According to Sonic Youth’s Steven Shelley in a statement, the band have always been ones to record their live shows “as often as we could, on cassettes, DATs, CD-Rs and multi-track recorders.” On top of all the fan bootlegs they’ve gathered, this archive now makes up hundreds of hours of Sonic Youth concerts. You’ll now be able to access some of the band’s favourites.
This news runs alongside the celebration of the 30th anniversary of 1988’s Daydream Nation, which they’ve also commemorated so far by selling off gear and memorabilia (including a Fender Jazzmaster that Thurston Moore has used for over a decade). From today, you’ll be able to access this huge Sonic Youth archive via nugs.net, which includes footage from CBGB in 1988 (they cover Iggy Pop’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, apparently.
Meanwhile, you can still purchase test pressings of Sonic Youth records from their very own Official Sonic Youth Reverb LP Shop. It looks like pressings of Goo and Daydream Nation are all sold out, but you can still get your hands on test pressings of both Evol and Bad Moon Rising if you so wish.
Earlier this year, Gigwise turned up at the Hoxton Bar & Grill in London to watch ex-Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, with his steps towards the future becoming “ever bolder”. The legacy of the band continues, it seems.
The other ex-Sonic Youth members are also keeping themselves busy. Thurston Moore will be playing a the creepily named Bates Mill Blending Shed in Huddersfield on 20th November this year. and Walthamstow Jazz Festival next year in February. Kim Gordon also recent announced a new album The Switch with her experimental band Body/Head, set for release 11th November via Matador.