SONIC YOUTH

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BIOGRAPHY:
Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Their most recent lineup consisted of Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, vocals, guitar), Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals), Steve Shelley (drums) and Mark Ibold (guitar, bass guitar). In their early career, Sonic Youth was associated with the no wave art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the hardcore punk ethos throughout the evolving American underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound.
The band experienced relative commercial success and critical acclaim throughout their existence, continuing partly into the new millennium, including signing to major label DGC in 1990 and headlining the 1995 Lollapalooza festival. Sonic Youth have been praised for having "redefined what rock guitar could do", using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments' timbre. The band is considered to be a pivotal influence on the alternative rock and indie rock movements.
In 1999 their music reached a new audience interested in 20th-century classical music and experimental music with the release of SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century, a double album of covers of avant-garde recordings that featured works by avant-garde classical composers such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, George Maciunas, Cornelius Cardew, Nicolas Slonimsky and Christian Wolff as played by Sonic Youth along with several collaborators from the modern avant-garde music scene, such as Christian Marclay, William Winant, Wharton Tiers, Takehisa Kosugi etc. In 2011, Ranaldo announced that the band was "ending for a while" following the separation of Moore and Gordon. Thurston Moore updated and clarified the position in May 2014 "Sonic Youth is on hiatus. The band is a democracy of sorts, and as long Kim and I are working out our situation, the band can’t really function reasonably."

LAST ALBUM:
SIMON WERNER A DISPARU (2011)
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2016 - SPINHEAD SESSIONS 1986
Label: Goofin
2012 - SMART BAR CHICAGO 1985

Label: Goofin
2011- SIMON WERNER A DISPARU (Soundtrack)
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings
2010 - SILVER SESSION (FOR JASON KNUTH)
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings
2009 - THE ETERNAL
Label: Matador / Beggars Group
2008 - HITS ARE FOR SQUARES - BEST OF

Label: Pid
2008 - ANDRE SIDER AF SONIC YOUTH
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings

2008 - J'ACCUSE TED HUGHES
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings 
2006 - THE DESTROYED ROOM: B-SIDES & RARITIES
Label: Geffen
2006 - RATHER RIPPED
Label: Geffen
2005 - KONCERTAS STAN BRAKHAGE
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings 
2004 - HIDROS 3 (with MATS GUSTAFSSON)
Label: Smalltown Recordings
2004 - NURSE

Label: Geffen 
2003 - LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Label: Steamhammer
2003 - HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN
Label: Phantom Records
2002 - DEMON LOVER (Soundtrack)
Label: Virgin
2002 - IN THE FISHTANK
Label: In the Fishtank Records
2002 - MURRAY STREET
Label: Geffen
2002 - ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES 1.1
Label: Vital
2000 - SYR 5 (Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori & DJ Olive)
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings
2000 - NYC GHOST & FLOWERS
Label: Geffen
1999 - GOODBYE 20TH CENTURY
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings 
1998 - A THOUSAND LEAVES
Label: Geffen
1998 - INVITO AL CIELO
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings
1997 - SLAAPMAKERS MET SLAGROOM
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings
1997 - ANAGRAMA
Label: Sonic Youth Recordings
1995 - WASHING MACHINE
Label: Geffen
1995 - SCREAMING FIELDS OF SONIC YOUTH

Label: Geffen
1994 - EXPERIMENTALJET SET, TRASH AND NO STAR
Label: Geffen
1993 - WHORE'S MOANING (OZ '93 Tour Edition)
Label: Geffen
1992 - DIRTY
Label: Geffen
1991 - DIRTY BOOTS (EP)
Label: Geffen
1991 - SONIC DEATH - LIVE
Label: SST Records
1990 - GOO
Label: Geffen
1988 - DAYDREAM NATION
Label: Goofin
1997 - SISTER
Label: DGC Records
1986 - MADE IN USA (Soundtrack)

Label: Rhino
1986 - EVOL
Label: DGC Records
1985 - BAD MOON RISING
Label: DGC Records
1983 - CONFUSION IS SEX
Label: Original Record Production
1982 - SONIC YOUTH
Label: Neutral Records

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