Lee Ranaldo

As I was snooping around the internet today I came across this… Two new songs from Lee Ranaldo.

They’re most likely going to crop up on his forthcoming solo record, “Between the Times and the Tides“, due to be released by matador on March 20th next year.

They’re really good.

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Thurston Moore – The Button Factory – November 27

Psychic Hearts

When Thurston Moore last played Dublin in his solo guise he dedicated the song fri/end to “a beautiful woman and artist back in New York City.”  He played that song again on Sunday night. And it sounded like he still means every word.

Since that last visit, Thurston has released the excellent Demolished Thoughts and he plays a good deal of it tonight. The addition of drums on many of the tracks give them a more rocking feel but the maturity and warmth of the songs remains. This maturity is evident throughout. The timbre of Thurston’s voice has deepened over the years and compliments the acoustic arrangements perfectly. Meanwhile, harp and violin add sonic texture and counter melodic elegance.

The set is punctuated with several verses of poetry and, in a post-sonic youth era, it’s easy to see how Thurston could become a Patti Smith for the art-rock generation. Art, politics and sex come together in these little compositions and the words are given extra power through an almost aggressive, rhythmic delivery.

The set itself is drawn from all three of Thurston’s (more song based) records and highlights include the outstanding blood never lies from demolished thoughts and the vicous, scratchy psychic hearts.

Speaking in Rolling Stone magazine recently, Thurston’s  co-conspirator, Lee Ranaldo, hinted at an imminent world without sonic youth, but on this form Thurston still has much to offer.

Aside

When I moved to New York, a few years ago, I started a blog. Initially it was intended to document the amazing variety  and quality of veggie burgers on offer in that great city. But over time my focus began to shift. I started to write a little more about politics, music and popular culture. My favourite posts were those that located a burger review within a larger, quasi-sociological theme. There was a roadtrip through the central states of the US and a few posts from France, Argentina and Spain.

Moving home to Belfast, work (and life in general) got in the way of blogging and the posts became less frequent and regular. I’m now putting it to bed. It’s still online but I won’t be using it anymore. I’m not even going to delete the (slightly embarrassing in retrospect) final post.

I’m now living in Dublin. There’s more going on in my life and there’s more I feel is important to comment on. So, things I might write about…

  • More great vegetarian food – not just burgers.
  • Punk rock (my definition of punk) – and I’ll link to the column I write for the 405.
  • Popular culture/sociology and the media.
  • Thoughts on the master’s I’m doing at DCU in political and public communication.

Tonight, I’m going to see Thurston Moore play in the button factory in Dublin’s Temple Bar. I first saw sonic youth play over 21 years ago and I’m still as excited as a kid at Christmas at the thought of seeing him play again.