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Sonic Youth: The Eternal (Matador)

Sonic Youth's 16th studio album and return to an indie label adds new member Mark Ibold, presenting 12 informed and compelling songs that show SY still going strong 28 years later.
 

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Inserts and covers include artwork by John Fahey, Kim Gordon, John Moloney, Clarence Major, Gene Moore, Jutta Koether and Danny Fields.

UPC: 744861082927

Label: Matador
Catalog ID: MAT108292
Squidco Product Code: 11736

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded November/December 2008 by John Agnello and Aaron Mullan at Echo Canyon West, NJ. Additional recording January 2009 by John Agnello at Bisquiteen, MA.


Personnel:

Steve Shelley-drums

Lee Ranaldo-guitar, vocals

Kim Gordon-guitar, vocals

Thurston Moore-guitar, vocals

Mark Ibold-bass

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Artist Biographies:

"Lee Mark Ranaldo (born February 3, 1956) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, writer, visual artist and record producer, best known as a co-founder of the alternative rock band Sonic Youth. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Ranaldo at number 33 on its "Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list. In May 2012, Spin published a staff selected top 100 guitarist list, ranking Ranaldo and his Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore together at number 1.

Ranaldo was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, studied art and graduated from Binghamton University. He has three sons, Cody, Sage and Frey, and is married twice, first with Amanda Linn in 1981 but later divorced, and now with experimental artist Leah Singer.

Ranaldo started his career in New York in several bands, and joined the electric guitar orchestra of Glenn Branca. In this orchestra he played mainly electric guitar, but also some of Branca's harmonic guitars Branca had designed and built himself. In 1981, he and David Linton briefly joined the band Plus Instruments formed by Truus de Groot. With this line-up they recorded the album February - April 1981, released on the Dutch Kremlin label. After the release of the album, Ranaldo left the band and started Sonic Youth with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Ranaldo)
8/14/2019

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"Along with his work as part of the acclaimed art/punk rock band Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore [b. born July 25, 1958] also pursued numerous solo and side projects, including Even Worse and the Dim Stars with Richard Hell. His first solo album, 1994's Psychic Hearts, featuring ex-Half Japanese guitarist Tim Foljahn and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, had an appropriately offhand feel but was far from sloppy. Along with carrying Sonic Youth into the 2000s, Moore collaborated with artists including DJ Spooky and Nels Cline, wrote music reviews and other pieces for Arthur magazine, and issued a book, Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture, in 2005. His second song-based album, Trees Outside of the Academy, arrived in 2007, and featured largely acoustic arrangements and cameos by Shelley, Samara Lubelski, and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis. In 2010, Moore guested on the Hat City Intuitive's A Ticket for Decay and began laying the foundation for another solo effort, Demolished Thoughts, which appeared the following year.

Following Moore's separation from bandmate, wife, and partner Kim Gordon in late 2011, Sonic Youth was put on indefinite pause. Nevertheless, Moore and Gordon collaborated with Yoko Ono the following year on the album YOKOKIMTHURSTON. By 2012, Moore had begun touring and recording with new act Chelsea Light Moving, as well as joining black metal group Twilight on guitar. The year 2013 saw the release of @, a collaborative album of sax/guitar improvisations with fellow N.Y.C. fringe dweller John Zorn. Arriving in 2014, The Best Day saw Moore shedding the softer acoustic moods of Demolished Thoughts for a return to his signature rock sprawl and daydreamy lyrics. Two years later, he issued the single "Feel It in Your Guts," which was available to anyone who donated to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. For 2017's Rock n Roll Consciousness, Moore reunited with his backing band for The Best Day -- Sonic Youth drummer Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and Nought guitarist James Sedwards -- on a mystically inspired set of songs."

-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/thurston-moore-mn0000588183/biography)
8/14/2019

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track listing:


1. Sacred Trickster 2:11

2. Anti-Orgasm 6:08

3. Leaky Lifeboat (For Gregory Corso) 3:32

4. Antenna 6:13

5. What We Know 3:54

6. Calming The Snake 3:36

7. Poison Arrow 3:43

8. Malibu Gas Station 5:39

9. Thunderclap (For Bobby Pyn) 2:39

10. No Way 3:53

11. Walkin Blue 5:21

12. Massage The History 9:43
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descriptions, reviews, &c.
"Produced by John Agnello and the band, The Eternal not only marks Sonic Youth's return to the independent label sphere (titles on their own SYR label excepted) after a long association with Geffen, but more importantly, ranks as one of their more inspired efforts in a 28 year career. Recorded through November and December of last year at the band's Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, NJ, The Eternal features many firsts for a Sonic Youth album, including a number of shared vocals between Kim, Thurston, and Lee, and the studio debut of former Pavement/Dustdevils bassist Mark Ibold, a member of Sonic Youth's touring band for the past few years. Of The Eternal, Matador's Gerard Cosloy says, "We've not had a record in our recent history that's been the subject of nearly as much speculation and anticipation. Suffice to say we're pretty amazed at the way the band delivered something this neoteric while still sounding like, well, themselves. Less of a reinvention and perhaps more to do with a particularly awesome dozen songs."-Matador
Inserts and covers include artwork by John Fahey, Kim Gordon, John Moloney, Clarence Major, Gene Moore, Jutta Koether and Danny Fields.
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