Sonic Youth

Full Discography

LPs
  • The Eternal - OLE-829 - 2009-09-09
Singles & EPs
  • Jay Reatard/Sonic Youth - No Garage / Hang Them All (Record Store Day Limited Exclusive) - OLE-864 - 2009-04-18
  • Beck/Sonic Youth - Pay No Mind / Green Light (Record Store Day Limited Exclusive) - OLE-865 - 2009-04-18

Biography

Sonic Youth began way back in 1980 in the downtown disaster unit of NYC. First three records (Sonic Youth, Confusion is Sex, Kill Yr Idols) began in 1981 on the Neutral label started by Glenn Branca. They then signed to Gerard Cosloy’s Homestead imprint releasing Bad Moon Rising and the Flower/Halloween 12” to universal intrigue and acclaim. They switched labels to release records (Sister, Evol) on SST, the Southern California label overseen by Greg Ginn of Black Flag, while Mr. Cosloy went on to join Matador Records with Chris Lombardi. Concurrently they established a relationship with Paul Smith and Blast First Records in the UK co-releasing the Homestead and SST titles and culminating with the massive end of the decade double LP Daydream Nation, since added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. The band signed to DGC/Geffen in 1990 and began an ascendant affair there releasing Goo and Dirty to much heated excitement until the label became a scattered asylum. They continued to release strange, out-of –step recordings with Geffen throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Young wizard Jim O’Rourke came on board with the band as a multi-instrumentalist/producer collaborating on two of their most progressive LPS to date, Murray Street and Sonic Nurse, as well as the ongoing series of experimental LPs on the bands own SYR imprint. After Jim’s departure, and after releasing Rather Ripped, their final statement on Geffen (and which ranked third in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2006) the band recruited their pal from compatriot 90s band Pavement, Mark Ibold, to play bass. After a solid bout of touring Mark joined the band in the recording of The Eternal. The cover art is a painting by the late, great American folk artist John Fahey. This is where we live forever. Sweet dreams…

News From The Matablog

John Peel - remembered



Today marks 10 years since the passing of John Peel, a man who opened the BBC radio airwaves for bands and artists outside the remit of the stations "regular" programming and opened the minds of thousands listening at home to sounds they otherwise may have never heard. One of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, throughout his 5-decade spanning career he never showed no signs of slowing down and his influence on (the good part) of modern music is immeasurable.

As a small tribute to the many Matador bands who recorded a Peel Session over the years, we've compiled a selection of some of the session that made it on to YouTube, (many - including The Fall, Wisdom Of Harry and Pretty Girls Make Graves - haven't) and there's a full archive of all the Peel sessions over at the BBC Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/sessions/.

Featuring: Cat Power, Interpol, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solex, Unsane, Arab Strab, Unwound, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Techno Animal and Boards Of Canada.

Enjoy.

Stream : Thurston Moore Band, As Heard On WNYC's "Soundcheck"



(photo courtesy Michael Katzif / WNYC)


Live versions of "Speak To The Wild", "Detonation" and "Grace Lake", recorded at WNYC, New York, Monday October 20. 

New Release Tuesday : Thurston Moore - The Best Day 2XLP/CD/digital album

















Just a reminder - the new Thurston Moore album, 'The Best Day', proclaimed by the A/V Club's Chris Mincher to be "a palpably invigorated blend of brawny, sprawling guitar rock and meditative arrangements" is available today throughout North America (everywhere else yesterday)  --- direct order details and updated tour dates are found below. 

Thurston Moore Band on tour : 

Tuesday, October 21 - Brooklyn NY --St. Vitus  (with PCPC) (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 22 -Cambridge MA -- The Sinclair
Thursday, October 23 0-Hamden CT -- The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Friday, October 24- Pawtucket RI -- The Met 
Saturday, October 25- Philadelphia PA -- Boot & Saddle 
Sunday, October 26 - Brooklyn  NY -- Rough Trade NYC
Thursday, October 30 - Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
Friday, October 31 - BIME Festival, Bilbao Spain
Sunday, November 2 - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Monday, November 3 - Antoniano (seated), Bologna, Italy
Tuesday, November 4 - Komplex Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday, November 5 - Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Friday, November 7 - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Saturday, November 8 - Fleece, Bristol, UK
Sunday, November 9 - Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, November 11 - Art School, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday, November 12 - Bodega, Nottingham, UK
Saturday, November 15 - Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Sunday, November 16 - Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, November 18 - Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany
Wednesday, November 19 - Ampere, Munich, Germany



Order 'The Best Day' from The Matador Store  
iTunes 
Amazon

(in Japan, 'The Best Day' will be available from Hostess)

Thurston Moore - Facebook, Twitter

VIDEO : Thurston Moore - "Speak To The Wild"



(if you're based in Germany, you can watch the video here)

Thurston Moore's new album, 'The Best Day' hits shelves throughout Europe today (North America tomorrow), touted yesterday by The Observer's Kitty Empire as "a madeleine of a record" ("both comforting and discomfiting, 'The Best Day' recalls prime Sonic Youth, when their tense experimental attitude dovetailed with often sour but instantly accessible pop melodies")  and with that, here's a video for the monumental "Speak To The Wild", directed by Santiago Mostyn. 

"I have the image of a character, a woman who could be a mother (slightly older, slightly wilder, like a silent Jenny Wilson) carrying a large and alien precious object into the forest and sequestering it there. It would be a narrative trajectory but with sublime interruptions – the cavity where she stashes the object filling with gold, painted figures following her through the trees, DIY-Kurosawa style." - Santiago Mostyn
The Thurston Moore Band will be in session later this afternoon on WNYC's "Soundcheck" ; listen here at 2pm eastern. Thurston Moore Band on tour : Tuesday, October 21 - Brooklyn NY --St. Vitus (with PCPC) (SOLD OUT) Wednesday, October 22 -Cambridge MA -- The Sinclair Thursday, October 23 0-Hamden CT -- The Ballroom at The Outer Space Friday, October 24- Pawtucket RI -- The Met Saturday, October 25- Philadelphia PA -- Boot & Saddle Sunday, October 26 - Brooklyn NY -- Rough Trade NYC Friday, October 31 - BIME Festival, Bilbao Spain Sunday, November 2 - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy Monday, November 3 - Antoniano (seated), Bologna, Italy Tuesday, November 4 - Komplex Club, Zurich, Switzerland Wednesday, November 5 - Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg Friday, November 7 - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK Saturday, November 8 - Fleece, Bristol, UK Sunday, November 9 - Gorilla, Manchester, UK Tuesday, November 11 - Art School, Glasgow, UK Wednesday, November 12 - Bodega, Nottingham, UK Saturday, November 15 - Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands Sunday, November 16 - Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany Tuesday, November 18 - Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany Wednesday, November 19 - Ampere, Munich, Germany Order The Best Day from The Matador Store iTunes (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly) Amazon (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly). (in Japan, 'The Best Day' will be available from Hostess) Thurston Moore - Facebook, Twitter

(Via NPR's "First Listen" and The Guardian) Stream Thurston Moore's 'The Best Day'


(photo by Bebe Labree Besch, taken at last weekend's KEXP session)

We're a week away (6 days away in Europe) from the release of Thurston Moore's hotly anticipated 'The Best Day' double LP/CD/digital album, and starting this morning you can stream the album from start to finish via the auspices of NPR's 'First Listen' or from the good people at The Guardian.

Thurston Moore Band on tour : 

Tuesday, October 14 - Brooklyn NY -- St. Vitus 
Wednesday, October 22 -Cambridge MA -- The Sinclair
Thursday, October 23 0-Hamden CT -- The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Friday, October 24- Pawtucket RI -- The Met 
Saturday, October 25- Philadelphia PA -- Boot & Saddle 
Sunday, October 26 - Brooklyn  NY -- Rough Trade NYC 
Friday, October 31 - BIME Festival, Bilbao Spain
Sunday, November 2 - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Monday, November 3 - Antoniano (seated), Bologna, Italy
Tuesday, November 4 - Komplex Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday, November 5 - Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Friday, November 7 - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Saturday, November 8 - Fleece, Bristol, UK
Sunday, November 9 - Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, November 11 - Art School, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday, November 12 - Bodega, Nottingham, UK
Saturday, November 15 - Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Sunday, November 16 - Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, November 18 - Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany
Wednesday, November 19 - Ampere, Munich, Germany

Preorder The Best Day from The Matador Store  iTunes (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly) and Amazon (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly).

(in Japan, 'The Best Day' will be available from Hostess)

Thurston Moore - Facebook, Twitter



"Forevermore", live at Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium

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