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

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

from December 8, 2013, footage courtesy

ORDER 'Last Night On Earth' on double LP or single CD from the Matador Store
ORDER 'Last Night On Earth' from iTunes here

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)

VIDEO : Body/Head with Ikue Mori, Issue Project Room, Nov. 13

video courtesy Windows Have Eyes.   More footage here. 

"Ambulancer" - A New Song From Lee Ranaldo & The Dust

Lee Ranaldo and his faithful Dust (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel) revealed the second song of their forthcoming LP "Last Night On Earth" today via Rolling Stone:

Lee tells RS that the song originated acoustically and resembling Neil Young's "Ambulance Blues," before morphing & expanding (as most of the songs on this album do) into a beautifully turbulent, darkly melodic guitar freakout.

You can also check out another album track, "Lecce, Leaving," HERE.  "Last Night On Earth" is out October 8.

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