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Sonic Youth – SYR 7 & SYR 8 (2008)
Sonic Youth – SYR 7 & SYR 8 (2008)
These are from a brand new band of kids called “Sonical Youth” or something!

They sound OK! I’ve a feeling these youngsters will go places!

Both of these Sonic Youth Recordings series albums were released in 2008.

Sonic Youth – SYR7: J’Accuse Ted Hughes
April 2008
SYR7: J’Accuse Ted Hughes is the seventh release in American group Sonic Youth’s SYR series.

It was released only on vinyl – the first in the series to receive no compact disc release – and features two songs: “J’Accuse Ted Hughes”, and “Agnès B. Musique”.


  1. J’Accuse Ted Hughes – 22:53
  2. Agnès B. Musique – 18:15


Sonic Youth w/Jim O’Rourke, Mats Gustaffson (Sax), Merzbow (Noise) – SYR8: Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth
July 2008

SYR8: Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth is an album by Sonic Youth with Mats Gustafsson and Merzbow. It is the eighth release in the SYR series and was released on July 28, 2008.

Strangely, it was not released on vinyl.

The album title is in Danish and obviously means “Other sides of Sonic Youth”.

This is taken from a live show which features full band improv.

The players leave the stage one at a time until Merzbow is left. Then he makes some noises. Then he leaves!

Very zen!


Andre Sider af Sonic Youth – 57:32


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August 29, 2008 Posted by | Jim O' Rourke, Music_Alternative, Music_Experimental, Sonic Youth, _MUSIC | 2 Comments

Jim O’ Rourke – Discography

Here’s a majestic collection of Jim O’ Rourke works, a whopping 27 Albums!

All thanks to iraklis and of course the original uploaders for this treasure trove!

We love Jimmy boy. And not just cos he’s got the most Irish name in the world. No. It’s possibly more cos of the wonderful innovative music he’s made and produced over the years. And cos at various times, been part of a slew of seminal groups including the supreme Sonic Youth and one of my personal faves, the mighty Gastr Del Sol.

I’m not sure playing live is his thing though. I saw him in a small club in Dublin years ago when touring solo for Eureka (him, not me!), and it really was a disappointment . Maybe it’s just that he’d drunk too much Guinness and seen too many ugly cailins at close quarters that day!!

Jimmy has long associated with the Chicago experimental and improv scene.

Known for his idiosyncratic tastes, and regarded as something of an expert on modern experimental music, he has released albums of jazz, noise and guitar rock music. O’Rourke has collaborated with the likes of Thurston Moore, Derek Bailey, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Nurse With Wound, Fennesz, Organum, Henry Kaiser, Flying Saucer Attack, and most recently mixed Joanna Newsom’s album Ys.

He has produced albums by artists as varied as Wilco, Stereolab, Kahimi Karie, Quruli, John Fahey, Smog, Faust, Tony Conrad, Bobby Conn, Beth Orton, Joanna Newsom and U.S. Maple.

He mixed Wilco’s very successful Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album, which made many reviewers’ top ten lists for 2002, and produced their 2004 album, A Ghost Is Born, for which he won a Grammy for “Best Alternative Album”. During the recording of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, O’Rourke collaborated with Wilco member Jeff Tweedy and pre-Wilco Glenn Kotche, a veteran of the Chicago scene and O’Rourke’s own solo albums, under the name Loose Fur. Their self-titled debut was released in 2003 with a follow-up in 2006 entitled Born Again in the USA.

O’Rourke has released a large number of albums and was once a member of Illusion of Safety, Gastr Del Sol and the Red Crayola. From 2000 he played bass guitar and guitar with Sonic Youth; he quit as a full member in 2005 to pursue his interest in filmmaking, but continues to play with them in some of their side projects.


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February 26, 2008 Posted by | Jim O' Rourke, Music_Alternative, Music_DISCOGRAPHY, _MUSIC | 1 Comment