by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - The Eternal (montage) (MP3)
Sonic Youth @ Battery Park (4th of July) (more by Jason Bergman)
Along with your preorder of 'The Eternal' on LP or CD, you'll get an instant stream of the album when BEGN launches on April 28, and later (either picking it up at your fave local record store or through the auspices of the U.S. Postal Service) a bonus limited edition live LP [while supplies last] culled from Sonic Youth's July 4, 2008 show in Battery Park, which will contain an exclusive poster. Additional MP3's will be delivered via the BEGN site before or after the album's physical release date (June 9).As reported previously, Sonic Youth is also releasing two exclusive split 7"s (one with Beck, one with Jay Reatard) for Record Store Day on April 18th.
Tuesday, April 7th (tonight), Thurston Moore curates and performs at the Sessions at Santa's at Santos Party House. You may remember the Stereogum-hosted series from its Tuesdays in March at the venue. The bill includes performances by Thurston Moore/OkkyungLee/Ikue Mori Trio, Fat Worm of Error and Noise Nomads. (Tickets are on sale.) Flyers for the next three Sessions are below.
STEREOGUM: No Fun is coming up as well. Will [Sonic Youth] be playing material from the new album at that? Doing a noisier set?That might shed a little light on Sonic Youth's No Fun Fest plans, but not on the program for the group's four-night run (April 16th-19th) at BAM. Those unique performances will celebrate the 90th birthday of dance choreographer Merce Cunningham. Also on the BAM bill are "former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and mixed-media sound composer Takehisa Kosugi."
TM: We're going to compose something distinct for No Fun -- it will be fucking insane...
SY's Lee Ranaldo just performed an original composition with the Bang on a Can All-Stars on Thursday, April 2nd. How was that?
Flyers (NSFW) for the April dates of the Sessions at Santa's series (minus the unannounced April 28th lineup), plus a 1991 Nardwuar interview that includes Kim Gordon complimenting Led Zeppelin (at the end), and all SY tour dates (with a bunch of European festival stops) below...
SONIC YOUTH interview with NARDWUAR 1991
Sonic Youth - 2009 Tour Dates
APRIL 16 - MERCE CUNNINGHAM 90TH BIRTHDAY - BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
APRIL 17 - MERCE CUNNINGHAM 90TH BIRTHDAY - BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
APRIL 18 - MERCE CUNNINGHAM 90TH BIRTHDAY - BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
APRIL 19 - MERCE CUNNINGHAM 90TH BIRTHDAY - BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
APRIL 22 - KREMS, AUSTRIA - DONAU FESTIVAL
APRIL 23 - MUNICH, GERMANY - HAUS DER KUNST
APRIL 24 - DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - 3001
APRIL 25 - LUXEMBOURG DEN - ATELIER
MAY 16 - BROOKLYN, NY - NO FUN FEST
MAY 27 - MALMO, SWEDEN - KULTURBOLAGET
MAY 28 - HASSLEHOLMS, SWEDEN - SIESTA FESTIVAL
MAY 30 - BARCELONA, SPAIN - PRIMAVERA FESTIVAL
MAY 31 - DUDINGEN, SWITZERLAND - KILBI FESTIVAL