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Exclusive: First Audio From Sonic Youth’s New CD, “The Eternal”


Sorry, no time to comment, just listening in loops… it’s just unbelievable and great.


Sonic Youth : the eternal

Good news: JUNE 9: THE ETERNAL

Sonic Youth’s 16th album, ‘The Eternal’, will be released on vinyl, compact disc, and digital album by Matador Records on June 9. 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. They will be touring throughout the summer in support of the new album.

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 will shortly announce a Buy Early Get Now opportunity for the album with some very interesting bonus material.


1. Sacred Trickster
2. Anti-Orgasm
3. Leaky Lifeboat(for Gregory Corso)
4. Antenna
5. What We Know
6. Calming The Snake
7. Poison Arrow
8. Malibu Gas Station
9. Thunderclap For Bobby Pyn
10. No Way
11. Walkin Blue
12. Massage The History

And now in French:

Sonic Youth – Sonic Youth : la pochette et le tracklisting ! :

C’est officiel, le nouveau sonic youth est pret a atterrir. The Ternal sera disctribué des le 9 juin. Un bel été en perspective.

Some important changes to the Spotify music catalogue

It was expected: Spotify is “going to be removing a number of songs from their catalogue and adding country restrictions to some tracks, which may make them unplayable for us”, Spotify users around the globe. I already see my playlist melting like snow….

Congrats Warner, SonyBMG, EMI and all the other majors. You won the battle but you won’t win the war.

UPDATE: seems like there are some good news as well. CD Baby will distribute about 1 million songs through Spotify.

The world is listening through Berlin


It must be true.

Daydream Nation – now with a .com

Okay, this is my first (mobile) post in 2009. Baaaad after 20 days in this year and a new US president. Today I got the domain for a lot of money. Useless? Yes maybe. But i don’t care, it makes me think of a lot of things to do with it.

From Diverse


The museum exhibition SONIC YOUTH ETC. : SENSATIONAL FIX focuses on the multidisciplinary activities of Sonic Youth since the band’s formation in 1981. It features the band’s collaborations with visual artists, filmmakers, designers and musicians, as well as a choice of other works selected by the band. Through the multidisciplinary output of Sonic Youth and related works by other artists in the exhibition, an alternative history of contemporary culture is being uncovered in which the division between ‘high art’ and ‘low art’ is being called into question, while issues are explored such as teenage rebellion, adolescent wanderlust, gender, fame, fashion, sexuality, and religion. The exhibition is initiated and curated by freelance curator Roland Groenenboom in collaboration with the band and will be presented in Bolzano, Italy (from 10 October 2008 to 4 January 2009), and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (31 January to 26 April 2009). Next up are The Museum of Malmö, Sweden (from May 29 to September 20 2009) and Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporaneo, Navarra/Nafarroa, Spain (October 2009 to January 2010). Further venues are currently in discussion, in Europe, the US and Asia. A complete description of the show can be found here.
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Sonic Youth – new material in 2009.

From Diverse

Remember – July 2007, a great night in Berlin where SY played Daydream Nation and part of Rather Ripped. It’s been quiet since then and i am not expecting SY to come up north to Stockholm. It’s not on the map anyway, or maybe every 5th or 10th year.

So i checked out and find out that SY is about to release a new album on Matador Records!

“After rampant speculation, Matador Records can confirm the label will be releasing a new studio album from Sonic Youth sometime in 2009. Having fulfilled their contractual obligations to the Universal Music Group, Sonic Youth recently reached an agreement with Matador to release the band’s 16th album of new material in all worldwide territories, save for Japan.

While Sonic Youth’s status as one of the more innovative and influential bands of the past 30 years needs little explanation, the group’s most recent recordings for Geffen — 2006’s ‘Rather Ripped’ being their final for the label — rank amongst the current decade’s best. For Matador, the opportunity to work in partnership with a group who’ve made such an profound impact on our roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley will commence recording the new Sonic Youth LP/CD this autumn and we look forward to sharing further details in the very near future.”

During MBV’s jet engine break

Great pics from MBV@ATP in NYC :-) Damn i wished i had shooted so great pictures and recorded the whole concert like Bradley did!

100% BERLIN Festival – Bericht #1

So, es ist soweit. Am Samstag war ich auf dem vom Goethe-Institut organisierten 100% BERLIN Festival. In einem Wort zusammengefasst: es war sehr gelungen.

Ich bin nach der Party im Debaser Medis noch nicht so ganz erholt, mache also kurz und berichte heute erstmal nur über das erste Teil der Veranstaltung – vielleicht auch das einzige, dass nicht so erfolgreich war: ein Gespräch über die Berliner Musikszene mit Sascha Ring / APPARAT, Dj Bleed (De:Bug), Stefan Goldmann und ein junger Schwede von Pluxus. Alles von einem schwedischen Journalisten moderiert, der scheinbar schon in Berlin gewesen ist. Also wie soll ich das zusammenfassen… man soll doch lieber DJs Musik spielen lassen anstatt über Musik zu sprechen. Es gab zwar sehr gute Kommentare vor allem von DJ Bleed (auch Sascha mit Vornahme) und Stefan Goldmann: kleine Anekdoten über die 90’s und die Detroit-Berlin Connection (Tresor etc.). Dass jetzt minimal techno die Clubs dominiert. Dass Menschen ausserhalb Berlin die Stadt besser vertreten, als diejenigen, die dort leben. Dass Berlin keine wachsende Stadt ist, sondern eine Stadt in Bewegung und Veränderung. Dass die kreativsten Menschen in Berlin nicht die jenigen sind, die in Berlin ausgehen. Man findet die Inspiration zuhause, nicht in Clubs, und auch nicht in Hotelzimmern und Flughäfen. Dass die “westliche” Meinung über die Stadt auf die östliche Meinung herrscht… und viele andere Sachen.

Nur der Pluxus Junge war ein richtiger pain in the ass. Nichts zu erzählen gehabt, nur die anderen mit Schwachsinn unterbrochen. Alle haben vielleicht (wegen dem Pluxus Typen) zuviel über Geld und billige Wohnungen gesprochen. Ist zwar ein Teil der ganzen Geschichte, aber wenn man über Musik in Berlin spricht gibt es doch andere wichtigere Punkte.

Egal. Unterm Strich fand ich das ganze sehr interessant zu verfolgen. Es zeigt ja ein bisschen, was DJs überhaupt für Menschen sind. Und es sind gute Menschen – mit oder ohne Drogen, “but who cares” meinte DJ Bleed, der immer um eine Antwort verlegen war.

Weitere Berichte ab morgen!

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