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Sonic Youth – The Empty Page

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Sonic Youth – Icinerate

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Sonic Youth – Murray Street

 Sonic Youth - Murray Street

The Album

Murray Street is Sonic Youth’s 14th album. It was released in early June in Japan (featuring the bonus track “Street Sauce”), June 10th in Europe, and on June 25th in North America. Some French copies of the album came with a limited edition bonus blue 10″ featuring 3 exclusive tracks from SY’s recent soundtrack works: “Derniere Minute Electrifee” on one side, “Le Paysage Zim Zum” and “Coca Neon Kamera Sutra” on the other. Only 500 of these were available. In North America, the disc is enhanced, and includes a screen saver, plus a link to a “secret site” on that features exclusive promo photographs, desktop backgrounds, all 3 songs from the Kali Yug EP for mp3 download, and two music videos for “The Empty Page” and “Radical Adults”. The gatefold vinyl edition is available via Smells Like Records on the “Goofin'” imprint (Rain on Tin and Karen have been switched to accomodate the vinyl’s capacity limits).

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Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse

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The Band

Sonic Youth its a 1981’s rock band of New York. They have an style that mixes alternative rock, noise rock, avant grade, post punk… Icon of american alternative music and culture, they have an peculiar and criative stile, mixing punk rock, hardcore, noise and underground with melody and improvisations.

The album

Sonic Nurse

Sonic Nurse is Sonic Youth’s 15th album. With Jim O’Rourke continuing his role as the ‘fifth sonic’, the album feels like the logical continuation of the ground established with “Murray Street”, but through the revisitation of “vintage” sonic tunings, mixes the complexity of the quintet dynamic with a familiar overtone (just over half of the album is written in the modified ‘Pavement tuning’ that premiered on ‘Murray Street’, while the other half features tunings such as GGDDD#D#, which date back to “Kill Yr Idols”, and the classic “Expressway” tuning EG#EG#EG#). Unlike the previous two albums, “Nurse” clocks in over an hour, with ten tracks, most featuring extended instrumental extrapolations. The band continues to provide exclusive online ‘enhanced’ CD content, this time including a video for album closer ‘Peace Attack’ and a rare insight into their songwriting process as the band composes ‘Paper Cup Exit’.

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