Amarillo Ramp (for Robert Smithson)
(Starlight Furniture Company - *8) CD $14.00
Sonic Youth’s left-minded and soft-spoken lead guitarist wields a big stick with a solo outing of the highest sonic magnitude. The title track is a 34-minute live recording from 1994 with after-the-fact wave-shaping and spectral improvement by Rafael Toral, followed by an instrumental “Anagrama” type frolic with Steve Shelley and Thurston Moore. Plus, a couple of soundtrack excerpts and a John Lennon cover featuring the late Epic Soundtracks.
Broken Circle / Spiral Hill
(Starlight Furniture Company - *2) CD $10.00
Five early ’90s tracks by one of the original lords of howling, including a Sebadoh cover. With cover art by Michael Morley (of The Dead C. and Gate), this is the flailing ultimate in rubberized, flatline wawaaarph.
(Knitting Factory Works) Used CD $5.00 (Out-of-stock)
Wailing, high-volume, ecstatic-noise excursions from 1995. Hooker’s free-jazz drumming propels Ranaldo fluxuating guitar odysseys into the deep subconscious.
Les Anges Du Péché
(Dysmusie - DYSLP1) LP $20.00
Side-long electric guitar duets, one by Moore and Montera recorded in New York 1997, one by Ranaldo and Montera recorded in Marseille 2010. Gatefold jacket, insert, 180g vinyl.
Live @ Sensational Fix
(Starlight Furniture Company - *25) LP $15.00
As part of the 2008 exhibition Sensational Fix, with a focus on Sonic Youth’s multi-disciplinary activities since 1981, My Cat Is An Alien performed live with long-time collaborator Ramona Ponzini, Michael Morley of Dead C, and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Side B features solo pieces by each of the five members of this extemporaneous ensemble. Stills from the live footage shot by curator Roland Groenenboom appear on the color insert.
New Life After Fire (For Thom Thomson)
(Art Metropole) Used CD $8.00
The complete set from a live performance in Toronto 2001, ranging from quiet ambience to destructo wall-of-noise. Playing alongside his own experimental films, Ranaldo coaxes a wide range of sounds from his guitar while pre-recorded voices from prepared tapes float in and out of the mix. Working with a sampler and CD deck, Dyment adds bursts of noise and ambient bed-tracks. Edition of 500
The Gift Of Tongues
(Knitting Factory Works) Used CD $7.50 (Out-of-stock)
Noise oriented free improv recorded live in the mid-’90s. Hooker’s time-giving percussion bounces around the edges of barrage, Parkins’s electrified harp induces personality trauma, while Ranaldo goes deep hypnosis with screeching guitar.