Sonic Youth

Full Discography

  • 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


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

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

Coming October 21 : Thurston Moore's 'The Best Day'

(photo by Phil Sharp)

On October 21, Matador will be releasing the latest solo album from Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore, 'The Best Day'.  Recorded in London with his new band --- featuring guitarist James Sedwards (Nøught), bassist Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and SY drummer Steve Shelley, 'The Best Day' is a staggeringly confident, expansive work, one that not only rivals much of Moore's past work, but also suggests his relocation to England has inspired a creative rebirth of sorts. Keep in mind, we're already dealing with one of the harder working, prolific characters in modern music, rock or otherwise.

(NOTE : viewers in Germany can click here)

The newly dubbed Thurston Moore Band will be playing dates in Europe, UK, and North America, including Riot Fest in Denver, Chicago and Toronto as well as a West coast run with Sebadoh  (all dates are below).

The Best Day Track Listing:
1. Speak To The Wild
2. Forevermore
3. Tape
4. The Best Day
5. Vocabularies
6. Grace Lake
7. Germs Burn

Preorders  :
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)

tour dates :

8/21-- Portugal -- Parades De Coura Festival
8/23 -- Pully-Laussane, Switzerland -- For Noise Festival
8/24 -- Paris, France -- Rock en Seine
8/29 -- Birmingham, UK -- Moseley Folk Festival (solo 12 string performance)
9/4 -- Raleigh, NC -- Hopscotch Music Festival
9/7 -- Toronto, ON -- Riot Fest
9/11 - RIfflandia, Victoria BC
9/14 -- Chicago, IL -- Riot Fest
9/14 -- Chicago, IL -- Riot Fest after show @ Double Door w/ Mudhoney
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 (on sale noon, Friday)
10/22 -- Cambridge, MA -- The Sinclair (on sale, noon, Friday)
10/23 -- Hamden, CT -- The Ballroom at The Outer Space (on sale noon, Friday)
10/24 -- Pawtucket, RI -- The Met (on sale noon, Friday)
10/25 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Boot & Saddle (on sale noon, Friday)
10/26 -- Brooklyn, NY -- Rough Trade NYC (on sale noon, Friday)

* - with Sebadoh

Thurston Moore - Facebook, Twitter

VIDEO : Lee Ranaldo & The Dust - In Session at KEXP

from December 8, 2013, footage courtesy

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Lee Ranaldo & The Dust - in session today on WFMU, 3pm

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust --- confusingly enough, shown above performing at another radio station a few months ago --- can be heard today on Brian Turner's WFMU program from a session recorded this past Saturday afternoon in beautiful Jersey City. 

VIDEO : Lee Ranaldo & The Dust - "Lecce, Leaving" (from "Conan", 12/12/13)

(video courtesy TBS / Team Coco)

(click for high resolution)