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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

Daydream Nation

    'Daydream Nation' was Sonic Youth’s sixth full-length, their first double-LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely considered to be their watershed moment, the album catapulted them into the mainstream and proved that indie bands could enjoy wide commercial success without compromising their artistic vision.

    More recently, 'Daydream Nation has been recognized as a classic of its time: Pitchfork ranked it #1 on their “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s”; Spin listed it at #13 on their “125 Best Albums of 1985-2010”; Rolling Stone put it at #45 on their “100 Best Albums of the Eighties” list and #328 on their “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” It was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry in 2006.

    2007 saw the release of an expanded four-disc vinyl box set, but now the album is back in its original form after years of being out of print and highly sought after. As a special 21st century bonus, the vinyl now includes a digital download card - radical adults rejoice!

    Sonic Youth

    In/Out/In

      Album formatted collection of underheard Sonic rarities - from the legendary band's 2000-2010 era - most for the first time on any physical format.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Basement Contender
      2. In & Out
      3. Machine
      4. Social Static
      5. Out & In

      Sonic Youth & The Pastels Play The New York Dolls

      Split - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

        Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
        Limited to one per person.

        The music we love passes from one generation to the next and the New York Dolls will always be a group to celebrate. Both Sonic Youth and The Pastels are not only fans but covered two of their most iconic songs a few years apart, in 1987 (The Pastels - Lonely Planet Boy) and 1992 (Sonic Youth - Personality Crisis). Glass Modern is really thrilled to bring these two fantastic versions together in a limited edition split 7” single with Annabel Wright cover art. New York Dolls forever.

        TRACK LISTING

        1/Sonic Youth • Personality Crisis
        2/The Pastels • Lonely Planet Boy

        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

        Jay Reatard / Sonic Youth

        Hang Them All / No Garage - 10th Anniversary Edition

          Back in print for the first time in ten years on split black & white vinyl. All profits donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. #MatadorRevisionistHistory #JayReatard

          TRACK LISTING

          Jay Reatard – “Hang Them All”
          Sonic Youth – “No Garage”

          Sonic Youth

          The Eternal

            Long out of stock, now re-pressed and re-issued.

            Produced by John Agnello and the band, ‘The Eternal’ not only marks Sonic Youth’s return to the independent label sphere (titles on their own SYR label excepted) after a long association with Geffen but, more importantly, it ranks as one of their more inspired efforts in a 28 year career.

            Recorded through November and December of 2008 at the band’s Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, NJ, ‘The Eternal’ features many firsts for a Sonic Youth album, including a number of shared vocals between Kim, Thurston and Lee and the studio debut of former Pavement / Dustdevils bassist Mark Ibold, a member of Sonic Youth’s touring band for the past few years.

            TRACK LISTING

            Sacred Trickster
            Anti-Orgasm
            Leaky Lifeboat (for Gregory Corso)
            Antenna
            What We Know
            Calming The Snake
            Poison Arrow
            Malibu Gas Station
            Thunderclap For Bobby Pyn
            No Way
            Walkin Blue
            Massage The History

            In August 1985 Sonic Youth were touring across the states following the release of their recently released LP ‘Bad Moon Rising’. This performance from August 11, 1985 at Chicago’s Smart Bar was recorded on 4-track
            cassette. This live recording consists of much of Bad Moon Rising and early performances of Secret Girl + Expressway to Yr Skull later to be released on EVOL, as well as a rare never before released live rendition of Kat ‘N’ Hat.

            Mixed and mastered by the band from the original tape source for this double LP edition w/ download card (or CD) along w/ liner notes by Gerard
            Cosloy and Sonic Youth engineer Aaron Mullan and photos by Pat Blashill and Steven Koress and released by Sonic Youth on their own label, Goofin’ Records.

            An excerpt from the LP’s liner notes: “Having now listened to this tape maybe 100 times, I can say this: it’s a killer show. The material was mostly released on the studio album Bad Moon Rising. The album is brilliant, but the material is also so visceral and improvisatory that it greatly benefits from the additional perspective offered by a live recording. Kim’s vocals, more detached on the album, are fierce here. Sheets of feedback insanity on the album which I always assumed to be lucky studio accidents turn out to be actual parts that Lee and Thurston can re-create at will. The album was recorded with Bob Bert on drums, but this show was one of the first after Bob left and Steve took over. Bob’s primal stomps doubtlessly propel the studio versions, but hearing these parts as interpreted by Steve’s systematic pummeling, illuminates the crucial transition to the Evol and Sister albums and beyond. We do get a taste of Evol too, with an early performance of ‘Expressway To Yr Skull’ and the first known live performance of ‘Secret Girl,’ plus an instrumental version of the rarely performed, and never released, ‘Kat ’n’ Hat.’” —Aaron Mullan, Feb. 2012

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Hallowe’en
            2. Death Valley ’69
            3. Intro/Brave Men Run(In My Family)
            4. I Love Her All The Time
            5. Ghost Bitch
            6. I’m Insane
            7. Kat ‘N’ Hat
            8. Brother James
            9. Kill Yr Idols
            10. Secret Girl
            11. Flower
            12. The Burning Spear
            13. Expressway To Yr Skull
            14. Making The Nature Scene

            Sonic Youth

            The Eternal

              "The Eternal" is a supercharged rocker, recalling aspects of the "Evol", "Sister" and "Daydream Nation" holy trinity but with cleaner, louder production and more straightforward momentum. With Pavement's Mark Ibold joining on bass, and producer John Agnello back at the controls, "The Eternal" takes the melodic songwriting of 2006's "Rather Ripped" and slams down the accelerator pedal. Produced by John Agnello and the band, "The Eternal" not only marks Sonic Youth's return to the independent label sphere (titles on their own SYR label excepted) after a long association with Geffen, but more importantly, ranks as one of their more inspired efforts in a 28 year career. Of "The Eternal", Matador's Gerard Cosloy says, 'We've not had a record in our recent history that's been the subject of nearly as much speculation and anticipation. Suffice to say we're pretty amazed at the way the band delivered something this neoteric while still sounding like, well, themselves. Less of a reinvention and perhaps more to do with a particularly awesome dozen songs.'

              Here is Thurston Moore's take on the songs:
              Sacred Trickster (2:10)
              Out-of-the gate hardcore matinee track with Kim singing salutes to French painter Yves Klein and Western Massachusetts noise artist Noise Nomads.
              Anti-Orgasm (6:08)
              Inspired by the story of Berlin 60s model/activist Uschi Obermeier and the gang at Kommune 1. Free love, dominance and submission, and other political states-of-confusion.
              Leaky Lifeboat (For Gregory Corso) (3:32)
              The NYC beat poet Gregory Corso once referred life on Earth as a leaky lifeboat. This tune expounds on this rumination.
              Antenna (6:13)
              Melodious ode to fleeting fantasy and unresolved desire with the sound of two analogue radios communicating the emotional action.
              What We Know (3:54)
              Charging forth with a riff in reference to Sonics Rendezvous Band, Lee sings a triptych to identity and unity.
              Calming The Snake (3:35)
              One of the first tracks written, musical references to the Dead C, the MC5 and Neu. Kim musing on visions of Death in painting.
              Poison Arrow (3:43)
              Dedicated to the lust groove of Kevin Ayers where thoughts of love as pretty poison rejoice in surrealist deliverance.
              Malibu Gas Station (5:39)
              An ode to the flash moment of the camera as you knowingly step from your SUV sans panties.
              Thunderclap For Bobby Pyn (2:38)
              Flashing back to a wishful existence in the original Masque basement on N. Cherokee in Hollywood, crashing through lawns and garbage cans en route to the Canterbury/Disgraceland to jump up and down on beds with Helen Killer, Mary Rat and Trudi.
              No Way (3:52)
              First song written for the album, with a nod to The Wipers of Portland, Oregon. A confrontation with the devil in his guise of temptation and staking a distinct place amongst the black legions.
              Walkin Blue (5:20)
              Lee with his arm around yr shoulder, getting you through a seemingly impenetrable day of dread to a clear vision towards sweet foreverness.
              Massage The History (9:41)
              The long way home, where blood rules the universe and time becomes myth.

              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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