slightly Better Idea. This music-video inflected work of performance art, a stylized paean to heartache, was created by Chandra Oppenheim and composed and performed by Oppenheim and Noah Cole, and it premieres this weekend in the warehouse space at Thompson’s Point.

Presented by Rain Boots Records and hosted by Open Bench Project, the evening opens with installation and sound works by Oppenheim’s father, performance artist Dennis Oppenheim, and her sister, Kristin Oppenheim.

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We Spoke to the Now-Grown Up 12-Year-Old The Avalanches Sampled on Their New Song — Thump

The internet has been abuzz with the return of The Avalanches, as the sample-obsessed Australian group is set to follow up their critically adored 2000 LP Since I Left You with a new album next month, entitled Wildflower. After sharing a new MF Doom and Danny Brown-featuring song "Frankie Sinatra" last week, footage has surfaced of them playing a new song "Subways" at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival on Friday night, after teasing the track in late May via a call-in hotline.

Upon hearing this new Avalanches tune, we did some digging and learned that the track's sampled vocal is from a song of the same name on a cult no wave/post punk EP called Transportation. Aside from being a fascinatingly obscure record in itself, that 1980 release is also intriguing because it is sung by a 12-year-old: Chandra Oppenheim, daughter of the conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim. Transportation was reissued in 2014 by Cantor Records and Rain Boots records, and the artist is still working today, having...

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