LEE RANALDO

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.

CHRISTOPH HEEMAN / JIM O'ROURKE / LEE RANALDO

Bloomington, Indiana ... Autumn

(Streamline) Used LP $12.00

Two side-long pieces from the early ’90s released here for the first time in 2010. Ranaldo lends the voice and words of “Bloomington, Indiana” to O’Rourke and Heemann for a text-based collaborative electro-acoustic composition on one side, backed with a Heemann / O’Rourke piece from the Plastic Palace People era. Sealed

LEE RANALDO

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.

WILLIAM HOOKER / LEE RANALDO

Envisioning

(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.

JEAN-MARC MONTERA / THURSTON MOORE / LEE RANALDO

Les Anges Du Péché

(Dysmusie - DYSLP1) LP $20.00 (Out-of-stock)

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.

MICHAEL MORLEY / MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / RAMONA PONZINI / LEE RANALDO

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.

DAVE DYMANT / LEE RANALDO

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

WILLIAM HOOKER / LEE RANALDO

The Celestial Answer

(Xeric) Used CD $5.00

Working together, the kinetic avant percussionist / poet and the indefatigable experimental guitarist are a blinding, brilliant, elemental force. Rays of white guitar noise penetrate clouds of analog synth; molten drumming blasts across free-form poetics. The dynamic is beautiful and inspired — a simple cold-fusion of intuitive interaction and boundless freedom. From 2005. With hype sticker

WILLIAM HOOKER / ZEENA PARKINS / LEE RANALDO

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.