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
(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
Thurston stopped by one of his favourite London record stores recently, for a set at Flashback Records with James Sedwards, captured by staff at the store at uploaded to their blog. Fans of the Dance vinyl section, you might want to skip to skip the second video.
Filmed and directed by artist Julien Langendorff in Paris this past winter, Thurston Moore brings us a Valentines video for Heavenmetal, a song that first appeared on the self-titled album by Chelsea Light Moving, released in March last year. As previously mentioned, a new album is on the way for Thurston Moore, coming this June. “Heavenmetal” video credits: Director: Julien Langendorff Producer: Franck Annese (www.sofilms.fr) Director of Photography: Kaname Onoyama "The Sibyls": Sarah Maggiori & Eva Prinz Production designer: Rudy Annese.
Not content with The NME and Grammy nominations already circulating, The Fly magazine in London have their inaugural awards show taking place on February 6th, with Thurston Moore to receive their "Living Legend" award, with the following Matador acts also up for nomination. Voting is, of course,
demandedencouraged and can be done so here, with the chance to win tickets to the award show. Artist of the Year: Kurt Vile, Queens of the Stone Age, Savages Song of the Year: Kurt Vile 'Air Bud', Queens of the Stone Age 'My God Is The Sun', Savages 'She Will' Live act of the year: Queens of the Stone Age Label of the year: Matador (amongst others).
OK, we missed Black Friday by a few days, but if that means ONE LESS TRAMPLING this holiday shopping season, it was totally worth it. On December 3, we're releasing a limited edition, one-time pressing of a $5.99 list LP , 'It's Been A Business Doing Pleasure With You', featuring 9 songs from (most of) our 2013 releases. In addition to album tracks from Chelsea Light Moving, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, Iceage and Kurt Vile, there's a live version of Queens of the Stone Age performing "If I Had A Tail" at the 2013 iTunes Festival (Roundhouse, London), Savages' "City's Full" from last summer's KEXP session, and Yo La Tengo performing "Before We Run" in those same KEXP studios. We don't have any copies for mail order, sadly, but hopefully you'll find one at your favorite record store after they're done sweeping up all the broken glass, blood, etc. from Black Friday. If you prefer, you can order a digital version of the comp. right now at the Matador Store.