Beginning in 2004, shortly after the release of Sonic Nurse and Corporate Ghost, Sonic Youth began making mp3 "Mix Tapes" available online, featuring tracks from their then-current releases, reissues, obscure out of print singles or compilations, and in the best cases, completely new, unreleased material picked from the depths of their recorded history. The 'orange' coded lines below indicate tracks that were completely unreleased at the time the mix tape was posted. Some of these tracks have since been collected (on "Destroyed Room", in particular), but there is still a lot of magic to be found in these compilations. Unfortunately, few tracks from the tapes are preserved once a new tape is uploaded.

MIX TAPE #1 [summer 2004]
TITLE
ORIGIN
Pattern Recognition [6:33]
Sonic Nurse
NOTES: same version as 'sonic nurse' lp.
Ystad [4:36]
Lightnin'
NOTES: same version as side 2 of 'lightnin' single w/ black box
Forced Exposure [6:26]
Silver Rocket
NOTES: side 1 of 'silver rocket' single w/ elements of side 2.
3 Part Sectional Love Seat [8:12]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: later released on 'destroyed room'. noho furniture sessions 2001.
Spinhead [16:23]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: exclusive outtake from 'made in usa' sessions 1986.
Stalker (alt demo) [4:52]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: exclusive demo [not on dirty deluxe] w/ vocals.
Think It Over [1:58]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: short edit of vocal version of theme from 'things behind the sun' film.
Expressway [9:13]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: live version from 08/27/91 bremen
Eyemote [4:12]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: live version from 08/27/91 bremen
I Love You Golden Blue [7:02]
Sonic Nurse
NOTES: same version as 'sonic nurse' lp.
 

MIX TAPE #2 [dec 2004]
TITLE
ORIGIN
Bee-Bee's Song [4:43]
Suburbia
NOTES: same version as 'surbubia' soundtrack.
The Velvet Plug [2:31]
Made in USA
NOTES: same version as 'made in usa' soundtrack.
Derniere Minute Electrifee [7:22]
Kali Yug Express
NOTES: same version as 'kali yug express' EP.
Doctor's Orders (T-Vox) [4:22]
Bull in the Heather
NOTES: same version as 'bull in the heather' single.
Loop Cat [5:40]
You Can Never Go Fast Enough
NOTES: same version as 'you can never go fast enough' compilation.
Queen Anne Chair [4:39]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: later released on 'destroyed room'. noho furniture sessions 2001.
Stereo Sanctity (live) [3:07]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: recorded live 06/04/87 london, town & country
Safe In Hell [4:07]
Demonlover
NOTES: same version as 'demonlover' soundtrack
She Is Not Alone [4:07]
Sonic Youth
NOTES: same version as 'sonic youth' ep
Fire Engine Part 1 [5:38]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: later released on 'destroyed room' w/ 'fire engine part 2'
as 'fire engine dream'. outtake from nurse sessions.
Fire Engine Part 2 [4:48]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: later released on 'destroyed room' w/ 'fire engine part 1'
as 'fire engine dream'. outtake from nurse sessions.
Santa Doesn't Cop Out On Dope [3:19]
Just Say Noel
NOTES: same version as 'just say noel' compilation
 

MIX TAPE #3 [july 2005]
TITLE
ORIGIN
Free City Rhymes (alt take) [6:58]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: unreleased instrumental version of 'free city rhymes'.
Crosby (early take) [6:15]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: early instrumental version of 'i love you golden blue'. 12/21/03 remix
Catholic Block [3:46]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: live version from 11/03/90 irvine ('dirty boots' EP show).
The Drummer Is Fine (Part 1) [3:27]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: outtake from 'a thousand leaves' sessions.
The Drummer Is Fine (Part 2) [4:19]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: outtake from 'a thousand leaves' sessions.
The Drummer Is Fine (Part 3) [6:02]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: outtake from 'a thousand leaves' sessions.
Experimental #8 [1:16]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: outtake from 'goo deluxe'
Lee #2 (alt mix) [3:22]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: alt mix featuring only thurston's bass + jad fair spoken word
(removed from 'goo deluxe' remix)
She's in a Bad Mood [5:36]
Confusion is Sex
NOTES: same version as 'confusion is sex' lp.
Pterodactyl Wars [0:31]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: outtake from 'goo deluxe'.
 

MIX TAPE #4 [late 2005]
TITLE
ORIGIN
Campfire [2:19]
At Home With The Groovebox
NOTES: same version as 'at home with the groovebox' compilation.
'Cross the Breeze [6:16]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: recorded live 11/05/88 chicago.
Giggles [0:53]
Made in USA
NOTES: same version as 'made in usa' soundtrack.
Platoon II [4:19]
The Whitey Album
NOTES: same version as 'whitey album' lp
Waist [2:49]
Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
NOTES: same version as 'experimental jet set' lp
Blink [5:17]
Pola X
NOTES: same version as 'pola x' soundtrack
Pipeline/Kill Time [4:35]
Sister
NOTES: same version as 'sister' lp
Thought Bubbles [2:24]
Made in USA
NOTES: same version as 'made in usa' soundtrack
Tomorrow Never Knows/Glass Onion
Lucky Sperms 7"
NOTES: side 2 of 1991 ecstatic peace! 7". rec 01/19/87 steve/lee/kim/watt
Razor Blade [1:06]
Bull in the Heather
NOTES: same version as 'bull in the heather' single
Encore [3:35]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: recorded live 06/09/88 hoboken. an edit of what appeared on the
daydream nation deluxe reissue as 'totally trashed'.
 

MIX TAPE #5 [may 2006]
TITLE
ORIGIN
Reena [3:47]
Rather Ripped
NOTES: same version as 'rather ripped' lp.
Cherry's Blues [3:47]
Psychic Hearts
NOTES: same version as 'psychic hearts' lp.
Destroyer [5:32]
Sonic Youth reissue
NOTES: same version as 'sonic youth' ep reissue
G-Force [3:39]
The Whitey Album
NOTES: same version as 'whitey album' lp
Incinerate [4:55]
Rather Ripped
NOTES: same version as 'rather ripped' lp
raepS gninruB [3:28]
Sonic Youth
NOTES: same version as side 2 of 'sonic youth' cassette
maerD I demaerD I [5:12]
Sonic Youth
NOTES: same version as side 2 of 'sonic youth' cassette
elonA toN sI ehS [4:06]
Sonic Youth
NOTES: same version as side 2 of 'sonic youth' cassette
tI hsuP oT tnaW t'noD I [3:35]
Sonic Youth
NOTES: same version as side 2 of 'sonic youth' cassette
daB ehT dnA dooG ehT [7:55]
Sonic Youth
NOTES: same version as side 2 of 'sonic youth' cassette
Do You Believe in Rapture? [3:11]
Rather Ripped
NOTES: same version as 'rather ripped' lp
 

MIX TAPE #6 [aug 2007]
TITLE
ORIGIN
Kissability
Daydream Nation reissue
NOTES: live version from 'daydream nation' deluxe reissue
Ca Plane Pour Moi
Freedom of Choice
NOTES: same version as 'freedom of choice' compilation.
The Sprawl - Part 1
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: instrumental from unreleased "Rehearsin' For Ya" cassette, 1988
The Sprawl - Part 2
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: instrumental from unreleased "Rehearsin' For Ya" cassette, 1988
Fri/End
Trees Outside the Academy
NOTES: same version as 'trees outside the academy' lp.
Teen Age Riot
Daydream Nation reissue
NOTES: live 06/09/88 hoboken, from 'daydream nation' deluxe reissue
Move Away
Demonlover
NOTES: same version as 'demonlover' soundtrack
Untitled (Lee Home Demos)
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: outtake from 'daydream nation' deluxe reissue.
Superstar
If I Were a Carpenter
NOTES: same version as 'if i were a carpenter' compilation
Hey Joni
Daydream Nation reissue
NOTES: live version from 'daydream nation' reissue.
Compilation Blues
DGC Rarities vol 1
NOTES: same version as 'dgc rarities' compilation
Expressway outro - Part 1
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: recorded live 09/30/06 newport beach, ca.
Expressway outro - Part 2
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: recorded live 09/30/06 newport beach, ca.
 

MIX TAPE #7 [june 2009]
TITLE
ORIGIN
Kotton Krown [Master=Dik outtake]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: rec. 06/18/87 for geneva radio session, used on 'master=dik' EP.
Leaky Lifeboat (for Gregory Corso)
The Eternal
NOTES: same version as 'the eternal' LP.
Brave Men Run (In My Family)
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: rec. live 08/11/85 chicago. given away via 'the eternal' BEGN offer,
later released on 'give listen help' compilation CD.
Harmonic Sprawl
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: outtake from 'demonlover' soundtrack
Ringo/He's on Fire/Florida Oil Drums/Westminster Chimes
Master=Dik
NOTES: same versions as 'master=dik' EP.
Chinese Jam
Master=Dik
NOTES: same version as 'master=dik' EP.
Unmade Bed
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: rec. live 08/06/04 ottawa
What We Know
The Eternal
NOTES: same version as 'the eternal' LP.
Stereo Sanctity
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: rec. live 06/14/87 eindhoven
Sympathy for the Strawberry (pt 1)
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: rec. live 08/17 or 08/18/02 chicago
Sympathy for the Strawberry (pt 2)
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: rec. live 08/17 or 08/18/02 chicago
Contender pt 1
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: from 'the eternal' rehearsal sessions
Contender pt 2
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: from 'the eternal' rehearsal sessions
 

MIX TAPE #8 [jan 2011]
TITLE
ORIGIN
Thème de Simon
SYR9
NOTES: preview of forthcoming SYR9 track.
Star Power [2009 performance]
Star Power single
NOTES: recorded in july 2009 for 'gossip girl'.
Rain King [early version]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: very early '88 recording of 'rain king'/"rehearsin' for ya".
Skronky Jam
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: probably from similar '88 "rehearsin for ya" jam tapes.
Electricity [alt mix]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: an alternate mix of captain beefheart cover "electricity".
Alice et Clara (aspect)
Simon Werner a Disparu DVD
NOTES: from bonus CD released with simon werner DVD.
Unknown #1
Mix Tape #6
NOTES: untitled 1988 Lee demo
previously appeared on mix tape 6 as "Untitled (Lee Home Demos)"
Unknown #2
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: untitled 1988 Lee demo.
Escapades
SYR9
NOTES: preview of forthcoming SYR9 track.
Candle [early version]
Previously Unreleased
NOTES: early '88 composition tape of 'candle'/"rehearsin for ya".
M. Rabier (aspect)
Simon Werner a Disparu DVD
NOTES: from bonus CD released with simon werner DVD.
 

In addition to these Mix Tapes, SY have also made other audio/video material available for download since developing their magnificent online presence. Here is a short list of that material.

AUDIO

PLASTIC SUN -- An mp3 of the original Jane magazine version (w/ the 'Britney Spear' line) was posted online in September 2001, due to a pressing malfunction w/ the Jane CD.

SOCIAL STATIC -- an 11:41 dronefest compiled for a Chris Habib film circa 2002, I believe.

MADE IN USA THEME (OUTTAKE) -- a 4:16 outtake, alternate version of the 'Made in USA' theme that does not appear on either the soundtrack, the 'satan's foot' compilation, or a mix tape. Download available via SY's 'mp3' section.

LIVE 11/03/90 "GOO DELUXE OUTTAKES" -- 5 tracks from this show originally appeared on the 'Dirty Boots' EP. "The Bedroom" was included on Goo Deluxe, and those 5 tracks plus one more from this show were made available for download from SY's mp3 section (a 7th, "Catholic Block", appeared on Mix Tape #3, see above): "White Kross" "Eric's Trip" "Cinderella's Big Score" "Dirty Boots" "The Bedroom" and download only track "Mary-Christ".

"SONIC YOUTH" EP SIDE 2 -- The SST cassette release of this EP featured all 5 songs on the first side, and all 5 songs in reverse on the second side. These five backwards tracks were included in Mix Tape #5, and were nominated for permanent downloadability in the 'mp3' section of sonicyouth.com (for now).

"FREE CITY RHYMES" -- alternate take first seen on Mix Tape #3, available for permanent download in the mp3 section of sonicyouth.com.

"THE DRUMMER IS FINE" parts 1-3 -- an instrumental improvisation split into three parts, recorded during the sessions for 'a thousand leaves'. This first appeared on Mix Tape #3, and is now available for download from SY.com

SYR6 EXCERPT -- excerpt from SYR6, available as a free sample from SY's site.

3-SECTIONAL LOVE SEAT -- this NoHo Furniture session track from 2001 first appeared on Mix Tape #1, and was later included on "The Destroyed Room". It's also available as a download from the mp3 section of sonicyouth.com.

FIRE ENGINE DREAM -- a Nurse outtake that first appeared on Mix Tape #2 in two parts, later combined and released on "The Destroyed Room", as well as a free download from sy.com.

VIDEO

A variety of mov videos containing exclusive material have been posted on sonicyouth.com's main news page over the years. In addition to these offerings, all Sonic Youth videos (Screaming Fields/Goo/Corporate Ghost content) are available for viewing online, and have been since the inception of SY's site.

MEXICO CITY FEB 24 2007 -- Leah Singer footage of the Expressway soundscrapes from this high power gig.

"RATHER RIPPED" MUSIC VIDEOS -- videos for "Do You Believe in Rapture?", "Reena" (both by Braden King), "Incinerate", and three versions of "Jams Run Free" (both by Claire Denis) have been made available for download.

SY LE MOUV RADIO PERFORMANCE -- Leah Singer footage of SY's performance (during their brief 2006 quartet period!). Features clips of "Sleepin Around" "Do You Believe in Rapture?" and "Shaking Hell".

JULY 2005 -- a slideshow of footage from recent SY happenings set to a fuzzy instrumental demo of 'Sleepin Around'.

THURSTON, KIM, and STEVE @ FLYWHEEL -- footage from an impromptu July 2005 SY minus Lee gig where they debuted 4 forthcoming 'Rather Ripped' tunes. Afri Rampo and Lightning Bolt also appeared. a collage of footage from the evening is available for download from SY.com.

TURKEY -- slideshow of images from SY's visit to Turkey in May 2005.

NAGOYA -- footage of Expressway coda from 03/19/05 Nagoya, Japan show w/ Afri Rampo.

INHUMAN (GNARLY TIMES) -- film by Lee from 08/02/04 Detroit gig of furious Inhuman finale w/ Wolf Eyes & Hair Police.

MY SONIC ROOM 2 -- Patty Orsini's sequel to her highly enjoyable Corporate Ghost DVD bonus feature.

"I LOVE YOU GOLDEN BLUE" -- Dave Markey's video for this track made its debut appearance on SY's front page.

"PEACE ATTACK" -- Chris Habib's jumping frog interpretation of 'Peace Attack' was initially available via the enhanced content of the SONIC NURSE disc, and is now available for permanent viewing @ SY's site.

"UNWRITTEN" -- Chris Habib's documetation of the "Paper Cup Exit" writing process was also initially available via the enhanced Nurse CD, and is also available on SY's site for viewing.

MURRAY STREET - REHEARSIN' FOR YA -- 06/09/02 rehearsal for "murray street" tour that was webcast and archived on their site. Features all tracks from "Murray Street" and "Candle" rehearsed in Echo Canyon.

MURRAY STREET MINI-DOCUMENTARY (3 parts) -- a press kit for 'murray street'.

ECHOSCAM -- a unique tour of Echo Canyon studios featuring misters Moore and Habib masquerading as thieves. a Must!

"FREE CITY RHYMES" nov 99 -- a very cool video of SY's performance at the Harry Smith tribute in November '99, filmed by Jonas Mekas. a very rare instance of Thurston and Lee swapping stage positions! at this point, the song was still titled '1'.

A THOUSAND LEAVES press kit -- EPK for 'a thousand leaves'.

CANDLE SUPER-8 -- super-8 footage shot by lee during the filming of the CANDLE video, may 1989.

LIVE IN POITIER -- a live version of "Making the Nature Scene" from June 26th 1983 on their first European tour was posted, a very very cool document. Here's hopin'; they post more!

SY/MARC JACOBS -- SY performing "Jams Run Free" and "Kool Thing" for a Marc Jacobs fashion show in February 2008.

SONIC YOUTH IN PARIS -- a collage of recent footage of Sonic Youth in Paris. Shot and edited by S&G Films, Paris.

OTHER SIDES OF SONIC YOUTH -- filmed by Lee during the July 1st 2005 Roskilde Festival, which was later released as SYR8.

LR + THE SOUND UNIVERSE 1994 -- "A lee dig from youtube."

WHAT WE KNOW -- film clip for "What We Know" directed by Chris Habib during 2009 tour.

ANTENNA (LIVE) -- filmed by longtime SY visual archivist Bob Teagan at the June 28th, 2009 Chicago show.

SENSATIONAL FIX: MALMO -- "Pink Steam" shot by MV Carbon at Sensational Fix opening, Malmö, Sweden, May 27th 2009. (7'02")

ALWAYS SEEMS TO MOVE SO SLOW -- a Chris Habib film on the making of the "Sunday" video. (8'02")

SY + ENRIQUE MORENTE -- SY performing 'Martinete' w/ Enrique Morente at the October 28th, 2005 Valencia, Spain show. (10'00")

 

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