Sonic Youth's eighth album, Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, was released on May 10, 1994 and to celebrate its 26th anniversary, the band are releasing Blastic Scene (Live in Lisbon 1993), a semi-official bootleg that originally came out in 1995 in Portugal via the Sonic Death fan club. "Blastic Scene was recorded live at Sonic Youth’s first ever concert in Portugal, at a bull-ring in Lisbon, in July 1993" says drummer Steve Shelley. "SY had not yet recorded the songs that would make up EJST&NS but previewed several new songs nightly of the July European tour." Blastic Scene features "Bull in the Heather," "Skink," "Self-Obsessed and Sexxee," "Tokyo Eye," and "In the Mind of the Bourgeois Reader" which would all appear on Experimental Jet Set, as well as cuts like "Candle," "Sugar Cane," "Cotton Crown," "Drunken Butterfly," and more. You can listen to that via Bandcamp below.

There has been a lot of rare Sonic Youth and related music unearthed recently, including a previously unreleased Thurston Moore song, three Lee Ranaldo releases, a collaborative album Steve Shelley made with Disappears and White/Light, recordings by Wyld Ratz (The Sonic Youth/Stooges band from Velvet Goldmine), 12 other SY live recordings and more. Keep it coming!

In other news, Kim Gordon canceled her May/June European tour but her North American solo tour, set for July and September, is still on for now. "I’m so disappointed but due to the ongoing pandemic and with regard for everyone’s safety, my upcoming European tour has been cancelled," she wrote on Facebook. "Tickets will be automatically refunded at point of purchase."