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RE: sonic youth? | from AndrewJul 15 2004 - 12:57

I caught a rerun of them playing on Conan O'Brian and that song is magical. TOo bad the rest of the cd isn't like that. If you're into downloading songs (legally) then go find 'Unmade Bed'.

RE: sonic youth? | from Alex NiedtJun 30 2004 - 15:41

I saw them on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. I really liked the song, except for a short section of guitar noise.

RE: sonic youth? | from BlueAstronautJun 14 2004 - 19:31

Fukkit, don't ask for advice, go find out for yourself, go dig the best or worst out and make your own mind up...

RE: sonic youth? | from BlueAstronautJun 14 2004 - 19:29

Just don't ever look for a bunch of musicians to create something that's perfect, ever. Cause it'll never happen. There is no 'perfect'.
No 'guarantee you will like all the tracks'. Hell, I didn't know music was supposed to be 'produced' like that.
But, horses for courses...

RE: sonic youth? | from BlueAstronautJun 14 2004 - 19:26

If you like music, like opening your ears and mind, then pretty much all Sonic Youth is worth your time. Some is quiet and defiant and odd and angular, some is brutal and simple and complex and ugly and raging. Some is crap, some is sublime.

RE: sonic youth? | from ckJun 13 2004 - 04:34

I think rubberchicken hits on one of the weaknesses of SY as a band. There's no guarantee you will like all the tracks on any on their albums since Moore, Ranaldo, and Gordon have such different styles. Check out Moore's Psychic Hearts. And I agree a "best of" would be a great idea. On a different note, I saw them a few years ago and O'Rourke adds a lot to the band live. They were brilliant.

RE: sonic youth? | from rubberchickenJun 13 2004 - 01:15

yeah yeah...murray street and washine machine are there softer albums and easier to listen to but for pure song writing talent go for dirty and daydream nation...yeah they are noiser but more rewarding. sister is abit trashy in places and goo is way to slick and rehearsed not the real SY. basically the earlier the CD the more expermential it is. exept for 1000 leaves that could of been there best if it wasnt for kim gordons stupid 'arty' singing ppfftt.

RE: sonic youth? | from ChrisJun 08 2004 - 12:36

Try Murray Street to start.

Daydream Nation is their pinnacle, but it is a heavy record and might wear you down.

Murray Street has its heavy moments, too, but it's sequenced so well that you won't get up out of your chair until it's over.

What's really needed -- and maybe I just missed it -- is a best-of by SY. Maybe selected by the band. Landmark tracks like "Washing Machine" would sound great alongside the more accessible things from Dirty and Goo.

RE: sonic youth? | from JamieJun 08 2004 - 05:29

I'm actually going to see a sonic youth concert in a couple of weeks, but as yet own none of their albums.

I'm also interested in getting some CDs that may have some resemblance to the IDAHO sound. Even though i haven't heard much of their music, their dischordant and feedback sound reminds me of IDAHO at times.

Any more recommendation would be appreciated...

RE: sonic youth? | from brianJun 07 2004 - 12:18

Daydream Nation is a must.

sonic youth? | from lowercase andrewJun 07 2004 - 10:35

like most topics here, this is probably a re-tread...

sonic youth has always been one of those bands that was way too prolific for me to keep up with, so i mostly ignored them (much like guided by voices and other deified indies...). but i've recently become a big jim o'rourke fan through his solo work and work with bands like stereolab and wilco. with a new sonic youth disc (with o'rourke as a member) releasing tomorrow, i'm trying to get into them somewhat. could any of you idaho fans make a recommendation of the "best" 2 or 3 sonic youth recordings that a new fan should pick up? if my idaho leanings are any indication, i generally favor levitate, alas, hearts of palm and the 2 idaho contributions to the "shanti project collection volume 1" (those 2 songs alone are worth many times the cd price if it's still in print). i know sonic youth is famous for feedback and noise, so i guess i would rather get recommendations of more "tuneful" examples...

thanks much...you're great, jeff.

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