photos by Lori Baily

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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