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By Fred Mills
Matador Records has announced that Sonic Youth has signed
with the label for their next studio album due “sometime in 2009.” The band had
completed their long-running relationship with Geffen Records but, for reasons
known only to the band and Geffen, the two decided to part company. (Pundits
speculate, quite naturally, that the changing face of the record industry and
at the Universal label group in particular meant that it wasn’t the same Geffen
that the band signed with in the early ‘90s.)
In a posting to Matador’s matablog this morning, label head
honcho Gerard Cosloy confirmed what had previously been rumored (partly thanks
to guitarist Thurston Moore alluding to the matter in interviews).
Here’s what Cosloy had to say:
After rampant speculation, Matador
Records can confirm the label will be releasing a new studio album from Sonic
Youth sometime in 2009. Having fulfilled their contractual obligations to the
Universal Music Group, Sonic Youth recently reached an agreement with Matador
to release the band’s 16th album of new material in all worldwide territories,
save for Japan.
While Sonic Youth’s status as one of
the more innovative and influential bands of the past 30 years needs little
explanation, the group’s most recent recordings for Geffen – 2006’s ‘Rather
Ripped’ being their final for the label – rank amongst the current decade’s
For Matador, the opportunity to work
in partnership with a group who’ve made such an profound impact on our
roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at. Kim
Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley will commence recording
the new Sonic Youth LP/CD this autumn and we look forward to sharing further
details in the very near future.
Meanwhile, check out BLURT’s review of the new Sonic Youth EP, self-released
by the band, HERE.
Or, if you are so inclined, you can read BLURT’s reviews of the last two Sonic Youth EPs HERE.