Sonic Youth – Unmade Bed

Some time last year, I asked Bootsy and everyone else to give me some direction on where to go with expanding my knowledge of Sonic Youth. He responded with a music post packed with several fine videos, which is now lost to the aether of the internets (the post, not the videos, I'm sure there'll all still up on the Tube, and one of them, I think, will be here by the end of this post.) In order to prove I learned something from his tutelage, and to show I do listen to something from before 2000, here's several more videos. (Although this first one isn't pre-2000, it's from their 2004 album Sonic Nurse - probably my favorite post-2000 SY album. Except for maybe Murray Street.)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XszqgxBt5WE

Even though this is another Thurston Moore song, since it came up in my random 10 last week, I figured it would make sense to post this 1999 performance (with somebody introducing the band in, I believe, French at the beginning) of "Sunday" from A Thousand Leaves, probably my favorite SY album from the 90s. Except for maybe Washing Machine.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzbeOHDvCI8

Since I am self-obligated to post a Kim Gordon song, here's "'Cross the Breeze" from Daydream Nation, definitely my favorite SY album from the 80s.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqmOm8MNDmg

And here's Lee Ranaldo's song "Skip Tracer" from Washing Machine - I do believe this particular video was in Bootsy's post last year, and I really like this performance of it, so here you go again.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXS4h2S3y-g

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5 thoughts on “Sonic Youth – Unmade Bed”

  1. My Sister-in-law's Ex BF had this on his Twitter about a month ago: Favorite Lee Song?
    I ventured either "NYC Ghosts & Flowers" or "What We Know". "Skip Tracer" might be my third.

  2. FWIW, my favorite album from the aughties is definitely The Eternal. Though that probably has to do with my own personal situation (listening to it way more) than anything else.

  3. You're doin' a heck of a job, DK. (Not that I'm surprised.)

    If you ask me--and no one did, SY has been on a roll since NYC Ghosts and Flowers.

    1. Thank you, very much, it means a lot to me.

      What's interesting to me about NYC is, it was the very last proper SY album I got around to listening to - I went through everything back to Confusion Is Sex before I got to it. I actually had a much easier time getting into it than some of the stuff I listened to before it. There's some stuff on there ("Lightnin'"...) that I can't really deal with, but some of it is really pretty good, to me, at least better than I expected from everything I'd heard negative about it.

      Here's a top 5 Lee songs list:

      Skip Tracer
      Hoarfrost
      Wish Fulfillment
      Paper Cup Exit
      Karen Revisited

      Man, that's pretty hard, I want to put "Mote" or "NYC Ghosts..." or "Hey Joni" on there too.

      1. I've got two CD mixes I labelled Lee Is Free and Lee Is Free, Vol. 2. Which are just his songs. Which is to say, he's got a lot of really good stuff.

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