A Sentimental Ditty That Melts My Heart

Can't say much about the video here....But chances are at least a few of you will enjoy hearing "Kill Yr Idols" again -- a reminder of the era when Sonic Youth didn't seem like an ironic name for the band.

The recording is from an EP that came out circa 1985. Or so the geezer seemed to recall....

April 3, 2007 7:21 PM | | Comments (2)



Is that a video of something? Great to hear this! I will say unapologetically that I love their stuff of the last 10 years. So they're "classic rock"...so what? I'm 45; I don't care about novelty anymore. Think of them in terms of Walter Benjamin's essay on Goethe's late style.

Well, son of a gun! The Dean sez:

"A Thousand Leaves [Geffen, 1998]
This record is what it seems--mature, leisurely, rather beautiful, perhaps content. But it's neither complacent nor same-old, and after it's settled into their, I'm sorry, oeuvre, it will rank toward the top for everybody except permanent revolutionaries, a noncombatant category if ever there was one. Awash in connubial ardor and childhood bliss, undergirded by the strength-through-strangeness of angry tunings grown familiar, it's the music of a daydream nation old enough to treasure whatever time it finds on its hands. Where a decade ago they plunged and plodded, drunk on the forward notion of the van they were stuck in, here they wander at will, dazzled by sunshine, greenery, hoarfrost, and machines that go squish in the night. The melodies aren't the foci of the 11-tracks-in-74-minutes--more like resting places. But even when the band is punk-rocking le sexisme or pondering the trippy fate of Karen Koltrane, the anxiety the tunes alleviate is never life-threatening. Motto, and they quote: "`We'll know where when we get there.'" A+

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