It’s really hard to write a good song. It’s darn-near impossible to write a great song. It’s really really hard to compile many great songs to make a great album. It’s statistically impossible to make a classic album.
And it’s like, way, totally, no-way-in-hell impossible to release, like, four classic albums in a row. But that’s exactly what Sonic Youth did, starting with 1985′s “Bad Moon Rising.” “Bad Moon Rising, “EVOL,” “Sister,” “Daydream Nation.” A murderer’s row of masterpieces (masterpie?)
Only three other bands have done this: REM, Guided by Voices, and the Stones. (Beatles miss the mark because “Rubber Soul” isn’t, technically, a masterpiece.)
In fact, the only thing I love more than crazed and confrontational hyperbolic rantings is “Bad Moon Rising,” the greatest album of all time, a stark, terror-infused nightmare song cycle of unparalleled guitar savagery and strange, uncomfortable beauty.
So naturally I’m pretty pumped that one of it’s main architects, Thurston Moore is performing here on Sept. 29th. Info here.
You know Thurston, aka Rolling Stone magazine’s 34th greatest guitarist of all time, right? (He beat out Steve Cropper!)
[That said, can you really trust anything Rolling Stone says. They gave Mick Jagger's "Goddess in the Doorway," like, an A-.]
He’ll be performing his new, kinda-acoustic, yet equally brilliant stuff.
But that still won’t stop me from calling out for “Society is a Hole.”