August 14, 2011 – 4:34 am

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Boston 2004 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Avalon Ballroom, Boston, MA; August 14, 2004. Plus bonus track from Tonight Show. The Boston show is excellent soundboard.

Internet sharing has become so much a part of our lives that searching for new music is just a click away. There was a time when one had to go to specialty record stores to pick up any Sonic Youth albums and live SY shows were RARE or non-existent. [For those keeping score, the last full-fledged Sonic Youth album was 2009’s The Eternal. Since then, there is the Simon Werner a Disparu soundtrack and Thurston Moore’s recently released Demolished Thoughts.]

For anyone raised on classic rock, AM radio or even pop radio, Sonic Youth were revolutionary. (Guess that could be said for Patti Smith’s Horses.) The discordant guitar and the atonal tunings hit you like shredded glass and then there was always a catchy hook in the track.

By 2004’s Sonic Nurse, the songs may appear shorter but the group was still rocking away as before, so much so that some consider this gig among the top Sonic Youth shows from 2004. While the set featured tracks from Sonic Nurse, older tracks such as Mote, Sugar Kane, White Cross and Expressway To Yr Skull were a treat for the older fans.

By now if you are not into Sonic Youth, guess you never will… but one can only hope.

Thanks to the person who shared the tracks on the net in 2006.

Front cover from Reworked back cover from Thanks.

Disc 1 - Tracks 1-12 and Disc 2 - Tracks 1-14: Soundboard. Some overload in first two minutes of White Cross. Disc 2 - Tracks 15 and 16: From analogue cable box > RCA out.

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

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Disc 1
Track 101. Burning Spear (11.5MB)
Track 102. interlude (882k)
Track 103. Pattern Recognition (14.7MB)
Track 104. Disconnection Notice (10.1MB)
Track 105. Mote (intro) (2.8MB)
Track 106. Mote (7.5MB)
Track 107. New Hampshire (11.9MB)
Track 108. interlude (1.0MB)
Track 109. Dude Ranch Nurse (9.5MB)
Track 110. interlude (1.0MB)
Track 111. Sugar Kane (14.3MB)
Track 112. Kim Gordon And The Arthur Doyle Hand Cream (8.5MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. interlude (2.9MB)
Track 202. Stones (10.4MB)
Track 203. I Love You Golden Blue (12.8MB)
Track 204. interlude (891k)
Track 205. Paper Cup Exit (9.4MB)
Track 206. noise jam (3.2MB)
Track 207. White Cross / encore break (12.8MB)
Track 208. tuning (736k)
Track 209. Unmade Bed (8.2MB)
Track 210. interlude (529k)
Track 211. Pacific Coast Highway (8.3MB)
Track 212. encore break (3.9MB)
Track 213. interlude (2.3MB)
Track 214. Expressway To Yr. Skull (20.4MB)

Tonight Show, Burbank; June 9, 2004

Track 215. Jay Leno introduction (995k)
Track 216. Unmade Bed (7.5MB)
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Thurston Moore - guitars, vocals
Kim Gordon - bass, vocals
Lee Ranaldo - guitars
Steve Shelley - drums

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  1. 7 Responses to “SONIC YOUTH - BOSTON 2004”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! will get. i play sonic nurse driving.

    i’ve met and saw arthur doyle play here in b’ham, al at bottletree 9.16.06. he lives here. i have his set on a cd-r. rules. i still have his autograph. he’s old school and has played with sun ra, thurston moore, pharoah sanders, alan silva, etc. definitely post some of his shows. i’m sure they’re out there.

    this is the first show i’ve gotten since santana/mclaughlin. i like that one! i’ve been getting more great boc shows elsewhere.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 14, 2011

  3. hey bigo, i definitely can use sonic youth-sloss furnaces, b’ham, al 7.12.09. i was there. it’s probably out there. i know there are good quality clips of it on youtube. it was a good show.

    i saw white stripes there july 30, 2007. i believe, that date is correct. it was a monday night. it sold out. i definitely would pay some scalper $300 for a ticket. me and my brother just hung outside and listened for maybe three or four songs, and they lady at the ticket office said show her some money, if we want to get in. i told her i’m not paying face value for a show that has already started so we got in for $20 each. i can live with that. it was good, but it was so hot and humid. everybody was packed liked sardines too. i can use that show too. my brother found the video, but it’s not very great. as i recall, the video was better than the audio.

    as i’ve said, you won’t read my postings anymore but on bigo.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 14, 2011

  4. i wouldn’t pay. sorry.

    By Ed Saad on Aug 14, 2011

  5. hey bigo, got disc 1. i don’t think avalon ballroom is correct. it’s just avalon. or avalon boston. avalon ballroom is in sf, ca. here’ a living colour show from avalon.,_Boston,_MA_10/17/04


    By Ed Saad on Aug 14, 2011

  6. I almost passed this up. I’m not too familiar with them but this show is great. Thanks.

    By Matt on Oct 4, 2011

  7. Good afternoon

    For Sonic Youth show boston 2004 could you please replace the megaupload link please for the few songs



    By Alain on Jun 17, 2013

  8. Great show. Thanks for the restart!

    By Bernestalker on Mar 25, 2015

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