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 : 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)

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"Forevermore", live at Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium

Coming November 4 : Body/Head - "The Show Is Over" b/w "The Canyon"



On November 4, we'll be releasing a new 7" from Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, "The Show Is Over" b/w "The Canyon".  Preorders are being accepted now at The Matador Store.

While some of you might've caught news of Kim's upcoming book, 'Girl In A Band : A Memoir' (Harper/Collins) yesterday, there's a some upcoming Body/Head dates you might've missed in the process :


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, Steve Baczkowoski)
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)



 

 

TONIGHT : Thurston Moore At The New York Art Book Fair Preview





We're less than a month from the release of Thurston Moore's new album, 'The Best Day', and accordingly, Thurston's in NYC all week with the label breathing down his neck about any number of promotional schemes.  Fortunately, he's doing interesting stuff, too, and tonight (6pm) you can see a solo set from Thurston on the courtyard steps of MoMA PS1 as part of the opening night festivities for the New York Art Book Fair. 

At 7pm, Thurston will be in the lobby at Printed Matter's booth signing editions of the new chapbook of lyrics 'The Best Day', published by Ecstatic Peace Library, and  'Non Stop Poetry', a comprehensive publication chronicling over 145 zines by Mark Gonzales.

Preorder 'The Best Day' from the following : 

The Matador Store (autographed posters with the first 100 LP orders)
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 Band tour dates : 

10/2 -- Portland, OR -- Doug Fir
10/3 -- Vancouver, BC -- Biltmore Cabaret*
10/4 -- Seattle, WA -- Neumo's *
10/7 -- San Francisco, CA -- Great American Music Hall *
10/8 -- Santa Cruz, CA -- The Catalyst Atrium *
10/9 -- Santa Barbara, CA -- Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
10/10 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Echoplex *
10/11 -- Santa, Ana, CA -- Constellation Room *
10/21 -- Brooklyn, NY -- St. Vitus 
10/22 -- Cambridge, MA -- The Sinclair 
10/23 -- Hamden, CT -- The Ballroom at The Outer Space 
10/24 -- Pawtucket, RI -- The Met 
10/25 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Boot & Saddle 
10/26 -- Brooklyn, NY -- Rough Trade NYC

* - with Sebadoh

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Lee Ranaldo - Solo Acoustic Dates In Europe



From Lee : 

"While the members of The Dust are scattered to the four winds for a little while, I’m undertaking a solo acoustic tour in Europe. The plan is to play selections from the two albums, some covers and hopefully some of the new songs I’m currently working on, and to play them as most of them originated – on acoustic guitars, in stripped down style. Guitar and voice, little or no fuzz. Anyway that’s the plan right now, this will be a further ‘acoustic experiment’ for me. We’ve sought out small capacity, intimate venues with good acoustics for these shows. Hope to see some of you along the way."
Oct 18 PT Lisbon – St George Church Lisbon – ZDB show Oct 19 PT Braga – Salão Medieval da Reitoria da UM - GNRation show Oct 23 UK London – Café Oto Oct 24 IR Dublin – Bello Bar Oct 25 IR Waterford – St Patrick’s United Church Oct 27 GR Athens – Ls Parnas Oct 28 IT Milano – Biko Oct 29 IT Roma – Chiesa Evangelica Metodista Oct 30 FR Vendôme – Rockomotives Festival / Chapelle St Jacques Oct 31 FR Nantes – Soy Festival / Le Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne Nov 1 FR Toulouse – Les Abattoirs Nov 2 FR Grenoble Le Ciel Nov 3 MC Monaco Villa Paloma at NMNM

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