£18.99Visit product page →Vinyl reissue of quintessential 1988 Top-40 tribute album. Features the classic “Burnin Up” demo featuring Mike Watt and Greg Ginn.
Latest in Sonic Youth’s vinyl reissue series which also features the group’s 1982 debut, Thurston Moore’s Psychic Heartsand deluxe (to come) & box set editions of Dirty and Goo.
A deluxe vinyl re-release of Ciccone Youth’s The Whitey Album, the full-length recorded by Sonic Youth’s Top-40 obsessed alter-ego is now available on the band’s own Goofin imprint. In 1988, after hinting that a tribute to the Beatles’ White Album was in the works, the band about-faced and delivered this brain-sick celebration of pop-culture and The Material Girl in particular.
The album has been spectacularly remastered and manufactured to provide hi-fi reproductions of such favorites as “Needle-Gun”, “MacBeth,”Ó and Mike Watt’s original demo recording of “Burnin Up”.
Side A:1. Needle-Gun2. (silence)3. G-Force4. Platoon II5. Macbeth6. Me & Jill / Hendrix Cosby7. Burnin' UpSide B:1. Hi! Everybody2. Children Of Satan / Third Fig3. Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening To Neu4. Addicted To Love5. Moby-Dik6. March Of The Ciccone Robots7. Making The Nature Scene8. Tuff Titty Rap9. Into The Groovey10. Macbeth (Alt. Mix)
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The fifth release in Sonic Youth's SYR series does not feature Sonic Youth, but rather an avant-garde power trio of SY bassist Kim Gordon, turntablist DJ Olive, and programming electro-goddess Ikue Mori.
1. Olive's Horn
2. International Spy
3. Paperbag / Orange Laptop
1. Neu Adult
2. Stuck On Gum
3. Fried Mushroom
1. What Do You Want? (Kim)
3. We Are The Princesses
1. Take Me Back
2. Take It To The Hit
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Features “Death Valley ’69” with Lydia Lunch.
EVOL, Sister and Confusion Is Sex reissues will follow this release. Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985.
The album is a fascinating examination of “the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,” says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, “where Woodstock [meets] Altamont—Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.” Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clattering percussion, and sullen vocals, all held together with interstitial noise loops and shadowy haze, ambles through a long, dark night before the feverish “Death Valley ’69,” driven by runaway guitar riffs and a frantic
Thurston Moore / Lydia Lunch vocal duet, pounds the capstone into place. Sonic Youth’s big leap forward from Confusion Is Sex and Kill Yr Idols “reflects the spirit of the time,” to quote All Music Guide. Bad Moon Rising views “American gothic through the glassy eyes of wilful moonlit paranoia.”
Back in print on Goofin’ Records, this reissue includes bonus tracks “Flower” and “Halloween,” both from a 12”single of the same era.
The sound collage morsels “Satan Is Boring” and “Echo Canyon” are your cue to begin moving toward the exit and get out while you can.
2. Brave Men Run (In My Family)
3. Society Is a Hole
4. I Love Her All the Time
5. Ghost Bitch
6. I’m Insane
7. Justice Is Might
8. Death Valley ’69
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9. Satan Is Boring
12. Echo Canyon
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Includes live cover of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. Vinyl includes digital download.
Originally slated to be a 7” to follow up their self-titled debut, Sonic Youth’s Confusion Is Sex blossomed into the band’s first album: a brain-bludgeoning, completely fried endeavor of dissonance and disarray, a perfect soundtrack for running from a chain-wielding gang near the SIN Club.
This was the sound of 1983 New York City, nothing like the jangly roots of college radio rock starting to formulate in Athens, Georgia. It sounded like no one else on Earth, for that matter. The raw, Wharton Tiers 8-track production is dark, the Kim Gordon- scrawled cover figure art of Thurston Moore is dark, Lee Ranaldo’s back cover photo-collage and Catherine Ceresole’s crumpled-xeroxed images that adorned the inside are dark. It’s an album that moves Sonic Youth forward from their first EP almost by devolving backwards into true ugly, lo-fi primitivity.
The bareboned arsenal of junkpile guitars and implementation of alternate tunings was growing, and so were the songs that matched the individual attributes of each instrument: certain ones groan and growl a specific way that the band started to realize itself could become the compositional germ of a song.
Herein is the threshold of a new explosion of the band’s creativity, replacing the comparatively cleaner buzz of the Sonic Youth EP with guitars that spew fractured, uglier chunks of sound everywhere, held down by menacing minimalist basslines (actually played by Thurston on half of this LP, and for the only time ever on “Protect Me You,” Lee) and the brutal-yet-controlled metronomic drumming of Jim Sclavunos, augmented with replacement drummer Bob Bert’s notable bashing on “Making the Nature Scene” and grotty no-fi live rendition of “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”
Hearing the crashedwindow intro of “Inhuman” and subway-brake screech of “The World Looks Red,” you can attest that while Sonic Youth’s guitars are not quite yet being utilized in the totally controlled, lyrical fashion seen later on albums like Evol, Daydream Nation et al., they were well aware of the colors and tonalities that were unfolding and the possibilities presented.
Also, they were getting a grasp on adding colors to the chaos with tempered, simmering moments like Gordon’s “Shaking Hell” and Renaldo’s chimy, home-taped “Lee is Free.” “Making the Nature Scene” and “The World Looks Red” even toss in glints of hip-hop vocal approach way ahead of its time, albeit through a blender.
While its confrontationalism might have put off some critics, time has rewarded Confusion with a truly distinctive air and atmosphere in the Sonic discography, enough to have Moore declare it his fave along with the band’s swan-song The Eternal. Brian Turner, WFMU.
1. (She’s In A) Bad Mood
2. Protect Me You
3. Freezer Burn / I Wanna Be Your Dog
4. Shaking Hell
6. The World Looks Red
7. Confusion Is Next
8. Making The Nature Scene
9. Lee Is Free
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The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility.
“EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley’s drums…, [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance.”
Stereogum likewise praises the album as one that is “full of suspense…, the cornerstone [of] the Sonic Youth sound…, ground zero for the combination of chiming guitars and atonal skronk… [and] muggy delirium…. The virile ‘Tom Violence’ sounds less written than coaxed from a cauldron, the sort of song that fogs windows. The offkilter [droning love song] ‘Starpower’ … is sung [by Kim Gordon] in a frosty [Nico-evoking] monotone. ‘In The Kingdom #19,’ featuring Mike Watt on bass and … vocals [by Ranaldo]…, is a harrowing story of a highway wreck over a suitably edgy instrumental backing punctuated by … live firecrackers into the vocal booth.”
“EVOL slithers into the unconscious,” notes Popstache. “Once the [detuned melodies and haunting riffs and] final whispers of feedback [of ‘Expressway to Yr. Skull’] depart from the speakers…, the music [leaves] a faded footprint, forever reeling the listener back for another strange trip.” “The seeds of greatness…” —Pitchfork
“A near-masterpiece.” —Trouser Press
“A stunningly fluent mixture of avant-garde instrumentation and subversions of rock’n’roll.” —All Music Guide
1. Tom Violence
2. Shadow of a Doubt
4. In the Kingdom #19
5. Green Light
6. Death to Our Friends
7. Secret Girl
8. Marilyn Moore
9. Expressway to Yr. Skull
10. Bubblegum (CD-Only Bonus Track)
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The band gets back to their roots in avant-garde classical music. 100+ minutes of Modern Compositions on Double CD or Double LP.
Music composed by John Cage, Yoko Ono, Cornelius Cardew, Steve Reich, Takehisa Kosugi, Nicolas Slonimsky, George Maciunas, James Tenney, Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff.
2. Six (3rd take)
3. Six For New Time
5. Voice Piece For Soprano
6. Pendulum Music
7. Having Never Written A Note For Percussion
8. Six (4th take)
11. Piano Piece #13 (Carpenter's Piece)
12. Piece Enfantine
13. Treatise (page 183)
£11.99"Originally released in 1987, Sonic Youth's Master Dik EP is headed by an alternate version of the track of the same name, as lifted from the band's classic Sister LP.Visit product page →
The EP features a beatbox replacement of Steve Shelley's drums, resulting in some raucous rap rock like a thoroughly skronked Beastie Boys.
In amongst Thurston's fractured discourses you'll hear some choice soundclips of Kiss songs, and It's an amazing mess of a song, recalling the studio experiments of the Ciccone Youth album. Next the band tackle The Ramones' 'Beat On The Brat', in a meeting of two NYC institutions. It's about as faithful a cover as you could imagine, featuring a Thurston vocal that borders on outright Joey Ramone impersonation.
It is of course, awesome. After some interview recording about the Jesus And Mary Chain, a live version of 'Master Dik' kicks off, featuring a howlingly wide of the mark cover of 'Ticket To Ride' and general SY performance high jinks with a bit of stand-up from Thurston.
The remainder of the EP collects a number of short-form vignettes, including the collage piece 'Ringo/He's On Fire/Florida Oil Drums/Westminster Chimes' and a miscellany of ephemera including a spot of guitar noodling followed by Thurston throwing down human beatboxing while repeatedly declaring himself to be "funky fresh".
It would be churlish to disagree. Finally the EP comes to a close with some field recordings and conrète sound, DIY-style. This is without doubt a right old mess, but it's also a highly entertaining time capsule for SY fans to rediscover. Highly Recommended." Boomkat
2. Beat on the Brat
3. Under the Influence of The Jesus and Mary Chain
4. Ticket to Ride/Master-Dik (version)/Introducing the Stars
5. Ringo/He's on Fire/Florida Oil Drums/Westminster Chimes
6. Chinese Jam
7. Vibrato/Guitar Lick/Funky Fresh
8. Our Backyard
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In Spring 2010 Sonic Youth gathered at their Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, New Jersey to watch the rushes of a new film, ‘Simon Werner a Disparu,’ by French director Fabrice Gobert.
The band spent the following few weeks recording music which was then shaped to fit the various scenes of the film. For this release it was decided to do more than present the abbreviated clips of music used in the film. Instead the band went back to the original tapes and re-organized the various pieces; sometimes montaging multiple tracks together, other times extending cues into new sonic realms.
1. Thème De Jérémie
2. Alice Et Simon
3. Les Anges Au Piano
4. Chez Yves (Alice Et Clara)
5. Jean-Baptiste À La Fenêtre
6. Thème De Laetitia
2. La Cabane Au Zodiac
3. Dans Les Bois / M. Rabier
4. Jean-Baptiste Et Laetitia
6. Au Café
£21.99Classic 1987 album is one of the band’s most beloved releases. Includes a cover of Crime’s “Hot Wire My Heart”.Visit product page →
Vinyl includes digital download card with a bonus track “Let’s get something straight".
There is no album in the entire corpus of indie rock—not Loveless, not Surfer Rosa, not Psychocandy— that reaches the heights of invention, joy, and magic of Sonic Youth’s sublime fifth album.... The haunted reveries of Sister remain with you for years, even if you only hear them once….
Sister is the sonic manifestation of refracted light. It’s a record that changes you.” Stereogum. One of Sonic Youth’s most beloved albums, 1987’s Sister incorporated the dissonance of their earlier releases into more traditional song structures. It’s an innovative and thrilling work assuredly delivered by a band at the peak of their powers.
Reissued on the band’s Goofin’ imprint, this 2016 pressing includes a digital download card with the vinyl edition.
2. Catholic Block
3. Beauty Lies in the Eye
4. Stereo Sanctity
5. Pipeline / Kill Time
6. Tuff Gnarl
7. Pacific Coast Highway
8. Hot Wire My Heart
9. Cotton Crown
10. White Cross
11. Let’s get something straight (Bonus Track)
CD Bonus Track:
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The slow-burn sounds of Sonic Youth’s 1986 rehearsals to score Ken Friedman’s spooky highway film Made In USA are yet another mile marker in the band’s long and varied existence, now being issued as Spinhead Sessions (named for the North Hollywood studio used by SST label acts like Black Flag and Painted Willie).
These jams were later built upon for a full-on (and quite different) soundtrack production, but the rough sketches here find the band taking time with truly new and introspective sound worlds. It was basically a brand new way of working for Sonic Youth, albeit a challenging one, under the auspices of major Hollywood film production overlords, routing their way into the world of soundtrack scoring. And it all comes at a key time and place. It’s no secret that 1986 was a transformative year for the band in many ways.
The gravitation to the beloved SST stable, in addition to Steve Shelley, now drumming, certainly gave Sonic Youth a renewed vigor and vocabulary. They were already an international touring machine, and gaining considerable steam with critics (even spinning the heads of detractors who had dismissed their arty downtown boho sensibilities prior to ’86’s EVOL).
Their cultdom with fans had concrete roots by this point, and the influences that were swarming in the band’s orbit marked an exciting time, where almost any trajectory seemed possible, and they were going for it. Friedman’s film worked on a relatively darker frame for a mainstream Hollywood flick; characters played by stars Chris Penn and Adrian Pasdar made a cross-country journey that started out in Centralia, Pennsylvania, a real-life, anthracite coal producing town that had to relocate all its residents due to a decades-long, inextinguishable underground fire.
The Sonics passed through this haunted-looking locale on their next tour after the sessions, and are pictured on the sleeve standing amidst smoldering embers. For the sounds they made at Spinhead, this image seems a fitting mental picture. Guitar harmonics billow like smoke, heavily reverbed drumming and shimmering cymbals echo from what sounds like the bottom of a deep mine.
This newly born Spinhead Sessions release once again defines Sonic Youth in a raw and engaging state of discovery at a terrific time. Is it a missing link between the complex, crafted cavernosity of EVOL and the frayedelectric powerline sizzle of Sister? Yes and no. It’s an entirely unique animal, a meditative album where you can soak in the template of tapping overtones, sedate explorations of new chords, even sounding at times like AMM trying to play the VU’s Sweet Sister Ray bootleg or something similar. It’s trademark Sonic Youth at the core, and in an unfettered, dreamy state and time, there and gone like smoke. Brian Turner, WFMU Music Director.
1. Ambient Guitar & Dreamy Theme
2. Theme With Noise
3. High Mesa
4. Unknown Theme
7. Theme 1 Take 4
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The third Esparanto-addled SYR release documents Sonic Youth's first collaboration with Jim O'Rourke.
Three platters in and no signs of slowing; more deep swells of clang from Echo Canyon. It's starting to get a little absurd calling these things "EPs" (number three clocks in at over 50 minutes of music).
1. Invito Al Cielo
2. Hungara Vivo
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This disk presents the complete 'Other Sides of Sonic Youth' improvised live performance from the 2005 Roskilde Festival in Denmark, featuring Sonic Youth (with Jim O'Rourke) and guests Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, and Japanese sound artist Masami Akita (aka Merzbow).
The single piece performed was a structured improvisation which for 60 minutes added and subtracted musicians one by one until only Masami was left on stage. Black Sabbath followed.
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The sixth edition of the SYR series is a live recording of the April 12, 2003 benefit concert held at and for The Anthology Film Archives, the international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of avant-garde and independent cinema. In addition to screening films for the public, AFA houses a film museum, research library and art gallery. The event, which raised money for the Archives and celebrated the life and work of avant-garde film maker Stan Brakhage, featured Sonic Youth providing an improvised
instrumental collaboration with silent BrakhageÕs films. The band performed with drummer/percussionist Tim Barnes (Essex Green, Jukeboxer, Silver Jews). Part of the proceeds of this CD will again benefit the Anthology. This is a 61 minute recording
Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui consists of a live recording from a benefit show held at New York's Anthology Film Archives on April 12 2003 where the quintet line-up was bolstered by the addition of percussionist Tim Barnes (Tower Recordings et al).
The performance is one of their most fully-dilated navigations of zoned free improvisation, with extended breaths of silence cut up with explosive string action and clusters of magnetic silhouette. Last track is one of the most ferociously locomotive slow-burners of their entire career, with an almost Charalambides level of heavy gravity cut up with tortuous peaks of Evol-style grime while Shelley and Barnes harvest huge snowballs of rhythm.
£24.99Visit product page →Side A:1. Contre Le Sexisme2. Sunday3. Female Mechanic Now On DutySide B:1. Wildflower Soul2. Hoarfrost3. French TicklerSide C:1. Hits Of Sunshine (For Allen Ginsberg)2. Karen KoltraneSide D:1. The Ineffable Me2. Snare, Girl3. Heather Angel
£50.99Visit product page →Side A:1. 100%2. Swimsuit Issue3. Theresa's Sound-World4. Drunken Butterfly5. GeneticSide B:1. Shoot2. Wish Fulfillment3. Sugar Kane4. Orange Rolls, Angel's SpitSide C:1. Youth Against Fascism2. Nic Fit3. On The Strip4. Chapel Hill5. The Destroyed RoomSide D:1. Stalker2. JC3. Hendrix Necro4. Purr5. Crème BruleeSide E:1. Is It My Body2. Personality Crisis3. The End Of The End Of The Ugly4. TamraSide F:1. Little Jammy Thing2. Lite Damage3. Dreamfinger4. BarracudaSide G:1. New White Cross2. Guido3. Stalker4. MoonfaceSide H:1. Poet In The Pit2. Theoretical Chaos3. Youth Against Fascism4. Wish Fulfillment
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£18.99Visit product page →The seventh installment in Sonic Youth’s series of experimental and sometimes instrumental releases on the band’s own SYR label features on the A-side a previously unreleased 22-minute drone piece recorded at the All Tomorrows Parties festival in the UK in April of 2001.
At ATP, the band previewed instrumental and early versions of songs from the then soon-to-be recorded NYC Ghosts & Flowers album, and this exclusive performance was the premiere of “J’Accuse Ted Hughes.” The B-side is a soundtrack-style piece recorded at the band’s Murray Street Studio in 2003 for a never-realized collaboration with French clothing designer Agnes B.
The 18-minute-long song was recorded by a five-piece version of the band-the four members of Sonic Youth plus Jim O’Rourke, who also mixed “Agnes B Musique.”
This LP will be soon followed by a CD-only release of the band’s Another Side of Sonic Youth Roskilde Festival performance, where the five-piece Sonic Youth line-up was joined by saxophonist/reed player Mats Gustaffson and electronic noise legend Merzbow for an hour of improvised music.
Side A:J'accuse Ted HughesSide B:
Agnès B Musique
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