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Sonic Youth’s Rather Ripped | Album Stream, Pitchfork vs The Voice, Tour Dates, etc…

Sonic YouthSonic Youth‘s Rather Ripped comes out Tuesday June 13, 2006.
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Sonic Youth are the best band in the universe, and if you can’t get behind that, that’s your problem. They haven’t made a bad album since Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, and Lee Ranaldo found perfect drummer Steve Shelley in 1985, and (forget Radiohead, forget Wilco) have released more good ones in the past decade than anyone in rock except—this is funny—Neil Young.” [Robert Christgau – Village Voice]

Sonic Youth “Everyone has a different idea of what Sonic Youth’s best record is because none are in any way perfect; they all contain various failures. But ‘Rather Ripped’ has a different level of authoritative power. It is a fully legitimate, clear and strong rock ‘n’ roll record in the band’s own style. And it may really be the best one, though one fears that saying it out loud means the band’s work is done.” [NY Times]

Sonic Youth “When Murray Street came out in 2002, non-old Amy Phillips notoriously asserted in this very newspaper that since Sonic Youth hadn’t made a good album since (1995’s) Washing Machine, they should break up already. Who’s to say her opinion isn’t worth as much as mine? Me? Well, yeah. One concept the non-old have trouble getting their minds around is the difference between taste and judgment.” [Robert Christgau – Village Voice]

Sonic Youth “Sonic Youth needn’t bother impressing folks at this point. That history can also work against them, but it’s boring to parade out each classic and see how Rather Ripped stacks up to it. So, hey, let’s just say it’s great to hear Kim, Lee, Steve, and Thurston making an album that sounds beautifully invigorated and goes down smoothly.”
[NOT Amy Phillips – Pitchfork (7.5)]

Thurston Moore: This is a beautiful view. Actually, I used to walk along this. Back then, we used to have so much fun walking around New York. I used to see Tom (Verlaine) shopping for magazines at magazine vendors on the street and I would follow him around to see what he was buying. He would always flick, but never buy. I was curious what this guy was buying because maybe it would lead me to some kind of communication.” [Harp Magazine]

Sonic Youth Tour Dates below….

Tue 06.13.06 New York, NY CBGB w/ Tall Firs
Wed 06.14.06 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom w/ Be Your Own Pet
Thu 06.15.06 Washington, DC 9:30 Club – Late Show w/ Be Your Own Pet
Thu 06.15.06 Washington, DC 9:30 Club w/ Be Your Own Pet
Sat 06.17.06 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel w/ Be Your Own Pet
Sun 06.18.06 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Mon 06.19.06 Atlanta, GA Earthlink Live w/ Be Your Own Pet
Wed 06.21.06 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom w/ Awesome Color
Thu 06.22.06 Houston, TX Warehouse Live w/ Awesome Color
Fri 06.23.06 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ w/ Awesome Color
Sat 06.24.06 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room w/ Awesome Color
Mon 06.26.06 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall w/ Awesome Color
Tue 06.27.06 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre w/ Awesome Color
Thu 06.29.06 Missoula, MT University Theatre w/ Awesome Color
Fri 06.30.06 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre w/ Awesome Color
Sat 07.01.06 Portland, OR Roseland Theater w/ Awesome Color
Mon 07.03.06 Sacramento, CA Empire w/ Awesome Color
Tue 07.04.06 Reno, NV The Theatre at Reno Hilton w/ Awesome Color
Thu 07.06.06 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Hotel and Casino w/ Pearl Jam
Fri 07.07.06 San Diego, CA Cox Arena w/ Pearl Jam
Sun 07.09.06 Inglewood, CA The Forum w/ Pearl Jam
Mon 07.10.06 Inglewood, CA The Forum w/ Pearl Jam
Thu 07.13.06 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl w/ Pearl Jam
Sat 07.15.06 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium w/ Pearl Jam
Sun 07.16.06 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium w/ Pearl Jam
Tue 07.18.06 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium w/ Pearl Jam
Thu 08.03.06 Cleveland, OH Kuyahoga – Blossom Music Center
Fri 08.04.06 Detroit, MI State Theatre w/ The Flaming Lips
Sat 08.05.06 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza – Grant Park
Sun 08.06.06 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre w/ The Go! Team
Fri 08.11.06 Brooklyn, NY McCarren Park Pool w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blood on the Wall
Sat 08.12.06 Brooklyn, NY McCarren Park Pool w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Awesome Color
Thu 08.24.06 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair Grandstand w/ The Flaming Lips
Fri 08.25.06 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Casino – Stir Cove w/ The Flaming Lips
Sat 08.26.06 St. Louis, MO The Pageant w/ The Flaming Lips
Mon 08.28.06 Columbus, OH PromoWest Pavilion w/ The Flaming Lips
Thu 08.31.06 Allentown, PA Allentown Fair w/ The Flaming Lips
Fri 09.01.06 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair w/ The Flaming Lips
Sun 09.03.06 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion w/ The Flaming Lips

Previously
Sonic Youth / Yeah Yeah Yeahs | McCarren Park Pool Presale
Thurston Moore & Jim O’Rourke playing the Stone
Sonic Youth playing CBGB | Summer Tour Dates

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