Sonic Youth add ‘Silver Session’ to Bandcamp archive, benefiting suicide prevention charities
Sonic Youth's bandcamp archives keeps growing and today they've added Silver Session (For Jason Knuth), a 1998 release that was dedicated to fan and KUSF Music Director / DJ Jason Knuth who had taken his own life. Proceeds from the CD have over the years benefited SF Suicide Prevention, NJ Food Banks and others and 100% profits from Bandcamp sales of this record will be donated to charitable causes. Here's Thurston Moore's liner notes:
we didn't really know jason knuth -- its possible we had met him, or had been in the same room as him, but we didn't recall... we heard about his passing on the internet -- a flurry of grievous and surprised reaction -- people were asking us if we were aware of how much he identified and championed our music -- as music director for kusf he seemingly used sy as a standard for playlisting -- indeed at his memorial his friends played 'the diamond sea' in acknowledgment of his enthusiasm towards us -- he was affectionately referred to as 'sonic knuth' ...here in nyc, so far from the sf community, we were touched and more than intrigued. we learned jason was a vibrant, well loved guy on the music scene w/ a completely genuine exuberance towards art & music. his demeanor obviously shrouded a complex inner life which led to suicide. what jason's feelings were towards his own human existence we may never know but we do know he will be missed by many as a companion. sonic youth wanted to make some gesture towards him as well as focus on suicide prevention. proceeds from this cd will help fund the san francisco suicide prevention hotline (415-781-0500). it is manufactured and distributed by revolver, a company with close and personal associations with jason.
a note on the music: silver sessions were taken from an evening when sy had to do vocal overdubs for 'a thousand leaves' -- the band upstairs was hammering out some funky metal overdrive and we couldn't "sing" properly (?!) -- we decided to fight fire with molten lava and turned every amp we owned on to 10+ and leaned as many guitars and basses we could plug in against them and they roared/HOWLED like airplanes burning over the pacific -- we could only enter the playing room with hands pressed hard against our ears and even then it was physically stunning -- we ran a sick outmoded beatbox through the p.a. and it blew out horrendous distorted pulsations. Of course we recorded the whole thing and a few months later we mixed it down into sections, ultra-processing it to a wholly other "piece" -- in a way, it's my favorite record of ours -- I hope jason digs it. --- keep on keep on keep on
--- thurston/sonic youth/nyc 1998.
You can listen to Silver Session below.
Sonic Youth also just put Perspectives Musicales - Live At Cat's Cradle 2000 on Bandcamp for the site's Juneteenth fundraiser.