Since Sonic Youth’s unofficial, but pretty evident end after the divorce of its power couple Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, the band’s members have been keeping fairly busy. Lee Ranaldo was the first member to release a solo record, the respectable Between the Tides and the Time, in 2012, which followed with Last Night On Earth with a backing band now dubbed the Dust. Drummer Steve Shelley:Read More
Although a key member of the critically acclaimed art/punk rock band Sonic Youth, Moore has also been involved in numerous side projects, including the Dim Stars with Richard Hell and Even Worse. His first solo album, Psychic Hearts (recorded during and immediately after his wife and Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon’s pregnancy in 1994), with ex-Half Japanese guitarist Tim Foljahn and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, had an appropriately offhand feel but was far from sloppy. Along with carrying Sonic Youth into the 2000s, Moore collaborated with artists including DJ Spooky and Nels Cline, wrote music reviews and other pieces for Arthur magazine, and issued a book, Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture, in 2005. His second song-based album, Trees Outside of the Academy, arrived in 2007, and featured largely acoustic arrangements and cameos by Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Samara Lubelski, and Moore’s fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley. In 2010, Moore guested on the Hat City Intuitive’s A Ticket for Decay and began laying the foundation for another solo effort, Demolished Thoughts, which appeared the following year.
Since his split with wife and Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore has kept plenty busy. After touring his 2011 solo record Demolished Thoughts, the band that comprised his tour threw down their acoustic instruments and picked up electric counterparts, becoming Chelsea Light Moving. The band was a project in practicing punk rock sensibilities, recording the album in one day:Read More
The Best Day, Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts, will be released on October 20th, 2014 on Matador Records. Backed by James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of:Read More
‘The Only Way to Go Is Straight Through’ is out April 20
No Wave guitar legend, Sonic Youth founder, and Chelsea Light Moving frontman Thurston Moore has got a highly experimental Record Store Day gift in mind for serious collectors of avant-garde artifacts. On April 20, New York’s Northern Spy Records will release The Only Way to Go Is Straight Through, featuring two live collaborations between Moore and 63-year-old blues-warping guitar guru Loren Connors.Read More