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 Band in session at KEXP



This autumn, while crisscrossing America in support of 'The Best Day', the Thurston Moore Band (TM, James Sedwards, Deb Googe, Steve Shelley) stopped by Seattle's KEXP and recorded a 4-song session for the extremely well organized/popular broadcaster.   Though I could provide you with links to all four of the individual songs, there's search engines for that kind of thing and besides, you wanna watch the whole thing. 



(photo by Stuart Groves)

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Thurston Moore Band - New South American Dates



(St. Vitus, Brooklyn, October 21, 2014.  Video courtesy (((unartig))) and NYCtaper

Following this month's release of 'The Best Day', the Thurston Moore Band have confirmed the following December dates in South America : 

Thursday, 4th December - Cine Jola, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Saturday 6th December - Rock Out Festival, Santiago, Chile
Sunday 7th December - Voterix, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Monday 8th December - Le Trastienda, Montevideo, Uruguay

Previously announced shows : 

Thursday, October 30 - Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
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

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Stream : Thurston Moore Band, As Heard On WNYC's "Soundcheck"



(photo courtesy Michael Katzif / WNYC)


Live versions of "Speak To The Wild", "Detonation" and "Grace Lake", recorded at WNYC, New York, Monday October 20. 

New Release Tuesday : Thurston Moore - The Best Day 2XLP/CD/digital album

















Just a reminder - the new Thurston Moore album, 'The Best Day', proclaimed by the A/V Club's Chris Mincher to be "a palpably invigorated blend of brawny, sprawling guitar rock and meditative arrangements" is available today throughout North America (everywhere else yesterday)  --- direct order details and updated tour dates are found below. 

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
Thursday, October 30 - Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
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



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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

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