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Sonic Youth perform 'Daydream Nation.'

July 25, 2007
This one's going to be good. The legendary Sonic Youth will play their legendary album, Daydream Nation in its entirety under Brooklyn's stars (or at least under the condos) at McCarren Park Pool on Saturday, July 28th. Sure, it's kind of pricey at $34, but c'mon, it's Sonic Youth! From Teen Age Riot to Trilogy: Eliminator Jr., this show's going to take indie punk back like it's 1988.

It's hard to believe that after all these years, Sonic Youth are still shredding, isn't it? The band hasn't taken a break (much less experienced a break-up) in over twenty-five years. Formed in NYC in 1981 and rising from the ashes of the "Please Kill Me" days, it can be said that Sonic Youth were truly the first post-punk band. And they just keep getting better. Listen to the song "Pink Steam" on their latest album (2006's Rather Ripped) and you'll see what I mean.

In the beginning, when they were truly youths, Thurston, Kim and Lee were a little lo-fi band that wanted to draw on the free-form noise of The Velvet Underground and The Stooges. In 1983 they released their debut, Confusion is Sex, which became the start of a new genre.

With each subsequent album the cult of Sonic Youth grew. Their sound, continually amended and tinkered with over the years, became completely their own. In case you missed any of their musical ride, be sure to check out seminal albums Sister, Daydream Nation (obviously relevant for Saturday's show) and Dirty.

Longevity for longevity's sake is nothing noble. Yet Sonic Youth have maintained their artistic integrity (i.e. they still write really good songs) for over 20 years. Sonic Youth may now be as legendary as the bands that influenced them.

Speaking of Daydream Nation, the band just released a crazy 4xLP vinyl box set version. It comes loaded with extra tracks. You should check it out.

And go see some legends on July 28th.

Sonic Youth play McCarren Park Pool, on Saturday, July 28th.


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