Thurston: Academy fight song
It's not exactly news that as he's gotten older, Thurston Moore has found time in his life for more than Sonic Youth. When he's not reviewing noise records with Byron Coley, making noise records with people you've never heard of, or asking his daughter if she knows how to play that Dinosaur Jr song, he's apparently found time to record a proper follow-up to Psychic Hearts, the completely unexpected and awesome-beyond-belief (and recently remastered) solo album that all your Pitchfork-reading friends will tell you is secretly better than the last (insert any number from one to five) Sonic Youth records. Trees Beyond the Academy is like that too: very little bullshit noise, lots of songs that sound more like song-songs than anything Sonic Youth writes, plus "some weird cassette tape that Thurston found at his mom's of him at 13 years old in the early 70s making some kind of sound-theatre." Trees won't be out until September. But if the "first single" (har har) above doesn't get you fucking amped, we suggest listening to this or this or this. Plus, he's spent the past few months playing nothing but Daydream Nation. Plus, he's put together a band to support it that includes all-city guitar maestro Chris Brokaw (of Come, Codeine, the New Year, too many others to mention). The rest of the band ain't no slouches, neither: SY drummer Steve Shelley, MV & EE's Samara Lubelski (spkng of which, MV & EE are at MidEast Sept 1), and No Neck Blues Band's Matt Heyner, a frequent collaborator with frequent Thurston's free-noise collaborator Chris Corsano.
Around the time the record comes out Thuston and band will be playing a college-students-only gig at the Museum of Fine Arts -- part of an annual shindig that last year included a set by Joanna Newsom (sign the petition, fuckface). If you're keeping score, the MFA is now two for two on hitting the college-kid market between the eyes, and for the second year in a row, we anticipate the ironic role-reversal of over-21 douchebags (for example, us) hiding their drivers' licenses and whipping out 10-year-old BU id's to sneak into this beeyatch. We've heard (totally unconfirmed) rumors of a special guest opener, another guitar hero (lately playing with a band who shall remain nameless) with a solo record due soon. Ticket onsale news should be available very, very soon. To recap:
While the MFA hasn't officially announced the Thurston gig (too late: Thurston did), they just announced the rest of their fall indie-rock season, for which college ID's are not, thank god, required. Most shows start at 7:30. Tickets for members, seniors, students $16; nonmembers, general admission $20.
Saturday, September 8: Bill Callahan (Smog) with Sir Richard Bishop Friday, September 21: Joe HenrySunday, September 23: Gruff Rhys (Super Fury Animals) and Ulrich SchnaussSunday, September 30: The Sea and CakeSaturday, October 6: The BlowThursday, October 25: Mates of StateSunday, November 18: My Brightest Diamond with Tim Fite ($15)