Thurston Moore has nothing to prove. At this point, his band Sonic Youth is three decades into the career Kurt Cobain coveted at Nirvana’s peak: a just-right mixture of experimentation, success and artistic freedom. Moore is married to his bandmate Kim Gordon, with whom he makes everything from off-kilter pop songs to jagged noise freak-outs, and he gets to make the occasional solo record, on which he can indulge or rein in his impulses at will.
Which means, of course, that Moore is both unmistakably cool and liberated never to care about any such signifier: He could release a symphony, an hour of free-form noise terror or a collection of Neil Sedakacovers, and he’d still get to make more records. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that he’s so free to make sincerely beautiful music on a forthcoming solo album produced by Beck — another iconoclast who likes to take hairpin turns now and then.
In the meantime, here’s a couple of tracks from the album as well as a video for a song “Benediction” plus a live video of SXSW performance by a hardcore punk tribute band/supergroup called Demolished Thoughts (formerly Society Ills) which included Moore, J. Mascis, Awesome Alison from Awesome Color and Jonah from Fucked Up (who replaced Andrew WK).
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