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Retrospective Review: Sonic Youth – ‘Confusion is Sex’

25 Dec
Sonic Youth - Confusion is Sex Album Cover (Source Discog)

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Overview:

  • 1983 debut album from Sonic Youth on no-wave/post-punk label Neutral Records (headed by Glenn Branca). Neutral Records would later go on to release records by the Swans;
  • The only song that Lee Ranaldo plays bass on is the second track ‘Protect Me You’, a gothic-like, haunting drone melody that lingers on Gordon’s vocals ‘Protect me from ravagement/I’m ten years old/ I don’t know what I do/ Protect me myself’. The song is around six minutes in length;
  • The front cover of the album displays a sketch of guitarist Thurston Moore by bassist Kim Gordon;
  • Parts of the song use a ‘prepared guitar’ technique, which lends the screeching, metallic tones, grounded by the bass.

Review:

The first official studio album from Sonic Youth was put out on nu-wave, post-punk outlet Neutral Records in 1983. Arguably one of their best albums (certainly so, if you compare with every subsequent album between 1985-1988), ‘Confusion is Sex’ is littered with grunge, prepared-guitar riffs that sometimes thrill (cover of The Stooges ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’) and sometimes haunt (‘Protect Me You’). The album was initially released following Sonic Youth’s first tour with label-mates the Swans.

‘Protect Me You’ Lyrics:

Protect me from ravagement
I’m ten years old
I don’t know what I do
Protect me myself

I’m fourteen
There’s nothing to do
Protect me yourself
I’m sixteen

Protect me from starving
I’m eighteen
Protect me you
I don’t know what you do

Protect me demons
That come at night
I don’t know what they say
They’re whispering over

Sends the night air away
And makes me forget
I hope they come
Again and again

Huh they come
Again and again
I hope they come again
Again, again

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Band of the Week: Morning Smoke

25 Nov

Brighton noise-pop quartet Morning Smoke are set to release their third single, ‘Soft Decay’ through Cannibal Hymns on 4th December.

The band have released an EP, ‘In Euphoria’ and two singles ‘Hunger’ and ‘Unknown’, since forming in 2013, and already gained support from Radio 1 and XFM. Still, ‘Soft Decay’ might be their most impressive statement yet. Underpinned by Isaac Ide and Christopher Shaw’s inventive bass and drums, Milo McNulty and Max Wright wring thick fogs of distortion from their guitars, as McNulty passionately howls his way through the track.

Recorded by Rory Atwell, who has previously worked with Parma Violets, The Vaccines and Yuck, ‘Soft Decay’ is the kind of infectious, disaffected anthem you thought bands had stopped writing since the nineties/

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/morning-smoke.

Hookworms – ‘The Hum’.

18 Jan

‘Tis a beautiful record.

More info here: http://parasiticnematode.blogspot.co.uk/

Or here: https://www.facebook.com/Hookworms.

New Music: Phantogram.

24 Jul
Image source: http://bit.ly/1rOp9uE.

Image source: http://bit.ly/1rOp9uE.

Originally called ‘Charlie Everywhere’, apparently, I saw these guys at Rough Trade East on Monday: a distinct electro-pop sound and well worth investing ear-time into.