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The Greatest Rock Band of All Time

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Named the Greatest Rock Band Of All Time by subnormal magazine, and The Hollywood Sentinel– Sonic Youth is in a class by themselves. With only perhaps the late great Jimi Hendrix coming even close to the psychedelic, sonic power of guitar greatness that this band possesses, Sonic Youth has made and shaped music history since their first inception back in the early eighties.

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Influencing Nirvana heavily, and countless other bands, the style of Sonic Youth can be heard in countless so called alternative rock acts. With brilliant songwriting, genius composition, stellar lyrics, Earth shaking drums, and mind blowing guitar and bass, there simply is no rock band greater then Sonic Youth.

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I have had the pleasure to meet Sonic Youth numerous times, and see them many more times live. Their performances live are among the top 10 Greatest Concerts I have ever seen, and I have seen hundreds.  If you have not yet heard this life changing band, do yourself the favor and explore their massive and magnificent work. –Bruce Edwin

 To jog your memory:

Sonic Youth began way back in 1980 in the downtown disaster unit of NYC. First three records (Sonic Youth, Confusion is Sex, Kill Yr Idols) began in 1981 on the Neutral label started by Glenn Branca. They then signed to Gerard Cosloy’s Homestead imprint releasing Bad Moon Rising and the Flower/Halloween 12” to universal intrigue and acclaim. They switched labels to release records (Sister, Evol) on SST, the Southern California label overseen by Greg Ginn of Black Flag, while Mr. Cosloy went on to join Matador Records with Chris Lombardi. Concurrently they established a relationship with Paul Smith and Blast First Records in the UK co-releasing the Homestead and SST titles and culminating with the massive end of the decade double LP Daydream Nation, since added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. The band signed to DGC/Geffen in 1990 and began an ascendant affair there releasing Goo and Dirty to much heated excitement until the label became a scattered asylum.

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They  continued to release strange, out-of–step recordings with Geffen throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Young wizard Jim O’Rourke came on board with the band as a multi-instrumentalist/producer collaborating on two of their most progressive LPS to date, Murray Street and Sonic Nurse, as well as the ongoing series of experimental LPs on the bands own SYR imprint.  After Jim’s departure, and after releasing Rather Ripped, their final statement on Geffen (and which ranked third in Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2006) the band recruited their pal from compatriot 90s band Pavement, Mark Ibold, to play bass. After a solid bout of touring Mark joined the band in the recording of The Eternal. The cover art is a painting by the late, great American folk artist John Fahey. This is where we live forever.  Sweet Dreams…

 Thurston Moore 2/2009

 

SONIC YOUTH is:

Thurston Moore..vocals, guitar

Kim Gordon…vocals, bass

Steve Shelley…drums

Lee Ronaldo…guitar

Mark Ibold…guitar (newer lineup)

(early version…Bob Bert…drums)

(earlier version…Richard Edson..drums)

(earlier version…Ann Demarinis…keyboards)

SONIC YOUTH RELATED TOURS

October 21 Body/Head Sao Paulo, Brazil – SESC Pinheiros
Oct 21 – Lee with Brian Chase, Suzy Ibarra @ The Stone NYC
October 22 Body/Head Sao Paulo, Brazil – SESC Pinheiros
November 1 Sun Kil Moon w/ steve shelley Shanghai, China – QSW Cul…
November 2 Sun Kil Moon w steve Beijing, China – Yugong Yishan
Nov 09 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Dudingen, Switzerland
November 10 Body/Head Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Nov 10 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Reims, France
November 11 Body/Head Philadelphia, PA – PhilMOCA
Nov 11 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Utrecht – Le Guess Who festival
Nov 12 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Paris – Point FMR
November 12 Body/Head Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust
Nov 13 – Lee and El Rayo Band – London
Nov 15 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Derby UK
Nov 16 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Edinburgh UK
Nov 17 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Leeds, UK
November 17 Body/Head Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge – Hollywood …
Nov 18 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Colchester UK
Nov 10 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Brugge Belgium
Nov 21 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Cologne, Germany
Nov 22 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Berlin, Germany

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