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

VIDEO : Lee Ranaldo - "Angles"



(studio version found on 'Between The Time & The Tides' ; shot on the streets of Stoa Eboron for "Stray Songs", a series of web videos featuring bands and musicians playing live in the city of Athens).

Body/Head - New 7", East Coast Dates This Week, Melbourne In January





Just a reminder that earlier this week we released a new 7" from Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head, "The Show Is Over" b/w "The Canyon".  It's in stores now or available direct from Matador.

In addition, Body/Head have a series of Eastern USA appearances starting this week, following by a performance at Melbourne's Sugar Mountain Festival in January : 



Thursday, November 6 – Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (with Nate Young’s Regressive Nightmare, Steve Baczkowoski)
Friday, November, 7 - Union Pool, Brooklyn NY (with Nate Young’s Regressive Nightmare, Vanessa Rossetto)
Saturday, November, 8 – Boston Hassle Fest 6, Cusine En Local, Boston MA
Saturday, November, 15 – Kings Barcade, Raleigh NC (a benefit for NARAL Pro Choice NC)
Saturday, January, 24 – Sugar Mountain Festival, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne AUS  



Thurston Moore Band - New South American Dates



(St. Vitus, Brooklyn, October 21, 2014.  Video courtesy (((unartig))) and NYCtaper

Following this month's release of 'The Best Day', the Thurston Moore Band have confirmed the following December dates in South America : 

Thursday, 4th December - Cine Jola, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Saturday 6th December - Rock Out Festival, Santiago, Chile
Sunday 7th December - Voterix, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Monday 8th December - Le Trastienda, Montevideo, Uruguay

Previously announced shows : 

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

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

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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. 

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