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Sonic Youth — Stones
Album: Sonic Nurse
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1428









Released: 2004
Length: 7:01
Plays (last 30 days): 1
[Thurston]
Lights on the stones on backed up drain
Warped lovers loosed on languid stain
We've come together to gather stars
Shooting up stones our powdered hearts

Dead or alive
There's danger
The dead are all right, with me
We're not gonna run away,
We're not gonna leave you stranger
Turn the light on, yr lonely love

Camera on the haunted stones
Bloodshed a gentle painted score
Notes dance in ink across yr skin
Heiroglyphic lover, nature friend

Dead or alive
There's danger
The dead are all right, with me
We're not gonna run away,
We're not gonna leave you stranger
Turn the light on, yr lonely love
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 ckcotton wrote:
Have to say I have never liked a sonic youth tune.....

Before this one

cool
 
Agreed, just bumped this from  7 to 8
funny to read the comments. just enjoy the music and stop being a tight ass trying to pass as a music critic....
I don't like this song.  Crappy guitar work.
Freaking awesome! Always loved Sonic Youth. Too bad they've broken up.
oh my my, oh hell yes!
 fuzzy_logic wrote:

Incinerate!

Back in my day, all the cool kids wore Daydream Nation shirts. Finally bought a SY album in 1994. It certainly is Trash worthy of No Star.

Still gave the band a chance by seeing them live in 1996. The fans loved them. I didn't.

Then Stones played here on RP in 2004. Whoa! What is this awesomeness?!

Bought the album. Four excellent tracks. I became a fan. The songs New Hampshire and Dripping Dream from this album are played here, too. I enjoy Paper Cup Exit to top the four.

Then arrived Rather Ripped. Though it's an uneven album, it does contain some outstanding tracks. 

So I bought a bunch of other experimental albums issued in the 2000's. They have a huge amount of disks! Didn't like any others disks. One was a whole hour of guitar feedback (who does that?).

Then The Eternal came out three years later. The whole album is outstanding. I've listened to it hundreds of times. It's one of my favorite albums. I love it. My only complaint is the low budget recording. Regardless, I am so sad it was their last work together.

 
Excellent summary of most peoples' experience with SY, only the favorite albums change.

By the way: An hour of guitar feedback? Who does that, you ask?
 {#Dancingbanana_2}Castelfranco wrote:
They sure do love the early Cure guitar playing and so do I

 


They sure do love the early Cure guitar playing and so do I
I liked this a lot until the vocals started. Now I still like it but not as much. Just sayin...
 twoplain2sea wrote:
 Light in Heiroglyphic.
google definition : writing consisting of hieroglyphs.
 


Oh yeah, that's why I rated this as a 3. This song just kind of drags itself along.
 Light in Heiroglyphic.
 rjewyo wrote:
What's a Sonic Nurse?  Been a nurse for 30 years and haven't yet experienced the sonic part{#Wink}
 
You may have to start working for an otorhinolaryngologist to experience the sonic part.
{#Wink} 
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

You're talking about Incinerate, right? I have hardly heard Stones on here before. 

 
Incinerate!

Back in my day, all the cool kids wore Daydream Nation shirts. Finally bought a SY album in 1994. It certainly is Trash worthy of No Star.

Still gave the band a chance by seeing them live in 1996. The fans loved them. I didn't.

Then Stones played here on RP in 2004. Whoa! What is this awesomeness?!

Bought the album. Four excellent tracks. I became a fan. The songs New Hampshire and Dripping Dream from this album are played here, too. I enjoy Paper Cup Exit to top the four.

Then arrived Rather Ripped. Though it's an uneven album, it does contain some outstanding tracks. 

So I bought a bunch of other experimental albums issued in the 2000's. They have a huge amount of disks! Didn't like any others disks. One was a whole hour of guitar feedback (who does that?).

Then The Eternal came out three years later. The whole album is outstanding. I've listened to it hundreds of times. It's one of my favorite albums. I love it. My only complaint is the low budget recording. Regardless, I am so sad it was their last work together.
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

You're talking about Incinerate, right? I have hardly heard Stones on here before. 

 
Correct....and I'm exceptionally impressed I actually heard SY yesterday also!  Now if we could just dig into Daydream Nation, Goo, Dirty, Washing Machine or.....!  There are tracks on all those albums that are appropriate here.
 aspicer wrote:
Why Oh Why....is there only ONE Sonic Youth tune that gets airplay?!?! Bill can you do something about that....please.

 
You're talking about Incinerate, right? I have hardly heard Stones on here before. 
Geez..its like the first time I heard this band on RP.

Good band that never gets enough recognition. 
very nice!
Why Oh Why....is there only ONE Sonic Youth tune that gets airplay?!?! Bill can you do something about that....please.
One of their best...
Have to say I have never liked a sonic youth tune.....

Before this one

cool
Ouch!!!
Garage band that should stay in the garage.
 teapot wrote:
It's pretty clear from this song that Silversun Pickups listen to a lot of Sonic Youth...
 
Definitely.  Nice catch.  Good song, by the way. I'll give it a 6.3.

 rjewyo wrote:
What's a Sonic Nurse?  Been a nurse for 30 years and haven't yet experienced the sonic part{#Wink}

 
Do you ever work with an otologist?  They might do some sort of "sonic" tests.
Sounds like every other Sonic Youth song?
When I read comments on RP about Sonic Youth... I should just shut the fuck up.
What's a Sonic Nurse?  Been a nurse for 30 years and haven't yet experienced the sonic part{#Wink}

Thanks again RP.  As a New York I of course know of the band.  Hell I even own one album and saw them live opening for Pearl Jam.

I've read 100 stories where they were mentioned.  Yet I did not own this fantastic piece of rock and roll music.

Until about 20 minutes from now when I leave work and head over to J&R music and buy this.

Thanks
{#Guitarist}Don't think I have ever heard this tune before-I like it.
from that first gooney bird with evol in my walkman the day 9th grade ended, all the way to today; it's been an expressway of sonic truth
Zowwee this rocks
daydream nation was fantastic, really timeless, the tape in my cars recorder must be twenty years old!
To me the Youth have a stripped of all the "B—- S——" quality to their music. Pure and straight rock band. No pretense and no BS. Magnificent.

Great sound.

{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana}
 DrCyKosis wrote:
I love it more everytime I hear it.
           Zactly {#Dancingbanana_2}
Just went from 8 to 9 because it gets better every time I hear it. I think if I heard it too much I might get burnt, but for now, I love it!
Awesome band!   I can't think of many others who have consistently grown more varied and interesting well into the second (third?) decade of their careers.  Of many many live shows I have seen, Sonic Youth have always been outstanding.
So where's the lyrics about "nurse good body" and some personalized bed-side manners?

Aren't nurses part of the top three male fantasies?

{#Kiss}

(lighten up now everybody, after all, it's Hump Day Wednesday at the office)

{#Redface}
When I bought this CD I only really liked 2 or  3 songs. The more I listen to it the more I like - there's really only one song I skip over much anymore. Such a great CD! "Pattern Recognition" walks a wonderful fine line between harshness and beauty.

etwilson wrote:
SoCal? Sacrilege! Sonic Youth is the quintessential NYC band.


word


I love it more everytime I hear it.
E_A_D_G wrote:
SoCal vibe. Crank up the Daytona.
SoCal? Sacrilege! Sonic Youth is the quintessential NYC band.
SoCal vibe. Crank up the Daytona.
Maaaan, I just totally love the Sonic Youth guitar sound. You can hear it from a thousand miles away!
I like the opening and closing instrumental
It's pretty clear from this song that Silversun Pickups listen to a lot of Sonic Youth...
Have to agree with my Copenhagen friend... Not a bad tune, but the lame singing kind of kills it for me.
xkolibuul wrote:
This is good. But so is that McMurtry stuff. Really good. I for one don't know how anyone can work to RP! I get too distracted by the songs and my efficiency plummets. But I do have fun.
Are you trying to work, too? Gosh, it's the reason I show up now, so I can hear RP. Bill, you've saved my employer from having to fill my shoes, and you should be congratulated. Actually, I get more done because I'm in a good mood!
Oh this music is so sweet. Especially when there is no singing.
I gave this an 8 right out of the chute and I want to hear it again. :-) this is a great set I think: 3:07 pm - Sonic Youth - Stones 3:03 pm - The Frames - The Cost 2:59 pm - Sixteen Horsepower - Hutterite Mile
Even relatively tame late-period SY scrubs the floor with most of the rest of all so-called rock bands put together. This is great!
Well,... is this a tune from the washkitchen? There is no possibility of comparison with Neil Young! :cry:
I saw them once, opening for Neil Young...all I remember is the song Highway to my Skull...
Sonic Youth are TUFF.
Simply greaaaaat SY's guitars are always superb and this is one of their best concerning this aspect. :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: Their concert in Berlin last dec was... was... well, no words can describe the energy and the passion that this 40s have on the stage. SY rules !!!! :notworthy:
This is good. But so is that McMurtry stuff. Really good. I for one don't know how anyone can work to RP! I get too distracted by the songs and my efficiency plummets. But I do have fun. Shesdifferent wrote:
I'm so glad you are playing this set this morning instead of that "James McMurtry" type of country boring stuff. I need this inspiring stuff before I have to go to W O R K
I'm so glad you are playing this set this morning instead of that "James McMurtry" type of country boring stuff. I need this inspiring stuff before I have to go to W O R K
How I DO LIKE this song. Deceptively simple. Decidedly complex. Treadworthy scales and tonal rompage, it's all here and digable -- and all laid down right next to that killer SY straight-to-ground-line that gets me sitting up like one of Syd's old Siam Cats every single time. Aye, an' let 'er rip, lads and lassies! Now that you've established your grooveworthiness beyond all possible belief by playing stuff like this, Bill, how's about a little something off of Dirty maybe? Bill is that some BigHead coming on? YOU ROCK, DUDE!
Like the Butthole Surfers, I liked them way, way, way back. But now they both pretty much bore me to death. What happened? Is it me, is it them? Where's the passion?
Everything I want to know about rock'n'roll is contained in this song. And the guitar solo rocks! :guitarist:
Saw them w/Neil Young one night...earsplitting loud magic! 9
eman wrote:
Kick Ass...!!! :guitarist:
agree - this is a really great album. These guys have really matured nicely - they have continued to develop and expand as musicians.
physicsgenius wrote:
A featureless, undifferentiated expanse of guitar and alterna-whining.
A rare opportunity to agree with PG.... Wow, must be time to take my medication....
rgrace wrote:
I can understand why many people on RP like Sonic Youth but I am decidedly not one of them. I feel like I'm SUPPOSED to like them because they're from New York and they have the cool urban wearing-black TriBeCa/East Village/art gallery thing going but that stuff makes me puke, so.... OK, I just don't like them. Doesn't mean others shouldn't.
You're not alone...never saw the attraction either. :wall:
physicsgenius wrote:
A featureless, undifferentiated expanse of guitar and alterna-whining.
A PG whine -- our first clue that this is a great song!
Kick Ass...!!! :guitarist:
wow good stuff. veteran rockers.
catsoup wrote:
Reminds me a lot of "Television". Good stuff.
Must be that cool, black-wearing, TriBeCa East Village SoHo art gallery thing... Oh, no, wait. It's good. Like Television.
tim_ontario wrote:
Are we supposed to care about what that means?
It's music from Bali that has no particular climax in it. It's quite medititative. Like this song.
MORE SONIC YOUTH!!!!
I can understand why many people on RP like Sonic Youth but I am decidedly not one of them. I feel like I'm SUPPOSED to like them because they're from New York and they have the cool urban wearing-black TriBeCa/East Village/art gallery thing going but that stuff makes me puke, so.... OK, I just don't like them. Doesn't mean others shouldn't.
:sunny: Thanks for the break. I can't take any more country music.
I don't know if it's just because i'm a young indie kid, but Thurston's songs from Sonic Nurse are my favourites by the band.
Reminds me a lot of "Television". Good stuff.
tim_ontario wrote:
Are we supposed to care about what that means?
Maybe. If your brain is in the "on" position. Look it up.
I finally got this CD for Christmas. This is easily the best track on there... I can play it over and over again at HIGH volume.
Nuance wrote:
guitar reminds me of gamelan music for some reason...
Are we supposed to care about what that means?
great flow to this song... guitar reminds me of gamelan music for some reason...
physicsgenius wrote:
The reason I don't like this song is precisely because I'm not depressed.
Ergo, to enjoy this track you have to be? I don't find this song depressing at all. I mean, there are songs out there infinitely MORE depressing. Peter Gabriel's "I Grieve" springs to mind. Well regardless what you think, I like this :nyah:
srbarry wrote:
Another winner from Mr. Sunshine. There are so many fine antidepressants out there, please find one you like and then report back to the station.
The reason I don't like this song is precisely because I'm not depressed.
snesbitt wrote:
agreed!
I think I said that very same thing, about 20 years ago in a little club in San Francisco. Wow, 20 years! And now that have a show comming up in Brazil featuring a couple of other old timers - Stooges and Flaming Lips. Hello, travelocity?
tictocsailor wrote:
The more I hear SY, the more I like them. This one is terrific. A solid 8.
agreed!
The more I hear SY, the more I like them. This one is terrific. A solid 8.
stones-bullocks-nads-rocks-balls :)
physicsgenius wrote:
A featureless, undifferentiated expanse of guitar and alterna-whining.
Another winner from Mr. Sunshine. There are so many fine antidepressants out there, please find one you like and then report back to the station.
one of the coolest bands ever 8) great style!
gumootn wrote:
I like how they have become less noisy and more melodic over the years. :guitarist:
Age does that ;-) Excellent song...
good music
The more I ear them, the more I like them. Does not appear at first, but this has a lot of nuances
I like how they have become less noisy and more melodic over the years. :guitarist:
A featureless, undifferentiated expanse of guitar and alterna-whining.
I couldn't believe it when I looked this up? Sonic Youth?....yet another Bnad to check out!
Totaly awesome. The playing is great. I can see how people would either love or hate the vocals but I love them so it's an 8.
extremely cool. now let's expand our horizons beyond their latest release, shall we? c'mon, RP has the cajones to handle it.
These guys have three songs. Two of them are awful and the other is just plain bad. Please spare us any more Sonic Youth.
Doesn't this damn song ever end?
i kind of wish the vocals never kicked in...
gcmortal wrote:
Kim sings one track. I am trying to keep an open mind, and I have not heard very much SY, just this album and Murray Street, but her voice is annoying to me. Certainly unfit to grace the playlist on RP. Not looking to start a war, but fire back if you must.
I heard a live performance of her singing some song hating on Britney Spears. While I can understand her sentiment, her singing made her out to be the joke instead.
trekhead wrote:
LIKE The Sonic Youth....like 'em! It's good!... Thousand points of li....(sorry) What was that Reggae group in the 80's? Pass the something , something? Kid group. I thought THEY were sonic youth.... Anyway an 8.
that was Musical Youth. "Pass the Dutchie" was the song. Bunch of kids singing about passing a doob around.
That guitar lick reminds me of "Who Could it Be Now"...
Catchy little ditty.
gandalfbmg wrote:
All the songs from it I've heard on RP have Thurston singing... does Kim sing on this album?
Kim sings one track. I am trying to keep an open mind, and I have not heard very much SY, just this album and Murray Street, but her voice is annoying to me. Certainly unfit to grace the playlist on RP. Not looking to start a war, but fire back if you must.
This song completely rocks!!!
Tremendous :drummer: :guitarist: :bounce: :clap:
LIKE The Sonic Youth....like 'em! It's good!... Thousand points of li....(sorry) What was that Reggae group in the 80's? Pass the something , something? Kid group. I thought THEY were sonic youth.... Anyway an 8.
Still rocks !! :guitarist: :drummer:
Being a nurse makes this disc especially fine...sweet tunes as well :war: Sonic Youth ROCKS!!!!
Infectious
Interesting song. I saw them with NY and Crazy Horse and Social Distortion many moons ago in Denver. About all I remember is my ears ringing for two days.
Meh. Goo is their best album. I'd think Experimental Jet Set... is a little more accessible for the new listener.
new fans of SY - ie: anyone turned onto them by this album - should definitely check out their earlier stuff too. i'd recommend the albums Washing Machine, Thousand Leaves, Murray Street, and Daydream Nation in particular - as a starting point, at least. pretty much their entire career has been one brilliant album after another brilliant album. :notworthy: amazon listings
Badassed. :bounce:
Whole album is suprisingly excellent. Sounds like this band has matured slowly in a good way and this is enjoyable "vintage" we have here. Something old and something new... it works nice!
Sonic Youth still ROCKS :bounce:
ChardRemains wrote:
man this is good.
I was just thinking that... some unexpected chord changes...it all fits. Nice raw vocals. and with a great groove..
Closing two minutes of guitar-work is worth playing this song on repeat for me :). Awesome CD but this is *the* song off it for me (unmade bed is up there too)
tony620d wrote:
hey me too! got this cd. its awesome.
All the songs from it I've heard on RP have Thurston singing... does Kim sing on this album?
man this is good.