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Thurston Moore Opens Up About Kim Gordon Split

Since the announcement of Sonic Youth's indefinite hiatus and the personal split of the band's fronting married couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, the male half of indie-rock's biggest separation drama has kept quiet about the details of the 2013 breakup.

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23 Years Ago: Sonic Youth’s ‘Goo’ Album Released

After they signed their major-label record deal, Sonic Youth wasted no time pulling together the songs for their sixth album. ‘Daydream Nation,’ from 1988, made them college-rock stars, and reeling from the success, the decade-old band wanted to take things to the next level. So they jumped to a big record company, streamlined their art rock into more accessible alt-rock and banged out ‘Goo’ in less than a month.

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11 Years Ago: Sonic Youth’s ‘Murray Street’ Album Released

The four or five albums leading to Sonic Youth’s 12th, 2002’s ‘Murray Street,’ were sketchy, scattered, sometimes unreliable, testy, messy and unlistenable at times. At first, they tried to reach a bigger audience with their major-label deal. Then they scaled back, compromising a bit, before they finally gave up and made noisy records that were more pre-‘Sister’ art rock than post-‘Daydream Nation’ indie.

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Thurston Moore – Awesome Rock Dads

Thurston Moore may have recently taken a beating for his alleged marital infidelities against longtime wife and Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon, but nobody is questioning his status as an awesome rock dad. The singer-guitarist and his bassist bride welcomed their lone child, Coco Hayley Gordon Moore, back in '94, and the little one basically grew up on the road with her parents.

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13 Years Ago: Sonic Youth’s ‘NYC Ghosts & Flowers’ Album Released

‘NYC Ghosts & Flowers,’ Sonic Youth’s 12th album, was shaped by several things. Since releasing their major-label debut 10 years before in 1990, the band had streamlined its sound, knocked it back around to its artsy/noisy origins and finally settled someplace in between. But they were getting antsy. But most of all, ‘NYC Ghosts & Flowers’’ brutal, abrasive sound was a result of the group’s gear being stolen during a 1999 tour. They had to make the best with what they had laying around, what they purchased as replacements and what they could borrow.

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15 Years Ago: Sonic Youth’s ‘A Thousand Leaves’ Album Released

By the time Sonic Youth released their 10th album on May 12, 1998, the honeymoon was over between the veteran NYC noise band, its deep-pocket record company, modern-rock radio and fans. After a brief fling with alt-rock radio at the start of the ‘90s – right after they signed with the same record company that would make Nirvana super-huge – the group began growing restless with their relative mainstream success. So they pulled back on 1994’s ‘Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,’ a half-compromise that sounded like one.

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19 Years Ago: Sonic Youth’s ‘Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’ Album Released

After all the buzz surrounding Sonic Youth when they released their landmark album ‘Daydream Nation’ in 1988, it was no surprise that they were soon scooped up by a major label. They made two pretty good but not quite spectacular albums for DGC (the same Geffen Records subsidiary that signed Sonic Youth pals Nirvana around the same time): 1990’s ‘Goo’ and 1992’s ‘Dirty.’ They even scored a pair of Top 10 modern-rock hits – sorta shocking, considering the band’s rep for artsy, unstructured noise tamed by, of all things, distorted feedback.

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Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Discusses Split From Thurston Moore, Breast Cancer Bout

We're not going to say "we told you so," because, well, we never went on the record to express our personal opinion on this subject, but privately, we had our sneaking suspicions that the breakup of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon in late 2011 was caused by infidelity on the part of the former. Turns out we were right, and that a "starstruck woman" from the indie community, as Gordon puts it, also played a role.

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Sonic Youth, ‘Smart Bar – Chicago 1985′ – Album Review

Capturing the ambiance of the fresh young noise rockers in their toddler days, this 1985 live set opens with trademark scratchy feedback, before Kim Gordon’s haunting, progressively urgent vocals overpower Steve Shelley's slow thudding drums and the hollow, clean, single-string-plucking progression on ‘Hallowe’en.’

Among the crowd chatter at the intimate venue, you can actually hear someone say, “I don’t know that much about them.”

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Lee Ranaldo, Tunde Adebimpe
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Occupy Wall Street Telethon to Feature Jeff Mangum, Members of Sonic Youth and TV on the Radio

 

Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio are among the musicians, comedians and other entertainers lined up to perform Nov. 15 in New York City as part of a telethon to raise money for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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