Thurston Moore


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.

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THURSTON MOORE on-sale announcement

Tickets are now on sale for the following shows:
Wednesday, April 22 – Babylon Asmalžmescit, Istanbul, Turkey TICKETS
Tuesday, June 2 – Mochvara, Zagreb, Croatia TICKETS / For more info email: Wednesday, June 3 – A38 Ship, Budapest, Hungary TICKETS
Previously announced shows: April Wednesday 22 Istanbul, TR Babylon Asmalımescit TICKETS Friday 24 Thessaloniki, GR Fix Factory of Sound TICKETS Saturday 25 Athens, GR Fuzz Club TICKETS Monday 27 Tel Aviv, IL Barby TICKETS Thursday 30 Paris, FR Clap your Hands Festival (Café de la Danse) TICKETS May Saturday 02 Leeds, GB Live at Leeds TICKETS Sunday 03 Glasgow, GB Live at Glasgow TICKETS Thursday 14 Brighton, GB The Great Escape (Concorde 2) TICKETS Friday 15 London, GB Oslo SOLD OUT Saturday 16 London, GB Oslo TICKETS Monday 18 Exeter, GB Phoenix TICKETS Tuesday 19 Birmingham, GB Hare & Hounds TICKETS Wednesday 20 Newcastle, GB Cluny TICKETS Friday 22 Hebden Bridge, GB Trades Club TICKETS Saturday 23 Liverpool, GB Liverpool Sound City TICKETS Thursday 28 Barcelona, ES Primavera Sound Festival TICKETS Friday 29 Nimes, FR This Is Not A Love Song Festival TICKETS June Monday 01 Ljubljana, SI Kino Siska TICKETS Tuesday 02 Zagreb, US Mochvara TICKETS Wednesday 03 Budapest, HU A38 Ship TICKETS Thursday 04 Vienna, AT Arena TICKETS Saturday 06 Porto, PT Primavera Sound Festival TICKETS July Friday 03 Gdynia, PL Open’er Festival TICKETS Sunday 12 Bruges, BE Cactus Festival TICKETS


The Thurston Moore Band (feat. Deb Googe on bass, Steve Shelley on drums and James Sewards on guitar) announced a healthy run of tour dates across the UK and Europe as well as a handful of festival slots including The Great Escape and Clap Your Hands. Full details below with ticket links if available.

For those who missed it, The Quietus brought together Thurston and Mark Stewart for a nice interview to discuss "punk, properness and Primark." Another reminder is those in Los Angeles should check out the Printed Matter Book Fair this weekend. Flyer below.
Saturday, April 4 - Clap your Hands Festival (Café de la Danse), Paris, France Wednesday, April 22 - Babylon Asmalžmescit, Istanbul, Turkey
Monday, April 27 - Barby, Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, May 3 - Live at Glasgow, Glasgow UK Thursday, May 14 - The Great Escape, Brighton UK
Saturday, May 16 - Oslo, London UK Monday, May 18 - Phoenix, Exeter UK Tuesday, May 19 - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, May 20 - Cluny, Newcastle, UK Friday, May 22 - Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK Saturday, May 23 - Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, UK
Friday, May 29 - This Is Not A Love Song Festival, Nimes, France
Monday, June 1 - Kino Siska, Ljubijana, Slovenia Tuesday, June 2 - Mochvara, Zagreb, Croatia Wednesday, June 3 - A38 Ship, Budapest, Hungary
Thursday, June 4 - Arena, Vienna, Austria
Buy 'The Best Day'


Earlier this week, Primavera Sound Barcelona's lineup for 2015 was announce and we are taking up some serious real estate. For those making the pilgrimage this year for the festival's 15th year anniversay, make note of the following:


The Thurston Moore Band

FRIDAY, May 29

Belle and Sebastian

Perfume Genius

Tobias Jesso Jr. (True Panther Sounds)



Fucked Up

Tickets and more information can be found here.

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

Order 'The Best Day' from The Matador Store  

(in Japan, 'The Best Day' will be available from Hostess)

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