Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo forms new band; hear first single "Lecce

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Lee Ranaldo, who I guess we’re going to have to start referring to as “former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo,” was the first SY member to go back to the solo-album well after the band’s apparent implosion; he released Between The Time And The Tides last year. And now, Ranaldo’s got a new band, Lee Ranaldo And The Dust, which also features the former SY drummer Steve Shelly, as well as guitarist Alan Licht and bassist Tim L√ľntzel. (The fact that both Ranaldo and Shelly are involved means that this is the closest thing we now have to Sonic Youth; think about that.) The band’s debut album Last Night On Earth is set to arrive this fall, and first since “Lecce, Leaving” is a splintered seven-minute jangle that has some of the same shambling majesty as the Randaldo-fronted Sonic Youth songs. Listen below.

Last Night On Earth is out 10/8 on Matador.

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