July 25, 2015 – 5:14 am

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Vilnius 1989 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Vilnius Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania; April 5, 1989. Very good audience recording (ripped from DVD - filmed by a single camera on a tripod).

Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation (1988) was the group’s fifth studio album - their first official double album, and their last before signing to a major label. (Even though the album was released in October 1988, Thurston Moore still referred to Silver Rocket as The Rocket.) Daydream Nation is widely considered to be the band’s greatest work, and an influence on the alternative and indie rock genres. It was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry in 2005. Before Daydream Nation, fans had to contend “only” with tracks such as Death Valley 69; Catholic Block, Star Power; Hot Wire My Heart, Halloween and Expressway to Yr Skull. For sheer catchability and sonic onslaught, Daydream’s opening two tracks - Teen Age Riot and Silver Rocket are hard to beat.

The video of this show is probably a must only for Sonic Youth fans and the audio remains a good companion piece. (It must be said that though praised for “being a good capture for its age”, it is really for the fans. Let’s say - blame it all on HD TV! The audio, which is pretty good, is another matter all together.)

Thanks to Audrius Daukša who recorded the show; and to thewaymouth (and many others) for sharing the show on the net.

Original notes:

Not to be outdone by the boys, the mighty Kim makes with the drumstick to her bass during The Wonder. All the while she is kickin her candy Andy Warhol/Marylin Monroe hose; you know those from the Kool Thing video. Thurston even dedicates Silver Rocket to the American pop-art icon. Only with a plastic exploding inevitable performance for the ages. Looks like we’re not in Vilnius anymore. The band is smoking on some heavy, iron curtain rolling papers now. Out in Eric’s Trip, Lee yells “Dig it! Dig it! Dig it, Dig It!” And so Lithuanian youths shake and hop while the band sings all night about fucking the future. Kim then sends out to all of Lithuania, ‘The Sprawl.’ Anybody who wasn’t already, is all in. Even a momentary, onstage power-outage at the start of ‘Cross The Breeze only leads to a rededication to the festive manifesto of the Teenage Riots of 1989. “It’s time to get it/Before you let it/Get to you.” And getting after it thereafter is just like before, like all get-out.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. White Kross 3:03 (5.1MB)
Track 02. Candle 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 03. Kissability 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 04. Silver Rocket 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 05. Eric’s Trip 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 06. The Sprawl 8:47 (14.8MB)
Track 07. ‘Cross The Breeze 7:55 (13.3MB)
Track 08. Teen Age Riot 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 09. Hey Joni 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 10. Trilogy - The Wonder/Hyperstation/Eliminator Jr 14:27 (24.3MB)
58 mins

With the exception of White Cross (from Sister, the rest of the tracks are from Daydream Nation.

Thurston Moore - guitars, vocals
Kim Gordon - bass, vocals
Lee Ranaldo - guitars, vocals
Steve Shelley - drums

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  1. 3 Responses to “SONIC YOUTH - VILNIUS, LITHUANIA 1989”

  2. White Kross was from their fourth album, “Sister”.

    For any that might say that I “have no taste”, you are almost literally correct now, except that the 10% of taste that I do have left so far after radiation treatment just tastes bad, really bad. Chicken is black rubber. A fresh can of ice cold pepsi or coke tastes flat, even from a cold glass bottle. yuk.

    By ScarRad on Jul 25, 2015

  3. I just realized that I’m like the undead first mate of the ‘Black Pearl”! Throw the apple away!

    By ScarRad on Jul 25, 2015

  4. Thanks for this, BIGO!
    Live Sonic Youth is always welcome!

    By YogaforCynics on Jul 26, 2015

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