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Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation' reissued

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So ahead of its time that the world still hasn’t caught up, Sonic Youth’s 1988 watershed album, Daydream Nation, is being reissued as a deluxe edition two-CD set (4xLP) set on June 12.


Packaged with a bonus disc of unreleased live material and rare covers, the reissue will feature expansive liner notes and never-before-seen photos.

For vinyl enthusiasts, the band’s label, Goofin’ Records, will release a four-disc set of the album that changed the landscape for alternative rock.

A historic album, one that was included in the first 200 albums chosen by the Library of Congress for its National Recording Registry and chosen by Rolling Stone as one of the ”500 Greatest Albums of All-Time,” Daydream Nation was originally unleashed as a double LP. It was a stunning achievement, arty and epic, with some of the most innovative post-punk guitar forays ever foisted on an unsuspecting public.

And yet, it was also accessible enough to break the once-marginalized band into the mainstream, garnering them a record deal with a major label, Geffen Records. Tracks like ”Teen Age Riot,” ”Candle,” ”Total Trash,” and ”Eric's Trip” were experiments in guitar mangled glory, pregnant with nihistic fury and traversing post-apocalyptic soundscapes.

Included on Disc one is the original album, remastered under the watchful eyes and open ears of the band. Capping the disc is a bonus home demo of ”Eric’s Trip.”

What’s more, Disc two, entitled ”Live Daydream,” features 15 live performances — most are songs from Daydream Nation — from Sonic Youth’s ”Daydream Nation” tour. Four studio bonus tracks are added, including songs that appeared on tribute albums to the Beatles, Neil Young and Captain Beefheart. Also included is a cover of Mudhoney’s ”Touch Me, I’m Sick.”

To mark the reissue, Sonic Youth will be performing the entire Daydream Nation album live at various shows this summer. After dates in Spain, Germany and Italy, the band will return stateside to play the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 13. Other U.S. shows are slated for Berkeley, Calif., on July 19, and Los Angeles on July 20, before the band enjoys a three-night stay at the Roundhouse in London, England.

The year it came out, Daydream Nation ended up as Rolling Stones’ No. 3 album on its Albums of the Year list.

Shake it up

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Getting good press from a variety of publications, The Shake's debut, Kick It, is due out in May, along with a landslide of the usual press junkets. But, is the album the real deal?

Long on youthful energy and bravado, but short on fresh ideas and attention-grabbing songs, Kick It is the product of hours spent listening to ‘60 British Invasion touchstones like the Kinks and the Yardbirds, and yet there’s a slight mod influence courtesy of The Jam in tracks like “Eight O’Clock” and “Outcast,” with its slashing guitars and super-ball bounce. Swaggering rockers “Dyin’ Ain’t the End of the World,” “Princes And Kings” and “Manic Boogie” simmer with tough, meaty riffs and have a real punk bite to them, while “Devil’s Side” has the cocksure blues feel of early Rolling Stones’ material.

Land mines in the form of awkward song construction and weak vocal parts blow up much of what The Shake has built, however, killing the record's momentum. The potential is there, but attitude will only get them so far.