Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's marriage ended two years ago, taking Sonic Youth with it. Larry Ryan hears them and other members strike out on their own
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Tuesday 20 October 2009
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Friday 11 September 2009
Vocals - Ari Up
She was the lead vocalist of The Slits and she has such an incredible, weird voice. She's amazing and always does a good job.
Friday 11 September 2009
Cover is Joan Wasser's Pin-Ups, a compilation of cover versions that reveals much about her approach to music.
Barometer: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Bruce Springsteen; Blur; Egyptian Hip Hop; Santogold (feat. Andre 3000); Sonic Youth
Friday 26 June 2009
Friday 19 June 2009
As the hype surrounding Blur's summer reunion reaches a crescendo, it's worth noting something Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth said in 2007 while surveying the reunion tours of contemporaries The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.
Friday 12 June 2009
I'm a bit behind on this one, but you can't keep up with them all. Hook and the Twin are an interesting new duo, whose first single "Race for the Bone" has been getting a decent amount of attention. It's a neat package of minimal, angular post-punk sounding funk that comes on like ESG in their early Eighties heyday; though this is less a South Bronx story and more an east London one, predictably enough. But don't hold that against them. It's a fine tune and can be picked up on iTunes or heard on their MySpace, www.myspace.com/hookandthetwin. Look out too for the rather strange video for the song made by graphic artist William Hall, which utilises lashings of an odd "non-newtonian" sludge called oobleck, which I'm told is made from corn syrup and water – tinyurl.com/ktyr4b. Another song by the band can be picked up for free from RCRD LBL – tinyurl.com/l4627k. Called "Transport", it's a nice effort which follows in a similar vain as the previous track, but also has more of a robotic electronic chug to it. They play at Bar Music Hall in London tonight.
Sunday 07 June 2009
You really have to hand it to Sonic Youth: album number 15, with the band's mainstays all in their fifties really is some time for a band to hit their peak.
Sunday 24 May 2009
Friday 24 April 2009
Wednesday 24 December 2008
Friday 05 December 2008
Vocals - Captain Beefheart
Captain Beefheart, or Don Van Vliet, to give him his real name, is the greatest. He sounds haunting, forceful, confident and humorous, of the future and of the past, all wrapped up in one whip of the tongue.
Sunday 13 July 2008
Monday 05 May 2008
Their latest album might be called Lucky but Nada Surf's 15-year career has been anything but. Even their name causes misconceptions: it's so redolent of Californian sunshine that at least one rock encyclopaedia has listed them as natives of Los Angeles – yet they hail from Brooklyn.
Friday 11 April 2008
“It means a lot you came out tonight. We don’t expect it, a small band from Glasgow. We’ve been down a few times and you didn’t come then,” The Twilight Sad’s singer James Graham says wryly. Perhaps it’s the former Arab Strap Malcolm Middleton’s recent endorsements of the band that have lured the sizeable crowd.
Friday 28 March 2008
Considered in the UK to be his best recording, Histoire de Melody Nelson continues, thematically, where Gainsbourg's hit "Je t'aime moi non plus" left off. Technically a concept work (albeit barely 28 minutes long), it was recorded in London.
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