Sonic Youth - NYC Ghosts & Flowers
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Release date: 11 May 2000
Returning from the wilderness, then, with a new-found hunger.
The events of July 1999 marked a definite Year Zero for New York's masters of art-punk skronk. Stolen from their tour van, all of their instruments; the expertly detuned guitars, the skewed equipment that enabled them to pioneer their much-copied noise. Wherever their muse took them from here, there was no doubt they'd be starting the journey from scratch. Which perhaps...
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Sex, anger and more twists and turns than ever – c’mon, what did you expect?
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Guitarist will stage workshop on October 28 at New York’s Other Music.
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Frontman tells east London audience: 'We're keeping things bookish tonight'
Sonic Youth - NYC Ghosts & Flowers: Wikipedia Album Entry
NYC Ghosts & Flowers is a 2000 album by Sonic Youth. The album was a slight departure, mainly as a creative reaction to the theft of their instruments in July 1999. Irreplaceable guitars and effects pedals with numerous modifications were stolen. It is also the first Sonic Youth album to extensively use prepared guitar since 1985's Bad Moon Rising, most notably on "Small Flowers Crack Concrete" (a file inserted over the neck pickup) and "Lightnin'" (a bike horn wedged under the strings).
It is also considered to be the album on which the influence of beat poetry on the band is most evident. The lyrics to most songs resemble the beat style, Lenny Bruce and D. A. Levy are name-checked and the cover art is based on a painting by William S. Burroughs.
The album received mixed reviews. Brent DiCrescenzo, formerly of Pitchfork Media, gave it the rarely used lowest rating of 0.0, while Inkblot Magazine praised its avant-garde direction and Robert Christgau said that at times the album is more beautiful than the more widely acclaimed Washing Machine or A Thousand Leaves. The album is generally well regarded among fans.
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