Thurston Moore’s new outfit, Chelsea Light Moving, has been earning massive praise for their self-titled debut. “Thurston Moore has his sonic menace back,” boasts Q magazine. Drowned In Sound similarly asserts, “While preserving his natural nonchalant charm, Thurston sounds more vigorous, bellicose, twitchy and forceful than he has in years.”
Evan from Madison’s own Strictly Discs elaborated a bit more…
For all their canonization as the principals of NYC art rock, a look through a slightly different lens reveals a Sonic Youth that was just a punk band that ended up in the galleries. Once they got there, they crossed up the catalogs with gleeful abandon, programming an enchanting racket out of dystopian noir, blighted urban beauty, and other subversive cultural pulp. SY’s Thurston Moore has solidified a new band, made of confederates that appeared on his last tour (Sunburned Hand’s John Moloney, Samara Lubelski of countless NYC avantfolk groups, and Keith Wood of Faun Fables), and with this album they give us a studied look at a parallel universe version of SY that stayed trying to sound like the Minutemen, Necros, and DC’s Untouchables (remember “Nic Fit” from Dirty?) instead of going on to sound like, well, Sonic Youth. Chelsea Light Moving, itself, is a reference to the name of the moving company of NYC’s chief yeoman sonic crafstman: Philip Glass. The album is yet another swiftly New Yorkian portrait, full of moody gray and brown guitar hues that occasionally menace, but fly highest when they weave a somber, sidewinding melody. This is pretty much exactly what you want to hear from the dude at this point in his career. How did he know?
As you probably know, the band will be playing the High Noon Saloon on Thursday, March 28. Read on to find out how you can enter to win a pair of tickets to this indie rock lover’s dream of a show!
P.S. If you miss out on the giveaway and end up buying your tickets, remember that snagging an advance ticket in-person at Strictly Discs gets you entered in to win autographed vinyl! Similarly, if you have your eye on the album, every copy of Chelsea Light Moving purchased at Strictly Discs enters you to win tickets.
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