- The Eternal - OLE-829 - 2009-09-09
- 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…
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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.
(photo by Djil) Body/Head (Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) will be performing at NYC's Museum of Modern Art on November 21 as part of the PopRally series ; there will be a DJ set from Kathleen Hanna as well. Tickets are $24 ($22 for MOMA members) and are available here. (order 'Coming Apart' on 2XLP or single CD from The Matador Store
Pitchfork's Marc Masters has called Body/Head's 'Coming Apart', "intoxicating". Tiny Mix Tapes cites the album's "unusual synergy, exploration, and focus", while the New York Times' Ben Ratliff writes, "there are no wrong notes on 'Coming Apart'. Nor is there a possibility of any." Today, you can formulate your own opinion with the format of your choice ; the new album from the duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace is in stores (or in some instances, in your mailboxes), and Body/Head will kick off their global touring tonight at Brooklyn's Union Pool. US Tue-Sep-10 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool Thu-Sep-12 Los Angeles, CA The Echo Fri-Sep-13 San Diego, CA The Casbah Sat-Sep-14 San Diago, CA San Diego Music Thing (feat. presentation by Kim) Thu-Sep-19 Portland, OR TBA : 13, Portland Institute Of Contemporary Art Sat-Sep-21 Lexington, KY Boomslang Festival Tue-Sep-24 Chicago, IL Museum of Contemporary Art Wed-Sep-25 Detroit, MI Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Tue-Oct-01 Atlanta, GA The Earl Wed-Oct-02 Augusta, GA Westobou Festival- Sacred Heart Cultural Center Sat-Oct-05 New York, NY The New Yorker Festival White Magic & Bad News support 9/12 Europe Sunday, October 20 Amplifest, Porto (Portugal) Tuesday, October 22 ZDB, Lisbon (Portugal) Wednesday, October 23 Enjoy Jazz Festival, Heidelberg (Germany) Thursday, October 24 Spazio 211, Torino (Italy) Friday, October 25 Covo, Bologna (Italy) Saturday, October 26 Serendipity, Foligno (Italy) Sunday, October 27 Bloom, Milano (Italy) Tuesday, October 29 La Cartonnerie, Reims (France) Wednesday, October 30 La Poudriere, Belfort (France) Thursday, October 31 La Centrifugeuse, Pau (France) Friday, November 01 Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (France) Saturday, November 02 Centre Pompidou, Paris (France) Tuesday, November 05 Bi Nuu, Berlin (Germany) Wednesday, November 06 Salon, Istanbul (Turkey) Friday, November 08 Unlimited Festival, Wels (Austria) Sunday, November 10 Cafe Oto, London (United Kingdom) order 'Coming Apart' from The Matador Store, Amazon or iTunes. Body/Head - Tumblr Body/Head - Twitter Body/Head - Facebook
'Coming Apart' ; the new 2XLP/CD/digital album from Body/Head, aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, is streaming today at Pitchfork Advance, prior to the September 10 release date. Mojo's Stevie Chick has likened 'Coming Apart' to "70 minutes of drone, feedback amp-noise and guitar squall that swings between abstract beauty and rolling turmoil...freeform and improvisational, it's peaks are primal and powerful." The bad news is that Stevie penned the review too late for our sticker copy ; the good news is that you'll be able to find the album in the abstract beauty bin of your local record shop (or failing that, the rolling turmoil department). The Wire's Phil Freeman calls 'Coming Apart', "just the thing for listeners who always found Sonic Youth too timid and bound to rock convention," though we hope he and his publishers do not mind that we've edited his quote to read "...just the the thing. For listeners". preorder 'Coming Apart' from The Matador Store| Body/Head's upcoming dates are below ; US Tuesday, Sept 10: Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Thursday, Sept 12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo Friday, Sept 13: San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing ( feature presentation by Kim Gordon) Saturday, Sept 14: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah Thursday, Sept 19: Portland, OR @ TBA Festival Saturday, Sept 21: Lexington, KY @ Boomslang Tuesday, Sept 24: Chicago, IL @ MOCA Wednesday, Sept 25: Detroit, MI @ MOCA Wednesday, October 2: Augusta, GA @ Westobou Festival EUROPE Sunday, October 20 @ Amplifest, Porto (Portugal) Tuesday, October 22 @ ZDB, Lisbon (Portugal) Wednesday, October 23 @ Enjoy Jazz Festival, Heidelberg (Germany) Thursday, October 24 @ Spazio 211, Torino (Italy) Friday, October 25 @ Covo, Bologna (Italy) Saturday, October 26 @ Serendipity, Foligno (Italy) Sunday, October 27 @ Bloom, Milano (Italy) Tuesday, October 29 @ La Cartonnerie, Reims (France) Wednesday, October 30 @ La Poudriere, Belfort (France) Thursday, October 31 @ La Centrifugeuse, Pau (France) Friday, November 01 @ Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (France) Saturday, November 02 @ Centre Pompidou, Paris (France) Tuesday, November 05 @ Bi Nuu, Berlin (Germany) Wednesday, November 06 @ Salon, Istanbul (Turkey) Friday, November 08 @ Unlimited Festival, Wels (Austria) Sunday, November 10 @ Cafe Oto, London (United Kingdom)