Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on November 30, 2009

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Sonic Youth

Here's a second set of pictures from night one of Sonic Youth at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th (part of their three recent NYC shows). Unlike the first set though, this post also has shots of that night's opener Talk Normal (including some impromptu behind-the-scene portraits with the headliner). Talk Normal play NYC next on Saturday, December 5th at Secret Project Robot with Air Waves, US Girls and Total Slackers.

SY member Lee Ranaldo sat down with WFNX (the broadcast cousin of The Boston Phoenix) before their show there to discuss his favorite albums, SY and otherwise, of the decade...

WFNX: But you, Lee, what's the album from Sonic Youth you think is pivotal to this decade?

Lee:I would say for this decade, it's The Eternal, the most recent one. Because in a way I think it really - it's so cool at the end of this decade when we've been playing together for so long to be really energized about the most recent music you've made. The aughts started for us with Murray Street, made in New York City in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and all that. Sonic Nurse we made with Jim O'Rourke, and then we made another record, Rather Ripped, on our own, and then we hooked up with Mark, Mark Ibold on bass, and made this one, and it bodes well for the future that we're having a lot of fun with this one.

Lee goes on to name his top three of the decade, listed chronologically as Bob Dylan - Love and Theft (released 9/11), Cat Power - You Are Free (I can get behind these choices) and Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (one of my favorites of 2009 too). The full video interview and more pictures and tour dates, below...

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Sonic Youth - 2009/10 Tour Dates
Dec 05 ATP Butlin's Holiday Centre Minehead
Dec 06 Dublin - Vicar Street - Sold Out Dublin, Dublin
Jan 04 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona
Jan 05 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
Jan 07 San Diego, CA - House of Blues San Diego, California
Jan 08 Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre Pomona, California
Jan 09 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles, California
Jan 10 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore San Francisco, California

Talk Normal - 2009 Tour Dates
Nov 28 Rhinoceropolis Denver, Colorado
Nov 29 Jackpot Music Hall LAWRENCE, Kansas
Dec 01 Barbarella/Mekong Restraunt ST. LOUIS, Missouri
Dec 02 Skull Alley LOUISVILLE, Kentucky
Dec 03 Art Damage Lodge CINCINNATI, Ohio
Dec 05 Secret Project Robot BROOKLYN, New York #
# w/ AIR WAVES, US GIRLS, TOTAL SLACKERS

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Comments (11)

I hear Lee eats at Morton's Steak House and Starbucks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2009 3:15 PM

Love Lee, however, I think he's throwing Dylan a bone. Regarding Radiohead they are going to rock harder than any other this decade including SY just wait.

Posted by KId SY | November 30, 2009 3:52 PM

Right on Lee! "Sometimes I wish we were an Eagle" by Bill Callahan is surely one of the best of 2009. The last song is the gorgeous "Faith/Void" which feels peaceful, almost spiritual, while telling the listener "It's time to put God away". Lovely and fitting for 2009.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2009 4:56 PM

Dylan doesn't need any more bones. Lee is right.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2009 11:45 PM

that interview is a gigantic fucking tool. holy mother of god.

love bill callahan with all my heart though. my favorite record in a long, long time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:24 AM

kim's gloves are hottt

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:22 PM

kim's gloves are so 80's. luckily, she's 80 as well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:01 PM

People like that Asian dude taking a picture of Kim Gordon instead of actually listening to the music and dancing and having fun have totally ruined shows for me recently. A message to anyone who reads this: if you're going to see a show and you're not a professional photographer, leave your goddamn camera at home. Not only are you annoying everyone around you, but you're probably annoying everyone who has to see those stupid blurry photos on your Facebook page.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:54 PM

Dylan doesn't need any more bones. Lee is right.

Posted by bbq grills | August 25, 2010 10:37 PM

Dylan needs hummus. Lee is wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 12:15 AM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by miniclip | September 3, 2012 10:40 AM

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