The Eight-Day Week
The Thermals are touring behind their excellent new record Desperate Ground and bring their too-much-sound-for-a-trio to the Bowery Ballroom. Billed by their new label as “post-pop-punk trio from pre-Portlandia-Portland, Oregon,” the Thermals are manically enjoyable and the new LP features the distorto-voiced energizer single “Born to Kill” as the intro to a kind of upbeat Read More
Though it didn’t make Pitchfork’s Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s (it was an honorable mention), it seems that Sonic Youth’s “Kool Thing” is poised to become the official theme song of fashion’s ’90s revival. We’ve heard it at two shows so far this week — Alex Casertano‘s and Charlotte Ronson‘s Read More
Happy Thursday! Pitchfork has breaking details about Sonic Youth’s highly anticipated 16th studio album and followup to 2006′s Rather Ripped: June 9 release date; title is The Eternal (as in, Sonic Youth has been around for an eternity and they are eternally cool!).
The Eternal will be the first album by Read More
Pitchfork brings us this gem from The New York Times Styles section: Kim Gordon, long-time bass player of Sonic Youth and godmother of all things cool, has started a new fashion line called Mirror/Dash with two of her friends—Melinda Wansbrough and Jeffrey Monteiro. The first piece is a Françoise Read More
Barry Hogan, the British music promoter, was at Bleecker Street Records last Thursday afternoon partaking in what seems like an archaic ritual: CD shopping.
“There’s too many good records here,” he said in his thick English accent (although the actual records, those measuring 12-inches across, were downstairs). He was perusing the “C” section, and picked Read More
The city’s intelligentsia is gearing up for the 2008 Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, at which some 150 authors—ranging from Joan Didion and Jimmy Breslin to the Jonathans Lethem and Franzen—will be in attendance. But we’d be lying if we said that we weren’t the most excited for the chat that’s supposed to go down Read More
Glory be! Ending weeks of fevered speculation, Sonic Youth—a band that virtually defined independent music in the 80s—is returning to the fold after nearly twenty years on major label, DGC/Geffen. According to nearly every music blog in creation, and, of course, the label themselves, the band has signed with Matador Records (certainly beats Read More
Did you ever really have that much fun at McCarren Park Pool, whose reign as one of New York’s most popular summer show spots will end tomorrow when Sonic Youth brings the curtain down on two years’ worth of weekend concerts at the waterless Williamsburg swimming hole? Sure, it’s hard to complain about free shows Read More
Since they blew through South by Southwest this spring, Seattle’s Fleet Foxes have steadily climbed indie rock’s crowded ladder. They played the Bowery Ballroom in March and again in July, stormed the Pitchfork Music Festival later that month, jumped across the pond for England’s Isle of Wight festival in August, and sold out Read More
Williamsburgers will weep with sorrow at the end of this month when McCarren Park Pool closes its gates. On Aug. 30, Sonic Youth will play the final show and all the kiddies will have to say good-bye to their Sunday funtime activities. The New York Times wrote an obituary of sorts for the Read More