Sonic Youth – “The Burning Spear”

Sonic Youth

It’s hard to believe that Sonic Youth has been around for nearly 30 years now. Kim Gordon is nearly 60 years old, and Thurston Moore is 52 (believe me, I had to fact-check those myself before typing this because it doesn’t seem possible, that couple is pretty much frozen in time). Back in 1982 (yes, 29 years ago), they released this self-titled EP on Glenn Branca‘s Neutral label. The EP was later re-released by SST in 1987. It was recorded at Radio City Music Hall, and it’s a lot different than the noisy guitar feedback improvisations that they’re known for today. This was more “post-punk”/”no-wavey” than their newer music. I love it all, but this one really stands out to me.

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