Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on August 27, 2010

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Sonic Youth

"Is there any better big venue live band these days than Sonic Youth? Okay, maybe Radiohead, maybe Phish, and maybe--depending on how their Madison Square Garden debut goes this week--even Arcade Fire. (Yes, we just used Phish in the same sentence as Sonic Youth; the crucifixion line forms on the right!) But none of those bands possess Sonic Youth's illustrious history, or restless dynamism, or reckless edge. Frontman Thurston Moore is middle age (his wife/bandmate Kim Gordon's even older!) but after seeing them crush the Celebrate Brooklyn bandshell in Prospect Park Saturday night, it's clear that their particular blend of punk-pop-noise rock is some sort of magical, anti-aging elixir that ought to be bottled and sold worldwide. Don't grow old gracefully; shred it every step of the way with Tonic Youth." [Gothamist]
Sonic Youth played a free Celebrate Brooklyn show to a packed Prospect Park on Saturday, July 31st. It was magnificent. Show highlights, if I can remember back that far, included the pre-encore set closer, "Shaking Hell" and Thurston trying to get Kim back on stage to play the encore-closing number, "Expressway To Yr Skull". He did so by having the whole crowd chant "Kim G" over and over ("kimchee, kimchee").

Brooklyn's Talk Normal and SanFran's Grass Widow opened. The latter will be back in September for two TBA shows (both still listed without venues by Todd P). Sonic Youth were minus bassist Mark Ibold, who was/is touring with his old band, Pavement (who played Osheaga that weekend). SY's set list is posted below.

Sonic Youth's, and Lee Ranaldo's Text of Light's, upcoming shows include ATP NY over Labor Day weekend. Now that's true for Thurston solo too:

"Today we're happy to announce a few last minute additions to the ATP New York line-up.

First of all Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore will play a solo set on Sunday as chosen by Jim Jarmusch.

Second we have a fourth comedian to add to Friday's line-up as chosen by Syd Butler; Matt McCarthy." [ATP]

Comedian Todd Barry (who performs at MHOW tonight) was also recently added to the fest. The rest of the ATP NY lineup is HERE. More pictures and the set list from the SY show are below...

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Sonic Youth at Celebrate Brooklyn July 31st setlist
Candle
Brother James
(I Got A) Catholic Block
Stereo Sanctity
Hey Joni
The Sprawl
'Cross The Breeze
The Wonder
Hyperstation
White Cross
Mote
Shaking Hell
Encore:
Shadow of a Doubt
Silver Rocket
Expressway To Yr Skull

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Comments (30)

that show was SO good.

ATP is going to be a blast. This is a nice surprise addition!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:02 PM

every time i've seen sonic youth over the past few years i've grown less depressed about getting old. they are truly amazing to be performing like this at their age.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:04 PM

i wish they would do a "sister" show... might just be the greatest thing ever

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:06 PM

The newest song they played is twenty years old ("Mote" from Goo). Badassery.

Posted by Tito | August 27, 2010 2:16 PM

This show was awesome. I dig having the four piece SY back.

Too bad Jarmusch's vision of having a Thurston/Neil Young feedback session didn't come to pass at ATP.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:17 PM

Kim Gordon, Please smile.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:22 PM

Does anybody know if they have ever played a song off of Chicone Youth at any of their concerts ever?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:26 PM

show of the summer

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:33 PM

i think they consider the whitey album non-sonic youth canon... i think they should let ibold do his thing, bring in mike watt, and the rest will fall into polace

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:39 PM

Sonic Hummus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:41 PM

that show was INCREDIBLE

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:43 PM

agreed @ 2:33. truly a magical summer day.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:47 PM

dude I just teared up at the thought of Watt/Youth doing Ciccone Youth. It would be the best thing ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 2:56 PM

great show, but what is Celebrate Brooklyn going to do about the size of their venue. The crowds at The Roots, SY and Sharon Jones were huge, I didn't even have a chance to get inside for either of those acts. Hard to complain about free shows, and the sound at CB made it easy to sit on grass outside and just listen, but they seem to have reached maximum capacity for the big shows...

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 3:00 PM

@3:00, just get there earlier. infinite capacity expansion ain't gonna happen. if you want to make it, make time for it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 3:06 PM

mike watt doing anything is the best thing ever

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 3:07 PM

agreed. show of the summer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 3:18 PM

[my favorite] show of the summer

Posted by fixed | August 27, 2010 3:48 PM

Yeah, Sonic Youth was great as usual, but having to endure Talk Normal was pretty painful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 4:00 PM

Excellent performance and song selection. But, it was marred by some POS bathroom line-cutter. I confronted him and he sanctimoniously claimed to have a stomach disease, and went in the stall. I mean, what could I do? Force him away from the stall? Cut in front of him and therefore cut the line myself? Neither option seems good. That really irritated me that night to no end. Seeing this post reminded me of it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 4:48 PM

reminds me of the time i was 6 and some douchebag kid cut in front of me at chuck e. cheese. what a bastard

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 4:52 PM

i was that kid at chuck e. cheese you sucker.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 5:15 PM

Chuck E Hummus

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 5:20 PM

Ughhh... dude, if the hummus shit was even remotely funny you'd probably know it. You're endangering the popularity of this blog. Damn you. Damn you to hell.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 6:13 PM

6:13--On the contrary! One of the primary reasons that I visit this site is to enjoy the company of other chickpea enthusiasts!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 6:23 PM

got to the show when SY began and it was crowded for sure but....found myself a great spot off the left hand side of the stage and enjoyed the show...unless its a paid event, you can hear quite well just sitting and enjoying the night

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 6:30 PM

sonic youth have sucked for at least 10 yrs. though the prospect show was not bad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 8:04 PM

8:04 I liked NYC Ghosts & Flowers (2000), but I hear what you're saying. The first thing I thought when I saw the set list was "Ahh, they've finally stopped playing junk from The Eternal."

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 8:36 PM

P.S. Rather Ripped is good, too (2006)

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 8:44 PM

4:48 you should have locked the dude in the stall and written out of order on it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 9:04 PM

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