Sonic Youth - NYC Ghosts & Flowers
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Release date: 16 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...
- May 23, 2000
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- Free City Rhymes
- Renegade Princess
- Nevermind (What Was It Anyway)
- Small Flowers Crack Concrete
- StreamXSonik Subway
- NYC Ghosts & Flowers
Sex, anger and more twists and turns than ever – c’mon, what did you expect?
- Jun 2, 2009
- Jul 13, 2007
- Jul 2, 2002
Iconic punk figure also reveals breast cancer diagnosis
Two guitars stolen from the band's show in South California in 1999 have been recovered by fans
Guitarist's new group played new tracks in Brooklyn, US
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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In a free lane
Ghosts passing time
Lights through the town
When the phone rang 3 in the morning, dead middle of night
There was nothin' on the line
I set back the silent receiver, tiny flames lit in my head
Hey did any of you freaks here ever remember Lenny?
Jet black hair
Meet me on the corner Thursday
Wear your special underwear
Sway side 2 side
Small flowers crack concrete
Narcotic squads sweep through poet dens
Spilling coffee grabbing 15 yr old runaway girls
By frazzled pony tailed hair
Flipped on my perceptik cogs
Checked in with the future Gods
For melodies of bees and hogs
Start my day the perfect way