July 10, 2009 Playlist

"Daydream Nation" by Sonic Youth (1988)
Sonic Youth  "Daydream Nation"  1988 (USA)
After 20 years recording albums for the major label Geffen, Sonic Youth has returned to the "indie" world with their 2009 album The Eternal.  So let's celebrate this week with their most recent indie release prior to the newest one, their much-heralded 1988 double-album masterpiece Daydream Nation.  Famous for their funny guitar tunings and dissonant improvisational style, Sonic Youth's music has never-the-less become something like "classic rock", and no album makes a better introduction to the group than this one.  The core members (Kim, Lee & Thurston) are approaching 30 years of playing together (something which almost never happens, particularly with American bands) -- and love 'em or hate 'em, pretty much every musician or record collector in the world knows who they are by now.  "The Grateful Dead of Punk Rock!"
For video this week, here's some recent performances of Daydream Nation tunes:  "Teenage Riot" (live on the Jools Holland TV show), and an epic rehearsal version of "The Sprawl".  And here's a couple more live clips of tunes from this record:  "Silver Rocket" and "Cross The Breeze".  Finally, here is their 1985 Manson Family-themed video for "Death Valley '69" (directed by Richard Kern).
(N) = New Release

Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Little Miss Lover Axis: Bold As Love 1967 USA/UK
Funkadelic Alice In My Fantasies Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On 1974 USA
Mahogany Rush Land of 1000 Nights Strange Universe 1975 Canada
The Staple Singers (with Curtis Mayfield) Big Mac Let's Do It Again (OST) 1975 USA
Isaac Hayes Good Love 6-9969 Black Moses 1973 USA
Can Red Hot Indians Landing 1975 Germany
Boredoms 777 Re-Bore Vol. 0 2001 Japan
Truman Peyote Sara Delta Light Lightning 2009? (self release) USA
The Rick Ray Band Reality Replaces The Symbol The Setlist (N) 2009 (Neurosis) USA
Earthling Society A Future Dream Sci-Fi Hi Fi (N) 2009 (4Zero) UK
Sonic Youth The Sprawl Daydream Nation
1988 USA
Sonic Youth Hey Joni Daydream Nation
1988 USA
Sonic Youth Antenna The Eternal (N) 2009 (Matador) USA
Tiny Masters of Today
Drop The Bomb! Skeletons (N) 2009 (Mute) USA
Iggy Pop Nice To Be Dead Preliminaires (N) 2009 (EMI/Astralwerks) USA
Dinosaur jr Over It Farm (N) 2009 (Jagjaguwar) USA
The Mars Volta
   / Desperate Graves
Octahedron (N) 2009 (Warner Bros) USA
Crime In Choir Pedal Nervous Sensation Gift Givers (N) 2009 (Kill Shaman) USA
K. Leimer Shallows Imposed Order (N - reissue) rec. 1983
(2009 Palace of Lights
The Warlocks Frequency Meltdown The Mirror Explodes (N) 2009 (Tee Pee) USA
People Flower Strewing Ceremony: Buddha Meet Rock 1972 Japan
Solar Anus Blue Hood Skull Alcoholic: The Complete Solar Anus (compilation) rec. 1997,
reissue 2006
Max Elliott  The Box Of Woe B-side 7" single (N) 2009 (Sacred Bones) USA
Wand Death Dealer Blues Hard Knox (N) 2009 (Ecstatic Peace!) USA
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Afraid Ain't Me Beware (N) 2009 (Drag City) USA
Davenport The Fool's Organ Free Country 2005 USA
Emerald Web Chasing The Shadowbeast
   / Dawn
Dragon Wings & Wizard Tales 1979 USA
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