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SONIC YOUTH

Having Never

SONIC YOUTH

Having Never

Incredible 9 minute version of James Tenney's "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion".

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SONIC YOUTH

Tremens

SONIC YOUTH

Tremens

Distilled, almost shimmering instrumental lifted off the Anagrama album.

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THURSTON

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THURSTON

off work

Reduced, widescreen orchestral pop with a white noise breakdown thrown in for good measure. Amazing.

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SONIC YOUTH / JIM O'ROURKE

Hungara

SONIC YOUTH / JIM O'ROURKE

Hungara

Six minutes of improvised wonder with Jim o'rourke before he temporarily joined the band proper.

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SONIC YOUTH

Silver Panties

SONIC YOUTH

Silver Panties

Amazing amped-up drone work and electronic noise recorded during the 'A Thousand Leaves' sessions.

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KIM GORDON / DJ OLIVE / IKUE MORI

Take it to the hit

KIM GORDON / DJ OLIVE / IKUE MORI

Take it to the hit

Three-way loop/improv/turntablist session from Kim alongside Ikue Mori and DJ Olive

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SONIC YOUTH

Chinese Jam

SONIC YOUTH

Chinese Jam

Brilliantly de-tuned one minute guitar Gamelan session.

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SONIC YOUTH

Agnes B Musique

SONIC YOUTH

Agnes B Musique

Originally intended as a soundtrack for a collaboration with French designer Agnes B.

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THURSTON MOORE

Petite Bone

THURSTON MOORE

Petite Bone

Structured solo guitar work without a distortion pedal in sight...

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SONIC YOUTH

Slaapkamers

SONIC YOUTH

Slaapkamers

Drawn out session veering from treated turntablism to motorik sketches.

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TEXT OF LIGHT (ALAN LICHT & LEE RANALDO)

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TEXT OF LIGHT (ALAN LICHT & LEE RANALDO)

052402 Echo 3 and 2

Lee Ranaldo and Alan Licht's Text Of Light with treated Plunderphonics, turntables and found sounds.

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SONIC YOUTH

Piece Enfantine

SONIC YOUTH

Piece Enfantine

A Nicolas Slonimsky solo piece for piano transcribed for marimba.

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SONIC YOUTH / TIM BARNES

Heady Jam 2

SONIC YOUTH / TIM BARNES

Heady Jam 2

Improvised Concrete underscored by kim Gordon's treated narrative.

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FREE KITTEN

Billboard

FREE KITTEN

Billboard

Two and a half minutes of effortless unhinged cool with a brilliantly sudden ending.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: The other side of Sonic Youth”

With roots in Hardcore Punk and No Wave, and a fascination with experimental music of all colours, Sonic Youth have always managed to inject pop sensibilities into the cacophonous racket they're so good at making. As early as 1988 and the release of Ciccone Youth's classic "Whitey Album" this duality was crystal clear, offering up cover versions of Robert Palmer and Madonna one minute while referencing John Cage with a 1:03 track of pure silence the next. Even by the time the band reached their commercial zenith and signed to Geffen in 1990 they held on to an uncompromising edge - hunt down footage of 'Drunk Butterfly' performed on the BBC's now defunct Late Show to get an idea of just how demented and righteous pop music can get. For this 14 track selection, however, we've plowed through the outer edges of their catalogue, focusing on often instrumental and improvisational work as well as recordings made by Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo under their own names and as part of separate outfits. Of course, the band are involved with so many projects, labels and performances it's virtually impossible to know where to start even with this seemingly narrow remit, so we've stuck to material from their own SYR, Sonic Death, Ecstatic Peace and Goofin imprints alongside selected solo and collaborative recordings providing an insight into the creative, fearless and vital body of work outside the 9-5 of Sonic Youth.

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On 11 Mar 09:13 Adam said:

“yus”

yus! no Ciccone Youth? :(

On 15 Mar 17:05 Andy said:

“list of all selections?”

lovely choices in this lot! any chance you could provide a complete list of all the selections currently available? it's a complete faff having to click through the next/prev buttons to find the one you're looking for - a bit of improved navigation would make the whole thing far spankier!

On 16 Mar 13:38 Guy Schragger said:
http://14tracks.com

“List of all previous 14track selections”

Thanks Andy, you'll be pleased to know that your suggestion will rolled out imminently + we've been working on a range of brand new features which will be coming out real soon!