Brian Turner Show, Episode 49, October 11, 2021 Special: Sonic Youth Live/Archive Dive with Steve Shelley

While the many trajectories of Sonic Youth’s 30 year existence are likely not fully encapsulated by a mere two hour radio episode, we’re going to take a stab here today with an assortment of off-the-mainstream grid selections from the band’s (and host’s) archives today, joined by 1985-2011 drummer Steve Shelley. He’s certainly one of the best fellows I know, and an avid radio-head himself on outlets like The New and Untitled Show on WYXR in Memphis co-hosted with Tim Prudhomme, Aspirin-Mint on Veveno in Sao Paulo with Paulo Kishimoto, and a country-tinged program DJ For A Day on Gimme Country with Steve Shepherd. Tireless work in the last couple years on Sonic Youth’s Bandcamp has resulted in a treasure trove of rare studio and live uploads, some of which are culled from for today’s program. Turn up the speakers and bathe in some Sonic bliss with a raging selection of live excerpts from the band’s history and some side trails, with some spotlight on some of Steve’s other projects too. His latest combo Tape Hiss (w/David Nagler, Pete Galub, Peter Zummo and Modern Lovers/Arthur Russell bassist Ernie Brooks) plays live at Mama Tried in South Slope Brooklyn Wednesday, August 13 (I’ll be spinning tunes) and he’ll also join former Can vocalist Malcolm Mooney’s band at Union Pool November 2nd. Also dig into Steve’s labels Vampire Blues and Smells Like Records for even more archives. Thanks to Steve for joining in and Sonic Youth for all the support!


SONIC YOUTH – The World Looks Red – Live at the Kitchen 1982  – SY BC
SONIC YOUTH – Brother James/Kill Yr Idols – Denver 7/86, SY BC
SONIC YOUTH  – Ghost Bitch (live 1985) – Candle 12″ (Enigma, 1989) SY BC
SONIC YOUTH – Cotton Crown – Town & Country London 6/4/87, SY BC
THURSTON MOORE – Intro poem to Dave Markey’s film 1991: The Year Punk Broke
SONIC YOUTH – Non Metal Dude Wearing Metal Tee – Silver Rocket 7″ (Forced Exposure, 1988)
SONIC YOUTH – Mary Christ – Irvine CA 11/3/90, SY BC
SONIC YOUTH – Genetic – Brixton Academy 12/14/92, SY BC
DISAPPEARS + STEVE SHELLEY + WHITE/LIGHT – Salem – S/T (2009, rel. Vampire Blues, 2021)
CRUCIFUCKS – Similar Items – s/t (Alternative Tentacles, 1984)
STRANGE FRUIT ABIKU – On Top of the Hill – 7″ (Babel, 1983)
SONIC YOUTH – I Wanna Be Yr Dog (live on Night Music NBC, 1989)
THURSTON/KIM/MARK IBOLD/JULIE CAFRITZ- Grunge Pedal, audio excerpt from Dave Markey film, 1991 (demo of Grunge Pedal w/Thurston reading lyrics of Jeff McDonald, Jack Brewer, Ibold reading of Byron Coley’s Free Kitten liners)
SONIC YOUTH – Rowche Rumble – Peel Session/4 Tunna Brix 12″ (Goofin, 1990) (note: Also hear Steve in Spectre Folk’s all-Fall covers session w/James Canty, Peter Meehan, Pete Nolan, Aaron Mullan and Mark Ibold on my old WFMU program, 4/21/15
SONIC YOUTH – Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World/Beat On the Brat – Hold That Tiger boot, 10/14/87 Cabaret Metro, Chicago (Goofin, 1991) SY BC
LEE RANALDO AND THE DUST – She Cracked – Live on my old WFMU show 1/7/14
SONIC YOUTH – Starpower (Acoustic ’09) – Gossip Girl TV appearance, SY BC
SONIC YOUTH – Schizophrenia – Battery Park 7/4/08 – WFMU 50th Anniversary broadcast (not on Matador LP Battery Park NYC, which was a single LP excerpt of that gig as a pre-sale bonus to The Eternal release)
SONIC YOUTH – Skip Tracer – Live at the Orange Peel, Asheville NC 8/20/04, SY BC
SONIC YOUTH – Treatise (Olympia, Paris 6/7/01, Goodbye 20th Century concert) SY BC

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