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Sonic Youth — Unwind
Album: Washing Machine
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Released: 1995
Length: 5:53
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[Thurston]
lay down your lucky hand, upon her heart
morning becomes a kite, tangled up in stars
laugh in the midday light, and leave - it behind
move out into his sundry eyes, and sing, unwind

hang down your lucky head, a sign to time
morning becomes the sun, for the dandy line
sooner than the midday light, we leave behind
love is out into the sundry light, you sing, unwind
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 Fables85 wrote:


Well, they tune their guitars all the time... Not in the way you are "supposed" to tune them by the "accepted standards" though. Pay that extra buck or two and the magic that makes them stand out will be gone!

And why the hell NOT do it this way? The possibilities are endless and it is what's made Sonic Youth unique. Not that they invented alternate tunings but in how they applied them to rock music.

Your average polite little band wishes they'd have thought it themselves... Instead, they can usually offer "discretely placed dissonance". In other words, they become irrelevant and bland.

 

Dont you think he's referring to the one note that about 20 cents off?
I just don't get them. I tried, really.
I know she didn't invent it, but I recall reading about Jonie Mitchell's tuning way back around the time she released Blue. Maybe it was Les Paul.

Agree utterly with remarks regarding Sonic Youth's amazing (in the good sense of amazing) sound and how integral the tuning is. Their arrangements where they keep filling in more and more of the sonic spectrum are pretty damn amazing, too.

 
Fables85 wrote:


Well, they tune their guitars all the time... Not in the way you are "supposed" to tune them by the "accepted standards" though. Pay that extra buck or two and the magic that makes them stand out will be gone!

And why the hell NOT do it this way? The possibilities are endless and it is what's made Sonic Youth unique. Not that they invented alternate tunings but in how they applied them to rock music.

Your average polite little band wishes they'd have thought it themselves... Instead, they can usually offer "discretely placed dissonance". In other words, they become irrelevant and bland.

 


My all-time favorite t-shirt of an album....the Washing Machine!
 tg3k wrote:
Yeeouch! Like a lot of SY material, I'd pay 'em an extra buck or two just to have them tune their guitars. I'm all for discretely placed dissonance, but making it the centerpiece of one's style is a little too much for my tastes.
 

Well, they tune their guitars all the time... Not in the way you are "supposed" to tune them by the "accepted standards" though. Pay that extra buck or two and the magic that makes them stand out will be gone!

And why the hell NOT do it this way? The possibilities are endless and it is what's made Sonic Youth unique. Not that they invented alternate tunings but in how they applied them to rock music.

Your average polite little band wishes they'd have thought it themselves... Instead, they can usually offer "discretely placed dissonance". In other words, they become irrelevant and bland.

 horstman wrote:
Sonic Youth seem to be an aquired taste. That said, I just don't seem to have the palate for their dish of rock and roll. Bought this album and listened to it a few times but it never hooked me. But that's not to say they don't have talent, I just find it hard to listen to.
 
Try Sonic Nurse. At first you will find a couple songs that are easy to like. Then keep after it and you will end up really liking just about the whole album. There's some neat stuff going on in there when you really listen and give it a chance. Kind of like Radiohead.

 dbreece wrote:

Blame it on the Tetons does come to mind...

 
My thoughts exactly. I was quite disappointed when it wasn't.

 peter_james_bond wrote:

Just curious, did your boss have a far away look in his/her eyes or did he/she seem intrigued? If it's the former you probably better stick with your work assignment. Some bosses are cool, some not so....
 
baahahahha. just saw this now. i can only guess, because i dont remember. he probably just told me to shut up.
Jeez this is awful........as other have said  ...... make it stop {#Wall}
 erinks wrote:
i thought the exact same thing...just went on about it to my boss!
 
Just curious, did your boss have a far away look in his/her eyes or did he/she seem intrigued? If it's the former you probably better stick with your work assignment. Some bosses are cool, some not so....

 dbreece wrote:

Blame it on the Tetons does come to mind...
 
i thought the exact same thing...just went on about it to my boss!
thank goodness us old geezers gots some sonic...
 leathepea wrote:
Wow! did "Modest Mouse" cover this song or just steal various parts from it?
 
Blame it on the Tetons does come to mind...

aaaahhhh.... nice.
too long
I know, I know.  It's supposed to sound this way.
Yeeouch! Like a lot of SY material, I'd pay 'em an extra buck or two just to have them tune their guitars. I'm all for discretely placed dissonance, but making it the centerpiece of one's style is a little too much for my tastes.


chinese water torture anyone?
Yikes!  Them there guitar strings got unwound in the washing machine.

powerless wrote:
Perhaps the greatest rock band ever?
:eek: Dood! Dood?
Perhaps the greatest rock band ever?
Sonic Youth seem to be an aquired taste. That said, I just don't seem to have the palate for their dish of rock and roll. Bought this album and listened to it a few times but it never hooked me. But that's not to say they don't have talent, I just find it hard to listen to. :neutral:
skdenfeld wrote:
This is the second gosh-darn song by these lads that I've heard. And loved.
Lads? Kim Gordon is definitely NOT a lad!
This is the second gosh-darn song by these lads that I've heard. And loved.
Man, Sonic Youth is by far my favorite RP discovery. I just love how they mix a very garagey, raw sound with appealing, lush melodies. Yeah!
This is so cool!! A month or 2 ago I hadn't heard anything by them. I've never heard this song before and I knew it was them after 4 notes! I listened to "New Hampshire" over 100 times in a week(literally)
Bocephus wrote:
I know..."alternative tuning" for the guitar, but anymore the gimmick is wearing old. Sounds like my 10 year old tuned the guitar.
Agree. I really like Sonic Youth, but conditioning makes this one grate the nerves too much.
Bocephus wrote:
I know..."alternative tuning" for the guitar, but anymore the gimmick is wearing old. Sounds like my 10 year old tuned the guitar.
Sounds to me like a riff rip-off of an old BOC song: "She's as Beautiful as a Foot"
redeyespy wrote:
Love hearing more SY on the List lately!
Me too....there's nothing quite like them....I love there sound......
Yea, I know. It's supposed to sound this way!
:whistle:
Wow! did "Modest Mouse" cover this song or just steal various parts from it?
dionysius wrote:
Yeah, they're grandparents now, but wouldn't you love to have such cool old coots around, armed with massive amplifier stacks? They'll have the young folks in the neighborhood calling the cops on them to get them to turn it down! Those whippersnappers. Kids these days.
How about Sonic Long-in-the-tooth? :propeller:
Trustocity wrote:
Must admit, I didn't really know much about Sonic Youth before I came to RP, which is such a rare thing for me. I love it here, don't you? This is a great tune. Immensely more listenable than some of their other stuff, but then, I'm finding I love postmodern, and the unlistenable stuff I find quite listenable.
There's a scary concept - this is "immensly more listenable than some of their other stuff". My first "1"
Love hearing more SY on the List lately!
Govi wrote:
I guess even a band as good as Sonic Youth has an off song. That long raucous ending was terrible!
I completely agree! Ouch!! :crashcomp:
Yeah, they're grandparents now, but wouldn't you love to have such cool old coots around, armed with massive amplifier stacks? They'll have the young folks in the neighborhood calling the cops on them to get them to turn it down! Those whippersnappers. Kids these days.
JonnyNismo wrote:
Sonic Youth is one of my favorite bands!!
I find that I am beginning to like them too!
Pink Floyd wannabe yuck!
I guess even a band as good as Sonic Youth has an off song. That long raucous ending was terrible!
:music:
Sonic Youth is one of my favorite bands!!
I know..."alternative tuning" for the guitar, but anymore the gimmick is wearing old. Sounds like my 10 year old tuned the guitar.
Trustocity wrote:
Must admit, I didn't really know much about Sonic Youth before I came to RP, which is such a rare thing for me. I love it here, don't you? This is a great tune. Immensely more listenable than some of their other stuff, but then, I'm finding I love postmodern, and the unlistenable stuff I find quite listenable.
If you like this try listening to the Shins. They ROCK! :dance:
Blame it on the Tetons... doot da doo...
Must admit, I didn't really know much about Sonic Youth before I came to RP, which is such a rare thing for me. I love it here, don't you? This is a great tune. Immensely more listenable than some of their other stuff, but then, I'm finding I love postmodern, and the unlistenable stuff I find quite listenable.
vvaffle wrote:
Now go and listen to Modest Mouse - Blame it on the Tetons. I like both of these songs but I wonder who ripped who, or maybe great minds really do think alike.
i think isaac brock had to rip thurston off since sy wrote this 10 years ahead of modest mouse. nice observation, i did not even notice that ever. both are great songs.
Now go and listen to Modest Mouse - Blame it on the Tetons. I like both of these songs but I wonder who ripped who, or maybe great minds really do think alike.
i love sy. they are my favorite band! rp needs more sy.
8) bring on the noize!
:notworthy:
that was really cool. i think i'd buy satellite radio if rp was on it, but that might constitute an addiction.
:sleep: :sleep: :sleep:
F-IN LOVE SONIC YOUTH!!! :drummer: :guitarist:
I love when Sonic Youth plays the Cradle. Last time they came through Chapel Hill, they brought one of the brightest, most beautiful lighting kits I've ever seen.
Hm. Dunno. I could like this.