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Sonic Youth @ Battery Park (more by Jason Bergman)
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth w/ special guests TBA. Saturday August 30, 2008 @ McCarren Pool. Doors 4pm. $35.00 tickets on sale this Friday at Noon.

This will be Sonic Youth's fourth show in McCarren Pool's short history as a concert venue - two were with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and one was "Daydream Nation".

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Comments (54)

battery was so good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:44 PM

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:44 PM

so there, even though itll probably be virtually the same set as battery park i bet

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:44 PM

I just creamed in my jeans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:47 PM

FUCK YEAH

Posted by butternuts | July 22, 2008 5:49 PM

nice!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:55 PM

boooooooooooooooring. as the post points out, they've hardly been scarce lately. too bad mccarren pool -- the concert venue -- can't go out in style.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:56 PM

what's the post?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:57 PM

"boooooooooooooooring. as the post points out, they've hardly been scarce lately. too bad mccarren pool -- the concert venue -- can't go out in style."

does fuck you sound simple enough??

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:59 PM

where can you get tickets to avoid ticketmaster bullsh*t fees?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:06 PM

Gee how interesting..... They just played for free already this very summer and have already played this venue three times as noted.

Couldn't the pool go out in style with something more interesting or unusual? I just hope the opening band is interesting.

No disrepect to Sonic Youth as a band, but this just isn't that special a show.


Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:06 PM

how come no rotting corpse jokes?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:07 PM

you can get tickets at mercury lounge to avoid fees.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:09 PM

"you can get tickets at mercury lounge to avoid fees."

Not true. Probably Nokia Theater for this show since it's AEG.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:11 PM

no, you can't get them at mercury lounge but, you can get them at Earwax Records to avoid fees. N6th & Bedford.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:12 PM

Thanks for the info Anon 6:11 and Anon 6:09

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:13 PM

OR you can wait until the night of the show and walk to the venue and buy a ticket without fees because there's no way this will sell out at $35 a ticket since they just played rather large Battery Park for free.


Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:14 PM

Last show in Maccarren Pool... Your chance to hide in the ticket booth and become a rotting corpse for the workers to discover when they reopen this place as a pool.


Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:15 PM

Thanks as well Anon 6:12...I forgot about Earwax, I can stop by the L Cafe and get one of those delicious L Bars

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:31 PM

Saw them at Webster hall the last time and it was bad. SY totally has jumped the shark. I think they played 2 Goo or earlier songs.

Posted by nsfw | July 22, 2008 6:42 PM

"so there, even though itll probably be virtually the same set as battery park i bet"

Actually, they rarely play the same set twice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:55 PM

Any stabs on the special guests??

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 7:37 PM

Thanks for the info on ticket purchase.

Posted by Sam Vander | July 22, 2008 7:37 PM

Any stabs on the special guests??

Yo La Tengo???

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 7:44 PM

I'd pay to see a show similar to that at Battery Park, which had only three songs after 1992--one of them being the amazing "Pink Steam," which is a new classic song like "Expressway" is.

Posted by Regular reader | July 22, 2008 10:16 PM

"special guest" is vivian girls

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 10:59 PM

^^

NOT
EVEN
FUNNY!

: ( that would be so so so sad. however yo la tengo would = best.show.ever.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 11:39 PM

>Saw them at Webster hall the last time and it was bad. SY totally has jumped the shark. I think they played 2 Goo or earlier songs.

hey, nsfw, you're not very bright are you? by chance you missed the show they did a few weeks ago, eh? actually, it was even commented on @ 10:16. they did one extremely rare song and outside of three songs, all were pre '92. the show was fucking godhead and one of the very best performances i've ever seen from the band, and i've seen many. so do yrself and us all a favor, bye bye.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 11:55 PM

i have cream in my pants because i just masturbated, and got nervous when i heard my neighbor moving an object upstairs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 12:44 AM

good to see a real band play at this shitty venue finally. sonic youth always brings it live. i'll be there with my muscle tee pounding on some skinny hipsters

Posted by god below | July 23, 2008 12:49 AM

maybe they can open for yeah yeah yeah's again, and i can miss their entire set. still pissed about that.

Posted by karol | July 23, 2008 1:14 AM

dunno waht concert you went to... yeah yeah yeahs opened for them

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:07 AM

dunno waht concert you went to... yeah yeah yeahs opened for them

>Didnt they play two nights & flip headliners ?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:16 AM

let's get some things straight yyy's and sy took turns opening for each other, which never made sense in the first place. mccarren is anawful venue. pink stream and expressway should never be in the same sentence. while sonic youth have in fact jumped the in the last eight or ten years, it's still a 'special' show, people still love sonic youth. what would you prefer, what would be more special? hmmmm.... i could list all the shitty bands people on this blog like, but it's getting boring making fun of dan deacon.
anyway, since sonic youth don't have any new material to tour on, we should be pretty safe. hopefully they mix in more old stuff that's not on daydream this time, but it will still pale in comparison to the good old days when they were still exciting.
in general i find it's good to see bands whose back catalogues you want to hear when they're not actively promoting a new album.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:23 AM

how many times have we seen Yo La Tengo already?? I mean jeez that would be special, if Yo La Tengo opened? same old stuff.

get Teenage Jesus out there again, that would be cool, missed them at Knit so this would make up for it

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:55 AM

Sonic Youth has actually put out really good music since "Murray Street"--don't expect 1987 and you'll see and hear a really good Sonic Youth show. It's that somewhat awful period between 1992 and 2002 that I'm not crazy about. For a longtime fan like me, the shark has jumped back into the water.

If you're reading this, Sonic Youth: please don't let Lee's song be "Eric's Trip" or "Skip Tracer." MOTE MOTE MOTE!!!

Posted by Regular reader | July 23, 2008 9:38 AM

longtime fan here, I go to see them every time they play in town and I feel like yes, although they do play a different set every time, they tend to draw on the same pool of 25-30 or so songs... I was excited for the Battery Park show because they werent supporting an album, so I figured we'd get a healthy mix of all different eras, which we did, and it was great as always, but still.. pretty much all songs we've heard them do many times over the last decade. For a band with such a huge catalog I just keep hoping they dig out some real rarities. For example, as they guy above noted, we always get the same two Lee songs. I dont care which era they play from, I love it all in its own way, (yes, even NYC ghosts and Flowers). I just wish theyd mix it up a bit more.. All that said I will without a doubt be there, and enjoying whatever they choose to play.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 9:48 AM

i'll second mote and cast my own vote for titanium expose. that would make my life. or the diamond sea (space version) or hits of sunshine (duh!)

can't believe no one's guessed the special guest yet...

A Rotting Corpse has been added to the bill with Sonic Youth at McCarren Park Pool August 30 2008 as the last stop on their Dearly Departed 2008 World Tour. A Rotting Corpse will been taking an indefinite hiatus from touring while they work on their forthcoming 60th LP, tentatively titled "Reincarnation."

via A Rotting Corpse's Myspace

Posted by Henry McCool | July 23, 2008 9:49 AM

to make this one real special, I suggest they play the Starbucks compilation in entirety!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 10:00 AM

I'd love a Sonic Youth show made up of songs from that Starbucks comp, plus an encore of another five songs.

Oh, and I was wrong about the post-1992 count of the Battery Park show. The group played four songs released after 1992 (after "Dirty").

Posted by Regular reader | July 23, 2008 10:16 AM

schizophrenia
tom violence
brother james
world looks red
mote
cindarella's big score
silver rocket
kissability
youth against fascism
female mechanic now on duty
nevermind (what was it anyway)
i love her all the time
tuff gnarl
white cross
100%
into the groovey
moist vagina
death valley '69
expressway

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 10:30 AM

Special guest = FLIPPER!!!!!!!!!!

I just made that up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:25 AM

"I just made that up. "

who are you, billy crystal?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:34 AM

It's so telling that people on here are wondering so much about the opening band. That just shows you that whoever is opening this show can possibly be more interesting than just a Sonic Youth show. Yes, SY usually have pretty cool hand picked openers, but it's also interesting to note that most people aren't usually concerned with who's going to be the opening band for a headlining show a month in advance of an announcement, unless of course the prospect of just the headlining band isn't that interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:34 AM

I like NYC Ghosts and Flowers!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 1:22 PM

i've never heard Lee do Skip Tracer, so I say DO IT! AND MOTE! AND... uh ANYTHING LEE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 1:32 PM

SY played "Mote" at the first SY/YYY show. I was floored. I want to hear it again.

Posted by Regular reader | July 23, 2008 4:30 PM

i guess that was to make up for subjecting us to the YYY's.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2008 9:59 AM

I know who the special guests are. (Bring a pillow)

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2008 2:33 PM

"I know who the special guests are. (Bring a pillow)

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2008 2:33 PM"


Sure you do

Posted by A Manhattan Not Brooklyn Asshole | July 25, 2008 2:42 PM

dear hipster shitheads

what would be a better pool closer - 4 hour DJ sets with nobody dancing (you're all too cool for that) followed by a 3 song 'concert' from Santogold? maybe topped by a special exclusive 80s inspired DJ-set from the Ting Tings?

At least SY show-up and bring it live, which is a lot more than I can say about any of your flavors of the moment.

You're about deep as the pool itself - NYC would be much better if you all just piss-off back to where you came from.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2008 4:37 PM

"Sure you do

Posted by A Manhattan Not Brooklyn Asshole | July 25, 2008 2:42 PM"

ha, why is that so hard to believe? geez. some of us work in music instead of just bitching about it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2008 6:24 PM

I hate to see how some people are complaining about a Sonic Youth show. I'm suffering from SY withdrawels since they haven't played in Massachusetts for awhile now, and would love to see them again near me. All we've gotten so far are Thurston solos. It's cool but not the same.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2008 10:42 AM

so what time do they go on?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 5:09 AM

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