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Classic 1987 album is one of the band’s most beloved releases. Includes a cover of Crime’s “Hot Wire My Heart”. 

There is no album in the entire corpus of indie rock—not Loveless, not Surfer Rosa, not Psychocandy— that reaches the heights of invention, joy, and magic of Sonic Youth’s sublime fifth album.... The haunted reveries of Sister remain with you for years, even if you only hear them once…. Sister is the sonic manifestation of refracted light. It’s a record that changes you.” Stereogum.

One of Sonic Youth’s most beloved albums, 1987’s Sister incorporated the dissonance of their earlier releases into more traditional song structures. It’s an innovative and thrilling work assuredly delivered by a band at the peak of their powers. Reissued on the band’s Goofin’ imprint, this 2016 pressing includes a digital download card with the vinyl edition. 

TRACK LISTING

1. Schizophrenia
2. Catholic Block
3. Beauty Lies In The Eye
4. Stereo Sanctity
5. Pipeline / Kill Time
6. Tuff Gnarl
7. Pacific Coast Highway
8. Hot Wire My Heart
9. Cotton Crown
10. White Cross
11. Master-Dik (download-only)

Sonic Youth

EVOL (Reissue)

    The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility.

    “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s.  “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley’s drums…, [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance."

    Stereogum likewise praises the album as one that is “full of suspense…, the cornerstone [of] the Sonic Youth sound…, ground zero for the combination of chiming guitars and atonal skronk… [and] muggy delirium…. The virile ‘Tom Violence’ sounds less written than coaxed from a cauldron, the sort of song that fogs windows. The offkilter [droning love song] ‘Starpower’ … is sung [by Kim Gordon] in a frosty [Nico-evoking] monotone. ‘In The Kingdom #19,’ featuring Mike Watt on bass and … vocals [by Ranaldo]…, is a harrowing story of a highway wreck over a suitably edgy instrumental backing punctuated by … live firecrackers into the vocal booth.”

    “EVOL slithers into the unconscious,” notes Popstache. “Once the [detuned melodies and haunting riffs and] final whispers of feedback [of ‘Expressway to Yr. Skull’] depart from the speakers…, the music [leaves] a faded footprint, forever reeling the listener back for another strange trip.” “The seeds of greatness…” —Pitchfork.

    “A near-masterpiece.” —Trouser Press.

    “A stunningly fluent mixture of avant-garde instrumentation and subversions of rock’n’roll.” —All Music Guide. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    David says: Within a few months of arriving in Manchester I was flat sharing with an American girl. She was appalled at how Britcentric my record collection was and introduced me to her noisy compatriots...

    Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985. The album is a fascinating examination of “the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,” says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, “where Woodstock [meets] Altamont—Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.” Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clattering percussion, and sullen vocals, all held together with interstitial noise loops and shadowy haze, ambles through a long, dark night before the feverish “Death Valley ’69,” driven by runaway guitar riffs and a frantic Thurston Moore / Lydia Lunch vocal duet, pounds the capstone into place.

    Sonic Youth’s big leap forward from Confusion Is Sex and Kill Yr Idols “reflects the spirit of the time,” to quote All Music Guide. Bad Moon Rising views “American gothic through the glassy eyes of wilful moonlit paranoia.” Back in print on Goofin’ Records, this reissue includes bonus tracks “Flower” and “Halloween,” both from a 12”single of the same era. The sound collage morsels “Satan Is Boring” and “Echo Canyon” are your cue to begin moving toward the exit and get out while you can. 

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Intro
    2. Brave Men Run (In My Family)
    3. Society Is A Hole
    4. I Love Her All The Time
    5. Ghost Bitch
    6. I’m Insane
    7. Justice Is Might
    8. Death Valley ’69

    Bonus Tracks On CD / Digital Download:
    9. Satan Is Boring
    10. Flower
    11. Halloween
    12. Echo Canyon

    The band’s legendary eponymous 1982 debut. Features remastered album tracks, live material from one of the band’s earliest performances, and a rare studio outtake. Booklet has notes by Richard Edson, Glenn Branca and Byron Coley. Sonic Youth’s eponymous debut 12-inch was recorded in late 1981 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC and originally released on composer Glenn Branca’s Neutral label. The album is loosely based on compositions the newly formed group had performed at that year’s week-long Noisefest event (and remains the only recorded document of an early line-up featuring actor Richard Edson on drums).

    Back in print on CD, the Goofin’ Records edition also features extra live material from a 1981 gig and an outtake from a early studio session. “We wanted it to sound like PIL who we were into. It didn’t but we were lucky it came out sounding like a record. We did it in two eight-hour sessions at a studio at Radio City Music Hall called Plaza Sound. The janitor let us in the back door.” - Kim Gordon.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Burning Spear
    2. I Dreamed I Dream
    3. She Is Not Alone
    4. I Don’t Want To Push It
    5. The Good And The Bad
    Bonus Tracks:
    6. Hard Work (I Don’t Want To Push It)
    7. Where The Red Fern Grows (I Dreamed I Dream)
    8. Burning Spear
    9. Cosmopolitan Girl
    10. Loud And Soft
    11. Destroyer
    12. She Is Not Alone
    13. Where The Red Fern Grows


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