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Tuesday, March 27 2012

In My Own Space: A Conversation with Lee Ranaldo

After over 30 years of creating beautiful noise with Sonic Youth, Ranaldo turns his focus inward and gives us a surprisingly straight up rock record. Here, the legendary indie rock guitarist discusses the interplay in his music between experimentation and accessibility, improvisation and structure, and mainstream acceptance versus the purity of the underground.


Tuesday, January 26 2010

Part 3: From Porcupine Tree to Wye Oak

Slipped Discs continues with Norwegian electro pop, lots of Scottish pop goodness, two rock institutions, a Soviet born chanteuse and many more. All records that missed our top 60 list last year.


Thursday, July 19 2007

Part 5: Public Enemy to Dixie Chicks (1989-2006)

The brave, early activists of the US AIDS movement knew that Silence = Death. Throughout history it's "Put up", we're told, "Shut up", we're threatened. Praise to those who set their protest to song and act up!


Saturday, December 23 2006

Best Albums of 2006

At long last, the annual rite of passage, the "best of" list... Here's PopMatters picks for the best 60 records of 2006.


Reviews

Wednesday, March 16 2011

Sonic Youth: SYR9: Simon Werner a Disparu

This surprisingly coherent, entirely instrumental soundtrack is a testament to the range and power of a veteran band that, despite what you may have heard, is only getting better.


Sunday, September 27 2009

Sonic Youth: 3 July 2009 - United Palace Theatre, New York

Classics like "Tom Violence" occasionally worked their way in, but for the most part the set list consisted of tunes from this year's triumphant new album The Eternal


Sunday, June 7 2009

Sonic Youth: The Eternal

It's official: Sonic Youth’s Geffen days are behind them. So, too, it seems, are the pop flirtations that developed with them.


Thursday, July 24 2008

Sonic Youth - River to River Festival

Just like the Beatles belong to Liverpool, Nirvana to Seattle, and N.W.A. to Compton, Sonic Youth belongs to New York…


Wednesday, July 16 2008

Sonic Youth: Hits Are for Squares

The question this album provokes isn't, “Why Starbucks?” It's, “Why do I care what Catherine Keener’s favorite Sonic Youth song is?”


Blogs

Wednesday, August 27 2014

Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s

For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.


Friday, March 9 2012

Counterbalance No. 72: Sonic Youth’s 'Daydream Nation'

The 72nd most critically acclaimed album of all time comes running in on platform shoes with Marshall stacks to at least just give us a clue. Counterbalance gives a listen to Sonic Youth's 1988 indie game-changer.


Monday, December 19 2011

Benediction: On Thurston Moore’s 'Demolished Thoughts'

Although Demolished Thoughts was released before the announcement of the breakup of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, it is unavoidably a document of this personal and professional transition.


Tuesday, November 8 2011

20 Questions: Don Fleming

The famed songwriter/producer and Sonic Youth BFF sits down with PopMatters to wax philosophical on the Beatles, tell us what it's like going through Marty Robbins' record collection, and why he bears a characteristic resemblance to Shaft . . .


Monday, October 12 2009

Sonic Youth - 'Daydream Nation' Video Collection (video)

Twenty one years ago this week: Sonic Youth released Daydream Nation, which has come to be regarded as one of the best records of the


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