A few weeks back, I hopped on Zoom with the mighty Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth to talk about some of the drummer’s favorites from the band’s ever-expanding archives. An extremely good time — I probably could have bugged Steve for at least another three hours about this stuff. If you haven’t been exploring SY’s Bandcamp page, you should! It is a dream come true for fans — and there’s plenty more to come. Check out the feature over on Aquarium Drunkard.
In the past decade, Shelley has kept busy beyond curating the Sonic Youth archives, including work with his former bandmates Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, as well as a new band, Tape Hiss, with OG Modern Lover Ernie Brooks, that is digging into the Arthur Russell catalog. Another project Steve hipped me to is this wild supergroup centered on Can vocalist Malcolm Mooney. The Eleventh Planet’s lineup is stacked to say the least — adventurous guitarist Ava Mendoza, Prime Time bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and many more, all backing Mooney on some very tasty jams … you can check out a nice video of their most recent Brooklyn performance above.
Oh and hey — one more Sonic Youth thing. I wrote up the little essay accompanying the band’s forthcoming Three Lobed LP, which is comprised of various super-cool excursions from the archives. If you had told 15-year-old me that this would eventually happen … well, 15-year-old me would have been very impressed. The album has been delayed due to those ol’ supply chain / vinyl shortage blues, but I believe it’ll be out in early 2022. Worth the wait!