Thurston Moore

Biography

The Best Day, Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts, radiates with both his signature dynamism of dense thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads. Recorded with Thurston's current band line-up of James Sedwards (guitars, UK), Deb Googe (of My Bloody Valentine, bass, UK) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, drums, USA), there are also a some tracks that feature all instrumentation by Thurston.

The Best Day is a record defined by positivity and radical love. The songs range from opener "Speak to the Wild", a Crazy Horse-like paean to anti-authority and activism, to "Vocabularies", a paean to a new realization of language which includes ALL people, including transgender.

Thurston Moore commences touring Summer 2014 with his album line-up of James Sedwards, Deb Googe and Steve Shelley in USA, UK, Europe, and Asia.

Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. He is the founder and ringleader of Sonic Youth, the band that turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n' roll - from its inspiration on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006.

Thurston records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. Alongside his various activities in the musical world, he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing annually at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974.

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

Thurston Moore live on KEXP today



This afternoon at 4:00pm EDT/1:00PM EDT, Thurston Moore and band will be following up last night's Seattle show with Sebadoh by popping into the beloved KEXP studios for a live radio session of new material from the forthcoming full-length album The Best Day (out October 21; pre-order here). Those of you who live in Seattle surely know that you can listen at 90.3FM (and there's no Seahawks game that day so you don't have an excuse not to listen); the rest of you can go online and listen at KEXP.org.

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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Thurston Moore Band announce UK & European tour


Photo by Phil Sharp

Following The Thurston Moore Band’s (James Sedwards of Nought - guitar, Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine - bass and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth - drums) recent impromptu set at Café Oto in London, England, the group announce their first UK (& European) tour taking place soon after their dates in the US and Canada. Uncut magazine were in attendance for the band's first show in London and had this to say about the live performance: “The album – which is due out in October – is excellent, and these live versions are muscular and digressive. Great songs, and a sense that Moore has found fresh inspiration in N16 with his latest, formidable accomplices.” 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 Tickets for these dates are on sale now. Pre-order The Best Day from The Matador Store (autographed posters with the first 100 LP orders), iTunes (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly) and Amazon (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly).

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