Monthly Archive for March, 2009


Kim’s clothing line Mirror/Dash (named after her and Thurston’s duo project) is designed in collaboration with Jeffrey Monteiro and Melinda Wansbrough. It will be exclusively available at Urban Outfitters Feb. 16. The first group of pieces include a dot-print wrap dress and cropped double-breasted blazer. Kim will also be setting up shop at the company‚Äôs L.A. pop-up shop in April. The New York Times has a short interview with Kim on the subject. More info.


An ever-changing selection of Sonic Youth merchandise is available for your perusal at the store.


Get yr library cards out, kids! Two new SY biographies have now come to fruition:

‘Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth’ by David Browne is now available from Da Capo Press. Sonic Youth cooperated with the author on this one.

‘Psychic Confusion: The Sonic Youth Story’ by Stevie Chick is available now from Omnibus Press in the UK. No band cooperation on this one, instead it pulls from sources far, wide and deep.

Both offer their respective author’s takes on the SY story from 1981 to the present.

In addition, ‘The Empty Page: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth’, a short story collection by a wide range of authors taking their cues from Sonic Youth song titles, will be published by Serpent’s Tail in the UK on May 29, with a US release later in the year on Harper Collins. This book was edited by Peter Wild, with an introduction by Lee.


A new hard cover book by Thurston and Byron Coley Abrams titled “No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980” is now available from Abrams Image Books. This is the first book to visually chronicle the collision of art and punk in the New York underground of 1976 to 1980. This in depth look at punk rock, new wave, experimental music, and the avant-garde art movement of the 70s and 80s focuses on the true architects of No Wave from James Chance to Lydia Lunch to Glenn Branca, as well as the luminaries that intersected the scene, such as David Byrne, Debbie Harry, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, and Richard Hell.

Thurston Moore and Byron Coley have selected 150 unforgettable images, most of which have never been published previously, and compiled hundreds of hours of personal interviews to create an oral history of the movement, providing a never-seen-before exploration and celebration of No Wave.


From Matador Records:

“After rampant speculation, Matador Records can confirm the label will be releasing a new studio album from Sonic Youth sometime in 2009. Having fulfilled their contractual obligations to the Universal Music Group, Sonic Youth recently reached an agreement with Matador to release the band’s 16th album of new material in all worldwide territories, save for Japan.

While Sonic Youth’s status as one of the more innovative and influential bands of the past 30 years needs little explanation, the group’s most recent recordings for Geffen — 2006’s ‘Rather Ripped’ being their final for the label — rank amongst the current decade’s best. For Matador, the opportunity to work in partnership with a group who’ve made such an profound impact on our roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley will commence recording the new Sonic Youth LP/CD this autumn and we look forward to sharing further details in the very near future.


Carlos Van Hijfte is Sonic Youth’s longtime European booking agent and friend. He also has an incredible wealth of knowledge regarding the Netherlands’ music scene from the late-70’s to present. Last September, The Watt from Pedro Show hosted Carlos for a remote broadcast from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Listen here.