Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore has announced a new Thurston Moore Group album called Spirit Counsel, the followup to 2017's very solid Rock n Roll Consciousness. As The Quietus points out, the album features San Francisco experimental electronic musician Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly) joining the group as a studio member, following his stint touring with the band in the US last year and in Denmark earlier this year.
"We all fell for Jon during an unforgettable moment on the platform of the train station in rural Denmark as we stood beside him with other passengers and witnessed in awe as he and his hand-held electronics conducted an extensive conversation with the local crows," the group said in a press release. "Suddenly all these birds flew in and surrounded him on the train platform and began singing with him."
The album comes out on September 21 via The Daydream Library Series Record Label as a 3-CD box set with a booklet featuring Thurston's photographs, lyrics, and handwritten scores for recent 12-string electric and acoustic concerts.
The band's first show with Wobbly as an official member happens at London's EartH on May 31.
In other Sonic Youth news, 'Sonic Youth: NYC and Beyond' happens as part of Rooftop Films at Brooklyn's Murmrr Theatre on August 17 with a New York-specific collection of film and videos from their private archives, plus a Q&A with drummer Steve Shelley and archivist Aaron Mullan (tickets).
ANYWAY, watch Thurston talk about meeting Mike Watt.... and Squid!