£28.99Visit product page →Sonic Youth's eponymous debut EP, reissued in a deluxe double- LP edition on the band's own Goofin imprint, was recorded in late 1981 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC and originally released on composer Glenn Branca's Neutral label.
The album is loosely based on compositions the newly formed group had performed at that year's week-long Noisefest event (and remains the only recorded document of an early line-up featuring actor Richard Edson on drums).
The newly remastered vinyl also features extra live material from a 1981 gig, and a track from a previously unheard studio session.
Side A:1. The Burning Spear2. I Dreamed I Dream3. She Is Not AloneSide B:1. I Don't Want To Push It2. The Good And The Bad
Early Live (September 18, 1981)Side C:1. Hard Work2. Where The Red Fern Grows3. The Burning Spear4. Cosmopolitan Girl5. Loud And SoftSide D:1. Destroyer2. She Is Not AloneEarly Studio (October 1981)3. Where The Red Fern Grows
£21.99Previously unreleased studio recordings from 1986. LP Includes digital download code.Visit product page →
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
£28.99Visit product page →Choice new collection of B-sides, rarities, alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks dating back to 1993. Geffen Records CD release December 12, 2006.
New York's most influential avant-garde rock band, Sonic Youth, follow up their critically acclaimed 2006 release, Rather Ripped, with a special set sure to please fans and completists.
The Destroyed Room: B-Sides And Rarities, a collection of near-hidden Sonic Youth gems hand-picked by the band, brings together songs from throughout the band's tenure at Geffen Records.
Focusing on tracks previously available only on limited-edition compilations, vinyl-only releases, or as B-Sides or international singles, The Destroyed Room also features material that has never before been released.
This deluxe, double-vinyl LP edition is being released on the band's own Goofin Records imprint with a CD version available via Geffen.
Side A:1. Fire Engine Dream2. Fauxhemians3. Is It My Body?4. Doctor's Orders (T-Vox Version)Side B:1. Razor Blade2. Blink3. Campfire4. Loop CatSide C:1. Kim's Chords2. Beautiful Plateau3. 3-Part Sectional Love Seat4. Queen Anne ChairSide D:1. The Diamond Sea
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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.
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