February 2, 2016 Playlist

Happy 60th birthday, Lee!
Lee Ranaldo
"Goo" by Sonic Youth (1990)
Sonic Youth "Goo"  1990 (USA)
Happy 60th birthday Lee Ranaldo! Two-thirds of the founding members of Sonic "Youth" are past three score years of age, which is fine because the group broke up five years ago and anyway the Youth referred to in their name transferred from a description of the band to a description of the audience around the turn of the century. SY was perhaps the most crucial band of the indie rock/grunge era of the 80's-90's: an influence on many other bands and a paragon of scenester virtue, though not a group that necessarily sold a lot of records or had hit songs on the radio. Lee Ranaldo was always seen as the George Harrison of the group: technically their lead guitarist, but "the quiet one" who was always overshadowed by "the popular one" (Thurston McCartney) and "the serious one" (Kim Lennon), riding in the back seat with "Ringo Shelley." But I think of Lee as being more of a Jerry Garcia type: sensitive, mystical, laid back. But since we're talking about the artsy punk rock scene (which was always frankly egotistical) rather than the idyllic hippie era (too stoned to know better), a character like Lee was not likely to become the leader of a band. But he always brought the classic psychedelic edge to the SY sound -- on this week's CAOTW (their major label debut released a year ahead of grungemania), Lee as often was the case only contributes one song, but it's the longest, most kosmik, and farthest-out on the band's first stab at a more "pop" sound (they even got Public Enermy's Chuck D to do a guest rap!) Since the Sonics "went on hiatus" in 2011, Lee has released two fine solo albums which show that perhaps he always had more to do with the catchier elements of SY songwriting than previously suspected (SY tunes never credited individual authors, so it was always hard to tell who was responsible for what).
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request

Artist Song Album Year Country
Kool & The GangLet The Music Take Your MindA-side 7" single (The Best of Kool & The Gang)1971USA
The TemptationsPsychedelic ShackPsychedelic Shack1970USA
Chubby CheckerMy MindChubby Checker1971USA/Netherlands
Curtis MayfieldCheck Out Your MindCurtis Live!1971USA
The James Hunter Six Free Your Mind (While You Still Got Time)Hold On! (N)2015 (Daptone)UK
Ty Segall Diversion
Emotional Mugger (N)2016 (Drag City)USA
Fuzz Let It LiveFuzz II (N)2015 (In The Red)USA
Alex G ReadyBeach Music (N)2015 (Domino)USA
Eleanor Friedberger Cindy With The Curly HairNew View (N)2016 (French Kiss)USA
White Witch (R)Crystallize And RealizeA Spiritual Greeting1974USA
The DoorsThe Crystal ShipThe Doors1967USA
Tommy James & The ShondellsCrystal Blue PersuasionCrimson & Clover1969USA
The FugsCrystal LiasonIt Crawled Into My Hand, Honest1968USA
Sonic YouthMoteGoo
Sonic YouthEric's Trip (live)"B-side" (Dirty Boots CD single)1991
Sonic YouthGenetic"B-side" (100% CD single)1992
Lee Ranaldo & The DustLast Night On EarthLast Night On Earth2013USA
Lee RanaldoTomorrow Never ComesBetween The Times & The Tides2012USA
Glenn Branca (with Lee Ranaldo on guitar)The Spectacular CommodityThe Ascension1981
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Lonely Steel Sheet FlyerQuarters! (N)2015 (Flightless/Castle Face)Australia
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard TrapdoorPaper Mache Dream Balloon (N)2015 (ATO)Australia
David Bowie Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)blackstar (N)2016 (ISO/Columbia)UK
Scott WalkerCossacks AreThe Drift2006
Linear Downfall Finger Diet
   / Over My Shoulder
Sufferland (N)2015 (self release)USA
The Besnard Lakes The Plain Moon A Coliseum Complex Museum (N)2016 (Jagjaguwar)Canada
Glenn Mercer Here Come The Warm Jets (Eno)Incidental Hum (N)2015 (Bar/None)USA
.e Of Bones (And Ghosts) Of Crashing Symbols (N)2015 (self release)USA
Cavalier Song Easy SpiderBlezard (N)2015 (God Unknown)UK
W-X (Tim Presley from White Fence) Running From The DogsW-X (N)2015 (Castle Face)USA
Apprentice Destroyer Chromosome Choir
   / Welcome, Destroyer
Glass Ceiling Universe (N)2015 (Castle Face)USA
Wand Dovetail1000 Days (N)2015 (Drag City)USA
Dinosaur Jr. (with Lee Ranaldo on backup vocals)Little Fury ThingsYou're Living All Over Me1987USA
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