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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.


Steve Shelley-drums

Lee Ranaldo-guitar, vocals

Kim Gordon-guitar, vocals

Thurston Moore-guitar, vocals

Mark Ibold-bass

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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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"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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